Online Resource Center to Aid E-Discovery

By Chris Preimesberger
Electronic discovery software provider Attenex launched March 12 an online resource center consisting of white papers, case studies, Web seminars and industry analyst reports in an effort to assist IT departments with integrating e-discovery workflow into an overall data management strategy.

The resource center, which includes reports from leading industry analysts such as Barry Murphy of Forrester Research, Brian Babineau of Enterprise Strategy Group and Vivian Tero of IDC, will be updated on an ongoing basis with case studies from Fortune 500 companies and materials on industry developments, such as recent changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP).

Access to the resource center requires registration, but it is free and open to the public.

E-discovery refers to any process in which electronic data is sought, located, secured, and searched with the intent of using it as evidence in a civil or criminal legal case. E-discovery can be carried out offline on a particular computer, or it can be done in a network. Court-ordered or government-sanctioned hacking for the purpose of obtaining critical evidence is also a type of e-discovery.

Attenex earlier this year upgraded its e-discovery software platform. Click here to read more.

Attenex is hosting a Web seminar on March 13 on native file format review and document production. Those interested can attend the Web seminar or listen to a recorded version in the resource center at a later date.

"At a minimum, one of out every two organizations has been through at least one electronic discovery event, and it will only continue with the recent changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Organizations, especially IT departments, must understand how to more efficiently locate, preserve and review information in order to support in-house and external counsel," said Babineau, an ESG senior analyst.

"Attenex has a proven track record of reducing the cost of e-discovery for Fortune 500 companies, and the resource center should be of great value to IT departments that want to tap into those best practices and case studies."

As corporations take more control of the discovery process, IT departments are looking for answers on how to more efficiently process, reduce, analyze and deliver relevant data to corporate legal teams in support of discovery requests, said Mike Kinnaman, vice president of marketing for Attenex.

"Through our ongoing work with the Fortune 500 and their general counsel, we've collected some of the industry's best practices, and we believe this will be a valuable resource for IT departments that want to take control of their electronic data," Kinnaman said.

Seattle-based Attenex's bread-and-butter product is the Attenex Patterns E-Discovery Platform, a technical foundation on which corporations can integrate e-discovery into their overall data management strategy and keep control of the e-discovery process—even when discrete steps in the process are outsourced to law firms or service providers, the spokesperson said.

The product's patented visualization and concept mapping capabilities help corporate legal departments and law firms to more cost-effectively and accurately analyze documents to support the demands of investigations, regulatory compliance and litigation.

The Attenex e-discovery resource center for IT departments can be found here. You can register for the March 13 Web seminar here.

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This article was originally published on 03-12-2007