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December 2011, Vol. 2 No. 4

Staying legal: Channel opportunities for e-discovery

Customers that are careless when it comes to managing data might not realize that their bad habits could lead to big problems -- and big fines. Solution providers with e-discovery knowledge and skills can come to the rescue with tools and strategies that can keep customers on the right side of the law.  Since the U.S. Supreme Court made changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 2006, organizations must be able to access and produce records and documentation for court cases quickly or face stiff penalties. E-discovery -- also called electronic discovery -- refers to any process in which electronic data is sought, located, secured and searched with the intent of using it as evidence in a civil or criminal court case.  Electronic data can include anything from email and Word documents to instant messaging chats and SharePoint posts. “Everything that exists is discoverable,” said Debra Logan, analyst for Gartner Inc., a market researcher based in Stamford, Conn. Gartner predicts that by the end of 2013 half of all companies...

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