The global eDiscovery services market is booming as law firms and legal departments across the world are investing in technologies to streamline eDiscovery management and reduce costs.  

With so many vendors in this saturated market, picking the right one can be a challenge. As such, IT administrators need to do their due diligence when sourcing products by demoing solutions, speaking with representatives, and requesting information.  

Keep reading to learn more about the top vendors in this space and what you especially need to consider before investing in a platform. 

What Is eDiscovery?

eDiscovery involves collecting, processing, and managing electronically stored information (ESI). 

The term eDiscovery first appeared back in 2006, following amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FCRP). Today, most organizations follow the Electronic Discovery Records Model (EDRM) as a framework for eDiscovery in court, responding to government audits, and internal investigations. 

It’s important to keep in mind that companies and law firms don’t really have a choice when it comes to eDiscovery compliance. In fact, failure to have an eDiscovery system in place can result in missed deadlines, court sanctions, and court losses. As such, it’s critical to be prepared and up to date with the latest system. 

Top eDiscovery Vendors on the Market

Now that you have a better idea of the ins and outs of eDiscovery, let’s turn our attention to some of the top eDiscovery vendors to know about.  

1. Relativity 

Relativity offers a platform serving as a one-stop-shop for legal and compliance needs. This cloud-based platform can preserve critical data, provide rapid insights, and connect to custodian accounts. The platform also leverages artificial intelligence, helping legal teams discover and filter data with ease. 

2. Everlaw 

Everlaw is another popular vendor with a cloud-based eDiscovery platform that’s easy to use and powerful enough to handle complex cases. The solution contains powerful search and review capabilities. Also, it ships with advanced analytics and predictive coding functionality.  

One feature that’s unique to Everlaw is storyboarding, which enables users to create a collaborative repository for holding and sharing documents. This tool makes it easy to build a case while communicating with team members and centralizing information.  

3. DISCO Ediscovery 

DISCO is a SaaS solution that law firms, government agencies, and corporations use for end-to-end eDiscovery management. 

The platform features DISCO AI, which uses machine learning and cloud computing to streamline data analysis. In addition, the platform features DISCO Workflow and Visual Search for a highly interactive and user-friendly eDiscovery experience for end users.  

4. Nextpoint

Nextpoint offers a cloud-based eDiscovery solution that promises to make life easy for teams, using drag-and-drop functionality. The platform enables users to dump unlimited amounts of data while providing searching, filtering, bulk culling, and organizing tools. It also comes with a customizable interface and collaboration tools, among other features.  

5. Microsoft 

Microsoft offers a few different eDiscovery tools through the Microsoft 365 platform. These include Content Search for quickly searching for communications content hosted by Microsoft products and Core eDiscovery for conducting more robust searches and exporting content.  

In addition, Microsoft offers Advanced eDiscovery, which is a more comprehensive platform that integrates with the full Microsoft ecosystem.  

Microsoft’s eDiscovery solutions are excellent for companies that are heavily invested in Microsoft products and looking to expand on their current investments and limit third-party products. However, you do need to have the underlying Microsoft 365 platform to use their eDiscovery solutions.  

So, if you’re not using Microsoft 365, that will be an additional purchase. 

6. CloudNine LAW

CloudNine is another leading provider of eDiscovery software, offering an automated platform that simplifies litigation, audits, and investigations. It’s used by both corporations and law firms. CloudNine’s platform is useful for identifying and analyzing document sets and culling large ones to source only relevant files during court.  

7. ZDiscovery 

ZDiscovery’s cloud-based eDiscovery platform is excellent for companies that want maximum security and compliance. The platform offers legal hold management, automating tasks for sending and monitoring litigation holds so that team members don’t miss important notifications. In addition, the platform comes with enterprise-grade security with SOC2 Type 2 certification.  

This platform provides end-to-end management, with notifying, preserving, collecting, processing, reviewing, and producing tools.  

8. Sightline 

Consillio offers the Sightline platform, which delivers a variety of useful features for businesses seeking eDiscovery services. The platform provides multiple progress reports, as well as easy exporting and sharing features. It even has a tool for auditing the activity of any user or document, which lets you conduct advanced security monitoring.  

One of the platform’s best features is customized reporting. This allows users to save reports based on specific preferences, thereby enabling them to make the best decisions rapidly.  

9. Evolver

Evolver offers managed eDiscovery services, making the company a good fit for organizations that want hosted services managed by a dedicated team. The platform hosts data in their private and public cloud environments for a scalable and cost-effective approach.  

One of Evolver’s noteworthy services is native file redaction, which makes it easy to respond quickly to data requests. 

10. iPro 

The iPro platform uses predictive analytics to aid with data management, providing an innovative approach to EDRM with AI-powered data classification. This enables teams to leverage insights early on in the eDiscovery process. However, the portal does not have secure self-service, Office 365 integration, or native redaction. 

11. Nuix

Nuix is an integrated eDiscovery platform that’s scalable and easy to use. Teams can start viewing documents in just minutes without having to load files or export any data.  

The platform is great for early case assessment and has powerful analytics capabilities. In addition, Nuix features substantial processing throughput. However, the platform lacks secure self-service and native redaction. As such, it’s not the best fit for every team. 

12. Venio Systems

Venio Systems offers Venio Cloud, which is one of the most comprehensive and flexible eDiscovery solutions on the market.  

Simply put, Venio Cloud is fully managed and delivered through the cloud. As a result, the program boasts rapid onboarding and flexible licensing. It’s also highly available and features the latest security protocols for maximum protection when handling sensitive data.  

What’s more, Venio also comes with an AI-powered assisted review tool, native redaction, and mobile data visualization. 

On top of that, Venio offers a robust eDiscovery certification program, which is ideal for new customers or eDiscovery professionals who want to break into the industry. Completing the VenioOne certification course demonstrates proficiency in the VenioOne platform and a working knowledge of the eDiscovery process.  

Selecting the Right Vendor

The eDiscovery vendor you ultimately decide to partner with will play a massive role in the eDiscovery process. That being the case, it pays to be highly selective when picking a platform.  

Vendors offer different types of integrations, features, search tools, and security. On top of that, not all vendors offer the same level of customer support and assistance. As such, it’s important to find a vendor that offers high availability and maximum uptime, rapid response troubleshooting, and flexible software that can work across a variety of devices and environments.  

We might be a bit biased, but we believe that Venio is the ideal solution for legal teams trying to improve their approach to eDiscovery.  

If you’re interested in taking the best approach to eDiscovery, request a demo of Venio Cloud and see what sets our platform apart from the rest. 

This post was written by Justin Reynolds. Justin is a freelance writer who enjoys telling stories about how technology, science, and creativity can help workers be more productive. In his spare time, he likes seeing or playing live music, hiking, and traveling.