You may recall my positive comments about iCONECT’s review platform Xera which was launched at LegalTech in February. I subsequently attended iCONECT’s Global Summit on Litigation Technology in Fort Lauderdale in April where I got a further opportunity to see Xera and to find out more about its processing, import and export capabilities and that attractive interface.
Here are a couple of examples of the latter which I have picked up from Twitter – two very different customised opening screens, illustrating both the attractive appearance and the ability to make the product “belong” within a firm or company.
The subject comes up now, because iCONECT have reached an agreement with UK eDisclosure and forensic provider MD5 who are adding Xera to their existing iCONECT service offerings. The iCONECT press release is here, quoting MD5’s Geoff Boyd as referring to Xera’s “easy-to-use interface” giving clients “unparalleled control of their data”.
The press release describes the new product in these terms:
Built with HTML5 technology, XERA is designed with universally used web technologies to streamline the review, analysis and production of electronically stored information (ESI). XERA enables worldwide multi-party review via the most popular browsers and iPad devices — delivering instantaneous collaboration to a new generation of tablet-toting lawyers, paralegals and experts anytime, anyplace.
To many UK lawyers, descriptions like this, however succinct, do not necessarily convey what the positive implications are for them and their clients of using modern discovery / disclosure software. The screenshots, however, show you that we are not talking about a dull and conventional tool but something which can be integrated into the routines of users whose expectations have been sharpened by daily use of elegant consumer software from Apple and others.
As with all software tools, the real answer is see them. MD5 is the latest, but not the only, source of iCONECT’s software – Huron Legal (whose Nigel Murray was with us at the iCONECT summit in Fort Lauderdale) is a provider with whom many of you will be familiar.
As I was about to go to press with this article, another iCONECT story caught my eye, this time involving Integreon. Integreon are long-time providers of iCONECT’s eDiscovery tools and have just added Xera to the range of solutions offered to their clients. Their web page about this includes a video demo of Xera on an iPad. All in all, a good couple of weeks for iCONECT.