The only direct connection between the two articles referred to in my title are that they both appeared on the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel website yesterday. An interview with Warwick Sharp of Equivio is headed The processing mountain was blocking the view – new mountains to climb in e-Discovery. An interview with Anthony Pacheco of Proskauer is called The FCPA and UK Bribery Act: Compliance Programs essential.
There is another connection – they are both superlative articles of their kind, and on subjects which are topical and important. I have done an interview with Metropolitan Corporate Counsel for such an article. It took more than two hours, mainly because the interviewer was genuinely interested in the subject matter, not just knocking out copy to fill some space.
I see no point in summarising either of the articles, hoping that you will accept my recommendation that you read them. Warwick Sharp once told me something he was told at university: you know that you have described something adequately if you have explained it to your mother and heard her explain it to somebody else. One’s mother, in this context, stands for anyone who is unfamiliar with the subject-matter. If that is your position in relation to predictive coding, then Warwick’s interview will fill the gap for you. I particularly like his conclusion that law firms are the potential winners not, as they might think, the losers, from the adoption of technology of this kind.
I found both of these articles through Twitter – it would be more correct, in fact, to say that they found me, because they turned up in my screen on being tweeted or retweeted by someone whose recommendations I rely on. I retweeted them in turn, but that is because I choose to be an active rather than a merely passive user of Twitter. There are many reasons why you may have decided that Twitter is not for you. It is worth stressing that you can get enormous benefits from it as a purely passive user, selecting a few people to follow and reading linked articles which appear to be relevant to you. You may get drawn into the discussions and you may go on to use Twitter as a communication tool of your own, but many people use it simply to get timely and targeted information about things which interest them.