If anyone was wondering what Autonomy was going to do after getting the check for US$ 12 billion, then the upgrade to its e-Discovery software is a good indicator: It appears to be carrying on business as usual, even if it is now branded as a HP company.

Autonomy, IDOL

The upgrade, which was announced at LegalTech in New York, pulls together a number of abilities across a number of Autonomy applications, all of which have been built around its IDOL 10 server.

Like all IDOL-based applications, this one works around the ability to read meaning into context in both structured and human-fed information that enters the system as unstructured data.

The upgrade to the e-Discovery application involves three solutions. The aim with all three is to minimize the amount of information that has to be moved by human hands, which has been shown in the past to be error-prone in an area that needs to be as error-free as possible.

Autonomy, e-Discovery

While the three solutions focus on three elements of e-Discovery, together they provide an end-to-end –e-Discovery system that covers the process. The three solutions include:

  • Autonomy Investigator & ECA: For rapid early case assessment and analysis of data “in place”
  • Autonomy Stratify: Intuitive, easy-to-use interface and workflow for access to information
  • Autonomy Introspect: A processing, review, and production solution for managing complex, multi-party litigation

Underlying all this -- apart from IDOL, that is -- is Autonomy’s private cloud that offers legal professionals with shared access to litigation records that eliminates the need to import, export or transfer data between parties involved in the proceedings.

Autonomy, HP, e-Discovery

An interesting new angle in this release is that it also comes with a new e-Discovery Appliance, which is built around its new position as an arm of HP.

e-Discovery Appliance combines Autonomy’s e-Discovery software with HP hardware, including HP ProLiant servers and HP Storage.

According to Autonomy -- or HP -- or both --  the new appliance will enable rapid deployment in the enterprise and enable firms, within a matter of hours, to upload data into Autonomy’s secure, private cloud or server for review or production.

Predictive Coding vs. Autonomy

Over the past few months, we have seen the emergence of predictive coding as a core element in e-Discovery -- the most recent being with Clearwell -- but Autonomy says it has this beat with IDOL.

Meaning Based Coding is Autonomy’s anwser to that and offers users a way to conceptually understand the meaning of information to provide coding recommendations regarding relevance to one or more issues in a matter.

The result is a solution that offers real-time behavioral categorization of content  that understands the review team's coding decisions related to documents in the review process as well as dynamically recommending document coding in real time.

Autonomy e-Discovery operates with Autonomy Legal Hold and a range of components from Autonomy’s Information Governance suite, such as Autonomy Consolidated Archive or Autonomy HP Data Protector.

It’s the first time we’ve seen blatant HP promotion, but then if you can’t promote yourself through your own company, when can you do it? There’ll be lots more here in the months to come so watch and wait.