Attenex Upgrades E-Discovery Software Platform
The Attenex Patterns 4.0 suite combines software, service and advice from a panel of experts to help corporations "control the chaos" around e-mail and document accessibility for litigation purposes.E-discovery software provider Attenex on Feb. 1 introduced a new version of a software package that enables corporations and their law firms to standardize e-mail and document accessibility and provide marked reductions in the time, effort and costs associated with the processes. The Attenex Patterns 4.0 software suite contains more than 50 new features and enhancements, including allowing the reuse of documents previously processed and reviewed-such as valuable attorney work involving document marks or annotations.
For large enterprises, this reuse can eliminate expense associated with the same documents being examined multiple times to fulfill similar requests, an Attenex spokesperson said.
"It's a software platform that integrates and manages the steps in the discovery process so companies and their law firms can standardize on a set way of doing discovery every time. They get better results faster, have improved control and spend a lot less money." An increased demand for electronic information from regulatory agencies and developments such as recent changes to the FRCP (Federal Rules of Civil Procedure) have motivated corporations to take more direct control of the discovery process-including collecting, processing, analyzing and producing the necessary electronically stored information-during litigation, investigations and regulatory compliance. "The largest addressable cost in e-discovery is the cost of legal professionals who review data," wrote Barry Murphy, senior analyst for Forrester Research, in a recent report ("eDiscovery Technology Spending To Top $4.8 Billion By 2011," December 2006). "Tools with visual analytics built in can make these legal professionals more efficient by determining whether or not data is relevant, is privileged or even needs to be produced in response to a discovery request. Tools aimed at making lawyers with high hourly wages as efficient as possible represent the largest potential cost savings in e-discovery," Murphy wrote. E-discovery advisory group formed In addition to the Attenex Patterns 4.0 software suite, Attenex also announced the formation of an advisory group on e-discovery best practices for corporations and the introduction of software certification programs for attorneys. The advisory group will develop and exchange e-discovery best practices based around the use of Attenex software while providing direct feedback on the Attenex product road map. Attenex has retained noted e-discovery industry expert George Socha to assist as the group defines an actionable framework for e-discovery based on Attenex software and industry standards such as the EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model). "Corporations are looking for ways to increase their control of the process in order to reduce the costs and risks of discovery and review," said Socha, of Socha Consulting. "The objective of the advisory group is to provide a framework for corporations to define and implement a repeatable process for discovery and review by combining the practical considerations of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model with the real-world experience of leading corporations." Attenex Patterns 4.0 is available now. Pricing is dependent on modules and usage. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.