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Getting a Handle on eDiscovery
eDiscovery is the process of using technology to identify, collect, preserve, process, review, and produce all the ESI that is relevant to a particular legal matter. Reactive eDiscovery means waiting until you face a legal matter, and then scrambling to find what you need scattered around the enterprise. Proactive eDiscovery means putting processes in place in advance to classify, organize, and manage (retain/delete) information so that when you're faced with a discovery request, you can respond quickly, easily, and at a much reduced cost.
Proactive eDiscovery is litigation readiness. To be proactive, you need an approach that takes into consideration both best information management practices and best eDiscovery practices. The two concepts are interrelated, and a proactive approach to eDiscovery integrates both.