According to the report, the demand for the global eDiscovery market was valued at USD 7,827.25 million in 2015 and is expected to generate revenue of USD 18,496.60 million by end of 2021, growing at a CAGR of 15.69% between 2016 and 2021.
eDiscovery is defined as a set of processes for the identification, preservation, collection, processing, review, analysis and production of electronically stored information (ESI). eDiscovery is usually done in the condition of criminal litigation procedures and for government investigations. eDiscovery documents can be produced in the form of photos, video, databases, and other file types. ESI is stored across an extensive range of corporate sources which may encompass databases, websites, and file stores, in addition to individual devices such as computers, smartphone, and laptops.
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The eDiscovery market is mainly driven by the increasing age group ratio and volume of electronically stored information (ESI) per year. The increasing use of eDiscovery solutions in government and leading agencies for investigation process is also expected to positively impact market growth. Additionally, increasing acceptance of predictive coding, growing danger mitigation activities in organizations, increase in litigation, need for proactive solutions and growth of record management across various trades are some of the important factors driving the growth of the eDiscovery market. Apart from this robust growth in smartphones market and increasing use of social media networking sites such as LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook is also expected to fuel the growth of the eDiscovery market in the years to come. However, nonfavorable government policies and the high cost of eDiscovery is expected to limit the growth of this industry to some extent.
The eDiscovery market is segmented on the basis of components such as software and services. eDiscovery software market can be further classified as on-premise software & off-premise software. eDiscovery services were the leading segment of the eDiscovery market and accounted for 47.56% of the total revenue generated by the eDiscovery market in 2015. eDiscovery software segment was dominated by on-premise software in 2015. On-premise software segment held 51.08% share of the global eDiscovery software market in 2015. However, the off-premise segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment during the forecast period. Growing demand for cloud computing and growing volume of digitally stored data are some of the key factors driving the off-premise software market segment.
On the basis of end-users, the eDiscovery market is segmented as government and regulatory agencies, enterprises (small, mid and large-sized), law firms. Government and regulatory agencies dominated the global eDiscovery market in 2015 and accounted for 50.54% share of the total revenue generated in 2015. However, enterprise segment is estimated to exhibit rapid growth during the forecast period owing to increasing adoption of eDiscovery solutions in small as well as large companies across the world.
North America dominated the global eDiscovery market in 2015. It is expected to retain its dominance during the forecast period due to increasing use of eDiscovery solutions in civil litigations and need to improve information governance in corporations of all sizes. However, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the rapid growth of the eDiscovery market in the years to come. The growth of eDiscovery market in Asia Pacific will be mainly stemmed from China, India, South Korea and Japan.
Some of the key players operating in the global eDiscovery market include HP Autonomy, IBM Corporation, Daegis Inc., EMC Corporation, Symantec Corporation, Guidance Software Inc., Xerox Corporation, Epiq Systems Inc., FTI Consulting Inc., Navigant Consulting Inc., Integreon Managed Solutions Inc., and Catalyst Repository Systems Inc.