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    Activity Patterns for eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments (2001-2017)

    Activity Patterns for eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments (2001-2017)

    Since beginning to track the number of publicly highlighted merger, acquisition, and investment (M&A+I) events in the eDiscovery ecosystem, ComplexDiscovery has noted more than 300 M&A+I events between November 2001 and today. The following article highlights the pattern of these activities on an annual and monthly basis.

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    An Abridged Look at the Business of eDiscovery: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments

    An Abridged Look at the Business of eDiscovery: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments

    The presented listing highlights key industry business moves by sharing the announcement date, acquired company, acquiring or investing company, and acquisition amount (if known) of significant eDiscovery-related mergers, acquisitions, and investments.

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    A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

    A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

    Based on a compilation of research from analyst firms and industry expert reports in the electronic discovery arena, the following “Top 100+Provider” list provides a short listing that may be useful in the consideration of eDiscovery providers. This listing is taken primarily from eDiscovery provider mentions in selected key formal industry reports and surveys published between August 2011 and today.

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    Validated Market Opportunities for 2017: SaaS-based Legal and Data Discovery Automation

    Validated Market Opportunities for 2017: SaaS-based Legal and Data Discovery Automation

    In 2017, the challenge for technology providers in the legal and data discovery spaces appears to be less about defining offering requirements and validating market needs and more about developing and delivering solutions that focus on specific tasks and processes that streamline the discovery of data and the conduct of eDiscovery.

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    A Concise Framework for Discovery Automation

    A Concise Framework for Discovery Automation

    One of the biggest challenges facing information, business, and legal professionals is the ability to cohesively consider the elements of data discovery and legal discovery within a technology framework that is comprehensive enough to address critical discovery tasks throughout information and legal lifecycles yet concise enough to be realistically approached from an automation perspective.

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    Congruity, KNJ Merge To Form Data Management Channel Powerhouse

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    Extract from article by Joseph F. Kovar

    Two storage-focused solution providers have merged to form Congruity360 as a way to bring a wider range of vendor-agnostic on-premises and cloud solutions to customers.

    Congruity360 formed from the merger of Congruity, a solution provider and MSP with a storage focus, and KNJ, a provider of electronic discovery consulting and services, said Brian Davidson, co-founder of Congruity and managing partner of Pembroke, Mass.-based Congruity360.

    Congruity360 offers a vendor-agnostic approach to data management, Davidson told CRN.

    Extract from Congruity360 Press Release

    “Under the Congruity360 brand, KNJ360 will continue to deliver the exceptional responsiveness and service that our clients know and expect, while broadening our offerings,” said Kirk Carter, Managing Partner of Congruity360. “We will be able to implement cost-effective and comprehensive eDiscovery and information governance solutions by leveraging our shared resources, such as the company’s equipment, maintenance, and colocation data center services.”

    About Congruity360

    Congruity360 is a comprehensive solution provider for complete data lifecycle management. By simplifying and optimizing IT infrastructures, Congruity360 empowers partners to focus on their core business competencies by increasing data reliability and reducing risk. Congruity360 is dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and transformation in an ever-evolving IT ecosystem.

    About KNJ360

    KNJ360, a Congruity360 brand, is an eDiscovery consulting boutique that develops innovative and effective workflows for information governance and electronic discovery matters. The team’s strategic approach is grounded in its expertise with top-tier technologies that allow for customizable implementations to suit individual corporate environments and legal matters. KNJ360’s accomplished eDiscovery consultants and project managers are litigation technology veterans who provide guidance and insight that goes beyond the expected.

    Read the complete KNJ 360 announcement at Data Management Veterans Partner to Form Congruity 360

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    From Data to Dachau: Putting a Face on Data Privacy

    Editor’s Note: This exhortation and extract are published after a recent tour of Dachau, Munich, Nurnberg, and Berchtesgaden in Southern Germany.

    Gathering and using data to help achieve personal and professional objectives have been tasks accomplished by individuals and organizations from the beginning of time. However, with the advent of data tools and technologies ranging from autoclassification to automation, it is more important now than ever that legal and information technology professionals consider not only the positive things that can be accomplished with data-centric technology, but that they also consider the potential misuse of data technology. This is especially important in the area of data privacy where it is very easy to focus on data and regulations and forget that behind the data there are people and lives. Provided below is short extract by award-winning investigative author Edwin Black that puts a face on the potential misuse of data-centric technology.

    Extract from article by Edwin Black

    Mankind barely noticed when the concept of massively organized information quietly emerged to become a means of social control, a weapon of war, and a roadmap for group destruction. The unique igniting event was the most fateful day of the last century, January 30, 1933, the day Adolf Hitler came to power. Hitler and his hatred of the Jews was the ironic driving force behind this intellectual turning point. But his quest was greatly enhanced and energized by the ingenuity and craving for profit of a single American company and its legendary, autocratic chairman. That company was International Business Machines, and its chairman was Thomas J. Watson.

    Der Führer’s obsession with Jewish destruction was hardly original. There had been czars and tyrants before him. But for the first time in history, an anti-Semite had automation on his side. Hitler didn’t do it alone. He had help.

    In the upside-down world of the Holocaust, dignified professionals were Hitler’s advance troops. Police officials disregarded their duty in favor of protecting villains and persecuting victims. Lawyers perverted concepts of justice to create anti-Jewish laws. Doctors defiled the art of medicine to perpetrate ghastly experiments and even choose who was healthy enough to be worked to death and who could be cost-effectively sent to the gas chamber. Scientists and engineers debased their higher calling to devise the instruments and rationales of destruction. And statisticians used their little known but powerful discipline to identify the victims, project and rationalize the benefits of their destruction, organize their persecution, and even audit the efficiency of genocide. Enter IBM and its overseas subsidiaries.

    Solipsistic and dazzled by its own swirling universe of technical possibilities, IBM was self-gripped by a special amoral corporate mantra: if it can be done, it should be done. To the blind technocrat, the means were more important than the ends. The destruction of the Jewish people became even less important because the invigorating nature of IBM’s technical achievement was only heightened by the fantastical profits to be made at a time when bread lines stretched across the world.

    Read the complete article at The Nazi Party: IBM & “Death’s Calculator”

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    Partnering for Success: The Role of the Partnership in Legal Tech

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    Extract from article by Gabrielle Orum Hernandez

    Law firms typically take longer than other business types to adopt new technology, but when they do, they often have long-term relationships with their vendors, perhaps even beyond the time when a given technology can actually bolster firm efficiency. For legal technology companies working with law firms, success seems to be less a matter of having the very best, most efficient product on the market, and more a matter of establishing networks and relationships with law firm leaders and consultants.

    E-discovery automation software company CloudNine this week expanded its partner program, the CloudNine Alliance Partner Program, in hopes of expanding these relationship entryways into law firms and legal departments. The company is now offering compensation kickbacks and technology integration opportunities to three different classes of partners: technology partners, referral partners, and channel partners.

    CloudNine CEO Brad Jenkins told Legaltech News that the partner program is an attempt to leverage some of the strong loyalties and connections that exist within the legal sphere by essentially paying to develop relationships. “Probably the biggest reason [for the partner program expansion] is we have found that in this industry it very much falls into relationship selling.”

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