Posts Tagged eDiscovery

EMC Acquires Archer, Integration Next

EMC Acquires Archer

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.

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Hello SourceOne, Good Bye EmailXtender

To use a term from Robin Harris and Chuck Hollis, I’ve been ‘squinting’ through the EMC Source One announcement. Michael Brown’s Chalk Talk on the architecture is worth a look to see what’s new here.

It looks to me like this announcement includes lots of catch up and plenty of vision with the implied promise that SourceOne will deliver. EMC’s done some good work at integrating multiple piece parts, but this still appears to be a shove everything in a central archive approach. And as my colleagues and I have been saying on Wikibon, this won’t solve the problem of managing information risk, which is the main driver of email archiving. Let’s face it, legal is steering this bus right now, not IT and while maybe you can take a centralized approach to solve email archiving problems, files and content distributed throughout the organization present more pressing challenges.

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X-Pfizer CIO Unlocks Legal Risk Secrets

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.

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