Anacomp, which owns the litigation review platform CaseLogistix, has received a full unqualified SAS Type II certification for its hosting and operations centre at Herndon, Virginia. SAS 70 is an auditing standard established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants which allows service organizations to demonstrate they have adequate controls and processes.
You can read the press release to get the details. I do not, on the whole, concern myself with the infrastructure aspects. This is not because they are unimportant – far from it – but because my focus is on the user end, the business and legal context in which an application is used, and on the people who develop and sell it and who support the users.
Every so often, however, it is worth drawing attention to what is involved in running a data centre for every hour of every day. Anacomp was a data storage company for 40 years before it acquired CaseLogistix, and houses 14 billion documents. The $60 million spent on upgrading the Herndon facility gives some clue as to what you are buying in addition to the user interface.
CaseLogistix can be run on your own servers or Anacomp can host it for you. Amongst other benefits, this allows you to adopt a different solution depending on the size of the case or the general workload. Cases can be moved between these two modes as circumstances change.
Another aspect of CaseLogistix which makes it an appealing reference-point is its web site, which sets out more clearly than most what the application is capable of and what it can do for the lawyer.They are also strong on the idea that it is helpful (to put it at its lowest) for suppliers to get involved in helping users to understand the technical processes and how they fit into what the lawyers need to achieve. Their involvement in the e-Disclosure Information Project is part of this. They also make good use of people like Tom O’Connor and Browning Marean who are amongst the best (and most practical) thinkers in the industry.