Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Introducing Snap Shots from Snap.com

I just installed a nice little tool on this site called Snap Shots that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site, interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles, MySpace profiles, IMDb profiles and Amazon products, display inline videos, RSS, MP3s, photos, stock charts and more.

Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you "look ahead," before deciding if you want to follow a link or not.

Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Clearwell Systems Named Among Red Herring North America's 100 Most Promising Companies

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - May 22, 2008) - Clearwell Systems, Inc., a leader in Intelligent E-Discovery, today announced that Red Herring has named the company to its 2008 Red Herring 100 North America list, an honor awarded to the top 100 private technology companies. With deployments of the Clearwell E-Discovery Platform® across hundreds of enterprises, law firms and service providers, Clearwell consistently demonstrates innovation and market traction -- qualities that are required for consideration as a Red Herring 100 company.

"Having received more than 800 submissions, it is clear that we are witnessing a new outburst of creativity," says Joel Dreyfuss, editor-in-chief of Red Herring. "With venture capital flowing again, it's exciting to see technology innovators and business investors collaborate to create disruptive technologies. The Red Herring 100 North America companies are impressive up-and-comers, and definitely the ones to watch."

Due to the growing numbers of lawsuits and regulatory inquiries, and tremendous growth in electronically stored information (ESI), more enterprises and law firms are turning to Clearwell to streamline their e-discovery process. Clearwell reduces the cost, duration, and complexity of e-discovery, enabling customers to achieve significant return on investment within days of their deployments.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Trial Solutions Expands Litigation Support Ecosystem® with Formal Launch of Trial Support Services Practice

Houston, Texas -- May 20, 2008 –- Trial Solutions, a market leader in providing single source wholesale litigation support services to provide all of the technology, services and consulting required to support the entire litigation case lifecycle, today announced that it is expanding its Litigation Support Ecosystem® by launching a trial support services practice.

The Company announced that its expanded trial support practice will include trial consulting, litigation communications, state-of-the-art courtroom graphics and on-site trial technicians.

Trial Solution’s trial consulting will include research trials, jury profiling research, shadow juries, strategy development, witness preparation and presentation testing.

Trial Solution’s litigation communications offering will include case communications strategy, public relations, media content analysis and press exposure.

Trial Solution’s courtroom graphic practice will include visual strategy development, courtroom site survey and management, courtroom multimedia services, 3-D animation and technical support as may be appropriate and required.

WorkProducts Receives $100k in Funding

The Center for Innovative Technology has invested $100,000 in WorkProducts Inc.

Reston-based WorkProducts, which makes software that ensures that electronic legal information is compiled properly, will use the funding to strengthen its intellectual property protection efforts and to continue garnering both partnerships and customers.

The software is compliant with federal regulations that govern electronic information discovery and already is used by customers, including companies and law firms. WorkProducts also has established partnerships with companies that provide complementary technologies, including D.C.-based Access Litigation Support Services LLC, Richmond-based Superior Document Services Inc. and Coveo Solutions Inc. , which has its U.S. headquarters in Newton, Mass.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Mimosa Receives $17 Million in Funding

Archiving specialist Mimosa has scored $17 million in funding to expand its global presence and overhaul its NearPoint software.

The round, which was led by Focus Ventures, also included August Capital, Clearstone Venture Partners, and Mayfield Fund. It brings Mimosa’s total funding to $51.5 million.

“We’re using this money primarily for global expansion,” says T.M. Ravi, the Mimosa CEO, explaining that the vendor will be targeting the U.K., Germany, China, Australia, and Japan. “It’s to add sales, pre-sales support, and professional services staff in all regions.”

As part of this effort, Mimosa will add up to 45 employees to its 185-strong workforce by the end of the year, according to the CEO.

The vendor is also planning to open up its NearPoint offering to third-party applications later this year. By opening up the software’s APIs, T.M. Ravi expects to boost the product’s ediscovery capabilities.

“There’s literally 50 to 75 product and services vendors in ediscovery,” he says, explaining that this ranges from content analysis to legal case management. The exec would not reveal which vendors will be part of this effort, although potential candidates could include the likes of Kazeon, which recently introduced software for early case and risk assessment.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Aptara Being Courted by Large Indian BPO & IT Players

Here is an interesting article about Aptara, whom recently sold off its litigation support division to Ivize. Aptara, who changed its name from Tech Books in 2007, had gotten into the litigation support services business by purchasing Whitmont Legal Technologies.

MUMBAI: A couple of large buyout funds, foreign strategic players and Indian IT & BPO players, including Infosys Technologies, are learnt to be in the race for Aptara, a third-party BPO in technology publishing. Promoted by US-based Indian, Rakesh Gupta, the firm is one of the oldest and established players in the industry, having started in 1988.

No official confirmation was available, but sources said six players have been shortlisted and the sale could be concluded in a couple of weeks. Avendus Advisors is advising the firm on the sale process. The final deal could be around $150 million, a source said.

Till recently, known as Techbooks, the company changed its name to Aptara in 2007 to reflect its intent to diversify into services outside its core publishing and content business.

...last year, the firm also diversified into legal services by acquiring Whitmont Legal Technologies, a litigation support firm. According to information in public domain, the company has grown from about Rs 247 crore in revenues in 2005-06 to Rs 336 crore in 2006-07.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Attenex and Kazeon Announce eDiscovery Alliance

Mountain View, Calif. --- May 6, 2008 --- Attenex Corp., a leading e-discovery software provider, and Kazeon Systems, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent eDiscovery solutions, today announced an alliance to provide enterprise customers, legal service providers and law firms with a combined offering of their complementary software applications. Through the alliance, corporate legal and IT departments can ensure consistent and targeted eDiscovery processes across the company in a repeatable, defensible manner—facilitating early case assessments and improving productivity. The joint offering also enables corporations to measurably reduce the risk, duration and cost of eDiscovery matters while increasing visibility and control over electronically stored information.

”Corporations and law firms recognize that they need to align their legal challenges and IT capabilities to streamline and enhance the eDiscovery process,” said George Socha, president of Socha Consulting LLC and co-founder of the EDRM Project. “The alliance between Attenex and Kazeon is representative of a best-of-breed approach for repeatable, defensible and scalable eDiscovery.”

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mimosa Announces the Archiving of Files in Addition to Email

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — May 6, 2008 — Mimosa Systems, a leader in live content archiving solutions, today unveiled Mimosa NearPoint™ File System Archiving (FSA), a powerful archiving option that enables users to retain, retrieve and recover critical, free-range files alongside millions of emails, attachments, instant messages, and content from backup tapes stored in an integrated content-aware archive. Built on the award-winning Mimosa NearPoint platform, this new offering provides Mimosa customers with the most advanced content archive that addresses critical requirements for storage optimization, end-user information access, eDiscovery, content monitoring, and recovery in a single solution.

The widespread growth of unmanaged, free-range electronic files, such as Microsoft® Office files, Adobe® PDF files, and others, creates a critical challenge for enterprises trying to control storage costs, maintain content according to their retention and deletion policies, and find and preserve these files in the face of stringent discovery requirements.

Mimosa NearPoint FSA moves files from premium production storage to lower cost archive storage. FSA utilizes advanced stubbing technology that coordinates the use of network and backup processes while preserving the look and feel of the original file that was stored on the production disk. End-users can access the files as they normally would, while administrators see immediate benefits of storage reduction and optimized primary storage performance.