I don’t totally agree with this quote by author Mario Apicella, but I can certainly appreciate his perspective:
“… hosted services that offer remote access for e-discovery and similar activies are a worthwhile alternative to building a layer of compliance applications in-house.”
True it may be easier (and more efficient) for a company to outsource some of their storage/compliance responsibilities, but it is still imperative that the IT professionals and company attorneys discuss the issues revolving around the storage and preservation of electronic records (i.e. e-mails, e-docs, etc.).
Even though a hosted service may adequately handle the logistics of preserving e-mail, the amended rules still impose a quasi-duty upon lawyers to be familiar enough with their clients’ information systems so they can intelligently discuss the exchange of electronic data with the opposing party.
Link to article.