Today begins LegalTech New York 2012 and, as you can imagine with it comes an onslaught of announcements and product releases. We rounded up a few of the ones being made today, for your convenience.
Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC), best known for its viewing, collaboration and redaction technology, has two announcements: A general release of its Brava! 7.1 and the results of a Redaction Survey.
The most notable additions to Brava! 7.1 come in the enterprise version, which now includes the new Brava Changemark Viewer for smartphones, video collaboration and improved enterprise readiness and performance for very large deployments. Smartphone users can participate in collaboration workflows, as well as add comments and markups to any video clip using the Brava Flash client.
IGC’s Redaction Survey aimed to benchmark user adoption and attitudes toward electronic redaction software. Results showed that nearly 65% of the survey respondents were from law firms and that over 25% of participants still do redaction manually, with markers or redaction tape. 32% redact electronically, and nearly 38% use a combination of paper-based and software-driven redaction.
When we last spoke with Daegis, it was predicting the future of e-Discovery. Among its list was a focus on the discovery lifecycle and the roles that people and technology played in the process. Today Daegis follows through with its Cross-Matter Management methodology, which is designed to streamline the e-Discovery lifecycle by proactively managing electronically stored information (ESI) and attorney work product across multiple matters, saving corporate and law firm clients an average of 30% or more across the e-Discovery lifecycle.
A key element of Daegis’ Cross-Matter Management is the Master Repository. The Master Repository serves as a central location where clients can retain custodian data and attorney work product which has been collected across multiple matters.
Social media and e-Discovery have traditionally gone together like oil and water. Until now. Business Intelligence Associates (BIA), a leader in e-Discovery collection, announced that the data collection features of its TotalDiscovery.com product are receiving a significant upgrade. Scheduled for release in March 2012, the upgrade will offer the ability to initiate collections for social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, as well as collections form Webmail and Apple systems.
Index Engines has taught us how to manage corporate data more efficiently. Today it continues to offer more efficiency, as well as compliance. With the launch of Octane Forensic Archive for Litigation Hold, Index Engines helps to index MS Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes email messages, allowing for content and metadata culling. Once the relevant set of email or custodian mailboxes are defined, the culled content will be preserved at a bit level in the archive.
Messages don’t have to be converted to eml or msg formats for preservation and only the appropriate culled bits will be extracted into the archive as a forensic image of the original content. Index Engines boasts that Octane is the only platform on the market that provides forensic-level culling and archiving of email databases, ensuring accuracy and defensibility when collecting and archiving sensitive corporate records during litigation hold.
First there was Predictive Coding. Now, thanks to Digital Reef, there’s Predictive Priority. Released as a part of its Advanced ECA 4.0, Predictive Priority allows lead attorneys to receive and review only the most relevant data early in the review process, which means direct access to the most highly responsive data. Other categories of data can be directed to the appropriate review teams, with the bulk of the data either reviewed by the lowest cost outsourced services, or validated by data sampling techniques. Predictive Priority is designed to provide both accelerated case strategy and cost savings by directing case data to the appropriate legal resources, subsequently reducing the number of documents for manually review.
Digital Reef's Pre-Review Workflow
ZyLAB also explored cross-matter management, by officially releasing the first in its series of ZyLAB Cloud Collectors, designed to capture email from Microsoft Exchange Online, part of Office 365, and all email messaging applications that support Exchange ActiveSync Protocol, Post Office Protocol (POP3), and Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), such as Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, Verizon and Comcast, among others.
The supported data types span messages, nested messages, attachments, calendar items and tasks and contacts that are stored within the webmail account. Not only does this provide the end user the ability to more easily migrate information from remote web tools, it also adds a feather to ZyLAB's cap by making it the only end-to-end e-Discovery company to offer both traditional email collection and integrated collection of cloud-based email systems via a hosted or on premise application.
Of course, LegalTech is more than just vendor announcements. But these product releases aim to supplement new methodologies and strategies for collecting, reviewing and managing information. While there is no shortage of vendors, conferences like LegalTech help to evolve technologies so as to save time, money and streamline workflows.