We know that ediscovery doesn’t stop after initial review. When all the coding and tagging is done, you have to use the identified documents to make your case. That’s where post-review tools become critical. The challenge is that many document review platforms don’t offer resources to help you bridge the gap from initial review to case-building. The ones that do provide you with a lot of incremental value. In fact, here are three reasons to pick ediscovery software that incorporates post-review tools into its offering:
1) Save Time (and Money!)
When post-review tools are available alongside document review functionality, it’s easy to access all your information, evidence, and analysis in one place. You don’t have to transfer data from one tool to another, saving you time — while also avoiding duplicative hosting or usage fees associated with a separate platform. Whether in your calendar or in your profits, the convenience of a unified tool will yield dividends in no time.
2) Improve Workflow
A seamless transition from review to post-review can relieve a lot of headaches. Software that integrates post-review tools can often create argument outlines, depositions, and chronologies that directly reference or link documents on the platform. That means that no printing, memorization, or lists of linked document numbers is necessary. Somewhat more subtly, comfort and experience with the platform itself becomes a significant advantage. When you’ve reviewed thousands of documents in a platform, you know where to look for what you need when you do post-review work.
3) Reduce Risk
Underlying the first two points, but still worth highlighting separately is that using a single unified tool helps to reduce risk and complexity. There are always risks when you hand off information from one system to another, especially when in the midst of litigation and ediscovery. Data can be lost, security issues can arise, or document access can be delayed. Keeping your data within the same ecosystem removes the need for transition. A streamlined process will make it easier for you to focus on post-review instead of worrying about data logistics.
Whatever software you choose, make sure to critically evaluate how it fits into your workflow and data management plans. You may find that keeping it simple with a unified tool may help you manage time, cost, and risk.