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Posted on: June 18, 2015

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Need to Compare Testimony and Production Documents? Apply Analytics!

Apply analytics to find associations between testimony and discovery documents for a different perspective and to uncover additional relevant data.

Need to Compare Testimony and Production Documents? Apply Analytics!What if technology could suggest concepts in initial 30(b)(6) testimony that would be useful for follow-up depositions? What if it could find associations—and potential missed hot spots— between custodian testimony and discovery documents? What if it could identify new deponents who may be critical to the case by analyzing content of previous testimony, early discovery documents and production documents from the opposing party?

Picture this: Opposing attorneys meet and identify custodians and potential deponents and also exchange initial production to support their side of the issue. The first rounds of depositions are conducted where new custodians and new facts regarding the matter are revealed in the testimony. The opposing side provides several hundred additional production documents to support their side of the story. Key primary depositions are right around the corner, so you move into full deposition preparation mode, but time is running out. You sense there are more details in the testimony and new discovery documents, but you’re uncertain, and therefore hesitant on how to proceed. Sound familiar? There has to be a better way.

There is…Welcome to the World of D4 DepoAnalytics™

Why not? Transcripts are text. Discovery documents are text. Analytics works with text. Why not leverage analytics on both testimony and discovery text to see what it uncovers? Early DepoAnalytics™ adopters have found themselves pleasantly surprised with the results.

How DepoAnalytics™ Works

D4 brings the right people and the right technology to fully leverage testimony with discovery documents. Based on a custodian’s testimony, DepoAnalytics™ uncovers key concepts, themes, and phrases. The system then searches for discovery evidence having to do with those concepts and themes—not just the key words. Now, instead of guessing and fumbling around for key words for subsequent depositions, the analytics software searches for related themes from the deposition transcripts, even if specific words aren’t present in the search. Smart.

With D4 DepoAnalytics™, the initial 30(b)(6) testimony was analyzed and now, with their exact words in context, we had an accurate real-life description of what happened. After running their testimony through analytics, we cross-linked to the initial discovery documents to locate information based on the themes derived from the testimony. The customer found the theme analytics had more efficacy because the search was based on accurate, relevant testimony versus documents that simply fit into a given set of keywords. Highly relevant documents were found in short order and the customer was delighted with the results.

DepoAnalytics™ enables lawyers to find items they may never have thought to search for. Now it’s no longer “keyword-only” results, but pertinent, case-deciding information.

DepoAnalytics™ is provided by D4 as part of D4’s Technology Enhanced Deposition Solutions™ (TEDS). TEDS is a suite of deposition solutions including court reporting services, deposition management tools, deposition preparation services and DepoAnalytics™. D4 TEDS also includes 24/7 online and mobile access to a highly secure and fully searchable deposition repository, a customer favorite.

Learn more about DepoAnalytics™ provided by D4 and find out how TEDS can help you get the most out of your depositions.

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