OpenText’s Enfuse 2019 takes place in Las Vegas between 11 and 14 November. Adam Kuhn, Director of Product Marketing at OpenText Discovery, has written a preview of Enfuse called Chart your eDiscovery path at Enfuse 2019 which makes it clear that eDiscovery will be a major component of the panels and discussions at the event.
I attended this event for many years in its earlier incarnation as Guidance Software’s CEIC. While eDiscovery was always important there, the event’s primary focus then was on the identification, preservation and collection of data for a range of purposes including law enforcement and criminal and civil discovery. The pure eDiscovery component was relatively small – my role from year to year was to talk about eDiscovery in non-US jurisdictions and about privacy and data protection, at a time when these were seen as eccentric fringe subjects. Later, the focus moved to cybersecurity as that became the dominant concern of organisations and their IT departments.
More recently, eDiscovery has resumed its proper place as the central pillar of a broad structure of related subjects. It has moved from being a sub-set (generally, in those days, compliance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in the aftermath of Zubulake) to its proper place as an overarching subject which embraces all the others.
As Adam Kuhn says in opening his article, the key thing is to turn facts into a story and thence into (as he puts it) into “argument, opinion, advice or recommendation”.
OpenText now owns (among other companies) Guidance Software and Recommind, and has doubled the eDiscovery content at Enfuse. There will be hands-on access to OpenText’s product range, and the opportunity to acquire new skills and formal qualifications. There is a welcome return of the judicial panel with judges including retired judge Andrew Peck, a long-standing star of this event.
In addition, OpenText will present the results of a survey developed with the always excellent Ari Kaplan. The results show yet further increase in corporate control over the processes which used to be the preserve of outside counsel.
There is something for everyone in the agenda. There is a registration form here.