In my recent post about Relativity’s investment from Silver Lake, I mentioned that the investment would support Relativity’s planned expansion into new regions. It was not hard to guess that one of those would be the Asia Pacific region, and that Singapore would be high in the list.
We now have confirmation of that with the announcement that KPMG are bringing RelativityOne to Singapore, the first Big Four firm to do so. The press release is here.
The announcement brings together two things which are more or less obvious – that Singapore is both a major (if not the major) business and technical hub in the region, and that cloud adoption for business data has passed the tipping point. We were getting there anyway, but the disruption of the pandemic has accelerated the trend for everyday data needs as well as for eDiscovery.
Singapore is also a place which leads in regulatory compliance which is simultaneously strict and an encouragement to new ideas. I attended the Global Technology Law Conference 2015 in Singapore, and came away much impressed by the lead taken by government in driving changes which aimed to regulate (in that case financial services) without stifling advances in ideas and in the technology to support them. As the KPMG/Relativity press release puts it, “Singapore is the most prolific adopter of cloud computing in Southeast Asia”.
Georgia Foster, Relativity’s Managing Director, APAC, says that the “e-discovery and compliance market in Asia is rapidly developing, and Singapore is a major hub for innovation”. That inevitably brings investigations, arbitration, litigation and compliance monitoring, often involving parties, investigators, lawyers and authorities from multiple jurisdictions. RelativityOne is ideal for this – indeed, was developed with this in mind, including the ability to scale from nothing to enormous volumes very quickly in a secure environment. RelativityOne’s analytical tools and customisable workflows enable control and fast data reduction.