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Not all electronic discovery vendors were created alike. Kroll Ontrack Inc., in Eden Prairie, Minn., began in 1985 as a seller of data recovery services. Seattle’s Electronic Evidence Discovery Inc. started out pursuing “computer forensics,” the art of hunting down hard-to-find electronic data. And the Big Four accounting firms did just about everything before turning to electronic data discovery (EDD). But today all of the vendors listed below — and a handful of others — offer “electronic risk management” consulting and “data processing.” The former is industry-speak for helping companies understand the basics about their electronic data: what they have, where it’s located, how to retrieve it and what to do with it before and after big litigation hits. “Data processing” begins after a complaint is filed. It refers to the process of lifting e-mails, Word documents and other electronic records straight from hard drives and servers and moving them to centralized electronic databases, where they can be searched and sorted. We include the Big Four accounting firms on our list, as well as the most-used EDD vendors, according to our sibling publication AmLaw Tech‘s 2002 tech survey. The vendors listed below all operate nationally. But they don’t operate under one unified philosophy. Some prefer to put documents on secure Web sites, others distribute CD-ROMs and PDF (Adobe Inc.’s widely used portable document format) images. Some charge per gigabyte of data, others charge by page. These services can be pricey, so some comparison shopping is probably in order. Of course, the economy being what it is, it’s still a buyer’s market.
EDD VENDORS Applied Discovery Inc. Seattle www.applieddiscovery.com Computer Forensics Inc. Seattle www.forensics.com Daticon Inc. Gales Ferry, Conn. www.daticon.com Deloitte & Touche Offices nationwide www.deloitte.com Electronic Evidence Discovery Inc. Seattle www.eedinc.com Ernst & Young Offices nationwide www.ey.com Fios Inc. Portland, Ore. www.fiosinc.com KPMG Offices nationwide www.kpmg.com Kroll Ontrack Inc. Eden Prairie, Minn. www.ontrack.com PricewaterhouseCoopers Offices nationwide www.pricewaterhouse.com Sources: Corporate Counselresearch and AmLaw Tech

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