"Cost control is a top priority, particularly during the review phase of electronic discovery. Expenses mount dramatically as attorneys' time is tapped to evaluate electronically stored information (ESI) and determine what is relevant and privileged. The key is to substantially reduce the initial volume of data to review, continue to minimize the quantity of data that requires higher level of review expertise, and use the right expertise level for appropriate tasks.
The power of workflow (intelligent item routing) and validation (work product quality control) are strong allies in maximizing resources. A solid workflow process streamlines review activities so reviewers do not get bogged down. Automated workflow routing maximizes reviewers' productivity and keeps them on track and busy. For example, Kiersted's K4 platform eliminates waiting time and administrative delays by empowering attorneys to independently assign themselves bins of relevant documents to review. Simultaneous work efforts are possible when all users have active control, and self-administration capability means less work for the project manager, system administrator and docket manager. Real-time validation ensures that items are marked consistently with rules set for the specific project. Working in tandem with workflow, validation enforces the rules that govern linear progression of documents from one milestone stage to the next."