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The latest acquisition of Archer Technologies fills a gap in EMCs solution ecosystem with a best-in-class GRC software platform. With the Archer acquisition, and the development of an integration layer across EMC products, EMC creates the opportunity to speak more definitively about its capability to provide GRC solutions for core IT assets and operations and across the enterprise. The acquisition also provides a competitive play for EMC against other infrastructure technology providers including Oracle, with its GRC Manager, Microsoft with GRC Solution Accelerators and Sharepoint, CA, with its own GRC Manager, and others interested in their piece of the still-developing GRC marketplace.
8 Reasons the Gartner Active Archiving Magic Quadrant Failed ZL Technologies and Archive Solution Buyers
In a lawsuit filed this past May and heard last week by a San Francisco court, ZL Technologies claims that “Gartner’s use of their proprietary Magic Quadrant (MQ) is misleading and favors large vendors with large sales and marketing budgets over smaller innovators such as ZL that have developed higher performing products.”
Gartner MQs are frequently used by enterprise technology buyers to help develop their vendor shortlists and, as such, vendors seek preferred placement in the leader quadrant. Gartner’s “weighting” methodology emphasizes a number of criteria more highly than others under the headings of “Ability to Execute” (Product/Service, Marketing Execution, Customer Experience) and “Completeness of Vision” (including Marketing, Sales and Offering/Product Strategies).
Due to a recent court case brought by ZL Technologies against Gartner Group, our industry is once again debating the validity, influence and accuracy of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant (MQ) research.
Regardless of what side of the argument you fall on, the Gartner MQ wields a tremendous influence over enterprise technology buyers. While no major enterprise-wide application or technology purchase, which can easily run into the millions of dollars, is made solely based on a Gartner report, many IT buyers use MQs to develop their vendor shortlists and to present findings to senior management.
Last week I was having a lively discussion with a colleague regarding the most over hyped technologies of the past decade. While many worthy candidates came to mind I settled on WORM (Write Once Read Many) as my personal favorite primarily because my initiation into the arcane world of regulatory compliance via the SEC began when a client of mine from a large brokerage firm called me up in November of 1998 to ask if I would look into the legal and technology implications of Rule 17a-4.
The Spring 2009 Storage Networking World ends today. It was a busy week for the Wikibon team as we were briefed by more than 25 technology companies and tweeted the live action to the Wikibon community. Bill Mottram, Dennis Martin and I gave presentations during the week, Dennis on SSD for Microsoft Apps, Bill on optimizing energy and efficiency and me with Rich Avila on how Virtualization Energizes Cal State U East Bay.
Well, not really. It’s no secret that email archiving and eDiscovery are broken– and as my colleague Gary MacFadden points out, the vendors aren’t the only ones to blame.
I had the pleasure recently of hosting a Wikibon Peer Incite and we invited Michael McCreary, the COO of Rational Retention to present. Mike used to be a client when he was the head of Pfizer’s Legal Technology Group and has forgotten more about this topic than I’ll ever know. Participating on the call we had Mike Versace from the Financial Services Technology Consortium, Dave B. from a giant financial organization, Martin Tuip from Mimosa Systems and a number of others from the Wikibon community.