Anacomp Inc, a large US provider of document and business process management solutions, has acquired CaseLogistix, the evidence and litigation management software company from Nashville, Tennessee.
This is the press release of 20th June. The aim of some US press releases is a bit lost on me – I got as far as “a new high growth segment with a truly unique offering” at the end of paragraph 1 before losing the will to live long enough to get to the end. Following my usual rule of reading one sentence in four and skipping anything in quotation marks, I discern that Anacomp has a data capture solution called docHarbor, and secure scanning and conversion centres in the US and Europe, and that it saw CaseLogistix as the ideal tool for delivery of its work product to users.
I took instantly to CaseLogistix when I came across its web site at www.caselogistix.com last Summer. It has Flash demos illustrating the main features which, as one who tries to explain these things to novices, I appreciated and have referred people to as a quick way of conveying concepts. CaseLogistix is the product I referred to, without naming it, in my articles for the SCL’s Computers & Law Magazine earlier this year as having a built-in import process which had the potential to enable users to bring imports in house. It is also Unicode-compliant, with a better chance of handling multiple languages than some other products.
I arranged to meet Marty Mills and Billy Hyatt of CaseLogistix in London, and took them straight round to meet a client, largely on the strength of the Flash demos. The client is giving it a try. He is one of the more discerning litigation support professionals in London, so it will be interesting to see what results.
I met the rest of the CaseLogistix team at LegalTech in New York in January and enjoyed their company and hospitality. Since then, apart from doing one load of data preparation for a CaseLogistix import, I have not heard much from them. No doubt the pending Anacomp deal has occupied their minds.
I have not come across Anacomp’s “secure scanning and conversion centre” in Europe. EU data protection rules stand in the way of taking the source material across the Atlantic for processing (or, at least, give one pause for thought), and some US service providers are making large investments in Europe by replicating their US facilities over here (others are persuading European businesses to allow the stuff to travel, which may make for an interesting test case one day; one US provider remarked to me ruefully that he had not been able to persuade any of the big London firms to do so, although the smaller ones did not seem to mind. Hmm).
Anacomp need no advice from me, but I suspect they may be pleased with their choice. To put it another way, if I were setting up a one-stop-shop embracing everything from processing to desktop delivery, CaseLogistix would be on my list as a potential user tool.
Its success or failure in that capacity in the UK market (that is, whether or not allied to Anacomp’s processing facility) will turn on how well the company reacts to user suggestions. My perception of it when I met its chief developer in New York was that CaseLogistix would react quickly and positively to requests for improvements. I don’t know if that is in fact so (has anyone got anything to say on this?), but it was then a relatively small company. Such immediacy tends to be hard to achieve in big organisations, and Anacomp will do well to leave its new acquisition with sufficient autonomy to be reactive to user requests.
Cost is another element to watch, not just software cost but all the other costs which go into the Disclosure / Discovery process. The Anacomp press release stresses its place for the bigger jobs. The UK market being what it is (that is, with lower volumes in general than in the US), the sentence which interests me is the one which says “CaseLogistix allows legal teams to quickly collect, review and produce any amount and type of discovery information”. The split infinitive is theirs. The italics are mine. What, I wonder, will be the smallest volume for which CaseLogistix will be cost-effective?
I wish them well and look forward to hearing more as the acquisition beds in. The first distributor appointed in London was LDM.