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Company: iConect

Offering: Xera

Briefing by: Ian Campbell – President & Co-Founder

Date: May 8, 2014

Overview: Launched in 2012, Xera is a web-based review platform available as a direct purchase or through their hosting partners. iConect continues to invest in user accessibility, mature workflow and new partner integrations for their HTML5 web interface. What does all that mean? The iConect team is betting that the market wants a dedicated review point product accessible by any level of user from any device. This bucks the ‘Platform’ trend that has had providers bolting processing, collections and legal hold code onto their review programs. Clearwell started this ‘feature sprawl’ race to the mythical Unified eDiscovery Platform more than five years back, but the market still seems to gravitate to ‘built for purpose’ tools that have feature depth as well as coverage breadth.  Thus new functionality added to Xera such as the free iView metrics visualization module, customizable dashboard tiles, seven new localized languages (including Russian, Japanese and German) and classification by drag/drop.

Key Notes:

  •  iConect partners not seeing heavy adoption of analytic functionality such as Predictive Coding or clustering. Some customers/partners still licensing the Content Analyst functionality on an ala carte volume basis.
  • Transcript management integrations with Westlaw’s Case Notebook and Opus2’s Magnum.
  • New Stellent based Thumbnail View without tiffing.
  • Search criteria hit reports and analysis.
  • Navigation and designation rules with new wizard for writing rule scripts.
  • Roadmap: Integration and OEM’d offering with Nuix processing.

Greg Buckles can be reached at Greg@eDJGroupInc.com for offline comment, questions or consulting. His active research topics include mobile device discovery, the discovery impact of the cloud, Microsoft’s 2013 eDiscovery Center and multi-matter discovery. Recent consulting engagements include managing preservation during enterprise migrations, legacy tape eliminations, retention enablement and many more.

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