Summation Parity

20190219 Release

For way too long people have been asking is Quin-C a viable replacement for Summation. Since the inception of that question my answer has always been the same: “What does it matter? They can be run together so Quin-C is additive not a replacement.” Although that is what I said, what I thought was very different. 18 months ago, I thought the answer was no and I was hoping they wouldn’t see the fear in my eyes, 9 months ago I thought the answer was maybe but I was afraid to say it, and now I know the answer is yes. To be clear I still say the same thing because they are complimentary and can be used together and there are plenty of reasons to do that, but after the 20190219 release of Quin-C the feature set in Quin-C so aggressively exceeds what is offered in Summation that I don’t even think it is a reasonable question anymore.  The products work differently so there are still some things in summation that are not in Quin-C and likely will never be but I no longer believe there is a compelling reason for a Quin-C users to ever open up Summation, while I see many reasons for a Summation user to venture into Quin-C with high frequency.  The point of this blog is to highlight why I say that and why I believe Summation users should seriously consider move to Quin-C. With the goal of being organized in my analysis and because Quin-C so exceeds Summation in so many ways I am going to break down my argument into the logical areas of data ingestion, ECA, data review, and finally production.

Data Ingestion: By data ingestions what I mean is not only the ability to get data into the product but also the ability to process that data in a manner that allows users to review it as quickly and as easily as possible. In this area the difference between Quin-C and summation are fairly obvious to see just by looking at the processing options that Quin-C offers. Within those options you will see two groups: “Quin-C processing options” and “Automated Tagging” that have no Summation equivalents.

Quin-C processing Options provides a number of different AI’s, to analyze and pre-code documents, as well as a number of processing and ECA features, that expose and organize data in a manner that reduces the work on the part of the reviewer. Key among these features are:

  • Image AI: These features run the image recognition capabilities in Quin-C that will label images based on given categories.
  • Text AI: These features organize data based on text content and are utilized to enable document clustering, near deduplication, and document type identification.
  • Parsers: These are special parsers for types of data that Summation doesn’t currently support.
  • Email Options: These are email analysis and email reduction features designed to reduce the time spent reviewing meaningless or redundant emails.
  • Legal Review Data Reduction Options: These are options that are designed to remove data from the dataset that is redundant or out of scope.

In addition to these core processing capabilities Quin-C offers a degree of automation that is simply not possible in Summation. Specifically Quin-C has the ability to completely automate all aspects of data processing so much so that all a user needs to do is to create a subfolder in a designated location on the drive and then put evidence in that folder and Quin-C will do the rest. Meaning simply by moving data into a folder Quin-C is watching will automatically trigger the creation of the case and the processing of the data.


ECA: ECA seems to mean different things to everyone I speak with so for this blog I am going to definite as higher level data analysis, filtering and data reduction. Basically everything short of direct document review. If you don’t like that definition you can substitute whatever you prefer. Anyway in terms of ECA Quin-C’s capabilities dramatically outstrip summations. All of the following features are offered in Quin-C but have not meaningful summation counterpart:

1)      Interactive visualizations: Summation has visualizations but they aren’t interactive and can’t be utilized effectively to reduce the document set. Quin-C on the other hand is literally filled with just these types of tools. In Quin-C you can utilized interactive timelines, interactive data charts, interactive social analyzers, and interactive maps to very quickly work through large volumes of data and quickly extract the relevant subset for data review.

2)      Automated tagging: Quin-C offers a number of automated tagging capabilities that enable a user to quickly tag the data set against a given set of search terms. This can dramatically speed initial review and reduction of the data.


3)      Filter creation: Quin-C allows customized filters to be created and then added a quick filter buttons on the users screen or provided a defaults to the user’s grid. This simple feature can dramatically improve a reviewers experience by automatically removing data that isn’t relevant to the case.

Review: Perhaps the biggest difference between Summation and Quin-C is the flexibility and power that Quin-C brings to the reviewer.  

1)      Customized Interface: First and foremost Quin-C has a completely customizable interface that allows an administrator to wholly control the user’s review experience and configure the solution to exactly meet the unique whatever the unique requirements of a given job are. While summation does offer a number of interface options and the ability of the user to customize the environment the degree of customization is much more limited and data views cannot be pushed out to users. 

2)      Flexible coding panels: In a number of ways Summation’s coding panels are superior to Quin-C so I don’t want to over sell this area of the product but there are a few key features in Quin-C’s coding panel that have no summation equivalent. First Quin-C allows you to code against literally any column except ObjectID in the database. Secondly Quin-C allows you to create coding panels with only the exact issues and labels that are required for a given users. And finally Quin-C allows for the creation of hot keys so users don’t actually need to click on buttons but instead can utilize hot key to trigger coding events.

3)      Qview: I can’t even begin to explain or do justice to Qview in a few sentences. Qview is no short of the most significant review capability introduced to the legal review market in the last few years (at least in my opinion) and there is certainly no Summation equivalent. With Qview a user can get a desktop review experience in an online web enabled product. It is fast, it is sexy, it is intuitive and it supports more file formats than any competitive system. It is a must have for fast legal review.


Production: The final area of distinction between Summation and Quin-C is production. Summations production methodology is simply no longer market current, at least that is my view. Creating a production in Summation is something like a seven step process that is extremely prone to error and difficult to QA. Quin-C dramatically simplifies the process and introduces a few new features:  

1)      Tabbed productions: Tabbed productions are at the core of Quin-C’s new production system. With tabbed productions, productions are associated with the original document and directly linked as alternative streams. Because of this they are simple to track, QA, and correct.

2)      Auto redaction: Auto-redaction allows a user to automatically redact documents against specific search terms, without having to actually view the documents. It is of course possible to review the quality and accuracy of the redactions if needed.

3)      Automated export: In many cases it isn’t even necessary to review documents to know what needs to be produced. In these situations Quin-C allows you to export documents based on search terms of document types directly as part of processing.

These are just a few of the features that differentiate Quin-C from Summation and in my opinion make it the far superior tool. Sure Summation still has a degree of maturity that Quin-C doesn’t yet have but that is just a matter of time and is more than made up for in other ways. So if you ask me if Quin-C is a viable replacement for Summation I will say: “What does it matter? They can be run together so Quin-C is additive not a replacement” but I promise you my brain will be screaming “YES, YES, YES!”

tleehealey Wednesday 27 February 2019 - 01:16 am | | Default
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