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Analytics Expert Certification Q&A with Brandon Mack

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

Last year, we launched our first specialty certification for Relativity Certified Administrators: the Analytics Expert program. Designed for RCAs with extensive knowledge of Relativity Analytics and Relativity Assisted Review, the certification validates their specialized expertise.

We’ve been getting frequent questions about the new program as folks consider taking the exam. To help address those questions from a certification candidate’s perspective, we sat down with Brandon Mack. Brandon became an Analytics Expert in late 2013. He is vice president of professional services at Iris Data Services and is a member of the Michigan Bar Association.

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Evaluating an Assisted Review Case with the Project Summary Report

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review

When information is passed upward, it’s most impactful when it can be consolidated—allowing the recipient to take a step back and see the big picture. The e-discovery industry follows this standard: for every case, an enormous data set will eventually be whittled down to just a handful of useful documents for the strategists’ use.

We developed Relativity Assisted Review to have a rich and useful set of reports to help case admins track a project’s success. By monitoring a diverse blend of statistics and progress measures, case teams can better manage their projects and understand their effectiveness. In Assisted Review, those data points include:

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Optimizing Index Training to Streamline Relativity Assisted Review Project Setup

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review

When computer-assisted review first gained popularity, we’d get calls from partners and clients interested in setting up a project. They didn’t know much about the process, but they knew enough to make them want to try it. These requests were often brought about by very pressing deadlines.

So we’d have a preliminary call where we’d explain what the project workflow entailed, and they’d be eager to know when they could start.

“Hold up,” we’d answer, “first we’ll need to build an analytics index.” Most of the time, one of two things would happen:  they’d have an index built using less than optimal settings for Assisted Review, or they would be unsure how to proceed.

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Hyper-Threading and Relativity

2017-07-27+0000| | IT & Infrastructure

Hyper-threading (HT), an Intel technology, allows a single core to leverage unused resources within its architecture. With HT enabled, a single core appears to the operating system as two cores. Typically,  this can improve performance and speed. The general consensus in the SQL community seems to be to leave (HT) turned on—unless you see evidence that suggests otherwise. In this post, we’ll review some key considerations to help you understand those “otherwise” circumstances, specifically on a physical SQL box.

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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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Preparing for a Relativity Assisted Review Project

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review

As we mentioned in our recent post about proportionality, the costs of litigation and e-discovery are being scrutinized more than ever, and any way to leverage technology must be considered. Relativity Assisted Review has tremendous potential for expediting a review, but success requires some preparation and thought. Before you jump into an Assisted Review project, be sure to address the following considerations to get the most out of your workflow.

Verify the quality of your text.
The most important data consideration is the text in your data set. Assisted Review uses the text of the documents to determine conceptual relationships and make decisions. Poor or minimal text—which you might find in a data set dominated by drawings or numerical spreadsheets—means Assisted Review probably isn’t the right fit.

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Jay Leib Interviews Nigel Tabaee of Deloitte Discovery

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review

In this installment of his interview series, Jay Leib—one of our resident computer-assisted review experts at kCura—interviews Nigel Tabaee of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP’s Discovery practice about the use of computer-assisted review in investigations. Nigel is a senior manager at Deloitte and a member of their national discovery standards committee.

Jay: Can you describe your role at Deloitte?

Nigel: I’m a senior manager in our discovery practice, focused on helping our clients develop document review workflows, which incorporate early data assessments, analytics, and advanced reporting. As a member of our national discovery standards committee, I also help develop leading practices for the Deloitte U.S. firms.

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Proportionality and Computer-assisted Review

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review

We recently addressed a few transparency issues currently under discussion and deliberation in the computer-assisted review community. Proportionality is often mentioned the in same conversations as these issues.

Simply put, proportionality asks and answers the question of how much money should be spent on a given task. It is an issue that reaches far and wide across the legal industry, touching not only on e-discovery, but also information governance and other subjects.

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Performance Tuning in Relativity

2017-07-27+0000| | IT & Infrastructure

Brent Ozar is one of approximately 100 Microsoft Certified Masters of SQL Server, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have him helping out our users as a go-to SQL expert since 2011. Last week marked his second time attending Relativity Fest, where he presented two sessions on performance tuning for Relativity’s SQL Servers. Today, he’s sharing some of that insight as our first guest blogger.

Every month, kCura sends me to a different client to help system administrators with everything from making their Relativity SQL Servers faster and more reliable to designing the right indexes for their document table. I, in turn, take what I hear from customers and suggest how kCura can fold that feedback back into Relativity. As you might guess, this has given me a pretty good idea on how to tune the performance of your Relativity SQL Server. Let’s dive in.

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Issue Coding with Relativity Assisted Review

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review

Issue coding—which helps flag documents beyond just their responsiveness—is an integral part of the review process. In recent years, technology has moved case teams’ workflows for issue coding a long way from color-coded sticky notes. Today, reviewers can use an issue field in their review platform to record these tags. In marking records this way, teams identify the most relevant documents in a case so they can be easily found throughout the e-discovery process.

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