Summation is AccessData’s long-standing eDiscovery tool combining predictive coding, advanced analytics, data processing, early case assessment, case management, final review and transcript management. FTK is its Forensic Toolkit, well known for many years as an industry-standard tool for collecting data quickly and defensibly for forensic and eDiscovery purposes.
The two products share a back-end database which, as Nadine Weiskopf, VP of Product Management at AccessData says, means that “customers’ data doesn’t actually move from one place to another when it transitions out of the investigations and collections phase into the processing and review phase.”
Summation has been through a complete redevelopment since AccessData acquired it, and Summation 6 offers features which compete with the rest of the market. The integration with FTK 6, quite apart from that product’s own qualities, brings increased speed from collection to review, less work, and reduced opportunity for data to be dropped or damaged along the way.
There is a press release about both products here and a “Better together” web page here which gives the full description of both products and their ability, as the web page puts it, for “closing the gap between forensics and eDiscovery”.