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 Christine Taylor

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Blog Posts: 40
Christine Taylor, an analyst with The Taneja Group, has more than a decade of experience in covering the IT and communications industries. She has written extensively on the role of technology in e-discovery, compliance and governance, and information management.
Articles by Christine Taylor

New Importance In Metadata Collection

12/7/2009
Metadata has been around for a long time but is garnering new attention in the eDiscovery world. Metadata contains information about the creation and editing of electronic documents. E-mail, word processing documents, spreadsheets, database records - all of these and more will have some level of metadata attached to it. Basic metadata includes information on the document's creator and modifiers and the date and times that it was created and acted upon. Metadata matters in eDiscovery because it g

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eDiscovery And The Law Firm

11/23/2009
Outside law firms are uncomfortably aware that their eDiscovery clients are making tracks and taking their pocketbooks with them. The trick is for traditionally tech-averse law firms to change, and fast.

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Cloudy Thinking: eDiscovery In The Cloud

11/12/2009
The phrase "eDiscovery in the cloud" is so vast as to be meaningless. You have got to pin down your definitions of what kind of cloud you're talking about before you can talk about doing eDiscovery in it.

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ECA: Value Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

10/19/2009
eDiscovery vendors and analysts - including myself - are coming out with a raft of product and commentary about Early Case Assessment (ECA). However, we might be assuming a lawyerly acceptance of ECA that just isn't there.

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When It Comes to eDiscovery, Even Walmart Can Get It Wrong

10/12/2009
Mimosa Systems' excellent (and entertaining) Know-It-All Guide recently reminded me of an older but still relevant case, Testa vs. Walmart, and the giant retailer actually lost it. The mid-90s case is still relevant because the same practices that led to Walmart's loss happen every day in business. The settlement was small at $50K and Walmart could readily afford it, but do you really want to go there by making the same mistake they did?

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Stratify Tells You What You've Got

10/7/2009
In this morning's announcement, Stratify used a catchy phrase for their integrated ECA/review platform: "Know What You Have." They are not the first vendor to use a phrase instead of a coined name to identify a product's function, especially when the function combines multiple products or services.

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Foundational eDiscovery

9/25/2009
Legal concentrates on the review stage of eDiscovery with good reason. But if collected data was badly searched and poorly preserved, then the review process - and the reviewers - will suffer for it.

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eDiscovery Pros Circle the Wagons

9/23/2009
A new non-profit calling itself the Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP for short) has formed to establish global standards and certification for the eDiscovery process.

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ILTA '09 And eDiscovery Trends

8/28/2009
As an analyst, I spend most of my trade show time talking to eDiscovery vendors. Since a majority of these conversations are under NDA, if I told you what they said, I'd have to kill you. So I will share with you the market trends that I discussed with show vendors and attendees.

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Managing Archives for eDiscovery

8/19/2009
The e-Discovery identification/collection process is no slam dunk. With huge volumes of corporate data to search through - and little time in which to do it - identification and collection can be extremely challenging.

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Fun With Electronic Redaction

8/6/2009
In the good old days of simple paper production, redaction was simple. The reviewer read the documents with a black marker in hand and slashed away. Now redaction is a lot -- a LOT-- harder.

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Records Management and eDiscovery

7/31/2009
Records management has always been painful but now it's nearly impossible given the unending growth in ESI. Since corporations are infamous for keeping every stick of data, we're looking at hundreds of terabytes of data just in the data center with many more hundreds of TBs on servers, SAN, NAS, tape, and workstations scattered throughout the enterprise. These terabyte-to-petabyte levels represent a lot of records to manage for multiple business needs including eDiscovery, compliance and data re

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The Cloud and eDiscovery

7/30/2009
As far as eDiscovery goes, cloud-based computing primarily presents as a cloud-based hosting site with eDiscovery services running over the hosted data.

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Plowing the Road: Mapping and eDiscovery

7/24/2009
Retention policies should do three things: protect business value, comply with regulations, and an infrastructure that streamlines content searches. This is IT's domain but impacts the legal arm as the attorneys are often the bearers of the torch for compliance,...

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Managing Early Case Assessment

7/23/2009
Early case assessment (ECA) is an excellent tool to decide the merits of a civil case. However, in a world of fast-growing electronic data and shrinking review times, ECA has become one cumbersome process.

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Asking the Right Questions

7/14/2009
The point is to take each eDiscovery stage and clarify how your company treats it now and how they might treat it for minimum risk and maximum efficiency.

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Why eDiscovery SaaS Can Be a Good Idea

7/8/2009
In a hosted/Software as a Service model, an eDiscovery vendor secures collected data in a highly secure hosted infrastructure. The vendor provides the eDiscovery SaaS to process and analyze data, and to provide tiered views, tagging and access rights to potentially hundreds of different reviewers.

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A Quick Look at Concept Search

7/2/2009
With most meet-and-confer still concentrating on keyword and Boolean searches, is concept search worth the investment in supporting products and time? The answer is sure -- if you know what you're doing.

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Native Format? Not so Fast

6/26/2009
IT may be called on to produce literally millions of pages of discovered data. The product may be printed or electronic or both and IT may have little warning.

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Speeding Up eDiscovery

6/10/2009
eDiscovery isn't limited to technology, but technology is a critical component of successful eDiscovery. Here is my take on the technology you really need to successfully accelerate the entire process.

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Taking on Corporate Compliance

6/5/2009
IT really does need technology that can manage data with hooks into compliance and governance policies, and that can do it across storage infrastructures. Technology alone won't do the trick; you also need to allow for services and business policies around governance. But the technology platform you choose will be crucial in getting the job done.

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Dragging IT Into the eDiscovery Fold

6/4/2009
Legal and IT can and should work together to automate eDiscovery. ROI for doing so is excellent -- but the corporation must have the budget and the will to accomplish it. Better to do it proactively than in response to a devastating series of legal losses.

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The Question of Tape

5/22/2009
Companies used to plead hardship in an attempt to avoid searching tape for discovery motions, but that excuse is swiftly falling by the wayside.

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E-discovery and the Archive

5/14/2009
E-discovery does not begin with a litigation matter. It begins with well-managed archives, document retention policies that do not depend on individual employees, and enforceable procedures.

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Why Metadata Matters

4/21/2009
Metadata is a linchpin of document retention, which is founded on knowing the creation and modification dates of a piece of data

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