Most eDiscovery Costs Wasted on Extraneous Information.

By Michael
April 13, 2010

Discovery Most of the money spent on electronic discovery today is squandered on reviewing irrelevant documents, according to a white paper recently released by Forensics Consulting Solutions, of Phoenix, Ariz. According to the document authored by Mark G. Walker, Roland J. Bernier III and Barclay Blair, only about 10 percent of all Electronically Stored Information (ESI) collected has value for the purpose for which it was gathered. “Yet,” the authors stated, “investigators spend 80 percent of their time and the associated cost on the 90 percent that has no value.” Read More …


  1. Thank you for reading, and writing about, our whitepaper.
    I think it obvious that there are two main places where the issue of “extraneous” or non-relevant data can be addressed. The first is “behind the firewall,” where best practices for information governance (IG) can reduce the volume of unnecessary data.
    The second consists of the culling measures implemented prior to review. Removing data that is clearly not relevant or privileged prior to review greatly reduces overall costs. Of course, one must be careful when implementing the criterial for culling, so that no potential relevant or privileged docs are caught up in the filter.
    I just found your blog, am enjoying it, and will continue reading.

  2. Great post. I completely agree with the need for information governance. We’re developing an open source solution to cost reduction through governance. Would love you take on it when you have some time:

  3. Thanks for your feedback. (And sorry for the tardiness of my reply.) I’m glad you enjoyed the piece. As I stated in the post, our Archived Data Manager (ADM) eliminates many of these extraneous costs that many companies find challenging.
    And I’ll check out your Web site. And you can always reach me via email at Just reference the blog if you do so I can connect the dots 😉 . Thanks again.

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