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Hybrid eDiscovery: Because One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Hybrid eDiscovery for all

Hybrid eDiscovery: Because One Size Doesn’t Fit All

In the legal technology industry, we hear the word “agility” used quite a bit, mostly in regard to processes and workflow. eDiscovery traditionally has been a fairly fixed process, moving along the eDiscovery Reference Model (EDRM) with only slight variations on a theme.

Corporations create and maintain data (i.e. electronically stored information [ESI]), and in response to internal investigations and litigation, that data is preserved and collected, often by the in-house legal team. From there, the help of Alternative Legal Service Providers (ALSP) may be used to process that data into usable formats and outside law firms are called in to conduct review.

But if you ask any eDiscovery professional, “What is the best approach,” you’re likely to get the same answer again and again: It depends.

For such a legally regulated process, there are near-infinite variables that arise from matter to matter. Variations in data sizes and sources, in production requirements, in complexity. Which is why there are often so many moving parts and parties in the process, with varying degrees of involvement, depending on the needs of the case.

In response, many legal technology vendors carve out their approach, and their users adapt to the parameters. The only preference legal teams can choose is which vendors they employ. And because of the “it depends” nature of eDiscovery, they often need to employ a variety of software applications and services to cover everything.

And it works. It gets the job done. But is it agile? Does it provide a flexible and accessible framework that allows users the ability to get the job done however they want to get it done? Or is it a process built on compromise.

That is the goal of Hybrid eDiscovery: to give users the option to check whichever boxes they want to meet the needs of the matter at hand. Options on deployment, on scalability, on services, on pricing, without putting limits on processing power, AI and analytics, review capabilities, and production quality.

Hybrid eDiscovery allows you to take the current process of in-house legal teams, ALSPs, and outside law firms and customize it to your organization’s needs and preferences. And by adding transparency for all parties involved, while cutting down on the number of data hand-offs, a hybrid approach gives legal teams true agility at all stages of the eDiscovery process.

 

Ipro will showcase major software updates to Ipro for enterprise and desktop at LegalTechNY 2020

Ipro will showcase major software updates to Ipro for enterprise and desktop at LegalTechNY 2020

Like a lot of people in the industry, Ipro is gearing up for LegalTech next week in New York. We have lots of exciting things going on, including two new product releases.

If you will be in New York, schedule a 1:1 meeting or stop by and visit Ipro’s booth 2004 for a hands-on look at Ipro’s eDiscovery solutions.

Ipro for enterprise: 

  • Reduce risk and take control while maintaining defensibility
  • Empower internal and external legal teams to effortlessly collaborate
  • Gain cost predictability through straight forward, competitive pricing
  • Seamlessly integrate with your existing internal systems
  • Flexibly manage data environments and hosting costs by deploying on-premises, in the Ipro cloud, or a hybrid

The 2020 release of Ipro for enterprise has new intuitive Review interface, powerful analytics, and job manager, placing Ipro at the forefront of eDiscovery systems. Best-in-class Processing produces the highest quality documents and gets them into review faster than any other engine out there. The newly designed UI has an intuitive look and feel, enhancing your ease-of–use.

Ipro for desktop:

  • Simplify your Discovery to Trial workflow within a single tool
  • Available where you are – take your case offline when necessary
  • Manage hosting costs by keeping data local
  • Use Fact Management to organize, highlight, and chronologically order case facts
  • Present virtually any type of document or media from your PC
  • Create deposition clips in a snap

With Ipro for desktop, you’ll be able to quickly access relevant electronic evidence, manage review, organize facts, and prepare for presentation or trial with this true, all-in-one litigation solution. Deployed locally, this solution is easy to install and support with virtually no overhead, allowing eDiscovery to be carried out offline on a particular computer or in a network.

Schedule a private meeting with our client success team!

Ipro Announces Strategic Partnership with NetGovern, Helping Legal Teams to Meet the Challenges of “ZettaByte Scale” eDiscovery

Ipro Netgovern Partnership

Ipro, a global leader in eDiscovery and Trial software technology, announced today a strategic partnership with NetGovern. This partnership will provide an innovative approach for customers to perform Early Data Assessment (EDA), enabling the rapid review of relevant data before it is ever collected, thereby dramatically lowering expensive eDiscovery costs.

Cloud and On-Premises data repositories containing zettabytes (i.e., billions of documents) are now the norm, and collecting from various storage locations has become a real challenge for in-house legal counsel. NetGovern allows real-time, consolidated access to multiple sources of enterprise unstructured data, enabling legal teams to effectively make tactical decisions prior to preserving or duplicating Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Combining this functionality with Ipro’s best-in-class capabilities – including data processing, enhanced visual analytics, new intuitive document review, and trial solution – creates what is possibly the industry’s most flexible, scalable, and powerful eDiscovery experience.

With this partnership, Ipro expands its offerings to help legal teams perform investigations for litigation and internal matters, assess compliance & security risks, protect intellectual property, respond to eDiscovery, subpoenas, and public record requests, and ultimately prepare for settlement or trial.

“Searching through billions of documents and creating legal holds from multiple sources, such as Office 365 mailboxes and applications, on-premises file shares or Box, is how we make a difference every day. We are excited to take part in helping our mutual customers make confident decisions much earlier in the process,” says Pierre Chamberland, Founder & CEO of NetGovern.

Dean Brown, CEO at Ipro Tech, adds, “As corporate data continues to grow, innovative approaches to eDiscovery are necessary. Ipro continues to invest in this market to stay ahead of the demands of eDiscovery and ensure our clients gain insight into the complexities of today’s data-filled world.”

Both Ipro and NetGovern reiterated their continued commitment to provide their customers with flexible deployments whether On-Premises, or fully-hosted in Public & Private Clouds.

During Legalweek 2020 in NYC, both companies will answer questions and celebrate this partnership at its “Game On eDiscovery!” event at Faces and Names on Feb 5, 2020. For information about scheduling a meeting, contact us here: https://iprotech.com/contact-us/

About NetGovern
NetGovern’s information archiving and governance software helps organizations solve data compliance, safeguard personal information, simplify eDiscovery and protect their reputation. Our all-in-one solution offers the fastest speed to value, lowest cost of ownership, and most secure visibility of sensitive information found in messages and files, independent of storage location. https://www.netgovern.com/

About Ipro Tech, LLC
Ipro is a global leader in eDiscovery technology used by legal professionals to streamline discovery of electronic data through presentation at trial. Ipro draws upon decades of innovation to deliver high-performance software, services, and support, bundled as a solution and deployed the way you want it—Desktop, On-prem, Cloud, or Hybrid—significantly reducing the cost and complexity of eDiscovery.
https://www.Iprotech.com

 

 

 

New Article by Ipro Client Manager, Ethan Hirsch, Published by NALA

NALA and Ipro

A new article highlighting TrialDirector 360 and written by Ipro Client Manager Ethan Hirsch was published by NALA: The Paralegal Association this month.

Before joining Ipro, Ethan spent two years as a Paralegal Assistant, supporting all aspects of case management and deposition/trial prep and has provided law firms, government agencies, and other litigation companies with the highest level of training, consulting, and support, using his knowledge of case management, trial preparation and presentation.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

“When you start off in the litigation support field, your firm may not even own licensing for trial presentation software, so there’s a good chance you’ve never seen or even heard of TrialDirector®. And when you finally see it, you still may not fully grasp the value of a software program like it.

“I know I didn’t, even after starting work at inData Corporation and later moving to Ipro. It was only after training and consulting law firms for months on TrialDirector software, while customizing case management tactics and workflows to help clients be prepared for trial, before I fully understood. But when you ultimately sit in the hot seat to support firms with presentation in the courtroom, there’s no doubt about its value.

“An attorney’s job is to tell a true and complete story with words, using months, if not years of case management, motions, discovery, productions, hearings, and finally a trial. TrialDirector puts all of those things together in just a few seconds to enhance the presentation of the evidence to the 12 members of the jury. Evidence gets you to trial but telling the story of the evidence to the jury wins it.”

Continue Reading the full article published on NALA: The Paralegal Association’s website.

NALA is a non-profit organization which provides current information about the paralegal profession, continuing education (publications, courses, and webinars), networking opportunities, professional certification programs, occupational survey reports, and publications to help paralegals excel in the workplace.

New Webinar! Learn How Ipro for Enterprise Reduces Risk & Cost for Corporations

January 23, 2020, 1pm EST

Join Ipro’s Director of Product, Aaron Swenson, as he reviews the all NEW Ipro for enterprise, and how it helps corporations quickly respond to subpoena requests, complex litigation, and internal investigations, while reducing overall cost and risk..

In this webinar showcase you will learn:

  • How your legal team can reduce risk and costs by culling irrelevant documents and intellectual property sent to outside counsel
  • How the latest in AI, Advanced Analytics, and Data Visualization help your team quickly uncover facts in ways that would be impossible with traditional linear search
  • How the new consumer-modeled interface empowers internal and external legal teams to effortlessly collaborate while maintaining a high degree of data security and compliance

Flexible, Scalable, Powerful
Ipro for enterprise can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid, giving you absolute flexibility to manage environments and hosting costs.

Ipro Chats with George Socha About eDiscovery Trends for 2020

eDiscovery trends 2020

Ipro Chats with George Socha About eDiscovery Trends for 2020

It’s that time again where everyone is posting their predictions on the most important trends in eDiscovery for the new year. Luckily, I had the good fortune to recently speak with one of the industry’s leading voices, George Socha, about where he thinks the focus will be in 2020.

He targeted three areas which are emerging, expanding, and going to “hugely change the eDiscovery landscape we face.”

Here are some of the highlights:

Mobile:

“If you think of how we live our lives today – how we communicate with people and the device we constantly have with us, tracking communications, giving us access to data, tracking where we go, what we do, what we buy, what websites we visit – it’s with our mobile devices.

“And If the goal of eDiscovery, of discovery in litigation and investigations, is to figure out what happened, you have to get to the content on those devices, and the content not on but available through those devices.

“All too often, the cost and inconvenience of collecting mobile data is an insurmountable barrier. Then the next barrier we must get past is in processing that data in a way that actually makes it available and usable on a reliable basis. And then after that, the display of that content within the tools we use for analyzing and reviewing it, so it can be worked with intelligibly.”

AI:

“There is the AI we use today in eDiscovery: different names for supervised machine learning, where you say, ‘This is what I like’ and then you say to the system, ‘Now go find more of that for me’; and then there is unsupervised machine learning, which makes things such as email threading possible.

“Which takes us to the AI we’re not using or not using so much yet. The forms of predictive analytics, for example, that could in theory guide us so that if you are answering a complaint, you work with a system that has a wealth of information about previous complaints and answers to complaints, and it suggests to you what answer you might want to put together, and then lets you go from there. That’s just one potential example. The range of possibilities is enormous and includes not only what we can do for litigation, but what we can do in virtually every other area of the practice of law. But we’re still on the beginning of the up-ramp for that, and we’ve got a long way to go.”

The Cloud:

“The cloud, for eDiscovery purposes, is important in two different ways. First, the cloud is where so much of the data we need to get at is stored today. A very high percentage of corporations of all sizes have data in the cloud. I’ve seen numbers that range anywhere from 40% or so to 92% and higher, but whether it’s 40% or 90%, that’s a pretty high percentage, and for discovery purposes will have to be treated as 100%. How do you find that data? How do you gain access to it? Can you use it where it’s stored for eDiscovery purposes or do you need to port that data or some portion of it over for use at another location?

“Then the other side is, are the eDiscovery systems you use operating in the cloud. Do they store data in the cloud, operate locally, or are they a hybrid of the two? Increasingly, I think we’re going to see systems that are exclusively operating in the cloud and storing data primarily in the cloud with data available locally for convenience purposes.”

For the full conversation with industry veterans George Socha, Derek Miller, Ryan Joyce, and Sarai Schubert, all talking about their earliest days working in legal tech over the past three decades and giving their insights into what they see happening in 2020 and beyond, visit us here:

30 Years of eDiscovery: Industry Veterans Discuss Where We’ve Been & What the Future Holds

 

Written by Jim Gill
Content Writer, Ipro

New Webinar! Learn How the All New Ipro for Enterprise is Perfect for Law Firms

January 21, 2020, 1pm EST

Join Ipro’s Director of Product, Aaron Swenson, as he reviews the all NEW Ipro for enterprise, and how it helps law firms locate and understand key case evidence, efficiently run a well-organized legal team, and craft a winning case strategy.

In this webinar showcase you will learn:

  • How your team can upload evidence using Self-Service to quickly ingest, assess, report, and stream millions of documents directly into document review
  • How the latest in AI, Advanced Analytics, and Data Visualization help your team quickly uncover facts in ways that would be impossible with traditional linear search
  • How the new consumer-modeled interface for Review creates efficient document viewing and tagging, with single-click access to document batches, ensuring your team will avoid reviewer document collision.

Flexible, Scalable, Powerful
Ipro for enterprise can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid, giving you absolute flexibility to manage environments and hosting costs.

Watch On-Demand!

It’s Game On! Ipro Releases new enterprise eDiscovery solution

new Ipro for enterprise

Ipro is excited to announce the release of its new Ipro for enterprise eDiscovery solution. Intuitive and easy-to-use, Ipro for enterprise helps legal teams locate and understand key data, quickly respond to subpoena requests, complex litigation, and internal investigations, and craft a winning litigation strategy, all while reducing overall cost and risk.

“I’m very excited to deliver this release,” says Aaron Swenson, Product Director for Ipro. “There is something for everyone. It significantly raises our user interface bar, and we are one step closer to our vision of reviewers spending zero time on product-specific training, enabling them to spend 100% of their time focused on the case.” He adds, “The geek in me is just as excited to announce our initial offering of APIs, giving our more technical users a new way to engage with the product, with more to come in this area next release. All of this is a result of our customer feedback groups: we couldn’t have done it without you!”

Other New Features:

  • 1 Click access to review sets lets reviewers focus on learning about the case, not the tool
  • AI/Advanced Analytics reduce review burden up to 95% over traditional document review
  • 15x faster processing over traditional approaches, covering more than 500 file types
  • Cost predictability through straight-forward, competitive pricing.

Upload Evidence

Your team can upload Electronically Stored Information (ESI) using Self-Service to quickly ingest, assess, report, and stream millions of documents directly into document review, placing powerful processing capabilities at the point of need while providing visibility into processing job status and completion.

Uncover & Understand

Use AI, Advanced Analytics, and Data Visualization to quickly uncover facts in ways that would be impossible with traditional linear search. These advanced analytics combine concept, timeline, and relationship searches with data visualization tools to provide deeper insight into communication patterns, allowing you to efficiently cull irrelevant documents before sending to review.

Review & Produce

The document reviewer puts the document at the center of attention, allowing you to focus on the work at hand. The modern, consumer-modeled interface creates efficient document viewing and tagging and provides single-click access to document batches, ensuring your team will avoid reviewer document collision.

Flexible, Scalable, Powerful

Ipro for enterprise can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid, giving you absolute flexibility to manage environments and hosting costs.

For deep insight into case evidence, where and when you need it, schedule a demo today and learn how easy it is to start using Ipro for enterprise.

Top 10 eDiscovery articles of 2019

Top 10 eDiscovery articles of 2019

There were plenty of things happening in the world of eDiscovery this year, and the Ipro Newsroom was there to cover it – Here are our top 10 articles of 2019!

#1: What is Hybrid eDiscovery and How Will it Shape the Future of Legaltech?

hybrid eDiscoverySoftware alone isn’t enough. Data continues to grow in size and complexity & the need for that data in investigations & litigation is now a daily occurrence. For an agile response, innovative approaches to eDiscovery are necessary & rather than trying to go it alone, forward-thinking legal teams will look toward a hybrid approach.

#2: The eDiscovery Impostor and How to Spot Them

eDiscovery impostorTechnology is only as good as its users, which means you have to be on the lookout for impostors in eDiscovery.

#3: AI in eDiscovery: Expectations vs. Reality

AI in eDiscoveryWhen people in eDiscovery hear the term AI, they think science-fiction, with robot lawyers doing the work. But in reality, AI is an amazing tool, which allows attorneys to more effectively do what they’ve always done: practice law.

#4: Redaction Errors in Federal Opioid Case Reveal Importance of Legal Technology

legal redaction technologyFor those in the legal industry, redactions are a part of everyday life. But this doesn’t mean they’re mundane! Failure to redact or make sure that redacted content isn’t produced can be case ending (and job ending for the person responsible for the error).

#5: 5 Ways Paralegals Can Quickly Sharpen their eDiscovery Skills

eDiscovery ParalegalsBecoming an eDiscovery specialist can really set you apart from other paralegals & lead to expanded career opportunities, but the challenges of eDiscovery aren’t often a traditional part of a paralegal’s training. Here are 5 ways to start sharpening your eDiscovery skills!

#6: 5 Reasons Your Legal Team is Being Held Back by Legacy eDiscovery Software

legacy eDiscovery softwareChange Can Be Daunting: Here are 5 reasons why continued use of unsupported legacy software is a ticking time bomb in your eDiscovery process.

#7: eDiscovery Technology for Small Law Firms? The Answer Isn’t Necessarily Found in the Cloud

This is where small firms find themselves stuck: either they adopt cloud-based solutions that were built with larger users in mind or they are left with outdated, unsupported desktop solutions. It’s no wonder many of them simply stick with the old way of doing things. But instead of a “go cloud or do nothing” approach, the small firm solution might be a powerful, locally deployed, low-overhead eDiscovery suite.

#8: How to Turn eDiscovery into Baby Carrots: 5 Models for Recovering your Law Firm’s eDiscovery Costs

ediscovery costsMost law firms see eDiscovery as a cost they simply have to absorb. Others will outsource eDiscovery work and pass the bill on to the client. However, with the right cost recovery tactics, the litigation support team can become one of the most profitable divisions in the firm or agency, essentially turning a cost center into a profit center.

#9: Two Murder Investigations Highlight the Role of eDiscovery in Criminal Investigations

ediscovery in criminal investigationsMobile phone data, GPS, social media, surveillance video, and other new media types are continually being used to investigate criminal cases and bring them to trial. Since the use of these types of data are being used to solve crimes, attorneys and courts must be prepared to handle the electronic data while trying these cases.

#10: The Forgotten Middle Child of the EDRM: eDiscovery Processing Challenges and How Technology Can Help

eDiscovery ProcessingThe processing stage of eDiscovery is like the forgotten middle child of the EDRM. Most people are focused on focused on collection or review, while the the processing stage – which falls between those steps – is just expected to happen. Like magic. But processing isn’t magic. And it shouldn’t be overlooked.

 

Are you interested in the top 10 eDiscovery memes of the year? Click here!

In eDiscovery, a Sense of Humor Helps

eDiscovery memes

Ipro’s Top 10 Legal Technology Memes for 2019

A sense of humor isn’t required to work in eDiscovery. But it sure does help! To wrap up 2019 and continue celebrating our industry, Ipro has compiled our top Legal Technology memes of the year.

#1: Defining AI in eDiscovery…

eDiscovery and AI

There are a lot of claims of “Artificial Intelligence” in the market, but when people hear the term AI, they often think of science-fiction, with robots doing the work that humans had done before. But as Aaron Swenson, Director of Product at Ipro, says: “In Legal, you don’t want the AI doing the work for you. You want it to help you ask the right questions, show you insightful trends in the data.”

#2 Stuck in the Past…

eDiscovery data culling

There’s no doubt that eDiscovery education is still a great need in the industry. A lot of law firms and corporations are left using outdated technology and workflows, trudging along with a “It’s not broken, so why fix it” attitude. Maybe it’s time they head Back to the Future.

#3: If only there were technology to help with that…

redaction errors

Doing redactions manually is a recipe for disaster! Tools like Ipro’s Production Shield (which is included in our enterprise and desktop eDiscovery solutions) allow administrators to add another layer of protection for documents that should not be produced.

#4: Things don’t always go as planned…

mobile data imaging

Because of privileged information on mobile devices, the courts are mindful about data requests. But in a recent case, the plaintiff’s complaint actually worked against their desire to keep their device from being imaged.

#5: Complex doesn’t have to look crazy…

trial presentation meme

There is a better way to organize and present the evidence in your case! Technology that utilizes the combination of fact management & trial presentation tools can make your day in court so much easier.

#6: Doing things the same since 2009…

linear review

Ten years ago, you didn’t really have a choice. But these days, with TAR, email threading, and concept searches, large datasets don’t have to be a slog.

#7: Perry Mason didn’t need TrialDirector to win…but you might

trialdirector perry mason

“Your allowing me to go into court without complete knowledge of the facts is inexcusable.”

#8: Are you serious!?

eDiscovery software

A recent Thomson Reuters survey found that only 19% of small law firms had eDiscovery technology, and an Altman Weil survey found that 69% are resistant to change. If those stats don’t motivate you, maybe this little girl’s side-eye will!

#9: Wait, there are rules in eDiscovery!?

judge judy eDiscovery

Avoid this look from your judge & brush up on the eDiscovery rules with the Ipro FRCP Cheat Sheet!

#10: Heirloom eDiscovery

eDiscovery upgrade

Ah, good old legacy software like grandma used to use…with limited processing capabilities, issues with file type compatibility, a lack of continued development and support. A decade is here! Time for an upgrade.