Yet again today, on a mailing list this time, I saw the proclamation that imaged e-discovery production is dead, everything will be produced in it’s native format in the near future. There are simply too many benefits, and it’s not even worth worrying about how you’ll do imaging in the future.
Of course, despite the fact that I’ve been hearing this proclamation for close to a year now, I’ve never been asked to do anything but imaged productions. Not one single native production request has crossed my desk.
Now, maybe it’s just a coincidence, or maybe we’re a smaller firm, in a smaller legal market than the New York, Philly, West Coast who tend to see trends develop before we do, but it’s beginning to sound a little odd. Coming from the tech world it’s beginning to sound a bit familiar too. How many things there have supposedly “died” that you’re still using to this day?
We’ll see how it goes. At this point I believe it, but the longer it goes on, the less convincing these proclamations sound.
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