SOURCE: Exterro, Inc.


August 18, 2015 13:23 ET

In-House Teams Identify Searching Large Data Volumes as Biggest Obstacle to Finding ESI During E-Discovery

208 In-House Professionals From Global Organizations Respond to Exterro's "The Biggest Obstacles in Locating Responsive Data" Survey

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - August 18, 2015) - Exterro Inc., the preferred provider of e-discovery and information governance software specifically designed for Global 2000 organizations, today released the findings of its "The Biggest Obstacles in Locating Responsive Data" survey. Findings from the new survey indicate searching through vast amounts of electronically stored information (ESI) to find responsive data is the number one challenge for both IT and Legal teams at global enterprises. Identifying and accessing data sources for collection was reported to be the biggest obstacle by the second most number of respondents. The survey reflects 208 responses received from in-house attorneys, IT, paralegals and litigation support professionals in July 2015.

The Biggest Obstacles in Locating Responsive Data Results
The respondents in the new survey represent a wide variety of industries, including financial services, energy, oil and gas, technology, healthcare, pharmaceutical and manufacturing. The overall survey results rank the biggest obstacles for finding responsive ESI as follows:

  1. Searching through large amounts of data (39%)
  2. Identifying / accessing data sources for collection (35%)
  3. Developing search criteria for determining document relevancy (15%)
  4. Using in-house e-discovery search / collection software effectively (8%)
  5. Working with third-party collection / processing providers (3%)

"As we identified in a previous survey conducted this spring, finding relevant ESI for e-discovery remains the number one challenge for in-house legal teams," said Bill Piwonka, chief marketing officer at Exterro. "Our intent with this second survey was to dig a bit deeper and identify which aspects of the e-discovery identification process are the most challenging for the different stakeholders involved in the process as well as to educate them on solutions available to address these challenges."

Comments from the Survey Respondents
Specific responses as to why ESI is the biggest obstacle in identifying relevant ESI for e-discovery is reflected as follows:

  • Attorney: "My organization still has a large amount of data in hard copy form that is located in a number of offices throughout our service territory. There is a high risk of us not finding responsive documents simply b/c we don't know they exist."
  • IT: "We have a huge volume of unstructured data. Identifying and collecting from this data is daunting. The sheer volume also is a barrier to proper governance and retention."
  • Paralegal: "Data in our company is everywhere. So finding the right sources is a challenge and sometimes it is difficult to get the data out of the sources they reside in."

Complimentary copies of Exterro's newest survey, "The Biggest Obstacles in Locating Responsive Data," can be downloaded on Exterro's website at:

About Exterro
Exterro, Inc. is the preferred provider of software specifically designed for in-house legal and IT teams at global 2000 organizations. Founded with the simple vision that applying the concepts of process optimization and data science to the way companies respond to litigation would drive more successful outcomes at a lower cost, Exterro is once again positioned as a leader in Gartner's 2015 Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software. Built on an open architecture platform, Exterro's e-discovery and information governance software integrates with existing IT, HR and legal systems to deliver complete visibility into all critical data required for managing information assets more efficiently. For more information, visit

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