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7 Ways to Simplify and Accelerate e-Discovery

2017-07-27+0000| | Community, Relativity Spotlight

uni-exp-blog-featured-image.pngThis morning, our founder and CEO, Andrew Sieja, presented our new vision during the keynote of the seventh-annual Relativity Fest.

If you’ve ever heard him talk about kCura before, you’ve probably heard that our vision is to become “the e-discovery company.” But we’re done with that. The vision of our company should be about our customers, the people using our software every single day, whose jobs we want to make better, faster, and easier. Our vision shouldn’t be about us.

So we changed it. We want to simplify and accelerate how the world conducts e-discovery by bringing the entire process and community together in one open, flexible, and connected platform. That’s our vision. And today we’re excited to share a few ways Andrew announced we’re going to fulfill that vision. Check out the full  recording of the keynote and read through the highlights right here.

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Introducing the Relativity Board Game

2017-07-27+0000| |

This satirical blog post and product announcement were created for kCura’s April Fools’ Day 2015 celebration. (We wish it were real, too!)

Glass harmonica inventor Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Ben Franklin knew what he was talking about, and this adage is one we take to heart. e-Discovery is a collaborative space, but not a lot of folks realize it. We often hear stories of customers working closely with their own clients, while involving multiple members of their own teams—and sometimes even bringing us into the mix—to solve complex cases with tight timelines. We see groups like our most recent Relativity Innovation Award finalists collaborating internally to create really killer custom apps built on the platform. And when we launch new products, we love to involve our customers, hear their feedback, and figure out how to best solve their problems with technology.

But there’s still a pain point related to collaboration that legal and e-discovery professionals ask us about frequently, which we haven’t yet figured out: getting their families involved with e-discovery. In fact, recent studies show that most children don’t learn what e-discovery is until sometime between third grade and law school graduation—and it’s not for lack of trying.

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Begin Your Journey Toward e-Discovery Master

2017-07-27+0000| | Education & Certification, Litigation Support

blog_relativity-master.pngIn e-discovery, every project is different—and that means you’re constantly earning new expertise. The Relativity certification program recognizes your dedication to an in-depth understanding of not just the software you're using, but the case strategy and technological insight that drive your projects’ success. You’re doing the heavy lifting by mastering this skillset at work—so why not make it official?

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Quick Answers to 5 Questions about Information Governance

2017-07-27+0000| | Information Governance, In-house Counsel

At the end of an information governance webinar we hosted with Bennett Borden from the IGI last month, attendees had the opportunity to ask us questions about data remediation and IG processes—and we got some great ones. Here are the answers to some of those questions to help start a dialog in your own organization.

Which department in an organization should take ownership of an IG policy, if any? Do you think records and information management should be a contributor in addition to IT and legal?

Bennett: They’re definitely a contributor. IG has been a big boom to records management (RIM). Frankly, RIM’s been ignored for a lot of years by companies, and this new focus on IG will be a breath of life to these really smart professionals. They’re about what to keep and what not to keep—and evaluating what’s important and what’s not based on how it affects the objectives of the company. So their input is really important to have in IG, especially data remediation projects.

As far as who runs IG, we’ve found it’s all over the place inside of companies. The critical thing is that you’re able to balance these stakeholder voices and you’re willing to seek them out. When you have an information-related decision like this to make, you want to be able to elicit all of these stakeholder opinions and also balance them. Sometimes all of these interests don’t align, and when you make a choice you’ll be taking a risk of one kind or another. Eliciting and balancing these voices—and having someone running the group with the right authority to effectuate the decisions—will help you address how your organization can handle each decision and its risks. Mostly we see some combination of legal, IT, and sometimes information and records management, privacy, and security teams.

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Extending e-Discovery: What Could the Enterprise Platform Look Like in 2020?

2017-07-27+0000| | Community

Jared Coseglia, writing for the Association of Certified e-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), recently shared 10 Trends That Could Reshape the Legal Technology Market in 2015, suggesting the industry is ripe for innovation. Jared highlights the potential for a new focus on expert consulting work; disruptive technologies that may be on the horizon; and a more targeted, customized approach to service strategies. Emerging issues like cybersecurity and information governance are pushing this evolution at a faster clip than ever.

We noticed a common thread among many of these trends: the value behind customizing existing technology to tackle new challenges. Using familiar tools to meet new needs requires minimal investment but offers maximum appeal to forward-thinking legal teams with growing responsibilities. In the spirit of looking forward, we asked Jared—and a few other experts—what kinds of new applications might emerge for e-discovery software by 2020. Check out their predictions below.

Jared Coseglia, president at TRU Staffing Partners

Something that could revolutionize e-discovery would be an application that allows reviewers to investigate data using touch screens or remote corporal technology, abandoning traditional two-screen review and keyboards to leverage physical movement to sift through text, audio, video, and other interactive data in three dimensions. Think “Minority Report” for contract reviewers.

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What Are Your New Year’s e-Discovery Resolutions?

2017-07-27+0000| | Community

blog_what-are-your-new-year-ediscovery-resolutions-1.pngIs there a better time for reflection, self-assessment, and setting new goals—both personally and professionally—than the start of the new year? A few members of the e-discovery community were gracious enough to tell us their resolutions—and the resolutions they’d like to see others commit to—for the next year. Check out what they had to say and share your own 2015 e-discovery resolutions in the comments.

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Real-world Uses for Relativity Binders

2017-07-27+0000| | Mobile

Version 1.3 of Relativity Binders—the latest release of our free iPad® app for accessing documents and performing case-related prep on the go—hit the App Store on November 20. The update adds several navigation improvements suggested by users in the field.

We’ve enjoyed hearing feedback from Binders users that are putting the app to work. Their stories are exciting, so we wanted to share a few real-world use cases of how Binders can support e-discovery workflows on the road.

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