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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, 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 will comply with industry standards."

"Fortune 500 and AMLAW 200 clients already rely on Exterro 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 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 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