Stay Ahead of the Curve With the Pulse Benchmarks

At this point, it is probably safe to assume that almost everyone has some concept of “big data” and the challenges that data proliferation pose for ediscovery. This blog alone has discussed the big data explosion (in some form or another) at least a dozen times in the past year, and the message is relatively clear: Big data equals big headaches for unprepared practitioners.

…But what if I told you that practitioners are actually keeping up with the challenges posed by big data, that I have the evidence to back up those claims, and that now you do, too

Preposterous, I know, but I’m not making any of this up! Kroll Ontrack’s Pulse offers hard data which shows that sophisticated ediscovery tools have allowed lawyers to keep pace with big data without sacrificing efficiency.

If you are new to Pulse, here’s a quick primer: Kroll Ontrack gathered data from thousands of ediscovery projects from 2008 to the present and normalized that data to identify key trends in statistically relevant metrics. These trends offer benchmarks that can help practitioners better plan and execute their own ediscovery projects. In addition to these benchmarks, Pulse offers industry-relevant articles, case summaries, an interactive ediscovery rules map, and a swarm of other features to help you keep your finger on the pulse of ediscovery.

With the launch of, Kroll Ontrack released its first five benchmarks. Here are the findings:

  1. Overall, the average number of both source gigabytes and produced gigabytes has declined.
  2. The total number of gigabytes processed, reviewed and produced are decreasing, while the ratio of pages produced to pages reviewed remains steady at one to four.
  3. The number of custodians collected per project in 2012 was half the number of custodians collected in 2008
  4. Despite an increase in the number of sources of electronically stored information, about 65% of the data processed today is email—up from 50% in 2008.

Generally speaking, these metrics suggest that savvier professionals are combatting big data using more robust tools for filtering and analysis and experiencing great success. While Kroll Ontrack expects the percentage of source data that is email to keep increasing, the metrics also indicate that source gigabytes, produced gigabytes, and the total number of gigabytes from processing through production will keep decreasing while parties continue to produce about 25% of the documents loaded for review.

Finally, here’s the best part: Kroll Ontrack is just getting started with Pulse. In the coming months, new benchmarks and features will be released, so stay tuned to for alerts and updates!

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