by Rob Lekowski
Even if you were able to review 400 documents in an eight-hour workday, it would take nearly seven years to review 1,000,000 documents. Even with 20 reviewers, it would take four months.
Sometimes, the review portion of the EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model) can seem like the most overwhelming part. Fortunately, that’s where review platforms and technology assisted review come in to help save the day. Review technology enables you to find the responsive documents, code and make notes as needed, allowing you to do in days what could have taken months.
As our data needs evolve, so does review technology. It’s smart to stay abreast of the latest capabilities and determine which is the best platform for each case. The right technology can influence how long review takes, how much it costs and whether or not you find the potent documents. We offer several different options for our clients – and sometimes they are used in combination. Here’s a snapshot of the review platforms we have in our tool belt:
Catalyst – Insight
We’re big fans of speed, security and scalability, which is why we prefer the world’s most powerful review solution: Catalyst. In fact, we are their largest partner. Catalyst’s Insight handles extraordinary volume… we have 23,000,000 records in our demo database! Here’s what makes the technology so great:
1. Built on continuous active learning.
While all of our technology platforms incorporate technology assisted review (TAR) and predictive coding, Catalyst’s platform is the only one that relies on continuous active learning—what we call TAR 2.0—to find relevant documents more quickly, with less effort and at a lower cost. With continuous active learning (CAL), every coding call contributes to the discovery of “(more like this)” documents. The cool thing is that this prioritization happens in the background automatically, such that reviewers are only looking at the highly relevant documents first. Even better, it means you don’t have to change your strategy throughout the review process. It begs the question: why wouldn’t you do this every time?
2. It’s flexible.
TAR 2.0 can be used in a variety of ways. You can start your review without any intent to use TAR 2.0 – or, you can engage it at any point throughout the review process. You can also apply the system’s ranking ability to as many individual issues within the case as you want, allowing you to target specific sets of documents. The system easily accommodates rolling collections as well.
3. Catalyst takes the pressure off of senior attorneys.
Subject matter experts are not needed to train the system and set up technology assisted review. By reducing time spent on the review process, TAR 2.0 allows lawyers to be lawyers.
4. It’s fast and defensible.
TAR 2.0 is capable of ranking millions of documents in real-time, rather than taking hours or days.
Ipro – Eclipse
DSi Eclipse in the Cloud is a review platform that can handle large amounts of data while cutting costs. DSi hosts and fully supports Ipro’s Eclipse for clients, taking away added frustrations of maintaining your own review environment. What other benefits does Eclipse in the Cloud offer?
1. It provides flexibility.
Clients are granted unmatched case control using the built-in dashboard, which shows the status of every case.
2. Advanced analytics.
Eclipse includes prioritization technology (predictive coding) and concept searching.
3. It’s all about access.
Geographical boundaries are eliminated because clients can access case data at the office or on the web in a Software as a Service (SAAS) environment.
4. There’s no large capital outlay.
There is no need to buy, host or manage new server build-outs, additional data storage capacity, software upgrades, litigation support personnel or any other infrastructure requirements.
5. Eclipse includes full training and support.
DSi maintains the Eclipse environment, including full data backup, version upgrades and disaster recovery. Our team also offers training and oversees usage, making deployment and implementation simple. Working seamlessly with Eclipse is Allegro, a sister application that simplifies the early case assessment process. Allegro presents data in easy-to-understand graphs, charts and timelines and allows attorneys to hone in on specific data ranges, key custodians or other relevant metadata.