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Lateral Data: A Sharper Viewpoint into E-Discovery

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Lateral Data: A Sharper Viewpoint into E-Discovery

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With the volume of email, documents, contracts, and data pouring into the enterprise, finding one file for a legal case can be like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Add the critical nature of compliance and data residing on multiple platforms, and the entire process has the makings of an e-discovery nightmare.

"Corporate legal teams are tired of working with eight different services," says Dean Kuhlmann, vice president of business development at Lateral Data. "Since e-discovery covers a huge area, it reaches out across any number of departments, from corporate legal to the IT department," he says. Lateral Data's Viewpoint 4.5 e-discovery platform lets users view all the data "in one broad brush stroke" during the production process, he says.

Kuhlmann says that Lateral Data has focused on software developments and services in the e-discovery market since the company was founded in 2003. "Viewpoint 4.5 e-discovery platform is one platform that's large enough for 20 people in the production department to stay fully automated and efficient to run early case assessments," he says. Viewpoint provides a visual index on four modules: view manager (keyword searchable), analytic search (see keywords in context), relationship analysis (reveal connections in emails), and a similarity viewer (displays similar ver sions of the same document). Data is fully integrated into one tool, where it can be collected, preserved, processed, analyzed, and reviewed in one comprehensive software application.

"With Viewpoint, electronic data stays in one system throughout the entire e-discovery process, providing links and audit capabilities necessary for a defensible e-discovery process," says Kuhlmann. …

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