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Is DIY Discovery Upon Us? [D4 Interview with Ipro CEO]

By Peter Coons, D4

Recently, a number of eDiscovery software companies have been touting DIY and Software as a Service (SaaS) as an alternative to the traditional methods used to prepare ESI for review and production. Currently, law firms and corporations will process ESI in-house or send it to a vendor that provides these services. Once processed, the ESI is published to a review platform where legal teams can review for relevance, privilege, etc. Sounds simple, right? Well, it’s not. Otto von Bismark once quipped, “There are two things you don’t want to see being made – sausage and legislation”. I would add eDiscovery to that statement. It is a multi-step process that calls for perfection and speed at the lowest possible price. It can take teams of people, software and hardware to move ESI from start to finish. It is inefficient and costly and I have always thought that there has to be a better way.

So, when I started hearing that software companies have solved this age old problem I was both excited and skeptical. I wondered how corrupted files would be handled and where quality control fit in. How could this antediluvian process be simplified? The claim from the software companies is that after initial setup, one can simply upload emails and documents to the cloud only to have them magically appear in a document review workspace. Voila! Can it be that simple?

Kim Taylor thinks so and that his company’s product is the answer. Kim is the CEO and President of Ipro, a company that makes eDiscovery software and recently launched its Automated Digital Discovery (ADD) product. I sat down with Kim at a conference last month and asked him a few questions about ADD and his thoughts on the SaaS movement in the industry.

PC – Can you describe what ADD is and why you feel it is game changing?

KT – ADD is game changing in many ways. Ipro has changed the traditional model, by developing a patent-pending automation and data streaming technology. Similar to how Netflix streams data so viewers can watch movies instantly vs. waiting for the entire file to download, Ipro is the first in the industry to stream eDiscovery data from process to process, and is the fastest way to get data into a review system. I believe that ADD will do to eDiscovery what Plug-N-Play technology did to computers in 1995. It is going to simplify the entire eDiscovery process where all cases, no matter what the size or sophistication of the firm, will be able to properly comply with eDiscovery requests.

Think about this scenario… You need to get data to your service provider or from the corporation and have it processed, filtered and loaded into a review system. This is very easy with ADD’s self-service system enabling anyone to be able to upload data for their service provider or for themselves, have it processed, filtered and loaded into different review tools tracking the data throughout the process. ADD takes advantage of pre-defined workflow templates that can be customized for every case, which removes the technology complications and the need for technicians to babysit the process. This allows the data to flow freely through the many stages needed to properly process data to get into review systems. Removing the starts and stops, and locking down the case settings greatly improves the speed and efficiency while reducing chances for errors. You can also send larger data sets via hard drives as well and it can be processed and loaded the same way being tracked in the same tracking system.

PC – Is it truly automated?

KT – Yes. The goal of the ADD platform is to dramatically reduce inefficient, costly e-discovery workflows that occur through human input in the process. What it means in the day-to-day work is that tedious, time-consuming manual processes are being converted to automated ones. Using ADD’s advanced technology, litigation teams are now able to set up pre-defined templates to auto-copy data, auto-validate files, auto-process, auto-filter, auto-load, auto batch and auto-tag documents based on auto-keywords – all tasks that before ADD required a human touch. With ADD, there’s more predictability, more affordability and more structure around how the industry conducts e-discovery. Even though ADD automates the process that doesn’t mean that it limits the user from making needed changes, handling exceptions and making QC checks. We purposely made it easy to interject yourself into the process whenever needed to ensure the highest quality and flexibility. The automation and efficiency gains allow litigation teams to focus on higher value work, to be less focused on troubleshooting errors and accomplish more than they could before.

PC – You mentioned that ADD seeks to solve business problems; don’t you mean discovery problems? What business problems does ADD solve?

KT – We really believe in our i-proclamation that e-discovery should be simple, affordable and automated. By delivering on that promise, we’re solving both e-discovery and business headaches. After 24 years of being in the e-discovery industry and working on countless cases, I have reduced the business problems to these four items: lowering the cost to process and review, preventing errors, shortening the time needed, and reducing the human capital needed to ensure a successful project. ADD solves these issues, which are e-discovery and business problems since they contribute to the cost and overall success of the litigation. The efficiency gains that customers experience help businesses do more with less. Improving the bottom line and boosting productivity are time-honored business problems that ADD helps with. At Ipro, we’re constantly looking at the entire e-discovery process for ways to improve efficiencies. One great example of this is including analytics and Technology Assisted Review at no cost. Many customers used to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to utilize TAR on their cases, they don’t need to do that any longer.

PC – eDiscovery software companies and vendors have been hyping DIY eDiscovery for years, but have failed to fully deliver. Why do you feel you have solved the puzzle?

KT – The opportunity to increase efficiencies and to reduce the overall cost of eDiscovery has been the promise of DIY eDiscovery for a number or years. I think these failed because they did not have the entire process automated and integrated from beginning to end including the tracking of the data. Our self-service module allows Ipro customers (service providers, law firms, corporations, government agencies) to easily upload data and kick off data streaming to deliver instant processing directly into review with very little need for intervention. We are very excited about people trying ADD and seeing it in action. ADD delivers on all of the business problems mentioned earlier for our customers’ success… preventing errors from happening, boosting efficiency and lowering overall costs.

PC – Does this mean that eDiscovery vendors will become obsolete?

KT – There is an important place for eDiscovery partners, not vendors. eDiscovery is hard and it truly takes a village to do it the right way. To solve the hardest problems in eDiscovery you need a team that has “been there and done that.” This is why it is very important to pick a company that has their values and goals aligned with yours. Are they committed to reducing the costs while improving the quality and the time needed? These companies need the necessary experts to help in the entire process from the beginning. Are they helping you understand what is needed for collections? Can they advise you on how to best cull down your data, so you are processing and reviewing less? Do they have the necessary security to protect your data in today’s ever-changing security landscape? Do they have the expertise to provide manage services to augment your existing team? It is also just as important to pick companies that have successfully navigated turbulent waters over a very long period of time with the track record of winning.

PC – When is ADD not a good option for an eDiscovery matter?

KT – ADD is a great option for all types of cases and technical expertise. Don’t let its simplicity and automation hide the fact that it is built for speed, performance, and quality. For data intensive matters, which more and more cases are becoming, its ability to scale is unmatched, and you have the confidence knowing that Ipro’s 27 years of industry knowledge is behind it. Many smaller cases cannot afford the cost of analytics, so they miss out on all its power and time and cost savings. That is not the case when using ADD with Eclipse, our web-based review tool. Analytics is included at no additional charge. Ipro also offers a desktop review tool Eclipse SE, which can utilize the data processed by ADD, and will have future integrations to take advantage of all ADD’s processing capabilities. Eclipse SE is a feature-rich desktop review solution that lets customers ingest, review and produce from one in-house tool, significantly simplifying the workflow over legacy desktop review software. Eclipse SE also makes it easy to ramp up to Eclipse, web-based review, if needed. Ipro is about choices for our users. Between ADD and Eclipse SE we feel we have our customers covered.

PC – Is the SaaS delivery model where every software provider should be heading?

KT – SaaS gives organizations an alternative to buying, building and maintaining large, costly IT infrastructures. The predictable cost structure delivered by some SaaS offerings is frequently delivered as managed services and under subscription pricing models that make good business sense for many customers. We believe in SaaS. It’s an important option for customers to have, however, it’s not the right solution for every organization. Our industry is seeing the rise of a number of new eDiscovery SaaS or Cloud software companies. I applaud the introduction of these new companies. It shows our industry is growing. However, the cloud in of itself doesn’t solve pervasive customer challenges. Established service providers like D4 have been offering document review via the web for over a decade. It’s an efficient delivery mechanism that is important to employ and maximize. To solve customers’ hardest problems though in a meaningful way, you have to offer more than just a pretty UI and SaaS credentials. It has to be the full package with deep features that solve the critical and real-world pain points. I also believe with the complexities of litigation, that it’s crucial that customers have choices about deployment, what partners they use and licensing flexibility. One size shouldn’t fit all, even with SaaS.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of where the technology is today with respect to delivering on the DIY promise, it is clear that it’s the direction it’s heading. As someone who has been in this industry for almost two decades, I am excited about this movement. Because as much as I love sausage, I don’t want to see how it’s been made – I just want to enjoy the end result.

– See more at: http://d4discovery.com/discover-more/2016/5/is-diy-discovery-upon-us-interview-with-ipro-ceo#sthash.LEum7sbr.6iTzePqk.dpuf

Ipro eCapture Named Best eDiscovery Processing Platform

eCapture

Tempe, Ariz. – May 5, 2016 – Ipro Tech, LLC, a worldwide leader in the design of eDiscovery software, today announced that eCapture, its eDiscovery data processing software, was selected as the Best eDiscovery Processing Platform in the 2016 Legaltech News Innovation Awards.

“It is a great honor to have eCapture selected as the industry’s best eDiscovery Processing Platform by Legaltech News,” said Kim Taylor, President and CEO, Ipro. “Our goal is to make eDiscovery less complex so that our customers can accomplish more in fewer steps.

Ipro eCapture is the data processing powerhouse trusted by thousands of eDiscovery professionals in law firms, service providers, corporations and government agencies. It is a truly automated electronic processing solution designed to perform electronic discovery, processing, and production tasks quickly and without error. eCapture can be used stand alone or as the processing engine of Ipro’s ADD Automated Digital Discovery platform.

Using ADD with eCapture, litigation teams are now able to set up pre-defined templates to auto-copy data, auto-validate files, auto-process, auto-filter, auto-load, auto batch and auto-tag documents based on auto-keywords – all tasks that before required a human touch. The net result, there’s more predictability, more affordability and more structure around how data is processed.

The Legaltech Innovation Awards recognizes legal technology leaders, products and projects in the community. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges comprised of members of Legaltech News’ editorial staff.

Ipro will be exhibiting eCapture, ADD and its other products at Legaltech West Coast Conference, Booths 204 & 206, June 13-14, 2016.

About Ipro Tech, LLC

Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced eDiscovery software solutions. Ipro’s ADD Automated Digital Discovery® workflow platform helps customers organize, review, process, and produce litigation data of vast sizes and complexity more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. To learn more, visit www.iprotech.com. To schedule a private demonstration, email sales@iprotech.com or visit our web site to find a Partner today.

Ipro Innovations Nets Record Turnout for Annual User Conference

Ipro Innovations Drew Large Crowds for World-Class Education and Fun

Tempe, AZ – May 4, 2016 Ipro Tech, LLC, a worldwide leader in the design of eDiscovery software, held its annual Ipro Innovations on April 25-27 for eDiscovery professionals. The event, which was held in Scottsdale, Arizona brought together litigation experts and attorneys to share ideas and make connections.

Ipro Innovations is a two and half-day educational event geared towards providing the global Ipro network of law firms, corporations, government agencies and legal service providers with the best knowledge and training possible to get the most out of their software investment, streamline their workflow and grow their businesses.

The conference hosted 70 educational tracks which gave Ipro partners and clients an opportunity to engage in hands-on product sessions, learn new industry trends and best practices from leading experts. The general sessions offered a sneak peak of new Ipro product innovations and Ipro’s ADD Automated Digital Discovery platform designed to simplify the eDiscovery process. Other speakers included Kelly Twigger, principal of ESI Attorneys, discussing how to Create Better eDiscovery Teams and a keynote session from Chris Valasek, white hat hacker, who famously hacked into the Jeep Cherokee. Ipro partnered with The Sedona Conference for a special Sedona Conference track, which included sessions on data security and privacy, new international data protection policies and recent Amendments to the Federal Rules. Speakers include David Shonka, Acting General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission and Michelle Burns, United States Magistrate Judge, Arizona, as well as leading experts on federal and international law.

Innovations also included fun activities including a kick-off party at Top Golf, a Salsa Challenge where contestants competed to make the best salsa by the ingredients they could get to first, or beg, borrow and steal. Attendees also got to participate in the Ipro Knowledge Bowl, a virtual trivial contest where players used their eDiscovery knowledge to battle for cash prizes. Chris Plauschinn of Commonwealth Legal took home the grand prize of $1250.

“Innovations had a record turnout this year, with a broad cross section of the industry represented. Having so many different groups present goes to the heart of what we’re trying to do as company, which is to bring eDiscovery teams together and make the process easier and more automated,” said Kim Taylor, President and CEO. “One of our goals with putting on Innovations is to give our customers a dynamic environment to learn, network and to get to know the Ipro team from all areas of the company.”

Innovations attendees can access information from the conference by logging in to their MyIpro portal at myipro.iprotech.com. Ipro has several upcoming events including two Sedona Conference webinars for those that weren’t able to attend Innovations and several regional Think, Drink and Be Social events. Learn more about upcoming events here.

About Ipro Tech, LLC
Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced eDiscovery software solutions. Ipro’s ADD Automated Digital Discovery® workflow platform helps customers organize, review, process, and produce litigation data of vast sizes and complexity more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. To learn more, visit www.iprotech.com. To schedule a private demonstration, email sales@iprotech.com or visit our web site to find a Partner today.

Ipro and TrialDirector Partner to Offer Online Deposition Video Repository in Eclipse

The partnership aims to expand the e-discovery review platform’s deposition transcription scope
Written by: Zach Warren, Legaltech News

Discovery is no longer just letters and other documents, or just emails and their attachments. Modern e-discovery means analyzing video, audio, social media, and a host of other multimedia channels that even the most robust e-discovery tool or practitioner may find challenging.

To bolster its own e-discovery review software’s video deposition analysis, Ipro announced on April 27 that it will be partnering with TrialDirector moving forward. The partnership allows Ipro to integrate TrialDirector’s product line, most notably online deposition video repository TrialDirector SHARE, into Ipro’s review platform Eclipse.

Eclipse already featured video transcript functionality, but this new partnership expands the program’s deposition scope. Ipro noted that users will now be able to import already synchronized deposition video files directly from TrialDirector SHARE, which will then be combined with documents and other transcripts already within Eclipse. Searches on this combined data, Ipro said, should “set for a clearer picture of the case.”

Kim Taylor, CEO of Ipro, told Legaltech News from the company’s Innovations conference in Arizona that the new integration is attempting to solve two issues at once – expanding multimedia support while also responding to customer requests for synchronized deposition video file support.

“The transcript module in Eclipse both on the desktop and the web-based version is quite robust and widely used. The synced video integration continues to improve Eclipse and expands its use past review, pushing its capabilities through trial and into the courtroom,” Taylor explained. “With the integration, users can grab copies from TrialDirector SHARE and add them directly into Eclipse with a push of a button. It made it a no brainer for us to develop the integration and capability within Eclipse.”

As to why partnering with TrialDirector specifically, Taylor pointed to the company’s position as a market leader; its network of court reporters and content creators that generate, support and sync their files; and the helpful location of both companies being located in the Phoenix area.

He also noted that the technology aligns well: “TrialDirector is launching an online repository, giving us a seamless way to access and to pull video transcripts into Eclipse from the TrialDirector SHARE repository in one step.”

This collaboration is far from the only improvement Ipro has made to its product line. In January the company expand its partnership with Content Analyst, while in September, Ipro  introduced its Automated Digital Discovery platform. With the ever-changing online world, though, Taylor said the company is continually trying to keep pace with technological advancements.

“There’s no question that the plethora of new file formats pose new challenges for collecting electronically stored information (ESI) data. What Ipro is focused on is ensuring that we keep pace with being able to ingest and manage these files as part of the larger document review collection,” Taylor said. “We already ingest hundreds of different file types and have important connections with the leading data collection tools. But we also want to stay ahead of the curve, and that’s why we jumped at the opportunity to pull the video synced transcript files into Eclipse.”

The company unveiled the partnership at its Innovations conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, a three-day event aimed at educating potential partners, customers, and interested e-discovery parties on both the company’s offerings and the latest trends in the industry. Taylor described this year’s event as “our best Innovations yet.”

“I believe we’ve given attendees a lot to take home with them from new connections to new product skills and insight for navigating the e-discovery challenges they’re facing. We also had a record turnout for certifications before and after the event; and we still have attendees hard at work today, getting trained and certified on our products,” Taylor said.

Ipro said the integration of the Eclipse e-discovery review platform and the online deposition video repository TrialDirector SHARE should be completed around the time of ILTACON 2016 in late August

Read more: http://www.legaltechnews.com/id=1202756352236/Ipro-and-TrialDirector-Partner-to-Offer-Online-Deposition-Video-Repository-in-Eclipse#ixzz47FKPKd1m

 

Ipro and TrialDirector Announce Software Integration

TrialDirector 360

Industry Leaders Combine Forces to Improve eDiscovery and Deposition Video Analysis  

Scottsdale, Ariz. – April 27, 2016 – Ipro Tech, LLC and TrialDirector, today announced new product integration between Eclipse, Ipro’s web-based eDiscovery review software and the TrialDirector product line including TrialDirector SHARE, TrialDirector’s online deposition video repository, providing attorneys with an efficient, streamlined way to access, search and analyze video transcripts together with other case documents for review and trial.

The new integration expands the transcript functionality already built in to Eclipse. With the integration, users can grab copies of already synchronized deposition video files from TrialDirector SHARE and pull them directly into Eclipse with a push of a button. Once in Eclipse, video transcript files are combined with other transcripts and case documents. Searches can be conducted across the entire data set for a clearer picture of the case.  The integration eliminates the need to work between disparate review and deposition systems to search, analyze and annotate documents and video files.  Work product created in Eclipse can then be transferred to TrialDirector for continued trial preparation and presentation in the courtroom.  Together, the product integration allows litigation teams to better manage more types of discovery data and take that critical evidence directly into the courtroom.

“Our goal is to make eDiscovery less complex so that our customers can accomplish more in fewer steps,” said Kim Taylor, President and CEO, Ipro. “Thanks to this integration, Eclipse users can easily add and search deposition videos as part of the larger collection, enabling attorneys to flesh out their case like never before.”

Eclipse, sold separately or as part of the ADD Automated Digital Discovery platform, is a web-based, world class review solution with built-in analytics and Technology Assisted Review (TAR) to pinpoint key documents smarter, faster and with greater accuracy. Synchronized depositions from TrialDirector are the easy way to review testimony, locate key elements and create and export video clips that contain both the video and the relevant text.

“The use of synchronized deposition video is extremely powerful and persuasive. By having one-touch integration with Eclipse, we’re empowering our shared customers to drive greater value from their eDiscovery review and prepare for trial,” stated Derek Miller, CEO and President of TrialDirector. “Ipro delivers the fastest way to get data into review, while TrialDirector SHARE offers a secure and simple way to access synchronized video files with the court reporter’s transcripts and transfer the files for review.”

The new product integration was announced and demonstrated today at Ipro’s Innovations Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

About TrialDirector
Founded in 1984, TrialDirector is a technology company specializing in the management and presentation of information. It is a privately held company, headquartered in Gilbert, Arizona. TrialDirector develops innovative software and uses seasoned trial experts to provide software training, trial consulting and graphic services to legal professionals dealing with the challenges of litigation. Software products include the best-selling trial presentation software, TrialDirector®, the company’s namesake, in addition to TrialDirector SYNC® (formerly known as TimeCoder Pro), TrialDirector SHARE®, TimelineXpress®, DepoView® and DepoView® DVD. To receive TrialDirector training or to learn more about TrialDirector’s other products and services, please visit www.trialdirector.com or call 800-828-8292.

About Ipro Tech, LLC
Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced eDiscovery software solutions. Ipro’s ADD Automated Digital Discovery workflow platform helps customers organize, review, process, and produce litigation data of vast sizes and complexity more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. To learn more, visit www.iprotech.com. To schedule a private demonstration, email sales@iprotech.com or visit our web site to find a Partner today.

Ipro Adds Seasoned Industry Experts

Jill Rons, David Colver and Maria Herrera Join Ipro’s Sales Team

Tempe, Ariz. – April 21, 2016 – Ipro Tech, LLC a worldwide leader in the design of eDiscovery software, today announced that industry experts, Jill Rons, David Colver and Maria Herrera have joined the company’s growing business development team. The trio’s responsibilities include helping organizations in their regions to evaluate best practices, workflows and tools for improved efficiency and cost-savings.

Collectively Rons, Colver and Herrera have over 40 years of experience in the legal industry. Rons began her career at Image Capture Engineering (the makers of LAW), moving to LexisNexis after its acquisition and most recently holding a sales leadership position within Advanced Discovery. Colver started in eDiscovery at Encore Legal Solutions, later joining Catalyst Repository Systems, where he managed the southwest region for over six years. Prior to Ipro, Colver was at Commvault, a data and information management company. Herrera spent fifteen years as the Global Information Officer at Patton Boggs, LLC. After leaving the firm, she accepted a role as the vice president of business development at HLP Integration, a leader in legal information management.

“These three are a powerhouse trio and a fantastic addition to our team,” said Kim Taylor, President and CEO of Ipro Tech, LLC. “Over the last few months Ipro has been flooded with interest in our new workflow platform, ADD Automated Digital Discovery. By adding such experience, we’ve broaden our ability to evaluate and customize solutions for more customers that need to automate and simplify their workflows.”

“I’m very excited to be part of a team that is realizing its vision and truly delivering simpler, more affordable and automated eDiscovery,” said Maria Herrera, Business Development Manager MidAtlantic.

Rons, Colver and Herrera will be in attendance at this week’s Innovations Conference, April 25-27, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ. The conference will bring together hundreds of Ipro users for two and a half days of hands-on workshops, educational sessions including the Sedona Conference track and networking events.

For information on joining the Ipro team, visit www.iprotech.com/careers.

About Ipro Tech, LLC
Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced eDiscovery software solutions. Ipro’s ADD Automated Digital Discovery® workflow platform helps customers organize, review, process, and produce litigation data of vast sizes and complexity more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. To learn more, visit www.iprotech.com. To schedule a private demonstration, email sales@iprotech.com or visit our web site to find a Partner today.

Ipro Named SIIA CODiE Award Finalist for Best Legal Intelligence Solution

Ipro’s ADD Automated Digital Discovery Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition 

Tempe, Ariz. – April 6, 2016 – Ipro Tech, LLC, a worldwide leader in the design of eDiscovery workflow software, today announced that ADD Automated Digital Discovery was named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards in the Best Legal Intelligence Solution category. Finalists represent the information industry’s best products, technologies, and services in software, content and business technology.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. ADD Automated Digital Discovery was honored as one of 215 finalists across the 62 business technology categories.

“We created ADD in response to the industry’s need for simple, affordable and automated eDiscovery,” said Kim Taylor, President and CEO, Ipro. “We are thrilled to receive the coveted CODiE Award nomination as affirmation of Ipro’s vision and innovation, and the team’s extraordinary efforts to bring it to market.”

ADD Automated Digital Discovery platform simplifies the eDiscovery process. It streamlines data processing and document review workflows—helping law firms, corporations, government agencies and service providers eliminate errors, boost productivity and lower costs. With ADD, Ipro has changed the traditional eDiscovery model by applying patent-pending automation and data streaming technology, sending data to review in minutes without the time delays, errors and budget overruns common in other systems.

“I am amazed by the level of innovation and creativity of the products that have been selected as this year’s CODiE Award finalists. We are happy to recognize them for their great contributions and impact they are making on the software, content and business technology industries,” said Ken Wasch, President of SIIA.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. The first round review of all nominees is conducted by software and business technology executives with considerable industry expertise, including members of the industry, analysts, media, bloggers, bankers and investors. The judges are responsible for selecting the CODiE Awards finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners. Winners will be announced at a virtual award ceremony on May 18. To learn more about ADD and the other finalists, visit www.siia.net/codie/Finalists.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards
The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About Ipro Tech, LLC
Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced eDiscovery software solutions. To learn more, visit www.iprotech.com. To schedule a private demonstration, email sales@iprotech.com or visit our web site to find a Partner today.

LightSpeed Legal Achieves Platinum Review Partner Status

Leading Service Provider Meets Rigorous Requirements

Tempe, Ariz.Ipro Tech, LLC, a worldwide leader in the design of eDiscovery software, is pleased to announce that LightSpeed has achieved Platinum Review Partner Status. This prestigious partnership status indicates a major investment and commitment to supporting end-clients in this web-based review solution and a willingness to successfully complete and maintain, the demanding testing, qualifications and staff certification requirements.

“LightSpeed is proud of our partnership with Ipro and has long been impressed with the way they incorporate industry-leading solutions to meeteDiscovery challenges. Achieving Platinum Review Partner Status is another way for us to demonstrate our commitment to providing clients withthe quality, reliable, and efficient technology-driven answers they need,” said Tony Lehr, CEO of LightSpeed.

LightSpeed has owned Ipro products since 2006. They are not only a Platinum Review Partner, but they also hold status as a Processing Partner and Reseller. Ipro products—Eclipse, Eclipse SE and eCapture—have been integrated into their workflow. Utilizing Eclipse for its full analytics capabilities including Technology Assisted Review, Eclipse SE for a true all-in-one litigation platform, and eCapture for its fully automated processing capabilities, will ensure LightSpeed delivers effective solutions to eDiscovery challenges.

Geoff Schmidt, Regional Vice President of Ipro, said, “LightSpeed has been a decade-long client of Ipro and we are thrilled by their continued partnership with us. Achieving Platinum Status exhibits LightSpeed’s commitment to its customers by investing the necessary resources to provide the best customer experience possible.”

Ipro Service Partners use Ipro solutions within their organizations to provide superior litigation support services to law firms and corporations around the world. Ipro Service Partners can take advantage of a multitude of benefits that can help grow their business and allow them to provide the highest value to their clients. These Service Partners are recognized by Ipro as a recommended vendor to law firms and corporations.

About Ipro Tech, LLC

Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced software solutions used by legal professionals to automate and streamline the eDiscovery process. As an industry pioneer, Ipro combines decades of innovation to deliver high-performance software that reduces the cost and complexity of eDiscovery. For more information on Ipro, visit www.iprotech.com.

About LightSpeed

LightSpeed is an industry-leading eDiscovery firm in Washington, D.C., focusing on forensic collection, data processing, early data assessment and hosting. Our experienced team delivers reliable and affordable technology-driven solutions from discovery to verdict. We minimize document review size, prioritize critical documents efficiently, maximize review rates and control costs while maintaining defensibility. We’re more than just processing power – we meet the discovery and hosting needs of our clients, delivering effective solutions to the eDiscovery challenge. For more information on LightSpeed, visit www.lightspeedlegal.com

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Legaltech News Asks Is Automation What’s Next (and What’s Necessary) for eDiscovery?

Written by Kim Taylor, Ipro for Legaltech News

In response to the inefficient and messy state of e-discovery, there was a new star at Legaltech New York this year: automation

To kick off the start of each new year, the legal industry anoints a hot trend at the annual Legaltech New York conference. In 2013, Big Data took center stage. In 2014, the talk of the show was advanced analytics and technology assisted review (apparently its time had come). Information governance stole the show in 2015. In fact, all of these trends complement each other and show a consensus in the industry that we need a better way to deal with the dramatic growth of data and the increasing cost pressures it adds to litigation.

The data proliferation is undeniably overwhelming today’s litigation teams, while at times having an adverse impact on the overall outcome of cases. Large data volumes are cited for driving up discovery costs, creating excruciating delays and increasing the chances for human errors. Our industry has evolved over the years to meet this ever-increasing demand, and adopted complicated and disconnected workflows along the way. To collect, process, analyze, review and produce data, litigation teams have been forced to use disjointed and mostly manual systems creating an impossible workflow.

In response to the inefficient and messy state of e-discovery, there was a new star at Legaltech this year. The star was automation. To that, I would say, “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

So, what does automation mean to e-discovery? What it means is that tedious, time-consuming, manual processes are being converted to automated ones. Using advanced technology, litigation teams are now able to set up pre-defined templates to auto-copy data, auto-validate files, auto-process, auto-filter, auto-load, auto batch and auto-tag documents based on auto-keywords – all tasks that a year ago required a human touch. With the advent of automation, you’ll begin to see more predictability and more structure around how the industry conducts e-discovery.

A question you may be asking is, “If automating the e-discovery process is so essential, then why did our industry wait so long to develop it?” The reason: e-discovery is hard.

Think about all the disparate tools that organizations have used to perform a specific task in the EDRM workflow. Really think about it, there are search engines, early case assessment (ECA) tools, processing applications, review systems, analytics solutions, production tools and the list goes on…and on…and on.

The issue hasn’t been that there weren’t enough tools, but rather that there were too many. Yes, too many products to learn and too much data moving between them. Many of these individual tools were great at just one thing, but had additional features and functions hastily added to fulfill a gap or client request. Responding to the cries of customers struggling to integrate their applications, technology companies attempted to build or acquire functionality that pulled individual functions into the workflow together, with limited success. Established review software tried to add processing functionality or vice versa, but none could crack the code completely. Integration was an important improvement, but not the end-all, be-all.

Even with unification, our world remained a manual and error-prone environment. After collection, data would have to be broken apart into chunks in order to process it, where it would wait until a technical person could verify and approve it to be moved down the line to review; all of this consuming valuable time and resources.

What’s more, when you break apart data sets, you always run the risk that something will go wrong. All the copying, importing and exporting needed in this approach are the steps where mistakes are most likely to be made. All of these issues are precisely the reason why automation is so crucial to boosting efficiency and lowering the costs of e-discovery.

Once you have automation, continuous streaming of data is the next innovation. What does this look like? Let’s start with an analogy. When you want to watch a movie on Netflix, you find the movie, press a button and start streaming it to your TV or computer – instantly. Instead of downloading an entire file before you start watching the movie, Netflix took advantage of data streaming. The question is… if it’s possible to stream movies, then why not e-discovery data?  Now, you can.

With the right tools, you can do essentially the same thing. Instead of breaking electronic data into batches and then processing the batches, one after the other, you can feed a stream of data into the processing engine. As the system receives the data stream, it tracks and logs the incoming data, copies that data to the appropriate location, verifies that the data copied correctly, processes and filters the data according to pre-set parameters and automatically prepares the data for review.

Important productivity and cost gains can be had by adopting automation and data-streaming. In particular, you can drastically shorten the amount of time from when you receive data and when you are ready to work with it at a substantive level, prevent errors from happening, reduce human capital requirements and lower your overall costs. One thing to keep in mind with this advanced technology; you must look under the hood as you’re evaluating it. Automation is important, but quality is just as important. Many questions should be asked regarding how the data is being processed, what metadata is being captured, how are anomalies being handled, and can the solution grow and scale along with your case needs.

Automation has vast potential for our industry. Seek out partners that can introduce it to you in a meaningful way. Ensure they have a solution for the many places throughout the process where it can be leveraged to bring you significant efficiency gains and cost savings.

Accellis Technology Group Joins Ipro Partner Program

Cleveland, OH – Accellis Technology Group, a leading provider of managed IT, software consulting and cybersecurity services to the legal industry, has joined the Ipro partner program, adding e-discovery support to their current offerings of productivity tools for growing law firms.

Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced software solutions used by legal professionals to streamline the e-discovery process. The Ipro Partnership Program consists of a vast network of service providers who have committed to the delivery of exceptional litigation support services, from early case assessment to hosted review to ESI processing and production, using Ipro solutions.

“We are excited to offer Ipro’s impressive suite of e-discovery tools to our clients,” said Joseph Marquette, President and Founder of Accellis. “Our decision to partner with Ipro was largely due to their culture and commitment to providing the education, resources and support service providers need to effectively complete litigation projects.”

“By adding Ipro’s automated e-discovery solutions to their offering, Accellis is clearly committed to offering the best possible results for their clients,” said Kim Taylor, President and CEO. “We’re thrilled to welcome Accellis to our Partner Program.”

Accellis offers a wide range of software and application consulting specifically services for law firms and legal departments. As an independent provider, they focus on the needs of legal professionals rather than alliance agreements. Accellis’ groups of consultants, engineers and cybersecurity experts are cross-training in today’s leading systems, allowing them to take a collaborative approach to solving their client’s problems.

For more information on Accellis’ legal application consulting services, visit http://accellis.com/services/legal-application-consulting/ call (216) 662-3200, or email solutions@accellis.com. Follow Accellis on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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About Ipro

Headquartered in Tempe, Ipro continues to expand its worldwide network of service providers, law firms, and corporate legal departments. Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced eDiscovery software solutions. Ipro’s Automated Digital Discovery (ADD®) workflow platform helps customers organize, review, process, and produce litigation data of vast sizes and complexity more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. To learn more visit www.iprotech.com.

About Accellis Technology Group, Inc.
Founded in 2001, Accellis Technology Group helps law firms grow their business through managed services, legal application consulting, and systems integration services.  Accellis’ unique approach often saves clients thousands every month, while improving support, network security and efficiency. For more information on Accellis Technology Group, visit www.accellis.com.