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I’ve said before that a sense of humor isn’t necessary in eDiscovery, but it sure helps. Which is why Ipro has created our own comic strip, eDiscovery Blues™.
Today’s strip features our hero, eDiscovery Manager Rick Compliance, facing communication challenges with his IT Dept.
There is no denying that communication (or the lack thereof) can be an obstacle when it comes to reaching objectives. One main issue for Corporate Legal Teams is that so many of the stakeholders involved with the legal department communicate in very different ways.
These stakeholders usually include:
- The IT department, whose main concern will be data security
- The company’s business units, who will ask “How is legal enabling business for the company?”
- Other departments such as Risk & Compliance, Accounting, or HR
By connecting with these various groups within the company and discussing overall goals, as well as departmental goals, opportunities for efficiency will begin to appear. The key for legal departments is to open up clear lines of communication and put in the time and effort to build relationships and processes that will pay off in the end.
Which is why it’s helpful to find a “translator” who can bridge the gap between Legal, IT, and other business units to help identify obstacles to communication that may be getting in the way of efficiency. Once this is established, regular meetings or check-ins may be needed to clarify any issues between those stakeholders which may arise as a result of implementing new processes.
Tune in Next Friday for more eDiscovery Blues!