In-Place Search Explained: Elevate Your eDiscovery Workflow to New Heights


In the rapidly moving world of business today, every second counts. The ability to locate pertinent information before it becomes inaccessible can determine the outcome of your endeavors. With In-Place Search, you can effortlessly explore various platforms from a unified interface, saving precious time and simplifying your work processes.

Whether you’re unfamiliar with In-Place Search or seeking to enhance your existing workflows, this blog offers the insights necessary for you to get a headstart on in-place search understanding and adoption.

Let’s start with the basics of in-place search.


What is In-place Search?
Benefits of In-place Search for Legal Teams & Law Firms
Checklist: Introducing an In-Place Search Solution Within Your Existing Workflows

What is In-place Search?

Within the eDiscovery context, ‘in-place search’ refers to the capability of searching and retrieving relevant information directly from its original location or source, without the need to copy or move the data to a separate location. It allows users to perform searches across various platforms, databases, or systems while maintaining the data in its original state.

This approach eliminates the need for time-consuming data transfers or duplications, saving valuable time and resources in the eDiscovery process. In-Place Search streamlines the workflow by enabling efficient search and retrieval of information without disrupting the original data structure or integrity. It provides a centralized view or interface through which users can access and search data from multiple sources, improving efficiency and effectiveness in handling eDiscovery tasks.

In-place search offers legal teams and law firms the advantage of efficient and streamlined access to relevant information, saving time and resources while enhancing the accuracy and effectiveness of their eDiscovery processes. More specifically, it yields the following benefits:

  • No overcollection of data – the in-place search solutions can reduce the overcollection of data by allowing for targeted searches of data that are stored in place, rather than copying or moving data to a separate location for analysis.
  • Significant cost savings – the in-place search approach significantly reduces the amount of data that is collected and transferred (with some solutions such as IPRO LIVE EDA, by up to 90%), which would result in considerable time and cost savings.
  • Improved accuracy and efficiency – the iterative review process enabled by the in-place search approach allows for refined search criteria and more comprehensive review, it leads to improved accuracy in identifying relevant data. More so, being able to preserve in its original location improves the overall efficiency of the eDiscovery process. 
  • Minimized disruption – the in-place search approach minimizes the disruption to business operations by allowing data to remain in its original location, which reduces the risk of spoliation. 
  • Enhanced data security – as data transfers are minimized or avoided completely (in case of an internal investigation), the risk of data breaches or unauthorized access is considerably reduced, which in turn enhances overall data security.  
  • Greater control – with the in-place search approach you get greater control over the eDiscovery process by allowing for iterative review and refined search criteria, giving organizations greater visibility and control over their data.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a closer look at how you can practically incorporate in-place search within your current workflows.

Checklist: Introducing an In-Place Search Solution Within Your Existing Workflows

When incorporating In-Place Search into your existing workflows, it’s important to consider the following to ensure a smooth and successful adoption. 

  • Conduct a thorough assessment of your current workflows and identify pain points where in-place search tools can bring the most significant benefits. Questions you could ask yourself and your team: To what extent are we happy with our current workflows? What can be improved? Do we over-collect data when performing eDiscovery? How much time and money do we spend on collection and document review?
  • Security and Compliance: Ensure that the In-Place Search solution you consider to implement meets your organization’s security and compliance requirements, including data privacy, access controls, and encryption.
  • Integration Capabilities: Assess the compatibility and integration capabilities of the in-place search solution with your existing systems, platforms, and databases. Determine if any additional integration efforts or customization will be required.
  • User-friendliness: Introducing a new tool within your techstack often comes with extensive training being required in order to familiarize yourself and your team with the new software solution. When looking into various in-place search tools, make sure to explore how simple and straightforward each solution is when benchmarked against one another. 
  • Scalability and Future Needs: Consider the scalability of the in-place search solution in question, to accommodate your organization’s growth and future requirements. Determine if the tool you’re considering to adopt can handle increasing corporate data volumes and file formats. 

For more best practices on successfully leveraging in-place search within existing eDiscovery processes check out our freshly released Ultimate Guide to In-Place Search

The whitepaper shares in-depth practical insights into the time and cost savings that in-place search tools, and IPRO’s LIVE EDA in particular, can provide when handling eDiscovery / internal investigations / data breach cases. Download it here.