“Consolidation” in the eDiscovery software and services markets does not have to imply a merger or acquisition. It can also imply a partnership between two companies under which either can offer a broader range of solutions to their respective clients alongside their independent offerings.
FTI’s core software offering is its long-standing (and continually updated) eDiscovery platform Ringtail, now at Version 9.2 (the press release about that, also released at ILTA, is here). Ringtail has a strong visual focus both in its document review tools and in its visual analytics including Document Mapper, Cubes and Mines, all designed to accelerate case strategy and to put as much power as possible in the hands of the users.
FTI also has its scalable visual analytics platform Radiance designed to bring clarity and meaning, as quickly as possible, to very large volumes of data.
This formidable array of software tools is backed by a highly-rated consulting service which extends from ad hoc advice in smaller matters through to a full managed services offering, and with particular expertise in regulatory matters, internal investigations and cross-border discovery.
kCura’s Relativity, now at Version 9.5 is used by more than 160,000 active users at 13,000 organisations for litigation, investigations and compliance matters. It is available as an on-premise solution or in the cloud through its RelativityOne offering. One of its many virtues is the flexibility offered to developers to extend Relativity’s functions to suit varying requirements.
Usage of Relativity analytics review tools has substantially increased in the last 18 months also, driven in part by court rulings in the US, Ireland, the UK and Australia approving of the use of technology-assisted review / predictive coding. kCura has laid out a comprehensive roadmap for the further development of its analytic tools.
FTI has recruited two senior people to head up a joint initiative with kCura. One is Daryl Teshima, who returns to FTI after a period at KPMG at which he implemented and supported Relativity around the world. The other, Wendy King, was at Kroll Ontrack where she led the global offering of Relativity.
I met them both at ILTA. They described the broadening of FTI as offering as “client-centric”, meaning that FTI can offer clients whichever solution is right for the case and the circumstances, and can bring the depth of FTI’s consulting services to a wider range of clients. They were excited also about the integration which kCura offers through its open platform.
The big benefit for clients is that they can choose whatever is right at different stages in the process. A client of either company might opt at the beginning, say, for FTI’s big-volume visualisation solutions like Document Mapper or Radiance, deferring the choice of review platform until the scope of the discovery becomes clear, when users can evaluate Ringtail and Relativity before deciding which is right for the purposes.