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Why You Need to Create a Centralized Case Summary for Every e-Discovery Project

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Relativity Product Spotlight

042617-Fact-Manager---Centralized-Case-Summary.pngNo case is black and white. As data is investigated, the matter evolves—and so does your case strategy. Keeping track of facts, chronologies, and hot documents can get complicated fast.

Why not bring it all together?

Developing your written case summary as a Microsoft Word or Google document and keeping it up to date is counterproductive. It’s like shooting a movie while you’re writing the script. And it’s why we created Relativity Fact Manager.

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5 Bad e-Discovery Search Habits and How to Break Them

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

042517-Five-Bad-Search-Habits.pngNo one likes to start the day with a frantic email: a search won’t run or isn’t providing the expected results, and because you’re trying to complete a review project on a tight deadline, you have no choice but to fire off a panicked request for help to your litigation support team. But you don’t have to find yourself trapped in this position. A bit of better search hygiene can make all the difference.

There are many tools available to help you create accurate and healthy searches. Check out these most common searching snafus and their best methods of prevention to accelerate your review.

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How to Win the Race for Defensible Productions

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

160513_FRONTEO_logo_H_RGB_Color.pngThis article was originally published on the FRONTEO blog. It's a good look at the many workflow components that can maximize your team's efforts during review, so we wanted to share it here as well.

The review phase of an e-discovery project can look and feel like a lap of a relay race, where the baton has been handed off and the rest of the team cheers from the sidelines. Yet, a truly successful review requires planning and continued buy-in among all stakeholders. This starts with the development of a workflow, or defined project timeline. By preparing ahead and sticking with this workflow, the team can work together as partners towards efficient, defensible productions.

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5 Spreadsheet Redactions Headaches and How to Relieve Them

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_spreadsheet-redaction-headaches.pngThere is no denying that creating and quality checking redactions on images of Microsoft Excel files during e-discovery makes us all run for a bottle of over-the-counter analgesic relief. The struggle is real whether you’re a project manager, litigator, opposing party, or the reviewer.

The trouble comes down to this unavoidable fact: all the functionality and dynamism of Excel files is reduced by static imaging in preparation for your production, which is preceded by endless hours of redactions involving manual clicking and painstaking lining up of rows and columns that stretch across dozens, if not hundreds, of images.

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5 Online Tools to Help You Build Better Searches

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_5-online-tools-to-help-you-build-better-searches.pngSearching has been at the crux of e-discovery since the inception of modern platforms for digital data review. Before analytics, searching options like Boolean strings and dtSearch were the only ways to parse through large volumes of information and get to the important stuff fast—and now that analytics options are here, these tactics are still an important step in many e-discovery workflows.

Unfortunately, heinous searches have also been at the crux of e-discovery since its earliest days. Many folks from the industry have shared horror stories about overly complex or inclusive searches that turned project timelines upside-down.

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SXSW 2017: Bats, Biometrics, and Solving Tomorrow’s Data Challenges

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Community, Education & Certification, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_SXSW-takeaways.pngEvery March, there are two great migrations to Austin, Texas. The first is the arrival of the city’s huge Mexican free-tailed bat colony, which spends the summer and fall living, breeding, and hunting in and around the Congress Street Bridge. When the colony’s newborn bat pups take wing in August, more than 1.5 million bats share the skies above the capitol city.

The second migration is generally considered to be much weirder. March in Austin also means South by Southwest, which for nearly 30 years has gathered the world’s finest creative minds in technology, music, and film to discuss wicked problems and innovate solutions across industries. The festival has been a launching point for apps like Twitter and Foursquare and hosted talks by tech developers and world leaders, including a 2016 appearance by Barack Obama.

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Two Words Every e-Discovery Professional Should Know

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support, Relativity Product Spotlight

blog_event-handler.pngTechnology is, of course, a big component of e-discovery, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who works in this industry is a tech genius. Most lawyers and litigation support professionals don’t know (or care) about JavaScript or the nitty gritty of how their smartphone ticks. Using technology shouldn’t require expertise under the hood.

Technophile or technophobe, every attorney and review manager who wants to do e-discovery faster should know these two words: event handlers.

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Business Intelligence: Tracking Metrics Across Projects

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

Advanced Discovery_Presentation.pngThis blog post is a thorough introduction to the ways high-level metrics from your e-discovery projects, when viewed holistically, can help influence a smarter e-discovery strategy for your business. It was originally published on the Advanced Discovery blog as part of their recent series on business intelligence.

In the first part of this short blog series, we began by reviewing core business intelligence concepts and how they can apply during an individual e-discovery project. Here, we review how they apply across individual e-discovery projects as part of effective e-discovery program management.

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3 Best Practices for e-Discovery Custodian Interviews

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, ECA & Investigation, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

D4-logo-with-tag-300x92.pngThis article was originally published on D4's Discover More blog. We enjoyed their close examination of how to best conduct critical custodian interviews, which, when done well, can help ensure smoother e-discovery.

With all the advanced technologies available to us, a good client interview still provides the single biggest advantage in saving money and managing the risks of e-discovery. Besides getting a good idea about the facts of your case and the value of potential witnesses, a good client interview helps to achieve a cost-effective review and a proportionate discovery response.

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5 Ways Runners and Production Managers Just Get Each Other

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Litigation Support

blog_5-ways-runners-and-production-managers-just-get-each-other.pngThere are a lot of similarities between physical fitness and e-discovery expertise that can help you embrace the love of running as well as excel at your job. We’ve covered the subject of athletics and e-discovery before—including analogies on running a marathon, tackling an obstacle course, and partaking in the great American pastime—so let’s touch on another example: the production that feels like a couch-to-5K adventure. With unseasonably warm weather in Chicago earlier this week and new year’s resolutions on our minds, we’re in the mood for some exercise.

Most of us can agree that succeeding in e-discovery is a feat of athleticism all its own. Today we present a few specific examples, but it all comes down to this: if you don't feel like throwing up after completing a 5K or production, you didn't try hard enough.

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