Dimitri Kanevsky, an IBM researcher who was recognized as a “White House Champion of Change” in 2012, wrote, “Technology is the great equalizer that can dramatically improve the quality of a person’s life through the click of a mouse button. There are many examples of how technology is leveling the playing field.”
One of these examples is in our world of litigation as relates to discovery management. Technology tools have enabled law firms to do more with less, facilitating the transition from pouring through file cabinets to conducting fast electronic review of documents.
At a recent webinar focused on an introduction to the LexisNexis® Concordance® litigation support product – a pioneering software tool that has been in the market for more than 20 years and now has more than 70,000 users – Jessica Solano, a litigation solutions architect for LexisNexis, walked attendees through five essentials that their discovery management software must be able to do efficiently in today’s fast-paced eDiscovery workflow:
1. Search. For starters, the software must have a powerful search function that allows litigation team members to find documents quickly and utilize “hit highlighting” to call out key content.
2. Native. It’s important to be able to review native documents in their original condition and format.
3. Annotation. Make sure your software has a simple and fast functionality for annotating and coding metadata when reviewing documents.
4. Organize. Given the huge volumes of documents in litigation, it’s essential that you can tag documents and then organize those tags in simple folders for fast review.
5. Produce. Finally, your discovery management software needs to be able to print documents in a variety of formats that you may prefer and to support your production requirements with minimal time and hassle on your part.
The best eDiscovery software tools make it easy to identify, organize and analyze case-critical information so that you can collaborate on a litigation matter, whether it’s just across the firm or all the way around the world. Start with these five essentials so you make sure that your firm is using technology as a great equalizer.
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