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Finding the Starting Line

Susanne Strong



By Brittany Thaler, ACP eDiscovery

As we all have heard, the volume of data being generated is growing exponentially. Now more than ever before, the Legal community, is facing eDiscovery technology deficits, new demands, changed protocols, and so much more. These dramatic shifts require serious adjustments to our existing approaches.

While it was never a simple task, Discovery didn’t necessarily require complex protocols or identifications in the past.  Most conversations with the opposing party only included whether you wanted productions to be on a flash drive or in hardcopy form.  When I first started as a litigation paralegal, I produced PDF documents via CD, and to be honest, sometimes even 5 CDs.  Processes have changed radically in just over a decade. We are no longer working in a “flat discovery” world; we are now all eDiscovery practitioners, whether we like it or not.

eDiscovery involves almost all information capable of being stored electronically, across multiple formats.  Many of us think about “eDiscovery” in the context of Word documents, Excel spreadsheets PowerPoint presentations, and email. That was so 2018! eDiscovery now can include text messages and social media content (such as Twitter and LinkedIn posts). It even includes Zoom meetings!  With the ever-evolving field of eDiscovery and the high increase of content coming through our litigation and investigation doors, we need to be in the know and prepared to take on the eDiscovery process.

Do you feel overwhelmed just by reading this? Is eDiscovery something you know you have to learn, but don’t know where to start? The Learning Experience Team has planned for that; in fact, we even named a catalog page just for you: Start Here! 

If you’re completely new to eDiscovery, you can take this learning path that covers numerous foundational concepts.  It’s the perfect course to get you on your feet.

In the Start Here section, we’ll also introduce you to our Learning Center and Help Center.  Knowing how to navigate and find resources is the key to successfully learning on your own.  Next, we Put You in the Know.  In a series of lighthearted videos, IPRO guides you through some commonly used terminology in the eDiscovery world.  Having a foundation in terminology can help you better absorb new information, removing barriers to your learning experience caused by unfamiliar terms.  Knowing how to buy our courses is the next step, because if you don’t know how to access a course, it’s hard to learn the content!

eDiscovery is no joke.  Learning the basic fundamentals of the field can be crucial in understanding how IPRO’s products and services work.  If you are a new practitioner or coming directly from the IT world, stop off at the eDiscovery Fundamentals tiles to better understand what is going on!

Once you have these foundational courses under your belt, you can continue on to Self-Guided Learning for your product or you can continue on and learn about us, the  Learning Experience Team. Sometimes making that personal connection and better understanding your trainer’s experiences can help tremendously when it comes to getting through the materials. 

There is such much more content on the page and in the Learning Center overall. The Learning  Experience Team’s goal is to provide you with the right content, at the right time, and in the right format. As we continue to execute on our mission, more content will become available and easily accessible to guide you through your journey.

The Learning Experience Team wants you to succeed in this fast-paced, new world.  We wish you luck on this endeavor and know with the right tools, the right training, and the right support, you can be a truly remarkable eDiscovery practitioner!

Happy Learning!

For more information about tips like these, keep tuning in to our regular blog series from our Product Learning Experience team. 

If you’d like to learn more about IPRO’s products or sign up for Self-Guided Learning, log in to our online learning center,  https://learn.ipro.com/ 

IPRO’s Help Center can also be found here: https://my.ipro.com/help




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