Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Attenex and StoredIQ Announce eDiscovery Alliance

SEATTLE, WA - April 22, 2008 – Attenex Corp., a leading e-discovery software provider, and StoredIQ, a leading provider of enterprise-class Intelligent Information Management software, today announced an alliance to provide enterprise customers with a combined offering of their complementary applications to reduce the cost, risk and time associated with e-discovery. Through the alliance, corporate legal and IT departments can ensure consistent and efficient e-discovery processes from identification through legal review in a repeatable, defensible manner. The joint solution provides measurable cost and time savings through an integrated workflow that scales to manage large volumes of electronically stored information (ESI).

“E-discovery is a complex process involving many different steps, and so corporations are eager to find applications that can help to streamline and improve the process,” said George Socha, president of Socha Consulting LLC and co-founder of the EDRM Project. “This partnership offers corporate legal and IT departments the opportunity to develop a repeatable process combining StoredIQ’s ability to identify, collect and preserve email and user files across a broad range of IT systems with market-leading processing, analysis and review software from Attenex.”

Corporate legal and IT departments benefit from a repeatable and more transparent e-discovery process, including:

- Efficient management of tasks across the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) using proven, enterprise-class e-discovery software currently employed by leading corporations and e-discovery providers
- Repeatable and predictable workflow for managing data from collection to review for investigations, early case assessments or response to electronic discovery requests
- Simplified e-discovery project management with complete audit trail of documents, attributes and actions throughout the e-discovery process

kCura Announces Integration of Relativity with Equivio

Chicago, IL, April 22, 2008– kCura Corporation, a software company providing the kCura™ Relativity web-based litigation support platform, today announced the integration of Equivio technology for near-duplicates and email threads into Relativity. The Equivio technology suppresses redundancy in the document review process, reducing costs while helping litigators zoom in on the information they need to build a case.

“Our job is to help our customers in any way we can to improve the efficiency of their document review projects,” said Andrew Sieja, Chief Executive Officer of kCura. “That’s why we’ve integrated Relativity with Equivio.”

Sieja continued, “Equivio’s best-of-breed near-duplicate and email thread technology gives Relativity customers the ability to slice right through the redundant data, and zoom in on what’s important. That’s key in reducing the time it takes to complete any document review project.”

The incorporation of Equivio’s near-duplicate and email thread capabilities reduces review time and costs, while ensuring the consistent treatment of similar documents. When reviewing near-duplicates, the compare feature allows the user to immediately access each document’s unique, value-added content.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

GlobalOptions Acquires First Advantage's Investigative Unit

NEW YORK & POWAY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 21, 2008--GlobalOptions Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLOI), a leading provider of domestic and international risk management services, and First Advantage Corporation (NASDAQ: FADV), a global risk mitigation and business solutions provider, today announced a new strategic alliance in which both companies will cross-sell each other's complementary risk management services. The two companies also announced that GlobalOptions has acquired the surveillance assets of First Advantage's subsidiary, First Advantage Investigative Services. The transaction does not include First Advantage Investigative Services' due diligence operation, which provides unique, data driven services mainly for hedge fund investors.

Under the terms of the strategic business alliance, GlobalOptions and First Advantage will offer their existing and prospective clients a combined portfolio of services. First Advantage will have the opportunity to offer its clients GlobalOptions Group's three main areas of service: fraud and SIU investigations, crisis management and preparedness services and security consulting and investigations. GlobalOptions will be able to draw upon First Advantage's diverse client base and comprehensive suite of global talent acquisition solutions.

"We are pleased to partner with GlobalOptions, which has built an organization that combines the very best in experience and expertise across the risk management space," said Anand Nallathambi, president and chief executive officer of First Advantage Corp. "This strategic alliance will benefit both our companies with an expanded suite of service solutions and enable us to deliver premier risk mitigation services to our valued clients."

Monday, April 14, 2008

Google's New Subscription Pricing Approach for Email Archiving

Here is an interesting article about how Google is pricing its Postini email archival and e-discovery solution. With Google, Yahoo and now Dell, all entering the email archiving game through recent acquisitions, it will be interesting to see how the pricing models shake out.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Epiq Systems Acquires London Based E-Discovery Firm, Pinpoint Global, Ltd.

Kansas City, KS (April 7, 2008) - Epiq Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPIQ), a leading provider of technology solutions for the legal profession, today announced further expansion of its London office with the acquisition of Pinpoint Global, Ltd., an emerging provider of proprietary electronic discovery / electronic disclosure solutions.

Epiq Systems is developing its international e-discovery business aggressively with significant organic growth augmented by select strategic investments. Epiq recently introduced DocuMatrix 12.0, the international version of our document review software, that supports 60+ foreign languages. In March, Epiq announced self-certification to the U.S. Department of Commerce "Safe Harbor" privacy principles for superior support of international engagements, and in February, the staff of Effective Case Management Ltd. (ECM), a UK professional services company specializing in document management for the UK legal profession since 1999, joined Epiq Systems' U.K. organization.

Pinpoint Global Ltd. has developed advanced proprietary software for electronic disclosure that has been used as "software as a service" to "Magic Circle" law firms. The Pinpoint founding shareholders have significant experience in electronic disclosure and will join Epiq's U.K. organization in senior positions. Pro forma 2007 revenue for Pinpoint's business approximated £1.1mm.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

HP is Expanding its Capabilities in Fast-growing e-Discovery and Compliance Software Market by Acquiring Tower Software

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2008 -- HP and Tower Software today announced that they have signed a pre-bid agreement for HP to acquire Tower, a document and records management software company based in Canberra, Australia.

The deal will enable HP to expand its offerings in the fast-growing electronic discovery and compliance software market.

The acquisition of Tower will add electronic records management to HP Software’s existing e-discovery and compliance capabilities in information collection and retention. This includes both records management and identification,(1) which have become increasingly important for organization due to rules and regulations such as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts.

Under an existing alliance between the companies, Tower TRIM Context has been integrated with the HP Integrated Archive Platform to provide customers with a combined records management and compliance archiving solution.

Combining HP’s and Tower’s overall software capabilities will enable customers to rapidly identify electronic business records from general business communication, collect those business records in a scalable and high-performance archive platform and preserve them for long-term future use in legal discovery or compliance activities.