BGD CIO David E. Otte Explains How to Simplify e-Discovery Requests
David E. Otte recently discussed the difficult nature of completing e-discovery requests received from the Office of General Counsel (OGC) in an article for CIO Review. Otte is currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP.
Although these types of requests are certainly daunting and often dreaded by CIOs, Otte says that there are a variety of ways to make the process more efficient. He explains that starting with clear communication between IT and CIO and following up with helpful technological products and tools can simplify e-discovery requests as much as is possible.
In his article, Otte mentions several ways to ensure the people and process side of e-discovery is functioning well by building a strong relationship between IT and CIO.
A company must have an open and thorough dialogue about the nature of requests and expectations regarding them. A comprehensive data map should be assembled, and general counsel should be consulted regarding data processing, storage, and retention policies. Once these goals have been reached, a solid start of a basic e-discovery process will be established, which can then be supplemented with helpful applications and service providers.
Otte has taken part in projects ranging from technology implementation, disaster recovery planning, human resources technology and process reviews, and practice development initiatives.