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Daily Digest: May 21, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Added Platform and Application Support Widens Gap Between CommVault Simpana and Conventional Storage Management Software (Comments?)
Customers Gain Unparalleled Control Over Their Data Through Comprehensive Storage Reporting and Resource Management

IBM and Iron Mountain to Develop Joint Solution for Managing Paper and Electronic Records (Comments?)  

Leading Security SaaS Provider, Perimeter eSecurity, Launches Remote Backup & Recovery (RBR) Service (Comments?)
Affordable On Demand Solution Protects Valuable Data Assets and Ensures Compliance with Regulatory requirements including FFIEC and HIPAA

Messaging & Collaboration

StrongMail Announces Web Analytics Integration with Omniture Genesis (Comments?)
Integration enables customers to leverage real-time web analytics data to create effective customer-centric email marketing campaigns

Organizations consider Enterprise 2.0 technologies (such as RSS, wikis, and blogs) critical to business success (Comments?)
But lack best practices for how to deploy them

Endurance International Group deploys the Bizanga Intelligent Message Processor Platform (Comments?)
Decreases hardware footprint by more than 97% while significantly increasing performance

MailChannels Announces First Commercial- Grade Email Traffic Shaping for SpamAssassin Users (Comments?)
New Software Add-On Improves SpamAssassin Effectiveness by 85 Percent

Surety, LLC Expands Data Integrity Portfolio with AbsoluteProof for Microsoft Exchange (Comments?)
AbsoluteProof for Microsoft Exchange Provides Content Integrity for Email

Tungle Meeting Coordinator Optimized for BlackBerry (Comments?)
The free, business-class meeting coordinator reaches BlackBerry users, making it easier than ever to schedule meetings with busy professionals on the move

Blog Item(s)

Records Retention Policies to Go Away?
Laws, regulations, and internal policies dictate how long electronic information should be kept.

A typical organization will have to manage many such retention policies. Doing so is difficult enough when you just have to deal with formal paper records, such as financial returns or customer contracts. When it comes to handling a much larger corpus of electronic information, the problem becomes significantly worse.

There are advantages to deleting electronically stored information after some period; there are disadvantages of doing so as well. All in all, given the difficulty of getting retention policies right, and the value and small cost (on a per-user basis) of keeping electronic information, I believe most organizations will abandon retention policies. We'll all end up keeping information for arbitrarily long periods, and thus satisfy the varying retention requirements. Much simpler.

This is currently a minority view. The main opposing arguments are:

  • "Reduce your risk profile." Information you keep can be used to show you did something wrong in litigation (assuming you did, in fact, do something wrong).
  • Early case assessment. By deleting information you reduce the numbers of documents that must be (expensively) reviewed during litigation.
  • Less time spent weeding through documents to find the ones you need.

... David Ferris



Upcoming Reports & Events

Preparing for a Meet and Confer Session
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
8:30am Pacific, 11:30am Eastern, 4:30pm UK, 5:30pm CET. One hour.

Litigation today requires that substantial amounts of electronic information be exchanged between the parties. Early on, the litigants must get together for a Meet and Confer session, where they decide what electronic information will be exchanged between the parties, and according to what schedule. In this webinar, Ferris analyst David Ferris and Mark Reichenbach of MetaLINCS examine what to do to be well prepared for the Meet and Confer session. Fritz Mueller also discusses how MetaLINCS' e-discovery software can help. The event concludes with a Q&A session.

To register for the webinar, click here. For more information, click here.

Electronic Discovery: Helping General Counsel Understand IT's Role
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
8:30am Pacific, 11:30am Eastern, 4:30pm UK, 5:30pm CET. One hour.

In-house and external legal teams understand that IT now has an important role in e-discovery, but the details of the role are often unclear. In this webinar, Ferris analyst David Ferris and Fritz Mueller of MetaLINCS discuss IT's role and how general counsel can optimize its relationship with IT. The panel also includes Conrad Jacoby, founder of efficientEDD, a consultancy specializing in e-discovery and litigation information management issues, and MetaLINCS CTO Chuck Williams. The event concludes with a Q&A session.

To register for the webinar, click here. For more information, click here.

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About Ferris Research

Ferris Research studies messaging, and the control of electronic information. More specifically, we help IT staff evaluate and implement products and services that:

  • Provide messaging and collaborative technologies
  • Archive electronic information
  • Ensure compliance with corporate policy, industry regulations, and laws
  • Facilitate e-discovery, and contain its costs
  • Reduce the dangers of information leaks

Email is the most important type of electronic information that requires control today. Other important types include instant messages, Sharepoint teamspaces, images, voice, video, and miscellaneous desktop files.

We've been in business since 1990--longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include 300 of the world's 1,000 largest organizations, and computer vendors from the largest corporations to small startups
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  • Our news service covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually
  • We have nine experts in our research team, sharing many decades of experience in our core competencies

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