Equivio brings to its press releases the same approach as it does to data – anything unnecessary is stripped out and every word which is left counts for something.
Its announcement that Nashville-based LogicForce has taken Equivio Zoom to streamline its eDiscovery processing capability runs to no more than four paragraphs. It is worth expanding a little on what this involves and how Equivio Zoom will “accelerate eDiscovery business process and Discovery and review costs for [LogicForce] clients”.
Equivio’s speciality is text analytics applied to the reduction of data volumes so that relevant data can be turned into useful information and thence into a strategic and tactical tool. Equivio is a company of continuous invention, constantly evolving new and better ways to reduce volumes, speed up processes and get lawyer eyes engaged as soon as possible on the documents which matter.
Its earlier products tackled specific areas which achieved the biggest gains – email threading and near-duplicate detection represented enormous strides, in that lawyer time is maximised by the reduction of repeated work over the same ground. Batching and language detection achieved the same effect, and Equivio’s predictive coding tool, Relevance, maximises early lawyer input still further.
Equivio’s Themes application went one step further, by encouraging lawyers to follow the story (and eDiscovery is ultimately about stories) down avenues which may not have appeared at all from conventional ways of looking at data. The particular benefits of Equivio Themes are described in a paper on the Equivio website which I wrote for them called Shifting the eDiscovery Focus Back to Lawyers Looking for Evidence
All these tools are grouped together in a single application, Equivio Zoom, which enables services and solution providers like LogicForce to cut both the time and cost of the discovery, not least by integration into review platforms like iCONECT’s XERA (I once wrote an article bracketing together Equivio Zoom and iCONECT-XERA as examples of a new breed of visually attractive, intuitive products which were designed to engage the lawyer, not just the technical genius).
Equivio’s talents at software invention are matched by an ability to explain their processes which outstrips any other player in the market for clear explanations (I don’t often describe any company as “best” at anything but make an exception for Equivio’s website and clarity of explanation whether written or oral).
To see what I mean, go to the Solutions section of Equivio’s website where sections called Overview, Early Case Assessment, Culling, Review and QA set out clearly (and, again, in the fewest possible words) what tools, processes and benefits are available to companies like LogicForce on behalf of their clients.
Two other things on the Equivio website are well worth looking at while you are there. One is a recent press release about eDiscovery provider RVM achieving Equivio Partner STAR Certification. Equivio has devoted an immense amount of resource over the last couple of years both in education and in the encouragement of its providers.
The other is a set of webinars which Equivio produced in 2014 under the general title Predictive Coding Minus the Hype which you can find on the Resources page here (check the box Webinar to limit the results to this particular form of resource).