Legaltech, which takes place early every year in New York City, is the biggest trade show and conference covering the legal technology industry. In recent years, it has come to be dominated by eDiscovery vendors, and this year was no different—eDiscovery companies clearly made up the largest share of vendors crowding the exhibit halls at the Hilton and claimed many of the speaker slots. However, there were a number of new elements that set this year’s show apart somewhat, and all of those changes reflect current legal industry trends. Here is a handful of observations on this year’s event.
… Blue Hill Research analyst David Houlihan had some interesting thoughts on the significance of the Equivio deal. He believes that this is more of an Information Governance play than an eDiscovery play. He sees Equivio as the basis for a native Information Governance (IG) solution embedded in companies running Office 365 environments. “Putting Equivio’s capabilities ‘in place’ in living Office 365 environments could represent a significant step toward reducing the difficulty of IG,” Houlihan stated. “Equivio’s technology automates the identification and classification of documents for retention and other IG needs, with minimal user involvement and IT intervention once the solution is trained. Microsoft Office solutions possess a user-base massive enough to be considered a default standard in business communications and productivity tools. Embedding Equivio technology within Exchange or SharePoint could effectively make IG a native capability of the document and email environments of a very large segment of companies.”