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Relativity Server: A Look at 2022 and Beyond

Andie Linker

Since our beginning, Relativity has been about meeting legal teams where they live—delivering solutions that are ready to go out of the box, but with the customizability and scalability that really showcases what our user community is capable of.

Relativity Fest gave us the opportunity to preview our 2022 Relativity Server release, and we gave customers a sneak peek of the features that will come to the product early next year. This includes exciting enhancements such as Aero UI, as well as other functionality that arm your litigation support team, empower your review team, and invigorate your developers.

We know that many teams in our community still rely on an on-premises solution to get the job done—and for lots of reasons. So, to share what’s ahead for Relativity Server users in the coming months, here’s a recap of what we covered during the Fest session.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us or find support in the Relativity Community site. We’re here to help.

Our Relativity Server 2022 Philosophy

In 2020, we shifted to an annual release cycle for our Relativity Server product. This change in our release cadence has allowed us to commit to the stability that our customers require.

Relativity Server remains an important part of our overall strategy. Our main focus areas for the product are delivering a highly reliable and stable solution that's easy to maintain and upgrade, and has feature enhancements that enable customers to streamline the way they conduct e-discovery, innovate, and deliver great results.

As John Banta, vice president of product at Relativity, put it: “Our Server product helped validate our early technologies, and pushed us to become the leading e-discovery tool in the market.”

We're excited to continue building on this philosophy with our 2022 release.

Aero UI in Relativity Server

First released in RelativityOne in 2020, Aero UI represents our redoubled efforts to make an exceptional user experience a high priority on our product roadmap. The philosophy behind Aero UI is delivering a simply powerful user experience for everyone in our platform, from first-time users to Relativity Masters. e-Discovery is complex, and you need a solution that is fast and intuitive—yet still powerful enough to drive the most value, and tackle the most data, possible.

With Aero, we redesigned our user interface from the ground up, measuring and analyzing countless details for how our customers experience with our product. We were purposeful with our use of color, our page components, and our icons to deliver the most positive user experience possible.

We also made performance a top priority. By optimizing our architecture, we were able to greatly reduce jump-in and doc-to-doc speeds to allow you the fastest review experience possible, and this will only keep improving.

Our new document viewer was redesigned for speed and extensibility. By reorganizing the viewer into a card system, you have more control over the UI and navigating to your key workflows is easier than ever. Plus, we've made highlighting style improvements and created new document views to make it easier to draw insights from your data.

Finally, we took a new approach to navigation to make it more intuitive for everyone in our system. We've redesigned tab navigation to be more workflow-driven, and introduced breadcrumbs to help you stay organized.

To get a feel for what Aero will deliver to your daily workflows, check out our blog archive on user experience. There’s plenty to explore as you wait for the new UI to hit your instance.

Other Changes Coming to On-prem Relativity

Relativity Server customers can expect a host of other exciting new features that will help streamline and simplify their work next year.

Litigation support teams are tasked with the important job of managing cases effectively, efficiently, and securely. One of the ways we're empowering teams to do this is by transforming processing from linear to iterative as part of our Server 2022 release. By streamlining the processing experience, we'll allow you to have better insights into your data before promoting it to review, more seamless exception handling, and easy deduplication tools.

Review teams are constantly under tight deadlines to accurately search, review, analyze, and code case documents. With the changing nature of data, this task is only getting more complicated. That's why we're excited to launch a number of changes to our short message review experience, including support for common text message features like read receipts and updates to the viewer to more gracefully handle message data.

Developers are constantly thinking of ways to innovate on top of our platform. With the 2022 release, we're modernizing our API platform to improve the development experience. We're replacing our legacy RSAPI endpoints with 15 new RESTful APIs that allow you more extensibility in our platform.

These are just a sample of the many changes coming to Relativity Server in 2022. Keep an eye out for more information in the coming months to help you prepare to get to the most out of our 2022 release.

Andie Linker is a member of the product marketing team at Relativity.