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The eDiscovery market size was valued at USD 14.10 billion in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 15.45 billion in 2023 to USD 32.53 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 11.2% during the forecast period.
eDiscovery is the process mainly used for filing a lawsuit or investigation by collecting and exchanging evidence in the form of email, voicemail, audio, digital data, video, social media posts, and so on. In the scope, we have considered key players including Microsoft Corporation, Open Text Corporation, CloudNine, IBM Corporation, Deloitte, CS DISCO, Inc, KLDiscovery Ontrack, LLC, EPIQ, Nuix, and Conduent, Inc., among others that provide solutions and services for various industries.
Due to rise in data usage and technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation, the companies have to ensure adequate data protection and data management. According to the American Records Management Association (ARMA), more than 90% of records created nowadays are in electronic form.
The organizations relying on cloud services resulted in the discovery of sensitive data, which is prone to data theft. To help solve this problem, many companies started using cloud SaaS platforms with enhanced security, which resulted in less discoverable data. Also, legal firms have efficiently started to review the data and information from these cloud services that are generating demand for eDiscovery.
Investments in this market are expected to grow more as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other legal technology have become a standard part of legal practice and eDiscovery projects. For instance, in November 2021, Everlaw announced series D funding of USD 202.0 million, making a valuation of over USD 2.0 billion. Everlaw provides cloud-native electronic discovery software for document analysis to law firms, government, and corporations.
Such advancements have helped data professionals to ease their tasks and are driving the eDiscovery market growth.
Advancements in Remote Collection Tools and Legal Technologies amid Pandemic Aided Market Expansion
In response to COVID-19, the whole world made a significant shift toward remote work, but the market has long relied on remote collection. Due to advancements in remote collection tools, electronic discovery professionals can carry out their work more effectively. As a result, clients save a significant amount of money on travel time and expenses. Also, this market did not need to reinvent itself during the pandemic; rather, it simply increased its best practices for remote collection, which is now the most preferable method of online data collection. Legal teams are getting better at using eDiscovery tools to conduct remote collections.
As law firms, businesses, and government agencies begin to recover from the initial shock of the global pandemic, legal work has started gaining pace. The pandemic has accelerated legal teams to adopt cutting-edge technologies as organizations are moving toward electronic documentation instead of physical documents. Large-scale adoption of technology and preservation of metadata from electronic documents is also leading to strong relationships with clients.
These factors are expected to boost the market in the post-pandemic years.
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Integration of AI and Automation in eDiscovery to Aid Market Proliferation
By automating routine tasks, such as document organization, document classification, and data analysis, these technologies significantly improved eDiscovery processes. At the same time, automation reduces the chance of human error and leaves an audit trail. For instance, automation helps in simplifying the litigation hold process while making it scalable, secure, and legally defensible. Using eDiscovery and AI, businesses can concentrate on litigation issues while saving a lot of time and effort to optimize the cycle.
Companies have started adopting this trend by developing proprietary business operations solutions. Professionals have discovered that low-code and no-code applications are essential tools for expediting crucial tasks, such as the discovery of data, reviewing data, and so on. Various developments in AI and automation surge the demand for electronic discovery solutions and services.
Increasing Data Breaches and Adoption of Cloud-based Solutions to Propel Market Growth
Businesses are increasingly adopting electronic discovery solutions for preventing frauds and breaches. The average cost of a data breach is USD 4.35 million, according to IBM's 2022 report, and this number is expected to increase in the coming years. The enhanced context for prioritizing and responding to data security threats is provided by AI-powered electronic discovery systems, allowing for quicker incident response and the identification of root causes to reduce vulnerabilities and prevent future concerns.
Cloud-based electronic discovery solutions and services increased acceptance and are readily available in this rapidly developing market. Organizations have been able to cut down on response times, meet stringent reporting deadlines, keep an audit trail, and save money by using platforms that are helping them to prevent the breaches.
The key market players are adopting cloud-based solutions and services to gain the benefits of that migration and pass them on to their clients, as corporations and law firms generate large amounts of Electronically Stored Information (ESI). These factors are helping the vendors to generate more revenue for this market.
Change in Data Variety and Growth of Data in Organizations to Restrict Market Growth
There is a wide variety of potential sources of significant information as businesses use more social media, chat tools, audio, video, and other data-generating means of communication, including email. As technologists and lawyers continue to learn how to process, search, and produce cloud-based data sources related to electronic discovery that are newer and more complicated but this creates complex obstacles for them. Organizations increasingly rely on messaging platforms and social media to conduct business. These platforms contain a wide range of file types, data, and confidential information, which has made it difficult for market professionals to perform their tasks.
Data volumes for minor litigation matters are exploding in addition to data diversity. Due to the ever-increasing amount of data, court discovery deadlines rarely change. There is a vast amount of data to sort through and look over before litigation, which can cause storage issues and security and compliance risks for organizations. These factors made the data more complicated and spent a lot of time, money, and effort, which restrains market growth.
Increasing Legal Proceedings and Maintenance of Infrastructure in eDiscovery Services to Boost Market
Based on component, the market is divided into services and solutions. According to our analysis, the services segment dominated the electronic discovery market in 2022. The adoption of services by businesses is much higher than the solutions. The service providers maintain the infrastructure and make technology upgrades at the backend providing all the tools an organization needs under a user-friendly interface. Implementation of such services is helping organizations in reducing costs, preventing data frauds, and overturning the risks of handling data to service providers. However, this factor is propelling the demand for electronic discovery services.
Growing Adoption of Cloud-based Solutions and Services to Boost the Market
As per deployment, the market is split into cloud and on-premises. In 2022, the cloud segment accounted for a larger market share and is projected to grow with a high CAGR during the forecast period. The cloud environment growth is attributed to an increase in remote work due to the pandemic and centralized structure, which is accelerating the demand for cloud.
Cloud electronic discovery solutions offer better convenience and collaboration as they can be accessed from anywhere, and allow organizations to share and process files in real-time. By adopting cloud solutions and services, businesses can reduce the cost of data storage and ease of use in AI and automation technologies, thus increasing demand for cloud-based solutions.
Large Enterprises to Dominate the Market due to Increasing Investments in eDiscovery Tools
Electronic discovery solutions and services are used in large enterprises and SMEs. According to the analysis, the large enterprises segment will dominate the market during the forecast period due to rising investments in electronic discovery tools.
Large enterprises focus on hiring resources for their in-house legal department to support electronic discovery in an organization. Due to lack of resources in the legal department of Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), they are facing data challenges to support a dedicated internal staff. Large enterprises are also increasing investment in tools to manage electronic data records before litigation comes up, which will surge the demand for solutions in large enterprises during the forecast period.
Government & Public Sector to Grow with Highest CAGR in the Market amid Rise in Litigation and AI-based Technologies
By end user, the market is segmented into BFSI, retail & consumer goods, IT & telecommunications, healthcare & life sciences, government & public sector, legal, and others (education, energy & utilities and manufacturing). During the forecast period, the government & public sector is anticipated to experience the fastest growth rate. This sector is adopting litigation and AI-based technologies to work on their outside and internal processes. Electronic records have proven useful in a variety of investigations for government agencies worldwide such as Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Furthermore, product updates in this sector are playing a crucial part for the rising adoption of electronic discovery tools. For instance,
Thus, electronic discovery solutions in the government & public sector have helped to deliver advanced technological experience, in turn, leading to a higher growth rate.
North America eDiscovery Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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The market is geographically studied across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific and each region is further studied across countries.
According to our findings, North America generated maximum revenue in 2022 and held the dominant eDiscovery market share. The demand for electronic discovery solutions in the region is accelerated by an increase in data threats and governmental and regulatory spending among businesses for security reasons.
In North America, adoption of electronic discovery solutions and services is increasing in government and public sector as government database has important strategic information and for the purpose of financial gain, it is mostly targeted by hackers. For instance, Russian hackers breached U.S. defense outsourcers and stole crucial information from 2020 to 2022. Moreover, increasing investments in R&D activities, acquisitions, and partnerships by key players to develop advanced solutions also supports the growth of the regional market.
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Asia Pacific to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period. Many organizations are migrating to cloud platforms from on-premises to focus on data governance, which increases the adoption of electronic discovery solutions in the region, thereby having a positive impact on market growth. Additionally, the region's government & public industry is highly using electronic discovery solutions and services as the data security threats continue to grow. As per IBM, the region accounted for 31% of all incidents in 2022, marginally ahead of North America and Europe.
Strategic Acquisition by Key Players to Strengthen the Market Expansion
The major players in the market are focusing on providing advanced solutions and increasing their investments in research and development to introduce products and update existing solutions to expand their customer base and presence. In addition, players are adopting partnerships and acquisition strategies to expand their businesses into new regions and enhance the offerings and customer experience.
February 2022 – Congruity 360, LLC's legal workflow products, Hold360 and Request360, and also linked regulatory and alert solutions have been acquired by CS DISCO. An updated, digital solution for corporate legal hold requirements and legal demand compliance has been provided by these important legal workflow capabilities, which collaborated with CS DISCO's cloud-based electronic discovery platform.
August 2021 – CloudNine recently announced that it acquired ESI Analyst. ESI Analyst is the new standard for file types such as chat, audio, social media, text, computer activity, and financial data. CloudNine's recent announcement to cut costs and risk by investing in the creation of additional, high-value product offerings for its customers and the market as a whole is confirmed by the acquisition. Through acquisition and the hiring of 50% more employees, CloudNine committed to invest in customer challenges throughout the EDRM lifecycle.
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The research report highlights leading regions across the world to offer a better understanding of the user. Furthermore, the report provides insights into the latest industry and eDiscovery market trends and analyzes technologies deployed at a rapid pace at the global level. It further highlights some of the growth-stimulating factors and restraints, helping the reader gain in-depth knowledge about the market.
CAGR of 11.2% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Billion)
By Component, Deployment Model, Enterprise Type, End-user, and Region
By Deployment Model
By Enterprise Type
The market is projected to reach USD 32.53 billion by 2030.
In 2022, the market stood at USD 14.10 billion.
The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 11.2% in the forecast period (2023-2030).
Government & public sector is likely to lead the market.
Increasing data breaches and adoption of cloud-based solution is driving market growth.
Microsoft Corporation, Open Text Corporation, CloudNine, IBM Corporation, Deloitte, CS DISCO, Inc, EPIQ, KLDiscovery Ontrack, LLC, Nuix, and Conduent, Inc are the top players in the market.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share.
Asia Pacific is expected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
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