In the legal market, the discovery process demonstrates a strong need for scanning. IDC found two key benefits of scanning documents into electronic format within the legal market:

  • Accessibility of documents
  • Security of information

Once documents are scanned and indexed, the legal team can react more quickly and efficiently to discovery requests by finding relevant documents in the system. Additionally, an audit trail is established by indicating when documents were received and accessed by employees of the law firm.

 Figure 2 depicts the use of scanning in the discovery process and lists time and cost savings gained through the use of scanning.


Corporate transaction workflows are another area of opportunity for scanning when attorneys prefer paper markups instead of electronic editing. Scanning edited documents can speed the delivery of documents and reduce distribution costs