How can I join the eDJ community?
Join over 7,000 eDiscovery professionals by registering for a free membership through LinkedIn or manual registration. Membership is free, but we control access to premium perspective content such as research reports and eDJ Notes. We validate your identity to understand the source of survey results, product feedback and market comments while we protect your privacy.
So how do I become a Participating Member?
Any validated consumer account (meaning corporate, law firm or government) can take a quick survey to gain immediate access to premium content for 30 days. eDJ consulting clients are automatically given premium access. Survey participation is confidential unless a survey is clearly marked as being co-sponsored. There will always be at least one active, unsponsored survey available to keep your Participating membership active and free.
How do I get the most out of the eDJ community?
Find your key technologies and provider profiles in the eDJ Matrix. Read and Follow them.
Give us feedback on profile content that seems out of date or inaccurate.
Check your Account page News feed to see recent Followed stories, press releases and more from our custom search engine.
Customize your eDJ Digest for daily or weekly updates on blogs, briefings, profile updates, new eDJ Notes, reports and events.
Send us questions. Really. We want to hear about your pain points, problems and solutions.
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What is an industry analyst?
Traditional analysts conduct market research within a given topic or industry. Analysts assess trends, best practices, solution evaluation frameworks, and perform advisory services. Traditional analysts are disconnected from the trenches and lack hands-on experience with the available software and service solutions currently in the market.
What is an eDJ Research Consultant?
It is difficult to get independent, objective perspectives in an adversarial industry. Finding expert advisors with the right depth and breadth of expertise at a reasonable cost is difficult:
eDJ research consultants guide clients and providers through the same eDiscovery challenges you face every day and can provide objective advice on how to address these hurdles, compare potential solutions, and find the answers to your most pressing questions. eDJ Group is different from traditional analyst firms – our consultants are "research consultants" that cycle between consulting engagements and on-demand research projects in order to balance cutting edge market knowledge with a real-world perspective. eDJ's consultants all have 20+ years of experience in detailed eDiscovery and information governance projects.
Where did the eDJ Matrix come from?
The eDJ Matrix is the next generation of a technology matrix created by eDJ Group Co-Founder Greg Buckles in 2008. Mr. Buckles guided clients, investors and newcomers to the eDiscovery industry through the three levels of the LegalTech NY and marveled at the sheer number of booths and the rampant confusion. "It's just too big!" said a client - and she was right. There are so many applications and service providers on the market that Greg decided to convert his giant, unreadable product spreadsheets into a public resource tool. The early versions were called the E-Discovery Application Matrix, but the eDJ Group has expanded the coverage and features to deal with all aspects of eDiscovery technology and services. The eDJ Matrix is now an interactive, dynamic tool that Members can utilize to best understand the solutions landscape and to get the eDJ Group's insight into the eDiscovery market.
How are Categories determined?
eDJ Group constantly interacts with eDiscovery professionals in a variety of roles - Legal, IT, Litigation Support, Records Management, Archiving, etc. From those interactions, eDJ Group consultants infer the types of buying categories that are in demand. Market categories are retired as they evolve and offerings transform from point solutions to broader suites. Through vigorous research, the eDJ Group determines what minimum functions a solution must have to meet the needs of a given buying category. For Members, navigating through these categories is like having an expert guide you through the research and buying process. In addition, because the eDJ Matrix is a truly interactive tool, Members suggest new categories, companies and offerings that should be covered.
How are Features assigned to offering profiles?
As they say, "It takes a community." No one knows everything about every application and service provider on the market. Most offering features have been submitted directly by the product owners. Where eDJ Group consultants have had direct experience with an application/service provider or have found clear public information about the features promoted for an application, features are added to that application listing. Solution providers are given free access to update the application profile and features. eDJ Matrix Members are also welcome to suggest features based on their own experience. If a technology or service provider is "eDJReviewed", eDJ Group consultants have ensured that the features listed actually do exist in a demonstrable fashion.
What does "eDJReviewed" mean?
The "eDJReviewed" icon indicates that an eDJ Group consultant has spent time with technology/service provider doing a product demo, interviewing staff, and confirming the existence of features in the listing. The eDJ Group cannot validate the actual functionality of the features, but will take the efforts to ensure those functions exist and are up to date in the profile. Any provider or registered eDJ Matrix user can submit a solution listing on the eDJ Matrix at no charge, but they are responsible for updating the listing. Think of eDJReviewed as our way of letting you know that we are engaged with the provider to ensure the accuracy of the listing and eDJ Notes.
How often are the listings updated on the eDJ Matrix?
Once the technology/solution provider has been given administrative access to check/edit their listing, it is published to the site. A full profile of the listing will be sent to the provider contact every quarter and highlight new features that have been added since the last quarter. In the end, the system relies on feedback from the public to catch inaccuracies. Luckily for us, the litigation technology field is both sharp and competitive, so software competitors are some of the best checks and balances against inaccurate content. eDJ Reviewed listings are updated at least quarterly through regularly scheduled sessions that are led by eDJ analysts.