For reasons which escape me, it remains fashionable for AccessData’s rivals in the review market to refer to Summation by reference to its history. A long time ago, before many of those rivals existed, Summation was one of the most widely-used review tools in the world. It spent some time as the unloved child of a legal publisher who neither understood its market nor invested in it. That was a long time ago. AccessData bought it in 2010 and spent well over a year redeveloping it before launching their all-new version in January 2012, fitting it into a comprehensive range of products which begins with AccessData’s long-established FTK forensics tools and goes through the full range of functions into review and production.
Summation 5.0 carries this development yet further, adding technology-assisted review, visual analytics, improved search performance and speed, and enhanced export options amongst other new or redesigned functions.
Given the pace of development in the eDiscovery software market, none of AccessData’s rivals would expect to see comparisons made with their versions of 2010. It is lazy marketing (sorry, boys and girls of the marketing fraternity) for them to talk up their own products by reference to a pre-2010 version of a competitor. Why not go head-to-head with the completely redesigned 2013 version?
The Summation section of AccessData’s website is here and there are separate sections for AD eDiscovery and for AD ECA. You might also like to look at the section on MPE+, AccessData’s tool for forensic collections from smartphones and similar devices.
AccessData is giving a webinar on 20 June at 11.00am PST called Introduction to Summation 5.0. Registration is here.