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Consider a common scenario: Your legal department has been alerted by a whistleblower to potentially fraudulent activity happening within the organization. There are a few clues to use as a starting point, but the key facts — as well as whether or not fraud actually occurred — remain unknown. With hundreds of millions of emails within the enterprise, and the need to uncover the facts as quickly as possible, the team cranks up the e-discovery process. This effort is undertaken through the same tried and true approach used for all matters involving electronically stored information — identify some key custodians and review most of their documents — and everyone involved knows how time consuming and potentially expensive this process can be. It could take months and precious internal resources to comb through millions of electronic documents to get to the bottom of the whistleblower’s accusations.

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