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Profile of 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
12/07/2009

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...

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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
10/07/2009

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
09/25/2009

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
09/23/2009

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
08/28/2009

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
08/19/2009

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
08/06/2009

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
07/31/2009

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...

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The Cloud and eDiscovery
07/30/2009

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
07/24/2009

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
07/23/2009

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
07/14/2009

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
07/08/2009

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
07/02/2009

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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