The road forward

I think 2018 is going to be a truly great year for Quin-C and the goal of this blog post is to convince you I am correct:). 2016, was project inception and definition. 2017 was core functionality, architecture, and flexibility. 2018 will be about work flow and feature enhancement. But what does that mean exactly? That is what I want to share here but before I do that I need to provide the standard disclaimer that since we are talking about futures I could easily be wrong about everything I am about to say. Quin-C is entirely market driven so if our customers push us in a different direction than what is articulated here, we will look back on this blog as a laundry list of lies:). Of course I will communicate changes as they happen so don’t worry but the point is things can change quickly so this is at best a guess of what is to come.

With that said lets talk roadmap. In the near-term, meaning developers are actually currently assigned, the following features are under development:

1) Redaction/Production sets - Standard legal projection set stuff. We are doing it differently than summation does it though with the goal of improving the ability to associate produced documents with their originals, as well as dramatically reduce the time required to generate a production set.

2) Facial Recognition - While we already have image recognition we want to expand that feature to allow users to load in images of a suspect and then find that same suspect in other pictures. At this point it is unclear how successful this feature will be and if it isn’t successful we won’t ship it so there is a definite question mark here.  

3) Translation - ability to translate documents from one language to another. The technology we are using here looks very promising and support 30 language pairs. If we are successful the goal will be to expand that as much as possible.

4) Registry viewing - Ability to view registry files and use the contents of those files to augment the investigation. This is similar to the capabilities in FTK but dramatically expanded because it will allow the registry data to be incorporated into the case as apposed to viewed one file at a time in a separate tool.

5) Styling - Personally I hate spending time on this, but I know it is important so we have resource dedicated to it.

6) Remote forensics - This is a duzzy in that there is just tons of work here that could last 6-9months. The overall goal of this feature is to enable Quin-C to do remote forensics in a way that simply isn’t available in any competitive products. Our efforts here break down in two groups:

a) Traditional agent: For our customers that have deployed our enterprise products and want to keep the current agent we are enabling Quin-C to work with that agent and take advantage of the capabilities already present in it.

b) New agent: AccessData’s traditional agent is written on old technology that makes it extremely difficult to improve. To remove that barrier we are developing a new agent written entirely using modern technologies. This will enable us to be both more responsive and to offer greater capabilities.

7) Excel web viewing - I am already very proud of the excel viewing capabilities we offer but there are some key improvements we can and are making. The goal is to offer the broadest possible file support and most natural possible viewing experience.

So that is what is being worked on right now, most of it should be finished shortly, and non of it (with the exception of remote forensics) should last past the end of the quarter. So what are we doing during the remaining three quarters of 2018? Here is the current list:

1) More remote forensics: As I said this is a many month effort and I expect we will be working on it all year. There is just so much that can be done to enhance corporate investigative capabilities so expect to continue to hear more about this category.

2) Ediscovery : Honestly this is just an offshoot of remote forensics but it has it’s own nuances so it is definitely worth singling it out. The goal is to have a comprehensive replacement for our existing eDiscovery product by the end of the year.

3) AI: AI is my passion and it is at the core of the Quin-C strategy so you should expect to see much more of it in 2018. The most immediate improvements you will see are the incorporation of more powerful NLP capabilities. This will give us better text analysis tools to enable users to more accurately group and summarize documents. After that you will see a major push to enhance Watson’s learning capability. At the moment that technology is cool but only marginally useful. There is much more we can and will do there.  

4) Data correlation: There is so much more we can do with data correlation to add value to the investigation process. What was the user doing, when were they doing it, were where they, when were they there, etc…… We are hoping to be able to focus on this stuff more meaningfully in Q2.

5) Ecosystem: Expanding the ecosystem is an ongoing effort that will never end so the only reason I mention it here is because we have two new technologies that should be announced in Q2. I can’t really disclose much about them now but when we announce them I will reference back to this so you know what I meant. 

There are of course more things to talk about but those are the key concepts we are pursuing. Hopefully it gives you a reasonably good view of 2018. If you want more feel free to post the question or send me and email.

tleehealey Tuesday 13 February 2018 - 06:53 am | | Default
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