Vertical Discovery: Helping Companies Automate and Unify eDiscovery

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Anil Kona, CEO and Tom Matarelli, Executive Vice President
eDiscovery has generally been a complicated affair for enterprises. Although the digitization has mitigated the challenges of storing and securing data, retrieving it from, say, distributed siloes, has become extremely difficult. As such, companies heavily relied on third-party legal service providers and technology experts to address their eDiscovery requirements and carry out the litigation process. Inevitably, the paradigm is changing.

The power of APIs, for example, allows for integrations that enable the streamlined collection of data (for eDiscovery) and also allows automation. By leveraging automation, legal departments across enterprises can render the process of eDiscovery to be less time-consuming and expensive while being able to manage litigation support more effectively. Unlike before, companies can reduce dependency on data mining or IT support to carry out legal departments’ herculean eDiscovery tasks. As a result, companies are increasingly trying to be self-sufficient with their eDiscovery and broader litigation processes.

Helping companies bring their eDiscovery processes in-house by leveraging the power of automation is Vertical Discovery, a software company led by Anil Kona, CEO and Tom Matarelli, Executive Vice President. Having over 20 years of experience in the eDiscovery landscape, Matarelli and Kona each hold in-depth knowledge about information gathering nuances for eDiscovery. Their knowledge and expertise have enabled them to create a unified platform for companies to build automation into their legal operations and eDiscovery workflows without depending on third-party service providers. In effect, the company helps legal teams to focus solely on litigation outcomes, risk management, and case strategy rather than hustling data through various technologies.

Kona confers the credits of the seamless eDiscovery operations to Optimum Suite, a fully automated litigation lifecyclemanagement software that breaks the traditional eDiscovery mold with its unique automation platform and integration capabilities for corporations, and their law firmsor service providers. This end-to-end application simplifies and enhances the discovery process with its four essential components: DataNavigator, TotalHold, Automate, and ServiceBridge.

DataNavigator is a powerful case management application that plugs into a corporate network and enables users to interact daily. Its robust API framework helps organizations to reduce the time-consuming process of gathering custodian’s relevant data.
Automate, on the other hand, is a hybrid technology that optimizes other eDiscovery applications such as Relativity and Nuix . It allows users to choose from templates that enable users to set up the case or the workspace, drive technical what configurations, run the case, produce the case, and enable real time reporting across every aspect in this lifecycle. This templatization of eDiscovery applications makes litigation processes simpler and easier, placing crucial information at the users’ fingertips.


With the help of automation, we empower legal departments to handle the eDiscovery process more seamlessly and tackle cases efficiently

The third component of the optimum suite, ServiceBridge, creates a seamless integration between the leading third-party eDiscovery software across the entire Electronic Discovery Reference Model and corporate environment. “We even enable the managed service capabilities through ServiceBridge and allow our partners MSPs to bundle the Optimum technology with their various services so they can license and deliver DataNavigator to their corporate clients,” says Matarelli. Apart from these three primary products, TotalHold serves as a corporate standalone application with a unified workflow and data preservation capabilities.

With the Optimum Suite, Vertical Discovery helped a big West Coast organization deal with a tremendous civil and criminal investigation. Due to the overwhelming amount of data and criminal records, the organization would often miss collecting the right evidence and were prone to manual mistakes. Using Vertical Discovery’s Optimum suite, they could automate the entire process of eDiscovery, eliminate human errors, and get faster and efficient results. This helped them save their dollar spend as they have automated most of the consultants’ work.

The success instance perfectly shows that Optimum Suite has made eDiscovery faster and effective. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent adoption of remote working prophecies have put a lot of pressure on legal departments across companies to work efficiently. Helping them align with this trend, Vertical Discovery focuses on educating users and allowing more people to become comfortable with their solution. “With any new innovations – especially automation - our clients are amazed with the workflows. But in forensics, we specialize in supporting these workflows with transparency through chain of custody, audit logs and meta reporting to get them comfortable with the solution.”concludes Matarelli.

Company
Vertical Discovery

Headquarters
Austin, TX

Management
Anil Kona, CEO and Tom Matarelli, Executive Vice President

Description
Helping companies bring their eDiscovery processes in-house by leveraging the power of automation is Vertical Discovery, a software company led by Anil Kona, CEO and Tom Matarelli, Executive Vice President. Having over 20 years of experience in the eDiscovery landscape, Matarelli and Kona each hold in-depth knowledge about information gathering nuances for eDiscovery. Their knowledge and expertise have enabled them to create a unified platform for companies to build automation into their legal operations and eDiscovery workflows without depending on third-party service providers. In effect, the company helps legal teams to focus solely on litigation outcomes, risk management, and case strategy rather than hustling data through various technologies

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