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If you’ve been around the e-discovery block, you already know about Zapproved’s cloud-based Legal Hold Pro service, created to streamline the communication of legal hold notifications from a company’s legal department to employees. The product’s biggest competition has always been the inadequate pairing of Microsoft Outlook and Excel that most companies use to send and track hold notifications. Legal Hold Pro offers a defensible and reliable communication tracking system without requiring a company to deploy expensive equipment.

There are a handful of other tools that offer a similar service, but Zapproved has cornered the market. They did so well, in fact, that over the last couple of years, the company has sought to expand their product line to cover more of the e-discovery workflow handled by in-house, corporate legal departments.

In 2015, Zapproved acquired technology that allowed legal teams to actually collect the data they notified folks about (Data Collect Pro). This year, the company launched Digital Discovery Pro for corporate legal teams to conduct an initial review of data before it’s sent to outside counsel.

It’s the Who, Not the What

Digital Discovery Pro is not a typical document review tool, even though it offers the same features found in any other platform (e.g. tags, folders, search, exports). What makes it different is the target audience—law firms are the prototypical customers for document review tools, but Digital Discovery Pro is unapologetically aimed at in-house corporate legal departments.

Zapproved already has a stellar roster of corporate legal clients using Legal Hold Pro who can easily slide collected data into a simple review tool. This allows in-house lawyers to accomplish two critical tasks: gain insight into collected data to help guide litigation strategy, and cull down data so they aren’t paying outside counsel to stare at junk.

Digital Discovery Pro is all cloud-based, nourished by the strongholds of Amazon Web Services (AWS). That means you don’t need to call IT to install software or set up servers. Chances are, corporate IT is already using AWS in some fashion.

After logging in and selecting a matter, the Dashboard displays pie charts for “Document Breakdown” (file types) and “Custodian Breakdown.” You can see how much data has been ingested into the matter, what’s been reviewed, and what’s left to complete.

The “Search Term Hit Report” box at the bottom of the Dashboard lets you copy-paste a list of search terms to generate a simple hit report. It’s a brilliant tool for quickly testing a list of proposed search terms so anomalies can be discovered and adjusted.

The “Ingest” tab simply lets you drag-and-drop .PST collections and other electronic files into your browser window. Data processing starts immediately, and Zapproved has optimized the system for speed, which means the legal team can start reviewing within just a few minutes. Digital Discovery Pro also reports on all duplicate, de-NISTed, and exception files.

Simple Review is Refreshing Review

The Review section has been mercifully stripped down to just the tools one needs for an expeditious document review. The Document List has columns for the date and title of each document with checkboxes for bulk-tagging.

Typing into the top Search Box immediately filters the Document List, and each hit is highlighted in the Preview pane. You can click the “Search Options” button to perform an advanced search as well as select the “facets” to be included (date range, document type, etc.). The “Expert” tab lets you input advanced Lucene syntax (a reference list is provided at the bottom).

Once you’re done reviewing documents, the “Create Export” wizard lets you generate an export set based on a user tag or a saved search. Documents can be exported in native format or as TIFF images accompanied by load files, depending on which tool outside counsel will be using.

I can’t say that Digital Discovery Pro offers any spectacular features over other similar or traditional document review tools—the difference lies in how Zapproved is pivoting this platform. A simple review doesn’t require a lot of advanced tools or features found in high-end (and high-cost) platforms. In-house lawyers need an unpretentious mechanism for understanding data so they can better predict their costs and develop sound litigation strategy.

If you’ve been around the e-discovery block, you already know about Zapproved’s cloud-based Legal Hold Pro service, created to streamline the communication of legal hold notifications from a company’s legal department to employees. The product’s biggest competition has always been the inadequate pairing of Microsoft Outlook and Excel that most companies use to send and track hold notifications. Legal Hold Pro offers a defensible and reliable communication tracking system without requiring a company to deploy expensive equipment.

There are a handful of other tools that offer a similar service, but Zapproved has cornered the market. They did so well, in fact, that over the last couple of years, the company has sought to expand their product line to cover more of the e-discovery workflow handled by in-house, corporate legal departments.

In 2015, Zapproved acquired technology that allowed legal teams to actually collect the data they notified folks about (Data Collect Pro). This year, the company launched Digital Discovery Pro for corporate legal teams to conduct an initial review of data before it’s sent to outside counsel.

It’s the Who, Not the What

Digital Discovery Pro is not a typical document review tool, even though it offers the same features found in any other platform (e.g. tags, folders, search, exports). What makes it different is the target audience—law firms are the prototypical customers for document review tools, but Digital Discovery Pro is unapologetically aimed at in-house corporate legal departments.

Zapproved already has a stellar roster of corporate legal clients using Legal Hold Pro who can easily slide collected data into a simple review tool. This allows in-house lawyers to accomplish two critical tasks: gain insight into collected data to help guide litigation strategy, and cull down data so they aren’t paying outside counsel to stare at junk.

Digital Discovery Pro is all cloud-based, nourished by the strongholds of Amazon Web Services (AWS). That means you don’t need to call IT to install software or set up servers. Chances are, corporate IT is already using AWS in some fashion.

After logging in and selecting a matter, the Dashboard displays pie charts for “Document Breakdown” (file types) and “Custodian Breakdown.” You can see how much data has been ingested into the matter, what’s been reviewed, and what’s left to complete.

The “Search Term Hit Report” box at the bottom of the Dashboard lets you copy-paste a list of search terms to generate a simple hit report. It’s a brilliant tool for quickly testing a list of proposed search terms so anomalies can be discovered and adjusted.

The “Ingest” tab simply lets you drag-and-drop .PST collections and other electronic files into your browser window. Data processing starts immediately, and Zapproved has optimized the system for speed, which means the legal team can start reviewing within just a few minutes. Digital Discovery Pro also reports on all duplicate, de-NISTed, and exception files.

Simple Review is Refreshing Review

The Review section has been mercifully stripped down to just the tools one needs for an expeditious document review. The Document List has columns for the date and title of each document with checkboxes for bulk-tagging.

Typing into the top Search Box immediately filters the Document List, and each hit is highlighted in the Preview pane. You can click the “Search Options” button to perform an advanced search as well as select the “facets” to be included (date range, document type, etc.). The “Expert” tab lets you input advanced Lucene syntax (a reference list is provided at the bottom).

Once you’re done reviewing documents, the “Create Export” wizard lets you generate an export set based on a user tag or a saved search. Documents can be exported in native format or as TIFF images accompanied by load files, depending on which tool outside counsel will be using.

I can’t say that Digital Discovery Pro offers any spectacular features over other similar or traditional document review tools—the difference lies in how Zapproved is pivoting this platform. A simple review doesn’t require a lot of advanced tools or features found in high-end (and high-cost) platforms. In-house lawyers need an unpretentious mechanism for understanding data so they can better predict their costs and develop sound litigation strategy.