Yerich is a Kroll customer and has been briefed on Ediscovery.com. To him, the highlights of what Kroll is promising are features designed to reduce hosting costs. One will allow companies to send plain text rather than the much larger native application files for searching and indexing. The full files can be sent later as needed. Another feature lets companies easily send data they have hosted at Kroll into "near-line" disk storage, which takes longer to call up when needed but costs less, Yerich said.
Kroll's new tools for gathering and analyzing metrics could also cut e-discovery costs, Yerich said. Most e-discovery platforms provide statistics such as how much data in a collection turned out to be relevant, but those insights are only available after the fact, he said. Kroll's technology will let an e-discovery team view those metrics in real time and potentially use them to better manage the process. For example, if searches of the data from one employee aren't coming up with many relevant results, the team might decide to take that employee off the list, Yerich said.
The Ediscovery.com suite consists of three products. Ediscovery.com Collect, for identifying, preserving and collecting data from Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint, is available now. Ediscovery.com Review, a tool for controlling data volume and costs, will be generally available early next year. Ediscovery.com for Portfolio Management, for managing e-discovery projects as a portfolio, also will be generally available early next year. Kroll did not disclose pricing.