Merry Christmas from Gartner

Gartner Inc. has released it’s E-Discovery and Litigation Support Vendors MarketScope 2007 and it contains an early Christmas present for some lucky vendors.  Gartner Marketscopes are generally considered a precursor to the annual (and very prestigious) Gartner Magic Quadrant reports. (To quote Gartner, “The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.”)

This is only the second ED MarketScope. Written by Debra Logan and published December 14, 2007 , the report examines 29 vendors in the electronic discovery software, technology, and services market.  The companies included in the report were evaluated on a number of criteria including market understanding, innovation, market responsiveness and track record.  Final rankings were given to 19 companies based on three criteria:  1. Sell software that cna be licensed inside a corporate firewall 2. Cover at least three of the functional areas of the EDRM model and 3. Have ED revenue greater than $10 million.

Ratings are broken are broken down into 5 categories: Strong Negative, Caution, Promising, Positive and Strong Positive.  On that basis, Anacomp (the parent company of CaseLogisitix) was rated “Promising”, the ranking generally given to any company making it’s first appearance in a Gartner report, which was the case here.  No companies were ranked Strong Negative, one was given a caution, two were were promising, either were Postivie and four were strong positive.

This rating is a firm recognition of the strong position CaseLogistix has achieved in the e-discovery market in the short year and a half since being acquired by Anacomp.  To my mind, it also shows that the docNative approach which CaseLogisitx has been promoting as the basis for their approach to e-discovery workflow is the best way to manage documents during the discovery process.    More and more, firms of all sixe are beginning to relaize that digital workflow with native documents is the most efficient way to handle document review and production.

I’m looking forward to the 2009 Gartner Magic Quadrant and will report on their findings as soon as it published. Meanwhile, best wishes for a happy holiday season to one and all.

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