At Relativity Fest in London, I interviewed Glenn Barden of FTI in the UK about FTI’s adoption of Relativity in London. The post-event party was underway by the time of our interview which explains the background noise.
Glenn Barden said that FTI’s role was to provide not only industry-leading software but the services to go with it. FTI felt that its clients’ needs could best be served by offering Relativity alongside FTI’s own Ringtail.
FTI had opted to go with Relativity’s cloud-based software RelativityOne, at least to begin with. It meant that FTI does not have to concern itself with setting up infrastructure or in training people to manage projects but could focus on training up teams to use the software. A move to on-premise Relativity may follow.
I asked Glenn Barden what factors weighed one way or the other when FTI advised clients as between using Ringtail or RelativityOne for their projects. Glenn Barden said that FTI looks at the whole project right the way through to the production stage, including questions such as whether data was already held in Office 365, and then discusses the options with the clients who make the final decision. Many clients have strong views one way or the other.
FTI’s next step will be to work with its US colleagues to work out what of their developments can be brought over to London and integrated with London’s existing offerings, focusing in particular on what elements would be different from the offerings of other providers.
I asked Glenn Barden what developments he foresaw in eDiscovery over the next 12 months or so. He chiefly identified the growing number of different data types such as chat platforms and even emoji review with the aim of bringing all of them together, structured data and unstructured data alike, in one platform.