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E-Disc very Disruptor of 2018
In Brief How can IoT Decelerate the Climate Change?
Recharging Environment Wireless Charging: Future of Green Automotive
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Hire Counsel: Investing in Legal Human Capital to Create Value and Opportunities in the Legal Stafď€ ng Industry
Discovering Seamless Possibilities
he notion of discovering something is fascinating in itself. It means ﬁnding and unlocking the hidden door of opportunities. In the world of business, discovery is a more captivating term ﬂooded with seamless possibilities. Any vital discovery or invention aiming to simplify the business processes allows companies to accelerate their expansion plans. Most of the times it creates better job opportunities and enable youth to excel their wings. Marking it in other words, the discovery or inventions guide them towards a new path and empower to discover their capabilities. Every enterprise around the world contributing in various sectors has witnessed the ﬂourishing beneﬁts of smallest of inventions. However, the discoveries in sectors like technology are capable of revolutionizing numerous sectors. Another sector ﬁlled with immense potential is e-discovery. The industry and its solutions and services have brought forward evolution in the legal processes and other law documentation management. Electronic discovery is a procedure by which parties involved in a legal case preserve, collect, review, and exchange information in electronic formats for the purpose of using it as evidence. Today's law departments need to adopt a proactive approach to e-discovery. Having strong e-discovery strategies doesn’t just enable litigators to fulﬁll information requests – it also provides them with a window into information that can be extremely useful to the outcome of a case. Robust e-discovery isn't just about achieving baseline standards like data preservation. Increasingly, strong e-discovery is becoming necessary for litigators who want to maintain a competitive edge on the global stage. There’s an international push for better e-discovery standards, with nations from Canada to Singapore and Japan to Italy implementing e-discovery guidelines. This global focus on reﬁning ediscovery is heightening the standard for attorney handling of ESI.
In addition to solidifying compliance and a competitive edge, comprehensive e-discovery can provide litigators with an abundance of actionable case data that might not otherwise be uncovered. Information from social media posts, emails, Excel spreadsheets and other digital sources can help attorneys build a better case – but only if it's eﬀectively reviewed and reﬁned. And with the mounting use of data-generating Internet of Things technology, attorneys will only have a greater need to retain, analyze and use digital information moving forward. By recognizing the importance of e-discovery and adopting solutions that help streamline the process, attorneys can be ahead of the pack as digital information moves to the center stage of the discovery process. Considering these vital factors Insights Success has curated the list of “The 10 Most Innovative EDiscovery Disruptors of 2018” which have revolutionized legal ecosystem with their unique, scalable and cost-eﬃcient oﬀerings. Featuring as our Cover Story we have Hire Counsel. Its Document Review Centers meet the highest standards of security, quality, and eﬃciency. They provide comfortable work environments that are conducive to collaboration and concentration. The magazine also admires the contribution of other industry leaders including Anexsys, an independent legal support and technology service provider, specialising in e-Discovery, Digital Forensics, Legal Reprographics, and scanning services; Esquify, a cutting-edge legal technology start-up that is augmenting the current in-person litigation document review process with a virtual solution using its own patented and machine learning technology; TCDI is providing value to its clients through proprietary eDiscovery and Litigation Management software solution and UnitedLex, the leading enterprise legal services provider that drives digital transformation throughout the corporate legal ecosystem. Also don’t forget to ﬂip through articles written by the industry leaders and our in-house editorial team. Shall we begin?
10 Hire Counsel Investing in Legal Human Capital to Create Value and Opportunities in the Legal StafďŹ ng Industry
18 Smart in Vision
Be smart â€“ or vanish:Why Utilities need to actively develop smart Micro-Grids
24 Recharging Environment Wireless Charging: Future of Green Automotive
30 Expert's Forsight Beyond Automation: AI powered Autonomous Factories of the Future
36 In Brief: How can IoT Decelerate the Climate Change?
Tech Outlook Blockchain: the next opportunity for better, safer, smarter Cities
Contents Anexsys: Deep Technical Expertise in a Changing Legal Services Environment
Esquify: A Groundbreaking AI platform for Law
Indexed I/O: Specializing in eDiscovery Solutions
TCDI: Preserving Relationships and Building Innovative Technology
UnitedLex: Pioneering Data Management and Protection Solutions for the Cloud
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Hire Counsel Investing in Legal Human Capital to Create Value and Opportunities in the Legal StafďŹ ng Industry
Technology, like change, should be leveraged as a source of opportunity, innovation, and collaboration. In legal work, the results are far more superior when technology and the human element intersect and are leveraged.
Joan Davison CEO & President
n an industry that demands quality legal services at a high speed and aﬀordable cost, contract legal work can be treated like a commodity, an idea that Hire Counsel aims to elucidate. Through their actions, Hire Counsel sets out to evangelize the legal community, helping the legal professionals they employ and the clients they serve to understand the importance of contract legal work. HCMC Legal, the parent company of Hire Counsel and Mestel & Company, is the national leader in legal talent solutions, managed document review services, and M&A consulting. With a history dating back more than three decades, the company was founded in 1987 by Lynn Mestel, an enterprising woman who helped break down stereotypes and pave a path for women in the industry. During a diﬃcult time for start-up businesses, HCMC Legal rose to the challenge while many other companies closed or consolidated. The company, rich with achievements and lessons learned, is well-positioned for ongoing growth and innovation. Achieving Mutuality and Aligning Goals Today, HCMC Legal is led by CEO and President, Joan Davison. With nearly 30 years of experience, spanning across operations management, business development, marketing, recruiting, and staﬃng, Joan inspires success through her actions -- by maintaining a forward-looking vision and aligning the company's goals with those of the clients and professionals they serve in the legal ecosystem. For Joan, investing in legal human capital is a key initiative. It enriches the legal industry by creating
value for clients and opportunities for legal professionals. Joan is recognized for her leadership and transformational management. She has been consistently named in the Top 100 Most Inﬂuential Executives in Staﬃng by Staﬃng Industry Analysts and has received the Gold Stevie Award in the Executive of the Year – Business Services category. Joan is a featured industry speaker and regular contributor to industry publications. She is a member of the Vistage CEO Group 3361. Joan's approach to leadership is best deﬁned by something she says often: “As a leader, understanding that it is not about you, but about the mutual alignment of all parties is the only path to true success; identifying mutuality is key.” Creating Value for Clients Hire Counsel serves the entire legal community, whether they are the organizations that utilize its legal staﬃng solutions or the legal professionals they employ as contract attorneys. Therefore, everyone in the legal ecosystem is a “client.” Hire Counsel's ability to deliver measurable results with speed, quality, ﬂexibility, and repeatability sets it apart from its competitors. They consistently build teams of legal professionals and get them ready to work 30% faster than the competition. In an industry where time is money, Hire Counsel's speed is a key advantage for their clients. It is no surprise that, of Hire Counsel's repeat clients, 73% have partnered with them on three or more engagements.
The industry changes so incredibly fast that every present moment feels like the future. We always look forward, but more importantly, we are always moving forward, being creative, and taking strategic risks in order to create opportunities for our clients and workforce.
By diversifying our partnerships, markets, and resources, we can provide creative and ﬂexible solutions, which is a signiﬁcant advantage because it allows us to help our clients face any and every challenge head-on.
Hire Counsel's proprietary candidate database of highly vetted legal professionals has been developed over the past 30+ years and continues to grow. Of these contractors, about 2,800 are enrolled in their ESOP and thousands choose to work with them on multiple projects. In a tight staﬃng market, Hire Counsel successfully attracts and retains high quality legal talent. As legal talent is no longer centralized in major metropolitan cities, Hire Counsel's deep national footprint allows them to source exceptional legal talent and create job opportunities in any location. With dedicated document review centers strategically located across the US, their Project Management and Workforce Management teams provide clients with uninterrupted “sunrise-to-sunset” service. Furthermore, they have the ability to launch pop-up facilities anywhere. By intentionally remaining technology and vendor agnostic, Hire Counsel can work seamlessly with all platforms. Through strategic partnerships that they have developed with various eDiscovery vendors and channel partners over time, Hire Counsel is able to deliver results that drive clients' objectives and provide utmost
ﬂexibility to their clients. “Hire Counsel does not prescribe one-size-ﬁts-all solutions,” Joan asserts. Responding to Challenges Swiftly and Strategically The challenges that exist in today's legal industry are reﬂective of all industries. For every business, there is the persistent need to improve processes, skills, and cost structures in order to deliver a superior solution. Furthermore, the impact of consolidation and technology will likely continue. These challenges are further compounded by the uber-competitiveness of the industry and the incredible speed at which it changes. Hire Counsel responds swiftly and strategically to change by prioritizing the need for more customized client engagement and mobilizing its operational structure. In addition, Hire Counsel measures all aspects of the business model for the client, including production rates, on-time delivery rates, attendance statistics, and many more. By quantifying human capital data, Hire Counsel helps their clients drive results, instead of waiting for them. This gives Hire Counsel's clients the advantage of added speed and quality in the human capital space.
Leveraging the Strengths of Human Capital and Technology Technology has enhanced the document review process by allowing larger volumes of data to be analyzed and certain laborious tasks to be eliminated. However, technology is a tool that must be harnessed, especially when it is leveraged in legal work. The human is more reliable than technology in its ability to exercise ethics, make judgment calls, and apply complex logic to make important decisions. Therefore, the increased use of technology has propelled the role of human capital in legal services. Given the high importance of the human element in document review, the role of the contract legal professional is not only elevated, but critical. It can no longer be considered a temporary job or career stepping stone. Rather, it is an invaluable part of the legal profession. Contract legal work is also an excellent way for legal professionals to utilize their skills, make an impact, and step onto a career path that can lead to more opportunities. By leveraging the strengths of both artiﬁcial intelligence and human capital, HCMC Legal is able to further drive ROI for their clients and create opportunities for their contract workforce.
Redeﬁning the Culture of Contract Legal Work Hire Counsel is actively redeﬁning the culture of contract legal work by focusing on continuing education, ownership, and engagement. Today, HCMC Legal remains the only 100% employee owned company in the legal staﬃng industry, oﬀering ownership opportunities to all core and contract staﬀ. The company is among few in the industry that sponsors ongoing education for contract employees. They provide tuition support for ACEDS courses, onsite eDiscovery bootcamp training sessions and CEDS certiﬁcation for all Project Managers. Creating a positive work environment helps their contract legal professionals achieve long-term success and satisfaction, which is then reﬂected in their commitment to working with Hire Counsel and delivering a quality work product for their clients. The concept of mutuality, one that is recurring in Hire Counsel's approach to business, has helped them remain the industry leader.
We have a clear vision to deliver effective, ﬂexible, and creative solutions, based on the concept of mutuality, to beneﬁt all of our stakeholders – clients, contractors, and employees alike.
Forecasting the Future The company's success is widely recognized by the legal and staﬃng industry today. In 2018 alone, they received the award for Best Legal Staﬃng Provider – USA (CV Magazine) and were named among the Best of Legal Recruiters (Corporate Counsel), Best Professional Recruiting Firms (Forbes), and Best Executive Recruiting Firms (Forbes). The company is consistently ranked among the Largest Legal Staﬃng Firms in the US (2017 and 2018) by Staﬃng Industry Analysts. Hire Counsel sees its future self as the unequivocal leader in legal talent solutions and managed document review services, and they are well on their way. Hire Counsel is well-recognized in the legal industry for its ability to customize legal solutions, provide creative pricing models, and accommodate projects of varying sizes, scopes, and locations. As a pioneer in the industry, they plan to continue exploring unchartered markets with underutilized legal talent and rich resources for legal services.
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Be Smart – or Vanish Why Utilities need to actively develop smart Micro-Grids
he energy market is changing rapidly. This is true not only for the USA and Europe but on a global level. Possibly the most important change is the one towards more decentralized systems. This is challenging the utility industry. Utilities historically have developed by integrating small microgrids which grew around mills and other small-scale generators (today we would say prosumers). This is why utilities developed along the entire value chain: They integrated these micro distribution grids in a more stable larger (Transport) grid and replaced decentralized generation by more cost-eﬃcient central power plants. This highly eﬃcient centralized system was allowing industrial development as we know it. At its time it was possibly the only way to serve large, strongly energy depending production like steel, paper or the upcoming chemical industry. The centralized energy system did not result from an oligopolistic market, but the industry structure derived from an eﬃcient technical design. There are several reasons why this formerly beneﬁciary system is challenged today. Not all apply in all markets but some of them do, so decentralization of energy markets is a global trend. Speciﬁcally, in most
industrial markets the new energy regime is driven by politics favoring small scale, decentral renewable generation. Subsidies on renewables devalue existing large thermic power plants. Even large-scale hydropower plants do not easily pass strict environmental and social feasibility analysis. But independent of any political setting there is another more fundamental reason for the growing competitiveness of a decentralized energy design. While the ﬁrst phase of industrial development is known for its industrial clusters (often grown close to energy sources like coal or water) which shaped many geographic areas for more than a century, later phases are much more dynamic and do less depend on geographic proximity. Within a dynamic industry setting where businesses are set up and closed or moved somewhere else on a regular basis a static centralized infrastructure loses competitiveness. In many emerging markets this dynamism as well expands towards those areas which are today not connected to the central grid but oﬀer inexpensive land or new agricultural products which can be sold abroad at high prices. Finally, the political will and the industrial demand for decentralized systems today encounter renewable generation even at small size at competitive costs
compared to large size thermic power plant. For the most prominent renewable technology photovoltaic in the North (with less radiation) this competitiveness is given only as grid parity, meaning central generation plus transport is as expensive as photovoltaic on site. In the Southern hemisphere photovoltaic is already a competitive source empowering decentralized energy infrastructure. While decentralized generation has caught up with centralized generation plants, distribution systems with a large portion of decentralized renewable generation capacity are often ineﬃcient. There are basically four reasons for this ineﬃciency: (1) Missing price mechanism supporting grid operations, (2) high costs to operate such a system stable, (3) large amount of excess energy (exported or not being used at all) and (4) sub-utilized interface between microgrid and its feeder system. These are basically the same reasons that in the last century supported the centralization of the grid system. What is needed is an intelligent or smart decentralized distribution system. An intelligent distribution system with mainly decentralized generation requires more than smart meters and it is diﬀerent from today popular so November 2018
About the Author Dr. Karl Kolmsee the CEO of Smart Hydro Power, studied agricultural and philosophy at the universities of Hamburg and Goettingen, Germany. After his PhD he has spent most of his professional career in the energy business – ﬁrst as consultant at A.T. Kearney later as manager at E.ON, Europe’s largest private utility, and member of the board at Schmack biogas, one of the pioneers of the biogas market in Europe. In 2009 Karl Kolmsee has been nominated professor for energy management at Applied University of Kufstein, Austria. His main areas of academic work are international energy markets and renewable energy. In 2010 he founded Smart Hydro Power to focus on design and commercialization of kinetic pico hydro power systems with main focus on rural electriﬁcation for emerging markets like India, Latin America and Eastern Africa. Today Smart Hydro Power offers complete solutions for off grid solutions and micro grids.
called smart home or home storage solutions. These oﬀer photovoltaic, battery and basic load management for the individual household. Some providers of home storage solutions integrate customers in a community model to allow exchange of autogenerated electricity. But these communities are barely more than contract partners within a ﬁxed price net metering model. Individual home solutions – even within sales-and-purchase communities – do not solve any ineﬃciency issues decentralization faces. These systems are either completely self-suﬃcient – in this case they are expensive – or they rely on central grid services like a parasite of its host. Sustainable decentralization requires an intelligent control and steering mechanism between the households which build a microgrid. While there are possibly diﬀerent steering mechanisms, establishing a local market with the price as variable that guides demand and supply according to the aggregated demand function and the aggregated cost functions seems promising. Technically this does require a dynamic forecasting and load management (at least for major loads which are used in a price-sensitive manner). At ﬁrst glance a market model would solve the four major issues shown above. It would set a price for photovoltaic and battery storage which would control demand and thereby reduce necessary installed reserve storage and generation capacity. This mechanism would
as well be consistent with the functioning of the feeder grid and could therefore supply itself services to this grid which would be valued with the same “currency”. Technically this steering mechanism might be completely decentralized based on individual processors in each household like the blockchain technology (once necessary processing capacity comes down to acceptable limits) or it might work between a central unit and individual processors. In either way it steers the local market place towards an eﬃcient optimum given generation, demand and battery storage capacity at a deﬁned point in time. Micro grids do open (within a given legal framework) a possibility for traditional utilities to re-deﬁne their role using some of their traditional strengths. But new entrants can equally well enter this space and perform wherever the incumbent does not adapt. This gives room to numerous co-operations between new entrants or between new companies and the incumbent oﬀering their services or developing new business models along the value chain. Incumbent utilities may be smart – or vanish.
Deep Technical Expertise in a Changing Legal Services Environment
echnical innovation in the legal services industry continues apace. Providers need to work hard to keep their clients ahead of the pack and with the latest techniques and thinking at their disposal. Anexsys, a UK-owned company, is one such company providing deep technical expertise and customer service to the legal profession since 2004. In an interview with Insights Success, Rob Crowley, Managing Director of Anexsys shares some relevant details on how the company works hard to provide innovative solutions to support the legal, corporate and government sectors. 1. Give a brief overview of the company, its solutions and services? We are a UK-owned, independent legal services business, specializing in electronic disclosure, managed services, custom software development, and archive digitization alongside secure legal reprographics. We are an independent legal services business. Our team of experienced consultants and developers provide specialist advice and technical support to law ﬁrms, corporations and public sector clients. Our services include e-discovery consultancy, managed services and
custom software development which we provide from ﬁve locations across the UK. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do. Essentially, we are a group of passionate and highly motivated technologists aiming to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in the e-discovery industry.
Jon Chan Head of Technical Services
have shaped the journey of the company. For the past three years running, we have achieved Relativity’s ‘Best in Service – Blue’ designation from Relativity. We are one of a very small number of providers to have obtained this designation, which is awarded to ﬁrms who provide clients with an outstanding Relativity experience.
2. How do you diversify your ediscovering solutions in ways that would beneﬁt your clientele? As well as developing our own software to complement Relativity, we regularly collaborate with our clients to create bespoke e-discovery software solutions which are speciﬁcally tailored to their needs. We are driven by our desire to ﬁnd simple, intelligent solutions that work. Having a small, dedicated custom development team allows us to be agile when translating our clients’ needs into software solutions.
Consistently meeting that standard has given us an appetite for operating at the highest level, which has had a really positive knock on eﬀect in other areas of our business. Last year we became part of the Crown Commercial Service RM3717 eDisclosure Framework which means that we are authorized to handle HM Government material at the highest Government Security Classiﬁcation. Earlier this year we obtained the Cyber Essentials accreditation, which means that an independent assessor has veriﬁed the organization’s ability to guard against cyber threats.
Our custom development team includes Relativity project managers and certiﬁed Relativity administrators, which gives us the ideal platform to understand the potential limitations of Relativity and the intended workﬂow.
Recently, we’re particularly pleased that our cutting-edge electronic bundling and batch printing solutions; Document Folio Exhibit and Document Folio Illuminate have had a very warm reception from our law ﬁrm clients.
3. Describe the experiences, achievements or lessons learnt that
4. How does the company contribute towards making the industry better? November 2018
We offer the quality and experience you expect from working with a large consultancy, with the price, ﬂexibility and independence of a smaller organisation. Rob Crowley Managing Director
We speak our clients’ language so that they can work with us to help them ﬁnd the best technical solutions. We also recognize the value in e-discovery software and the need to give future lawyers practical experience in using it. This motivated us to lecture as part of an e-discovery masters course run by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University London. Students were introduced to the core features of the leading e-discovery review platforms and they were given insights into electronic data, ﬁltering, applying analytics and implementing a review workﬂow. We are passionate innovators and we love developing new solutions to technical problems. It is essential that innovation, pace and acceleration is at the core of what providers do to support and shape the legal community. 5. Tell us about the Founder/CEO/Management of the company and his experience and inﬂuences in this ﬁeld? Rob Crowley the managing director of Anexsys. Rob has 10 years’ experience in the ﬁelds of IT, computer forensics and e-discovery. Rob started his career within the forensic technology team at the accountancy ﬁrm KPMG, before November 2018
moving to Ernst & Young (EY). During his time at EY, Rob helped implement Relativity, and led one of Europe’s largest e-discovery engagements relating to a government IT arbitration.
the custom software we develop inhouse but also via strategic partnerships with legal-tech companies like Ayﬁe, who we recognize will enhance the service we provide to our clients.
Our Head of Technical Services is Jon Chan, a computer scientist. Jon was one of the ﬁrst practitioners in the UK to gain Relativity Certiﬁed Administrator accreditation. With an extensive e-discovery and project management consultancy background at EY over four years; Jon led the technical approach for a global FCPA investigation for a Fortune 100 company involving several hundred custodians across over 20 countries.
We see a future where our relationship with our clients is very much a partnership rather than the traditional ‘service provider’ model of delivery ediscovery services. We believe that in order to truly innovate, and to create solutions that our clients will beneﬁt from, we must make that journey together in co-production and collaboration.
Rob and Jon had a joint vision for an innovative, full-service specialist eDiscovery ‘house’ where all consultants could provide expert insight and solutions to end-clients – they joined the Hobs Group in 2013 and then began to grow the Anexsys vision – consistently growing the client-base and turnover every year since. 6. Where does Anexsys see itself in the long run and/or what are its future goals? The core of our long-term strategy is our commitment to innovation and development. This is not only through
7. Considering the rising number of e-discovery solution providers, how does Anexsys stand out from its competitors? Being independently, UK-owned keeps us agile and focused on our market, giving our clients the beneﬁt of all of our resources. Our ability is to develop Relativity enhancing custom software is unparalleled, something that is recognized by our competitors, many of whom have licensed versions of our software.
Wireless Charging: Future of Green Automotive
ill now we have witnessed about wireless charging for electronic gadgets and devices only, but now we can also charge electric bikes, cars and buses wirelessly. Imagine that, we are driving on highway and our car’s battery drains. Now, instead of ﬁnding a fuel pump, electric power source, adapter, cable, etc. we just have to stop or park our car on wireless charging platform for short time, available at any shopping complex or food malls, again no need to come-out of the car, besides anyone’s assistance. This is really an amazing idea and this is going to true. History Electromagnetic Induction, which dates to inventors such as Michael Faraday in the year 1831 and Joseph Henry in the year 1832. Faraday was the ﬁrst to publish the results of his experiments. Nikola Tesla utilized electromagnetic energy to transmit the power between two coils in the early 1900s. Faraday’s law of induction is a basic law of electromagnetism forecasting how a magnetic ﬁeld will interact with an electric circuit and produces an electromotive force (EMF)—a phenomenon called electromagnetic induction. It is the fundamental working principle of transformers, inductors, and many types of electrical motors, generators, solenoids and wireless charging. Functioning Working of wireless charging is nearly same as ‘electric transformer’, but diﬀerence is in application only—Transformers are used to increase or decrease the alternating voltages in electric power applications through electromagnetic induction and Wireless Charger are used to transfer energy between two objects using electromagnetic ﬁeld. How exactly it Works Electric vehicle (EV) with wireless charging is having secondary coil ﬁtted at bottom of vehicle and primary coil is securely installed on ground (i.e. charging platform).
The basic wireless charging system needs two coils. The primary coil, encased in a pad that sits on the ﬂoor of a garage or parking platform, is connected to a power source. Alternating current ﬂows from an outlet into the coil, set up an electromagnetic ﬁeld that enables the power to jump to a secondary coil in a pad attached to the bottom of the vehicle. When the vehicle parks in the proper position over the primary coil pad, an indicator light goes on and charging begins. The two coils must be facing within about 8 inches of each other for eﬀective charging. Pre-eminence over Cable Charging Wireless Charging gives a convenient, safe, and reliable way to charge and power electrical vehicles at home, in the workplace and in industry. Wireless power maintains safe, continuous, and reliable transfer of power for all types of electric vehicles. Wireless charging eliminates the use of physical connectors and cables. It provides a number of eﬃciency, cost and safety pre-eminence over the traditional charging cable. This make possible to install it anywhere like; on the side of highways, parking lots, malls, multiplexes, toll plazas, etc. Experts predict more powerful wireless stations will be like to appear at oﬃce buildings, shopping centers and restaurants. When anyone parks vehicle at oﬃce or at restaurant it will get charged automatically in that space of time. Due to this eﬀortless frequent power availability and safety, a vehicle does not need large batteries unlike for conventional cable charging. It makes vehicle light and compact, that tends to increase overall eﬃciency of vehicle. Plug-in stations can be easily damaged in crowded metro cities. A number of municipalities have reported problems that thieves have cut EV charging cables to steal the copper from the wires. High-powered Level 3 stations, also called DC fast-charge, have large cables, which make them even more attractive to thieves. November 2018
“Imagine wireless electric-vehicle charging being as easy and widespread as Wi-Fi is today,” said Chris Borroni-Bird, former director of advanced technology vehicle concepts for General Motors and who is a vice president of strategic development at Qualcomm Technologies. Implementation is in Progress Wireless charging technology is almost ready for the big stage. It is on the verge of initial deployment, starting from the Mercedes-Benz S500e plug-in hybrid sedan next year. They plan to ﬁt wireless charging on the S500e plug-in hybrid sedan in 2017. BMW is also working together with Mercedes-Benz on the technology, to develop a wireless charging system for its i3 electric vehicle and i8 plug-in hybrid. A prototype test version, made by Qualcomm technologies, is already in use in the BMW i8 safety car in the Formula E electric-vehicle race series. Qualcomm has exhibited its Halo system in various vehicles, including the Drayson B12/69 electric racing car.
Evatran’s Plugless aftermarket system is now commercially available for the LEAF and the Volt, and a Model Scompatible version is likely to come. Several major automakers have indicated that they’re working on oﬀering wireless charging for future EVs. Tesla is also on the way of introducing its EV’s with wireless charging. It is also already being piloted by some community bus systems. Buses need to take number of stoppage in city. A wireless charger can be installed on a stopping platform— tends to reduce size of batteries— will improve eﬃciency electric bus. Wireless charging technology is really amazing as invention of electric current. It is interesting to see how it will put back the conventional fossil fuel powered vehicle with clean, green, safe, silent and eﬃcient electric vehicles with wireless charging for healthy future of planet Earth.
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In an interview with Insights Success, Drew Stern, the CEO and Co-founder of Esquify shares some insightful views on how the company’s technology drives accountability and oversight via detailed performance stats on individuals, teams and overall review progress. Below are the highlights of the interview between Drew and Insights Success: 1. Give a brief overview of the company, its solutions and services? Esquify is the world’s ﬁrst AI-Driven, workforce management platform for law. As the recent winner of the US Legal Tech Venture Day 2018, we are changing the game by using 21st century technology to improve and augment human, legal, document review within eDiscovery. In an industry that has been struggling to contain costs and achieve reliable results, Esquify’s platform delivers benchmarking tools and analytics that not only heighten cost eﬃciency but also increase overall accountability and transparency of review teams. Esquify’s groundbreaking SaaS platform is being used globally to run reviews with major Legal Service Providers, Fortune 100 companies and AM Law 100 ﬁrms. We’re venture-backed, Relativity integrated and award winning. 2. How do you diversify your eDiscovery solutions in ways that would beneﬁt your clientele? We diversify via our core philosophy that technology can power review teams with improved performance. Esquify transforms the document review experience by employing patented, machine learning to supervise teams of reviewers simultaneously and at scale wherever they are worldwide. Equipped with communications features built for law and real-time analytics on performance and progress, the
solution drives 25% more eﬃcient reviews and client costsavings of 25%–45% or greater. 3. Describe the experiences, achievements or lessons learnt that have shaped the journey of the company. When we started Esquify, we had a vision of an eDiscovery industry that relied on technology to enhance review team performance, wherever the reviewers worked: in a review center, in a bull pen, in another city, country or working from home. You see, technology as an assist to reviewing attorney’s eﬃciency is an entirely new innovation. Document review and its supervision have historically been completely manual, and quite ineﬃcient to boot. While there has been tremendous tech investment in the document collection/collation aspect of eDiscovery, little attention has been paid to the human element of the process- where the documents and the teams of attorneys reviewing them intersect. Our stumble-upon was in how greatly our tech could actually impact reviewer performance, manager performance and eDiscovery quality. There was a huge gap to ﬁll and our tech is making a big diﬀerence in ﬁlling it. For example, we can drive over 40% increase in reviewer performance, increase reviewer focus on document review by over 250% and provide measurable quality insights. These successes have emboldened us to drive forward with
oday, increasing eDiscovery workloads continue to cause headaches, while corporate GCs and ﬁrms are simultaneously seeking increased eﬃciency and quality. Hence Esquify, a cutting-edge legal technology start-up that is augmenting the current in-person litigation document review process with a virtual solution using its own patented and machine learning technology.
We strive to deliver our clients amazing AI technology and real-time analytics that drive results.
new innovations and new features that further enhance our platform for clients. 4. How does the company contribute towards making the industry better? Two ways - through innovation and workplace diversity within eDiscovery While we’re a leading technology company, we’re innovators at our core. We see the possible, and we go out there and create against a real need. We created Esquify to deliver against real pain points in the industry and our innovation is driving performance and accountability widely in the industry. We’re also huge workplace diversity advocates. We founded Esquify with a diverse team which led to our big-tent, out of the box thinking. Diversity and inclusion, where everyone feels like they have a seat at the table and the ability to voice their opinion, is incredibly important to us. So, we regularly speak and write on the importance of diversity in eDiscoveryleading an ever important dialogue around inclusion. 5. Tell us about the Founder/CEO/Management of the company and his experience and inﬂuences in this ﬁeld? I founded Esquify with my husband Scott Stuart who is an accomplished attorney and technology executive. I come from a background of high-tech and used my real-world experiences to November 2018
Drew Stern CEO & Co-Founder lead our team and create a solution that addressed real pain-points that Scott and I were seeing within eDiscovery. We pulled outside technology best practices into law. Prior to Esquify, I amassed a portfolio of experience in creating and managing successful start-ups, strategic alliances and partnership ecosystems at Salesforce, American Express, Buddy Media, Sprout Social and completed marquee projects with VCs, AM Law 100 ﬁrms, legal service providers, major social networks and best-in-class analytics providers. These experiences have given me the business knowledge to start and lead Esquify to success and receive some awesome recognition along the way including, being named to “Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives 2018” list by Crain’s Chicago Business and to “40 Under 40” by M&A Advisor. 6. Where does Esquify see itself in the long run and/or what are its future goals? We see ourselves continuing to grow, innovate and see our technology used widely within the industry. Not only that, we also see our technology being
used to address other pain-points both within and outside of law. 7. Considering the rising number of eDiscovery solution providers, how does Esquify stand out from its competitors? We stand out from traditional players who are not relying on real-time analytics and big data to drive performance of their discovery teams. Through our unique approach focused on the interplay of technology and human performance, we enhance and augment the capabilities of legal teams, without replacing the great work they are doing. Our clients have seen awesome results and the truth is in the metrics. They have seen reviewer eﬃciency rise by 20-45%, review cost savings of up to 40%, increased review focus by over 250% and major insights into individual and team performance that have led directly to enhanced quality. Our customers love the accountability and measurement we bring in realtime, directly to their ﬁngertips.
AI powered Autonomous Factories of the Future
ise of the industrial robots in 1980s led to a major evolution of Henry Ford’s assembly line concept. Routine tasks that were being handled by factory workers started to be performed by robots with greater accuracy and eﬃciency. With the spread of device-to-device communication and IoT protocols, robots started taking a serious amount of responsibility from factory workers. This movement was initially led by German high tech ﬁrms that branded this shift as the 4th industrial revolution. On the opposite side, there was China, taking advantage of their access to low cost human labour as an alternative to automation. Very recently, a few years ago, China ﬂipped their strategy 180 degrees, becoming the biggest advocate of automation by starting to invest aggressively on buying robots and developing their own robotics know-how led by government initiatives. So the technology won. There is no question about the need for automation anymore and major manufacturing companies, including the ones in China, Germany and rest of the world are racing to automate their industrial processes to increase productivity.
Daghan Cam Co-founder & CEO Ai Build
Everything that can be automated will be automated, according to Zuboﬀ’s law. However, some things are more diﬃcult to be automated than other things. Those are non-repetitive tasks which require higher level of cognition and ability to adapt into unknown conditions. These tasks can be deﬁned as the last mile in factory automation. Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, was recently criticized by analysts for automating their assembly line more than necessary. The reason of the criticism was the fact that the cost of automation exceeded the cost of a human led assembly November 2018
line. This may be a valid argument for today but the solution should be found in increasing the bar for commercially viable automation and not by going back to lower levels of automation. So if we are moving towards full automation and lights-out manufacturing, how can the last mile in factories be automated without overspending and over engineering? Autonomy seems to be the answer, therefore Artiﬁcial Intelligence… There is a slight but important diﬀerence between Automation and Autonomy. Autonomy is the state of being able to make independent decisions in situations that were not experienced before. By deﬁnition, autonomous systems are always automated, but the other way around is not always the case. A system may be fully automated but not autonomous. “Blind Automation” is the term we use for this category. Systems that are blindly automated are based on hard coded rules, as in expert systems, and they tend to be very diﬃcult to be reconﬁgured if the conditions or requirements change over time. Autonomous systems, in contrast, generalize the rules for decision making in diﬀerent scenarios by allowing a higher level of abstraction in their programming. For example, in the blind automation scenario, a robot may be programmed to go to coordinates x, y, z in order to pick up an object. This will work without problems as long as the object is found precisely at coordinates x, y, z. However, if for any reason the object is positioned at a slightly diﬀerent location, the robot will still go to x, y, z, fail to pick the object up and continue executing the rest of its commands without noticing this problem. Eventually every step subsequent to this failure will also fail. A better strategy for performing the same task, is using a robot with vision November 2018
sensors, and programming it to go to the object’s position (as a variable) to pick it up. Regardless of where the object is positioned, robot will localize it using its sensors and successfully pick it up. This diﬀerence between the two programming paradigms; “go to x, y, z” and “go to an object’s position” makes a big diﬀerence in making the system less prone to making mistakes in unexpected conditions which is crucial for last mile factory automation.
About the Author Daghan Cam is the Co-founder and CEO of Ai Build, a London based startup developing Artiﬁcial Intelligence and Robotics technologies for the construction industry. He is also a visiting lecturer at University College London doing research on robotic fabrication, large scale 3d printing and parallel algorithms with GPU computing. His work focuses on developing intelligence for automating complex tasks in design and manufacturing by using computer vision and machine learning techniques.
In this scenario where robots make autonomous decisions by using realtime sensor data, a feedback loop is established between physical and digital environments. The constant ﬂow of information from physical to digital and vice versa create immense amounts of structured data which is the fuel for AI powered autonomous factories of the future. Such actionmeasurement-action strategies allow the systems to self-improve over time, creating a data network eﬀect in manufacturing. The more one process is executed, the more eﬃcient it will get. This allows super-human performance in almost every domain given enough data.
Robots making hundreds of decisions every second and receiving hundreds of measurements from the environment and from other devices also require massive computation and storage capabilities. Despite the popularity of cloud computing in most applications today, a decentralized compute power is necessary for most robotic applications and for IoT devices in general. The throughput between the edge and the cloud through internet connectivity is simply not enough to process all data generated by sensors and make sensible decisions in realtime. So edge computing, or fog computing - dedicated servers on premise as a layer between individual devices and the cloud - will likely be the norm in autonomous factories of the future unless we experience a breakthrough in science that leads to inﬁnitely fast and reliable internet connectivity. However unlike compute power, storage of important data, that is ﬁltered on the edge, should be centralized in order to achieve the best decision making models at every location. As a summary, a few conclusions and predictions about the future are: Ÿ
We are moving towards an autonomous black-box factory model where the factory robots are operated by themselves without human intervention.
These factories will be powered by the data that is generated by themselves and their productivity will increase over time exceeding human performance in every process involved in manufacturing.
Factories will compute on-premise / on-edge and they will push important data to cloud for beneﬁting from a shared pool of data with other factories.
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Climate Change? November 2018
he relation between technology and the environment of our planet is very old. The time has come to turn everything in the surrounding eco-friendly. IoT (Internet of Things) products can be tailored to combat with the climate change and its consequences. Whether it is a disaster like ďŹ‚ood or an issue like deforestation, this technology is capable to protect us and our environment in several ways. Have you ever wondered how technology could save our natural resources? Yes, IoT has the potential to resolve such problems as it involves animals and plants in our connected world. IoT business owners are getting encouragement from the governments and corporates to build smart and intelligent devices that help us Go Green. In order to keep our environment safe, the IoT makers must come up with the good ideas that satisfy the current demands of the ecosystem. Innovative products would be incorporated for domestic as well as industrial use. Energy Saving IoT products are aimed to save energy using automated systems. For instance, smart lighting can sense sunlight and is able to maintain constant lighting level. The smart home appliances implement energy management. Smart buildings use solar energy and other renewable energy sources to minimize environmental impact. Animal Tracking With IoT, it is becoming easier to track rare species. Animal tracking helps scientists and conservationists to know their location and their tendency towards migration. The micro-sensors paired with IoT enable multiple devices to connect together for the purpose to collect, transmit, and store data. Animal tracking is also important to maintain the way our ecosystem works.
Reduce Pollution It is very interesting to see how IoT ﬁght with the pollution. The real-time data is used for forecasting pollution parameters and measuring the elements of air and water quality. The technology focuses on keeping pollution to a minimum. Air pollution can be detected and evaluated across all the industries to ensure that they stick to the air quality policies. Water Management IoT devices can transform the way we manage the most precious resource—water. With the advanced water sensors, these products make decisions and produce data analytics about the amount of water we use. It allows us to save money and to minimize water usage for its conservation. Smart Farming Smart farming is shaping the future of agriculture, which impacts on the environment positively. These small devices automate the process of farming using harvesting and irrigation. The technology can be used to choose fertilizers in accordance with the conditions of the soil. Drones can play the crucial role in monitoring the whole cultivation. Prevent Deforestation Deforestation is one of the major causes of climate change. According to a study, there is a need to implant a billion trees a year to recover, which can only be possible if an automated system is used. IoT and drones are assembled and deployed to perform this task eﬃciently. It reduces manpower requirements and cost and uses agriculture techniques for planting and maintenance. Waste Management When the IoT technology was introduced, it was predicted that it would increase e-waste. But this problem was mere a part of the solution. IoT provides a great way to manage waste and recycle. The sensors installed in chips would be able to notify consumers when it is ready to repair or recycle. They also inform the users which component can be reused so that they do not go trash early. For the management of other wastage, IoT products can be designed to automate disposal system timely. Natural Disaster Detection Notably, natural disaster is a dreadful outcome of climate change. IoT products can be used to detect natural disaster at the early stage and to minimize the damages. Earthquake and ﬂood sensors send out the signals to the cloud-based servers connected with the internet. In the case of detection, residents of that area get warning signals. Internet of underwater things is used for monitoring activities of oceans and rivers. There are hundreds of ideas to think upon and hundreds of solutions to work on. For example, traﬃc control reduces carbon production by saving gasoline and food security assists in balancing the ecosystem. Undoubtedly, climate change is the biggest challenge of our time and it is our concern to give healthier environment to the next generation. Other technologies such as artiﬁcial intelligence can be associated with the IoT to get better insights and success in combatting with this problem. The connectivity among things (instead of devices only) can make our everyday life more sustainable. But, the eﬀorts made till yet to decelerate climate change are insuﬃcient. The future demands a planet where all the living things get safety against it. There is no exaggeration in saying that IoT enabled systems can make climate change turn back. IoT products make us more organized, more sustaining, safer, and greener.
TCDI: Preserving Relationships and Building Innovative Technology
or over 30 years, TCDI has been a pioneer in the legal market empowering law ﬁrms and corporate legal departments. TCDI specializes in large-scale litigation case management, eDiscovery, managed document review, computer forensics and cybersecurity. Their innovative proprietary legal technology solutions help clients solve legal challenges by eﬃciently organizing and managing large volumes of data. Their technology is designed to decrease client cost by reducing data volumes and making human review and production more accurate. The TCDI Story Upon arriving at TCDI’s headquarters in Greensboro, NC visitors are likely to be greeted by a rare welcoming committee, a group of Labradoodle dogs. This greeting is one of many examples of the unique culture that can be found at TCDI, the company behind client-designed proprietary eDiscovery and Litigation Management software. Thirty years ago, TCDI’s current CEO, Bill Johnson, and now retired Jerry Eatherly, founded TCDI in Northern Virginia. Initially formed to bridge the gap between software development and legal services, TCDI has spent the last 30 years evolving to meet the needs of their clients. The once small company has grown to 71 employees, two oﬃces and multiple virtual oﬃces across the U.S. with expanded service oﬀerings including: largescale litigation case management, eDiscovery, managed document review, computer forensics, and cybersecurity.
Bill Johnson, President and CEO
With an initial focus on providing long-term, full-service support throughout the discovery process, TCDI realized the need to provide customizable and comprehensive software for their clients, rather than standard-oﬀ-the-shelf software. Ultimately, TCDI recognized that the best way to create client speciﬁc solutions was to concentrate on building long-term partnerships with their clients. Today, TCDI has client relationships extending beyond 20 years. Their team of design engineers and data scientists has a true understanding of the clients’ obstacles and challenges, which allows them to adapt their solutions to meet those needs. This eliminates the burden of working with third party development teams, resulting in increased eﬃciencies and savings for their clients. Many clients consider TCDI’s team to be an extension of their own. Johnson exempliﬁes this by saying, “Once a team is built with our clients, we believe that team needs to stay together.” This philosophy extends internally as well. TCDI’s goal is, and has always been, to cultivate long-
“It’s never about us; it’s always about the client.” lasting relationships with their own team members. Creating a peoplecentric company through fun, comfortable work environments, company-wide team gatherings (usually involving food) and an on-site gym with personal trainer are just some of the ways TCDI ensures team members feel valued. This culture reinforces the company’s commitment to creating a healthy, fun and productive work family. While TCDI’s technology and services continue to evolve, the focus on relationships remains a priority. Current Service Oﬀerings Cybersecurity breaches are signiﬁcantly impacting businesses due to the increase in the number of attacks as well as the rise of the costs associated with them, TCDI understands the importance of data security and privacy. Their team of trusted advisors, comprised of security experts and industry thought leaders take an innovative approach to data security services by combining “best of breed” technology with their proprietary cybersecurity assessment application to create custom-tailored solutions to meet each client’s unique needs. TCDI’s cybersecurity services include: cybersecurity assessment, penetration testing, comprehensive
security monitoring and management, policy and plan development, data breach response and investigative services, security awareness training, access to a team of certiﬁed and highly skilled experts on an “as-needed basis and law ﬁrm security evaluation. TCDI also provides legal solutions that support the entire eDiscovery process. At some point, nearly every business likely will produce electronic evidence to comply with court mandates or regulatory requests. From data processing through managed document review and production, TCDI has their own proprietary software platforms and capabilities to help clients manage, organize and analyze large volumes of electronic information to lower the risk and costs that are associated with electronic discovery. TCDI also specializes in computer forensics. In today’s world, evidence is rarely preserved on paper, making it imperative to know how to collect digital evidence and recover data. TCDI’s certiﬁed forensics analysts are trained to collect and analyze electronic evidence following forensic methodologies and procedures.
the boundaries of the industry. Outlining the Future As TCDI looks towards the future, they plan to expand carefully to ensure their growth never extends beyond their ability to deliver the highest level of service. “Our goal has never been to be the biggest, but to simply be the best,” said Johnson. In striving to be the best for their clients, TCDI invests heavily in their employees through programs such as Lean Six Sigma and continuous process improvement. In fact, TCDI has certiﬁed seventy percent of its team members in Lean Six Sigma. TCDI plans to use their foundation of innovative legal solutions, Lean Six Sigma methodology and a highly experienced staﬀ to broaden their service oﬀerings in order to provide the most comprehensive set of services to their clients.
With unparalleled experience, exceptional service and sophisticated technology – TCDI continues to push
Blockchain: The Next Opportunity for Better, Safer, Smarter Cities
oday, about 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, but this share is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Combined with the overall growth of global population, this could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa, as reported by the United Nations’ 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects. Since the world continues to urbanize, a wiser and farsighted management of urban resources is more and more needed, especially in low-income and lowermiddle-income countries where the pace of urbanization is projected to be the fastest. Smart technologies and smart urban platforms can support City managers in tackling the increasing demand for energy, infrastructures, aﬀordable housing, well-connected mobility systems, healthcare and education, as well as quality of life and jobs. To understand how smart technologies work, we should picture Cities as distributed communication systems, where urban objects – think of streetlights, meters, parking lots, waste bins, Wi-Fi hotspots, video
About the Author: Gianni Minetti Passionate and eclectic technology expert, Gianni Minetti is the President and CEO, Paradox Engineering SA has about 25 years of business experience in information and telecommunication systems, with peculiar interests in Internet of Things, smart technologies, blockchain and cryptography. In 2005 he founded Paradox Engineering as the vehicle for bringing his unique technology vision to the market through pioneer IoT platforms for Smart Cities and Smart Factories. He is currently President and CEO of the Company, which has been part of MinebeaMitsumi Group since July 2015. Gianni is also chair of the Southern Alps Chapter of the Crypto Valley Association, active investor and advisor to several blockchain venture projects. He is based in Ticino, Switzerland. November 2018
surveillance cameras, etc. – are not dumb, isolated devices, but smart nodes of a citywide network. With the Internet of Things (IoT), all these objects are injected with intelligence and acquire the capability to receive and transmit data and execute commands, thus enabling remote monitoring and dynamic, adaptive control functions.
when human or vehicle presence is detected, and on demand actions can be triggered in real time for single or grouped lamps – for instance when a car accident or an emergency requires intense lighting in a speciﬁc area.
Acquiring and correlating data from urban assets is a signiﬁcant step forward to improve quality of public services and citizen satisfaction, reduce energy consumption, optimize costs and simplify processes for City operators and managers. Even more, it provides actionable information to feed strategic decisions about services eﬃciency and improvements, and take evidence-based actions where and when needed.
It is proven that implementing LED lighting and an IoT remote management and control platform can cut energy consumption and greenhouse emissions up to 70%. Moreover, connected lamps can monitor key operating parameters and automatically report failures, generating extra savings on maintenance costs. Considering LED technologies last about 50% longer than traditional light sources, the US Federal Department of Energy estimated that if the entire country converted to LED lighting over the next 20 years, it would save a total of USD 120 billion.
Let’s apply what we’ve just described to a basic service such as street lighting. By connecting street lamps to a wireless IoT network, it becomes possible to turn them on/oﬀ and adjust brightness according to daily solar times and ambient light levels, deﬁning variable patterns for working and festive days, residential and industrial districts. Sensors can be integrated to bring lights up
Even more interesting developments are possible with blockchain technology, which can make Smart Cities far more secure, transparent, eﬃcient and resilient. As an original combination of mature technological concepts, including peer-to-peer networks, distributed consensus algorithms, validity rules, ledger technologies and cryptography, blockchain can be successfully applied in
any domain where stakeholders’ relations are based on trust and may be entirely disintermediated. This is particularly true in Cities, as they rely on accurate, secure, authentic and trustworthy information exchanges to deliver services to people and businesses. About energy distribution, for instance, blockchain-based metering solutions can accelerate the adoption of real-time diﬀerential pricing models and encourage users to participate to power generation by connecting their renewable energy microgrids to the main grid. In water networks, blockchain technologies enable smart contracts and validated rules to automate water supply in the most possible eﬃcient manner, minimizing leakages and tampering.
Blockchain technology can be combined with IoT solutions to provide better waste collection services: it allows to accurately track waste input and optimize waste truck routes upon parameters like bin status, ﬁlling levels, etc. This increases service quality and eﬃciency, and generates further savings on fuel expenses and overall maintenance costs. Garbage-related data could also support the introduction of customized fees for household and commercial users, thus rewarding recycling and correct waste separation. Coming to public government and administration, blockchain can be used to automate and digitalize civil registries, as well as property, real estate and business registries,
generating notable cost savings and increasing quality of service. Considering citizen participation, blockchain-based voting platforms can improve present, analogue electoral systems by achieving secure, anonymous and unique voting in a decentralized manner. Same platforms can be used to poll citizens on speciﬁc urban initiatives, making sure contributions from civil society are recognized in Smart City planning and development. Blockchain technology is still in its early days, but most experts agree it has a potential for disruption. And some pioneer experiences – from Dubai to Tokyo, from New York to Tallinn – demonstrate that beneﬁts for Smart Cities can really be worthwhile.
Driving Digital Transformation and Revolutionizing the Legal Industry
or too long, corporate law departments and law ﬁrms have been constrained by business models that reward ineﬃciency, lack transparency and responsiveness, cost too much, and fail to provide lawyers with the skills required to meet the needs of today’s global enterprise clients in a fast-moving, hypercompetitive marketplace. UnitedLex has tackled many of the root cause problems that have blocked innovation in the legal industry and taken a holistic approach that focuses on the underlying economics and service delivery models for each key player in the legal ecosystem – corporate legal departments, law ﬁrms, and legal education. UnitedLex is a leading enterprise legal services provider with more than 2,700 attorneys, engineers, and consultants all over the globe. The company deploys innovative solutions to drive digital transformation and deliver unparalleled business impact for global corporation and law ﬁrms. UnitedLex’s suite of legal business solutions include litigation and investigations, law department consulting, digital contracting and commercial solutions, intellectual property, compliance and data protection, and ﬁnancial advisory. In December 2017, UnitedLex announced a landmark, multi-year deal with DXC Technology, the world’s leading independent IT services provider, to transform its law function across 26 jurisdictions worldwide. After critically evaluating all aspects of DXC’s global law function, UnitedLex rebuilt DXC’s law department from scratch, deploying cutting-edge contracting technology that integrates with business CRM tools and streamlining the roles of more than 175 rebadged DXC employees in the ﬁrst few months. UnitedLex reduced DXC’s legal operating costs by 30
percent and created a more agile, strategically-aligned, and cost-eﬃcient department. Tackling Turbulences and Enabling Clients to Make Better Decisions UnitedLex was formed to drive innovation, excellence, eﬃciency, and cost eﬀectiveness within the legal industry which was slow to apply technology and business metrics to enhance operations, results, and client satisfaction. The organization has received several industry awards for its enterprise legal services platform, including the ACC Value Champion Award (March 2018); the Buying Legal Council Best in Legal Procurement Award (September 2018); and the First Annual American Lawyer Industry Award for Best Alternative Legal Services Provider (September 2018). UnitedLex is also a member of the World Economic Forum – a highly select group of elite organizations known for their innovative business models, dynamic growth, corporate global citizenship, and visionary leadership. UnitedLex’s approach to solving eDiscovery challenges focuses on better managing data volumes early in the EDRM, which drives signiﬁcant spend reduction and increases speed to early legal intelligence. Through its technology and strategic solutions, UnitedLex enables its clients to make more informed, data-driven decisions in litigation and investigation matters. Revolutionizing the Industry UnitedLex is transforming the entire legal ecosystem – corporate law departments, law ﬁrms, and attorney development – and pulling the legal industry into the digital age. The organization uses technology to simplify and increase the speed of legal service delivery; workﬂow to
“UnitedLex combines innovative service models, digitally powered solutions, and legal expertise to revolutionize the legal industry. Welcome to the future of law.” —Dan Reed CEO
allocate tasks to stratiﬁed resources; advanced analytics to facilitate better business decisions; and legal teams trained with practical skills needed to be competitive in a changing market. In addition to shaping new business models for law departments and law ﬁrms, UnitedLex’s Legal Residency Program allows recent graduates to participate in a two-year program where they can learn “contemporary legal skills” that are not a part of the typical law school curriculum: project management, e-discovery technology, cyber security, contract management, patent licensing, and IP management. Residents acquire training in key legal delivery growth areas, engage in signiﬁcant client contact, and earn a paycheck comparable to a judicial clerkship.
through early stage structuring and execution of its initial public oﬀering. During his tenure, SmartDisk grew to greater than $1 billion in market cap. Dan is an inﬂuential thought leader in the legal industry. His relentless commitment to challenging the status quo, delivering value to clients in a way that makes a diﬀerence in their companies’ long-term success, and giving to the community at large by supporting organizations devoted to education and health, are cornerstones of UnitedLex. Standing Tall Amongst the Competitors UnitedLex’s Questio™ discovery service is a rich composite of technology and expert consultant-led process. Questio™ is industry game changer, which has already proven its eﬃciency through the litigation lifestyle and has also reduced overall eDiscovery spend by 25 percent.
An Attorney Turned Leader Dan Reed, the CEO of UnitedLex, is a tech enthusiast and former practicing attorney who recognized that legal service delivery was ripe for innovation. Melding his passion for the legal space with his diverse entrepreneurial background, Dan has overseen UnitedLex’s growth from a handful of employees to a highly-skilled global workforce of 2,700.
Questio™ provides exceptional clarity and simplicity in pricing and budgeting. There are no pricing games, no gimmicks – just guaranteed results. That’s UnitedLex’s Total Project Cost Guarantee, which is essentially a ﬁscal partnership with clients to guarantee a budget while working in concert to ensure investment is only made on value adding and eﬃcient work streams. The organization stands by its performance operationally and ﬁnancially.
Prior to founding UnitedLex, Dan served as Chief Financial Oﬃcer and General Counsel to Adjoined Consulting, and then as a Managing Director of Kanbay International. Before Adjoined, Dan guided SmartDisk Corporation November 2018
Considering these vital factors Insights Success has curated the list of “The 10 Most Innovative EDiscovery Disruptors of 2018” which have r...
Published on Oct 22, 2018
Considering these vital factors Insights Success has curated the list of “The 10 Most Innovative EDiscovery Disruptors of 2018” which have r...