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LexisNexis: accelerating evolution.

The most recent update of Concordance Evolution gives new meaning to the way e-discovery and litigation content are managed. This new release helps legal professionals whittle Big Data down to a manageable size, no matter what size a case is, says Steve Ashbacher, vice president of Concordance at LexisNexis Litigation Tools & Professional Services.

Evolution offers three major enhancements: speed, flexible capacity, and an intuitive interface. Ashbacher says LexisNexis spent time fine-tuning performance/speed. In fact, Evolution can import files of 350GB (about 7 million documents) within 24 hours and document-to-document browsing within 1 to 2 seconds. Documents are even tagged at a rate of 3,000 per minute with a capacity to handle massive amounts of data without hesitation.

Administrative tools let users adapt the software to their individual needs. LexisNexis simplified the process by incorporating existing permissions at the active file level. Evolution uses a folder tree structure familiar to most users, so administrators can distribute data at the folder level to whomever they desire.

"Customers want an intuitive way to be able to do everything across the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) workflow," says Ashbacher. With Evolution, users can optimize workflows to review data more quickly, while sorting through fields and email threads.

Evolution also tags (and untags), redacts, and scales effectively and quickly; LexisNexis works with outside partners and in-house experts to develop effective tagging protocols. E-discovery and accessing documents is all about the ease of tagging and untagging, especially when there are errors. The process is intuitive, says Ashbacher. A user can open a family (set) or a group of duplicates and simply right-click and tag the group. That permits documents to be tagged in sets instead of the old method of tagging each document individually.

The Find and Redact option makes it simple to locate privileged information and redact on the nearnative document; see-through redaction lets a second-level reviewer oversee the work of an initial reviewer. When documents are produced, the redactions are programmed to burn in permanently.

Scalability was vital for creating a model with on-the-fly adjustability at a cost-effective price. If a user is working on a large case and needs greater processing power, Evolution has built-in virtual servers that can scale up the processing power. For example, Ashbacher reports that one user originally pushed through 3,500 to 5,000 documents per hour; by adding 10 or 12 virtual machines, the number of documents being imported jumped to 35,000-40,000 per hour. When the extra power isn't needed, users can remove the virtual machines and use them on other LexisNexis platforms.

After nearly 2 years of beta testing in all categories (large firms, government, and corporate), LexisNexis delivered just what users ordered. Transitioning to the new update and training is simple; Evolution is intuitive and easy to navigate for anyone familiar with search platforms, says Ashbacher.

Finally, Ashbacher addresses LexisNexis' commitment to product development: "Our goal is to create more seamless and intuitive workflows across all our products so that customers feel like the experience fits together and they can learn new products and new features intuitively."

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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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