News and Events

Events, announcements, and perspectives.

SPEAKING: WESTERN REGIONAL GAS CONFERENCE

August 29 – 30, 2017
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay – San Diego, CA

DEPLOYING A FIELD DATA COLLECTION SOLUTION – HELPING KEY STAKEHOLDERS PARTNER WITH PHMSA DATA COLLECTION INITIATIVES

Tuesday, August 29 at 10am
Norman Yee, Vice-President at Celerity Consulting Group
Alice Burns, Director of Client Services at Celerity Consulting Group

This panel discussion will feature a cross-section of GIS, IT, and Operations people and focus on breaking down field data collection requirements to clarify how to prioritize requirements so that a minimum viable solution can be deployed. The objective of this exercise is to define what it will take to bring key stakeholders together to address state and federal data collection requirements, and deploy how best to deploy cost-effective and timely solutions to meet regulatory obligations wrapped up in NPRMs.
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ANNOUNCEMENT: CELERITY ON THE MOVE

This summer, Celerity will almost double the size of its Walnut Creek space when the company moves the Ygnacio Valley location to a Lennon Lane office. In addition, Celerity will be relocating from its Belltown location to an office in downtown Seattle. These moves are on the heels of Celerity’s downtown Los Angeles office move last fall, which was increase of space as well. In addition to supporting a modest increase in personnel growth, the new office locations are also situated to better provide support to our current key clients.

SPEAKING: 2017 AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL OPERATIONS CONFERENCE

May 2 – 5, 2017
The Gaylord Palms – Orlando, FL

MORE ACCURATELY ACQUIRE, MAINTAIN AND REPORT LEAK DATA
Thursday, May 4 at 1:00pm, Track E6
Alice Burns, Director of Client Services at Celerity Consulting Group

Learn about types of issues encountered in validating legacy leak data and how to prevent these issues by utilizing new techniques and solutions. View a demonstration of an advanced leak investigation application that both manages the inspection schedule and compiles a leak investigation record complete with auto-grading and mapped barcode readings.
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MATERIALS AND FIELD DATA COLLECTION FOR DISTRIBUTION
Thursday, May 4 at 2:40pm, Track E3
Alice Burns, Director of Client Services, Celerity Consulting Group

Pending regulation will require operators to collect and maintain detailed attribute and location data for plastic materials and joints. How are companies approaching the pending materials tracking and traceability requirements? What equipment and skills will your company need to comply? This presentation will review materials and field data collection for distribution.
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SPEAKING: 2017 NORTHEAST GAS ASSOCIATION SPRING OPERATIONS CONFERENCE

April 6 – 7, 2017
Sarasota Springs, NY

EFFECTIVE REQUIREMENTS PLANNING FOR DEVELOPING A FIELD DATA CAPTURE AND REPORTING SOLUTION
Alice Burns, Director of Client Services at Celerity Consulting Group

A “how‐to” guide for developing a data capture and reporting solution, centered on the key questions to ask Regulatory, Business, User, and Technical/Security stakeholders to ensure a successful outcome.Find out more.

SPEAKING: 2017 OHIO GAS ASSOCIATION TECHNICAL SEMINAR

March 16 – 17, 2017
Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center – Lewis Center, OH

DAMAGE INVESTIGATING, DATA TRACKING
Thursday, March 16 at 1:00PM, Track 3
Alice Burns, Director of Client Services at Celerity Consulting Group

Commercial excavators, utility operators, designers and developers who fail to follow safe digging practices may be subject to penalties and fines. New regulations taking effect in certain states give Operators the opportunity to collect and submit documentation to regulators that demonstrates excavation violations. See a demo of a Damage Investigation solution that helps collect, evaluate and submit excavation violation information for adjudication by a regulator.Find out more.

DEMYSTIFYING PREDICTIVE CODING & ANALYTICS PART II: WORDS FROM THE BENCH

In the last post, we looked at the mechanics of predictive coding and analytics with an eye towards where they can be strategically used to drive a robust EDRM process. But what are the courts saying?

Recently experts gathered in Portland at the PREX Conference to discuss new case law in the industry, here are a few of the most recent – and important – cases to know about:

  • In Zest IP Holdings, LLC v. Implant Direct Manufacturing, LLC, the court found sanctions were appropriate when the company saved everything and had a policy against employees deleting documents, but did not have an organized and official legal hold and data retention policy. As discussed last time, the use of clustering and categorization may help narrow this pool once litigation is reasonably foreseeable.
  • Judge Scheindlin awarded an adverse inference jury instruction for willful destruction of ESI even where no prejudice could be shown in Sekisui American Corp. v. Hart. The litigation landscape is ever-moving, so thorough analysis and understanding of what data is present and how you handle it is key.
  • The 6th Circuit states that de novo review is not proper in review of sanctions cases, but instead will employ a case-by-case analysis and great deference to the trial court decision in Automated Solutions Corp. v. Paragon Data Systems, Inc. Again, and understanding of the ESI involved is important when cases are being scrutinized so closely, enlisting predictive coding and analytics can give you a clearer understanding of your data and also alert you to search terms you may not have otherwise thought relevant.
  • A Washington court fined $25,000 and attorneys fees when it found that refusal to forthrightly participate in the discovery process is “tantamount to bad faith.” Knickerbocker v. Corinthian Colleges. Courts are looking for full and will participation of all parties. Using analytics and coming to the table with a clear sense of the scope and nature of your ESI can be critical.
    So what’s the takeaway from all of this? First off, early detection of ESI and relevant custodians is key. And, as we all look to become more tech savvy, collaboration with eDiscovery vendors and internal IT departments can make or break a spoliation sanctions case.

In addition, with the introduction of a requirement to talk about ESI in the 26(f) conference and the added emphasis of proportionality in 37(e), the judges seemed to say that moving forward the preferred approach would be phased and progressive discovery with a look to considering costs much more than before. With a new year of cases ahead of us, it will be interesting to see where the courts go.

PRESS RELEASE – October 28, 2014

CELERITY CONSULTING GROUP RELEASES OLIVER 4
Law firms and in-house counsel now have a fresher and easier-to-use document review application

San Francisco, CA – October 28, 2014 – Celerity Consulting Group (“Celerity”) announces a new release of Oliver, Celerity’s legal document review, cloud-based application. With version 4, Oliver adds visual appeal and ease-of-use to its portfolio of strengths which include: supporting complex multi-party cases, providing integration with Google Maps and custom GIS providers, and offering a highly customizable workflow.

Celerity spent several months working with key end-user clients to identify how Oliver 3 could be improved. Common preferences and suggestions were identified and incorporated into features such as:

  • Search Builder with pre-populated data selections and validation
  • Flexible filtering and narrowing of search results
  • Persistent search-term highlighting
  • Grouping documents via drag and drop
  • Multiple window panes with accordion features
  • Showing or hiding tags and adding them on the fly
  • Customizable shortcut keys
  • Privilege log authoring capabilities
  • Productivity and progress reports

“We believe Oliver 4 continues our long tradition of listening to our clients and providing outstanding service and support,” said Joe Derting, Celerity’s Director of Information Technology. “We’ve kept or improved Oliver features, such as adaptability, that set our application apart while leveraging client input into a fresh new interface to make it even easier to use.”

About Celerity Consulting Group
Celerity Consulting Group is an information governance consulting firm that helps laws firms, companies, regulated entities, and public agencies resolve their litigation, risk and compliance, technology deployment, and restructuring challenges. Our specific services include eDiscovery; litigation support; document hosting; litigation readiness; records management; records collection, review, and validation; enterprise content management and litigation technology integration; data analysis; and engineering support. Celerity clients include Fortune 500 Firms and 15 of the AmLaw 2013 top 25 law firms. Celerity Consulting Group became an HP Autonomy Partner in 2013 to provide clients with access to industry-leading technology from HP. Find more information about Celerity at www.consultcelerity.com or contact Steffani Aranas at at info@consultcelerity.com or (415) 986-8850.

CELERITY CONSULTING GROUP RELEASES OLIVER 4

Law firms and in-house counsel now have a fresher and easier-to-use document review application
San Francisco, CA – October 28, 2014 – Celerity Consulting Group (“Celerity”) announces a new release of Oliver, Celerity’s legal document review, cloud-based application. With version 4, Oliver adds visual appeal and ease-of-use to its portfolio of strengths which include: supporting complex multi-party cases, providing integration with Google Maps and custom GIS providers, and offering a highly customizable workflow.

Celerity spent several months working with key end-user clients to identify how Oliver 3 could be improved. Common preferences and suggestions were identified and incorporated into features such as:

  • Search Builder with pre-populated data selections and validation
  • Flexible filtering and narrowing of search results
  • Persistent search-term highlighting
  • Grouping documents via drag and drop
  • Multiple window panes with accordion features
  • Showing or hiding tags and adding them on the fly
  • Customizable shortcut keys
  • Privilege log authoring capabilities
  • Productivity and progress reports

“We believe Oliver 4 continues our long tradition of listening to our clients and providing outstanding service and support,” said Joe Derting, Celerity’s Director of Information Technology. “We’ve kept or improved Oliver features, such as adaptability, that set our application apart while leveraging client input into a fresh new interface to make it even easier to use.”

About Celerity Consulting Group
Celerity Consulting Group is an information governance consulting firm that helps laws firms, companies, regulated entities, and public agencies resolve their litigation, risk and compliance, technology deployment, and restructuring challenges. Our specific services include eDiscovery; litigation support; document hosting; litigation readiness; records management; records collection, review, and validation; enterprise content management and litigation technology integration; data analysis; and engineering support. Celerity clients include Fortune 500 Firms and 15 of the AmLaw 2013 top 25 law firms. Celerity Consulting Group became an HP Autonomy Partner in 2013 to provide clients with access to industry-leading technology from HP. Find more information about Celerity at www.consultcelerity.com or contact Steffani Aranas at at info@consultcelerity.com or (415) 986-8850.

PRESS RELEASE – October 7, 2014

CELERITY CONSULTING GROUP AWARDED CMAS CONTRACT FOR TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION SERVICES
California agencies can procure enterprise content management technology integration services more easily via the California Multiple Award Schedules contracting program

San Francisco, CA – October 7, 2014 – Celerity Consulting Group (“Celerity”), an information governance consulting firm specializing in providing technology deployment, risk and compliance, restructuring, and litigation services and solutions announces it has been awarded a California Multiple Award Schedules (“CMAS”) contract.

CMAScolorPCCelerity’s approved CMAS contract services are within the IT Consulting category and include:

222 Requirements Analysis
2764 System Analysis
1295 System Design
2079 System Implementation
1199 System Integration
820 System Migration

“As an approved CMAS Contractor, we look forward to bringing our track record of helping Fortune 500 companies integrate enterprise content management solutions to the public sector,” said Dr. Bruce Hartley, Vice-President of Technical Services. “And Celerity is currently the only authorized HP Autonomy partner with a CMAS contract.”

Celerity’s technology deployment team has deep experience helping companies roll-out and upgrade enterprise content management and legal content management solutions with capabilities in requirements development, solution and vendor selection, solution configuration, solution testing and verification, system maintenance, and training.

About Celerity Consulting Group
Celerity Consulting Group is an information governance consulting firm that helps laws firms, companies, regulated entities, and public agencies resolve their litigation, risk and compliance, technology deployment, and restructuring challenges. Our specific services include eDiscovery; litigation support; document hosting; litigation readiness; records management; records collection, review, and validation; enterprise content management and litigation technology integration; data analysis; and engineering support. Celerity clients include Fortune 500 Firms and 15 of the AmLaw 2013 top 25 law firms. Celerity Consulting Group became an HP Autonomy Partner in 2013 to provide clients with access to industry-leading technology from HP. Find more information about Celerity at www.consultcelerity.com or contact Steffani Aranas at at info@consultcelerity.com or (415) 986-8850.

PRESS RELEASE – July 8, 2014

CELERITY EXPANDS PRESENCE INTO ALASKA MARKET
Local resource for information governance initiatives better serves Alaskan law firms, in-house counsel, and oil and gas companies

ANCHORAGE, AK – July 8, 2014 – Celerity Consulting Group (“Celerity”), an information governance firm specializing in litigation, risk and compliance, technology deployment, and restructuring services and solutions, announces the opening of its Anchorage office.

Celerity’s Anchorage office provides in-house counsel and attorneys at Alaskan-based companies and firms with best-in-class eDiscovery services as well as a local presence to meet broader litigation and information management needs. In addition, Celerity’s deep natural gas, utility, environmental, and incident response experience provides the Alaska oil and gas industry with an excellent resource for addressing regulatory challenges.

“Celerity’s commitment to serving our clients combined perfectly with our tactical growth plan and led us to open an Anchorage office,” said Norman Yee, Vice-President. “We look forward to a strong future with the Anchorage legal and business community.”

Celerity’s new office is located at 601 West 5th Avenue, Floor 2 in Anchorage.

About Celerity Consulting Group
Celerity Consulting Group is an information governance consulting firm that helps law firms, companies, regulated entities, and public agencies resolve their litigation, risk and compliance, technology deployment, and restructuring challenges. Our specific services include eDiscovery; litigation support; document hosting; litigation readiness; records management; records collection, review, and validation; enterprise content management and litigation technology integration; data analysis; and engineering support. Celerity clients include Fortune 500 Firms and 15 of the AmLaw 2013 top 25 law firms. Find more information about Celerity at www.consultcelerity.com or contact Steffani Aranas at info@consultcelerity.com or (415) 986-8850.

 

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