Despite growing data volumes, evolving data types and increasing e-discovery case complexities, e-discovery analytics technologies still lack utilization and awareness across the legal field. As an industry, we’re seeing numerous roadblocks to analytics adoption. They range across resistance to change, uncertainty about defensibility, lack of knowledge about what analytics actually are and perceived (or in some cases actual) difficulty of use for certain advanced functions.

These roadblocks are becoming a serious hindrance to e-discovery teams, for both in-house counsel under pressure to reduce costs and law firms struggling to remain competitive and relevant in an evolving market. Unfortunately, utilization isn’t likely to increase in a meaningful way until counsel understands the scope of analytics tools and methods, technology providers make them easy to use, and proper education and training are provided.