Xerox today announced the acquisition of Smart Data Consulting — a move that significantly boosts the range of products that Xerox Litigation Services (the printing giant's e-discovery division) can offer clients in the legal and corporate enterprises.
Smart Data established itself as an authority on Viewpoint, the e-discovery platform developed by Lateral Data (a company that Xerox bought in 2012). It enables corporate legal departments and law firms to manage the entire e-discovery lifecycle using a single product, consolidating tasks such as collection, processing case assessment and analytics.
Smart Data provides hosted and on-site services using the Viewpoint software. The acquisition will blend key capabilities from each company, said Manoj Sharma, executive managing director of Xerox Litigation Services:
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.
It's likely that Smart Data's e-discovery managed services, via Viewpoint, will fill the gap left by Xerox's existing technologies — the OmniX cloud-based review platform and the CategoriX technology-assisted review service.
Beyond rounding out Xerox's suite of services, the Smart Data acquisition consolidates the playing field in the e-discovery market.