We marvelled last year that kCura assembled an audience of 490 for its London Spring Roadshow. This year, more than 600 people assembled for what is kCura’s biggest event apart from Relativity Fest.
Part of that increase reflects growing take-up of Relativity, shown in raw statistics of licenses, cases under management and documents processed; part of it was the addition of an afternoon of relevant legal content to supplement the technical demonstrations and training which has always been part of this show.
This presumably reflects the appointment last year of David Horrigan as discovery counsel and legal content director at kCura. The addition of these sessions moved the Spring Roadshow to a different level, a kind of mini-conference rather than just a product show and party.
Product releases remained a centrepiece of the event. CEO Andrew Sieja gave his usual polished performance at which he introduced Relativity 9.4, Relativity ECA and Investigation, and a forthcoming SaaS solution, Relativity One.
Andrew Sieja put much emphasis on the increased usage of Relativity’s analytical tools, including the predictive coding technology used by the parties in Pyrrho v MWB Property (to which I will come back in a further article about the Roadshow’s legal sessions). It is hard to estimate the take-up of analytical tools in eDiscovery, but kCura has a large enough share of the market for its own statistics to be a useful guide to what people are actually doing in their daily work, away from high-profile case reports.
kCura has always been good at promoting those who are its partners and who produce the products which make up the Relativity Ecosystem. Star of the show this year was Jonathan Chan of Anexys who was given space within Andrew Sieja’s keynote to demonstrate Anexys’ new social media eDiscovery product TK.Message. He used it to show how the Twitter feed of an invented employee could be followed within a Relativity interface – at least, I hope she is invented, because her secrets were comprehensively exposed by the demonstration.
There is a press release here about the announcements made at the Relativity Spring Launch.
I will turn to the legal content in a second post.