AccessData was not in a hurry to bring out its all-new version of the Summation line of eDiscovery products. The company already had a 20-year history in digital investigations when it bought Summation iBlaze, Enterprise and CaseVantage towards the end of 2010. It was a product-line with a long history and a very large user-base and, when I spoke to them at the time, AccessData were under no illusions as to the work which would be needed to bring the product range up to date.
It must have been tempting to rush the job as new players entered the market, but AccessData resisted the temptation in order to make sure that, when it came, the relaunched Summation would hold its own with the competition. I have not seen it yet, but it looks as if they have made a thorough job of it. To quote from their own description:
Summation offers both comprehensive early case assessment capabilities – data ingestion, processing, culling, export with load file creation and first pass review – and final review features – search, annotation, redaction, production tools and transcript support – in one product. This integration means that users can move data from the ECA stage directly to final review without creating a load file, exporting or re-processing. In fact, all stakeholders from IT to in-house teams to outside counsel can efficiently and securely collaborate in a single platform.
That page includes a summary of the main features and links to product brochures.
As you would hope, there is an upgrade path for users of older products. You get some idea of the capacity of Summation Pro from the fact that the lower-end edition, Summation Express, has a record capacity of 2 million across all cases. Many users will be attracted by the all-in annual licence and by portability which means not only that data can be carried on a laptop but synchronised on reconnection the network.
My main contact at AccessData is Director of Legal Marketing, Caitlin Murphy, whom I have known since before the acquisition. Caitlin ably moderates the annual Women in eDiscovery panel at The Masters Conference, one of the main attractions of that always-interesting event. Caitlin has made a video describing the new features and talking about AccssData’s plans for LegalTech next week (AccessData is, incidentally, keen on the use of video for training as well as marketing).
I hope to catch up with her and with the new Summation at LegalTech, and will report back.