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By Fritz Kessler

Published on Tue, April 28, 2015

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Recently, one of our enterprise clients approached us with a unique challenge on a decades old case.  For much of the case’s lifespan, counsel had used a Microsoft Access database to code information about events, documents, people, and issues. The Access database included multiple linked objects with tens of thousands of records.

Our project management pod collaborated with counsel to identify the information that would be meaningful moving forward, and then migrated that data to Relativity. As part of the migration, Lighthouse created a custom database, leveraging Relativity’s dynamic object functionality to preserve the complex relationships between the multiple objects existing in the original Access database.

Benefits abound when migrating old data to a modern platform like Relativity, but here are three key points our client was particularly concerned with:

1. Adding new data seamlessly - The client didn’t simply need to review their old data, they needed to add new data associated with it – events, comments, timeline information, etc. With complex coding layouts in Relativity, the process of adding new data is easy and seamless, and can be conducted by multiple users concurrently.

2. Easily make new connections between people, data, and events - The legacy database contained complex relational information about the parties and events in the case. Relativity’s dynamic object functionality not only preserved those relationships, but it also made it easy to addnew relationships. Once the data was migrated to the Relativity environment, we used dynamic objects to create a sophisticated chronology of events linked to information about parties in the case, and key documents.

3. Improved tracking and reporting - With all the data, and all user activity regarding the data in Relativity, generating reports on the data set is now a snap. Additionally, our team is able to leverage its scripting expertise to create custom reportsusing Relativity’s SQL backend.

What are some tricky challenges you’ve faced with legacy data sets? We’d love to hear about them – email us at info@lhediscovery.com

About the Author
Fritz Kessler

Fritz has over six years of experience in ediscovery and has supported complex matters across diverse industries for both Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 firms. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Western Washington University and a paralegal certificate from Duke University.