Xerox has acquired Smart Data Consulting for an undisclosed sum, and says the acquisition is part of its strategy to expand its e-discovery services and technology consulting for law firms and corporate legal departments.
Smart Data provides hosted and on-site services using Viewpoint software, an all-in-one e-discovery platform developed by Lateral Data (which Xerox acquired in 2012). Xerox says the acquisition strengthens its e-discovery technical and process expertise by adding Smart Data’s leadership team and professionals, while also expanding Xerox’s managed review and collection capabilities.
Viewpoint software enables corporate legal departments and law firms to manage the entire e-discovery life cycle using a single product. By using one product instead of many to manage e-discovery tasks – including collection, processing, early-case assessment, analytics, assisted review, review, and production – Xerox says the e-discovery process is more efficient and cost-effective, and reduces risk.
Unlike other e-discovery software, with Viewpoint, all functionality is integrated and doesn’t require third-party software or plug-ins. Viewpoint also provides advanced capabilities for filtering and processing data that is up to five times faster than other e-discovery software. This reduces costs related to processing, reviewing, and hosting non-relevant data at the beginning of a legal case.
Founded in New York in 2009 by Ed Robles and Imer Perezic, Smart Data is used worldwide by Fortune 500 corporations, mid-market companies and boutique litigation firms. Smart Data’s management team and 22 employees will continue to deploy, support and deliver Viewpoint managed services to its clients as part of Xerox Litigation Services.
Xerox offers a portfolio of solutions that can be flexibly deployed to help corporate legal departments and law firms with e-discovery. Clients can choose from fully outsourced services using the OmniX cloud-based review platform, CategoriX technology-assisted review service, on-premise e-discovery or managed services with Viewpoint, or a hybrid approach.