New tools and initiatives keep arriving from Guidance Software, helping to support Guidance’s position in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner’s 2012 Magic Quadrant for eDiscovery Software.
That news broke whilst I was at CEIC 2012, Guidance Software’s growing (1500 delegates this year) conference at Las Vegas in May. The development news then was of EnCase App Central, a marketplace for scripts and third-party apps which can extend and automate EnCase functionality.
Since then, we have seen the launch of Guidance Software’s new Legal Hold and ECA Optimisation Service, which provides a three-day on-site visit which begins with a one-day consultation with a member of Guidance’s Assistant General Counsel team to review a company’s legal hold and ECA requirements and identify means with which the organisation’s use of EnCase eDiscovery can be optimised. Guidance’s professional services consultants can then be available to provide technical assstance to accomplish the optimisation.
This week brings an initiative of a different kind as Guidance Software signs an agreement with Japanese network integrator Network Value Components to distribute EnCase in Japan. The press release is here.
I have a call fixed for later this week to find out more about all these developments and initiatives.
One of the advantages of having an in-house Assistance General Counsel team is that you have the talent on hand to write articles about the industry and about developments in jurisprudence and thinking rather than merely about software and technology. Guidance Software’s e-Discovery blog seems to have taken on a new lease of life, with a new look, a wider range of contributors and space to develop ideas. The most recent article is by Chad McManamy and called “Championing” the Preservation of Keywords in eDiscovery. It is a thoughtful analysis of the problems facing Magistrate Judge Nolan who is considering one party’s demand that the other use predictive coding or similar technology. I know Chad McManamy but had not come across his writing before – good, readable stuff about a subject of importance.
Going back through the blog, regular and eloquent contributor Patrick Burke writes about Georgetown Law’s eDiscovery Training Academy which Guidance Software is supporting for the second year running. You can also find Patrick Burke’s report on the Judicial Perspectives Panel at CEIC. These posts deserve wider audiences – I am not the only one with a keen interest in this market who relies almost exclusively on Twitter for my sources. What is not on Twitter doesn’t happen, so far as I’m concerned, and it is a shame to miss articles like this.