SOURCE: Exterro

November 19, 2007 11:30 ET

Exterro Adopts Electronic Discovery Reference Model XML Standard for e-Discovery Management Workflow and Legal Hold Processes

Adoption of XML Standard Streamlines the Different Phases of the e-Discovery Process, Reducing Cost, Time and Manual Work

LAKE OSWEGO, OR--(Marketwire - November 19, 2007) - Exterro, a leading provider of advanced workflow technology to the legal industry, announced that it has adopted the Electronic Discovery Reference Model's (EDRM) recently developed Extensible Markup Language (XML) standard. The standard helps quickly and easily convert and transfer electronically stored information (ESI) between applications and IT systems during the e-Discovery process. Exterro is a member of the EDRM project and its integrated workflow platform for discovery management, Exterro Fusion, already adheres to the EDRM model framework and metrics. This latest adoption of the EDRM's XML standard reconfirms Exterro's commitment to the EDRM project and the practical guidelines and standards it sets for e-Discovery.

By adopting the new XML standard, users can:

--  Reduce labor and costs: IT departments, legal teams and service
    providers no longer have to waste time and resources converting and
    transferring ESI from system to system.
--  Reduce errors: Now organizations can focus their proficiency on a
    single standard schema as opposed to a number of disparate ones. The
    validation tool also detects non-conforming load files earlier in the
    process to reduce errors downline.
--  Improve scalability: Organizations gain the ability to adapt to future
    technological advances, as well as new metadata constructs.
    

According to George Socha and Tom Gelbmann, co-founders of EDRM: "By adopting the EDRM's XML standard, Exterro is one of the first companies helping to set the stage for greater efficiency within the e-Discovery industry. Now companies can be assured that the legal hold processes and workflow management platform provided by Exterro Fusion will comply with industry standards."

"Fortune 500 and AMLAW 200 clients already rely on Exterro Fusion for managing their end-to-end e-Discovery processes," said Bobby Balachandran, CEO of Exterro. "They have found that with the number of matters, data sources, custodians and information about their data skyrocketing, it is critical to manage the associated complex workflow surrounding Legal Holds, Collections, Data Review and Production Management. Fusion provides them with consistency, repeatability and defensibility around the e-Discovery process. Incorporating the ERM XML standard into Exterro Fusion gives companies a way to easily manage the complex workflow around e-Discovery with faster to deploy solutions that can quickly and easily integrate with other systems."

About Exterro:

Headquartered in Lake Oswego, Ore., Exterro is an Enterprise Software company providing Legal Hold and e-Discovery Workflow Management solutions to corporate and law firm counsel. It helps legal teams control litigation processes and costs and automate the workflow related to discovery management by tightening collaboration between outside counsel, in-house legal teams, service providers and experts. Exterro Fusion Legal Hold module eliminates human error, generates faster response time for litigation requests, and decreases risk and exposure to sanctions. Exterro believes that process automation and improvements in litigation -- especially in discovery -- can be learned from the quality improvement successes of other industries and disciplines. Exterro's easy to use, quick to deploy and simple to integrate workflow management platforms are built on a patent-pending, open architecture that fits neatly with existing business processes and systems. A built-in management workflow provides cost controls, delivers time savings and reduces risks throughout the litigation support process. In addition to its headquarters, the company has offices in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Dallas. Find out more about Exterro and its technologies at www.exterro.com.

About EDRM:

The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Project was launched in 2005 to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the electronic discovery market. The completed reference model provides a common, flexible and extensible framework for the development, selection, evaluation and use of electronic discovery products and services. Information about EDRM is available at http://www.edrm.net.

Contact Information

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    Exterro, Inc.
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