Some industry commentators speculate that e-discovery as a separate product category (if not discipline) will disappear as enterprise software vendors get in on the act. 

I’ve previously written about EMC’s foray into EDD. Now, HP joins the game. A Clearwell press release (29 Jan 2008) announces that HP enters e-Discovery market by reselling Clearwell. Now that Seagate, EMC, and HP have irons in the fire, can IBM be far behind? Five years from now, big companies may well have most of the e-discovery features they need built into corporate enterprise systems. If so, it will be interesting to see the impact on the current EDD leaders.