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Xerox Strengthens E-Discovery Managed Services with Acquisition of Smart Data
Xerox announced the acquisition of Smart Data Consulting for expanding its e-discovery services and strengthening its capabilities for serving law firms and corporations. Smart Data provides hosted and on-site services using Viewpoint (TM) software, which acts as an all-in-one e-discovery platform. The software was developed by Lateral Data, which was acquired by Xerox in 2012.
Manoj Sharma, executive managing director of Xerox Litigation Services said, “We’re blending key capabilities with market demand with this acquisition … Smart Data’s depth of expertise and customer-focused team will be a valuable addition both to Xerox and for our clients choosing to use Viewpoint to manage their e-discovery projects.”
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 some of the world’s largest law 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.
“The synergies couldn’t be clearer for our clients,” said Ed Robles. “The company was first established to address the increasing demands of e-discovery and the key to successful and defensible litigation management is a delicate balance between strategy and technology.”
Unlike other e-discovery software, all functionality is integrated and does not require third-party software or plug-ins. Viewpoint also offers 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 matter.
Technological advances in the legal services and legal support services industry are rapidly changing the way law firms work. Even this week, Edwards Wildman cut about 52 jobs, most of who were in the administrative and IT departments and the law firm said the reason for the layoffs was technological advancements in the industry. It’s something that law firms can afford to ignore no more.
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