It is fitting, I suppose, that the CEO of a company committed to data reduction should manage to describe his company’s extensive plans in very few words. That is what we got from Equivio’s CEO Amir Milo as he welcomed us to Equivio’s dinner at the beginning of LegalTech in New York.
You may recall that Amir Milo turned up in a 2013 “List of people who make a difference in eDiscovery” with this description:
the C.E.O. with possibility the widest “lateral” industry vision. He’s the C-level person most likely to be found at analytics events not populated by the usual suspects, making Equivio a fun company to watch.
“Lateral vision” implies more than just producing first-rate technology – you need to keep thinking of who is going to use it, how they will use it and for what objective. Amir opened his short but packed talk with Equivio’s motto for 2014: “Good enough is not good enough”, he said. Usability and accessibility were critical, and this had dictated much of Equivio’s recent efforts – if you deliver analytics, the software must be easy to use, he said, and not just by “the special guys”. Equivio had reduced the waiting time between predictive coding rounds to zero, and worked on improved connectivity to applications like iCONECT’s XERA and kCura’s Relativity. The algorithms had been improved for dealing with low-richness cases and now offered tighter and better recall and precision.
Equivio had not stopped with development, Amir Milo said. Much of 2013’s efforts had gone into better education with boot camps and webinars – the six-part series on predictive coding had attracted between 200 and 250 participants each, with high satisfaction ratings from those who took part.
Equivio is following that up with a Star certification program for outstanding partner companies and individuals, with separate certification for technical knowledge, for demos and presentations and for commitment to excellence, innovation and outstanding service.
As if that was not enough, Equivio has also announced Zoom for Information Governance, a re-engineered version of its Zoom technology designed for automating enterprise compliance processes such as records identification, categorisation, schedule implementation and defensible deletion.
The press release about this includes an endorsement from Bennett Borden, Chair of the Information Governance and eDiscovery Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath, and a founder of the Information Governance Initiative on which I will write separately. Equivio Zoom can be trained to imitate the document classification decisions of an organisation’s legal and compliance subject matter experts which, as the press release puts it, allows organisations “to defensively delete legacy junk”.
This combination of improved technology, commitment to education and the application of Zoom technology to IG represents a big list for the New Year.
As a final point, Equivio already had one of the most attractive websites in the industry. That has been refreshed still further, with separate links for eDiscovery and Information Governance to reflect the related elements of Equivio’s business.