I have just written an article which, amongst other things, referred to the difficulty which eDiscovery / eDisclosure providers face in recruiting appropriately skilled and experienced talent for what is, for many of them, a market which grows almost weekly. There was nothing deeply perceptive in my observation that their only options are to recruit from rivals in the same business or to induce talented people to cross over from another industry sector.
There are no limits as to where good people might come from, although an ex-civil servant might perhaps find the hours, the urgency and the need to make judgements rather daunting. A good brain, agility of thought, a focus on real objectives and the ability to get on with others are the prime qualifications, although knowledge and experience of the industry is an obvious asset.
Nick Patience, co-founder of 451 Research, meets all these criteria and more, and Recommind has taken him on as its Director of Product Marketing and Strategy. Few analysts and commentators in the information governance/eDiscovery fields have Nick’s depth of knowledge about the subject on both side of the Atlantic, perhaps because he has worked on both sides.
This is not Recommind’s first raid on different but related industry sectors – last year, it hired Howard Sklar, whose legal and compliance background, and his ability to write interesting and challenging articles about compliance, have allowed Recommind to establish itself as a leader of thinking in this area as well as a provider of software and services.
Is it will be interesting to see Nick’s knowledgeable and objective commentary harnessed to the promotion of a single brand. The market for predictive coding (technology assisted review, call it what you will) is reaching a tipping point where the biggest battle is one shared by all the hotly competitive players in the market – however intense their competition, they have a common interest in developing understanding of the benefits of allying the lawyers’ human intelligence with the analytical and processing power of this kind of software. Nick Patience will put that case with clarity.