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Daily Digest: September 24, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

ArcMail Technology Expands Sales Reach, Announces Partnership with ChannelMakers
Company to represent ArcMail's email archiving and management product line to distributors, Value Added Resellers and end users throughout the U.S.

Survey of Spam Control Products and Survey of Archiving Products -- Let us know what you think about the archiving and spam control products you use. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

Legal Aid Society of New York City Selects Mimosa NearPoint for Strengths in Electronic Discovery and Email Retention
Mimosa's Next-Generation Architecture Chosen Over Legacy Archiving Solutions
Comment on Mimosa here

New PSS Systems Atlas Module Closes the Gap Between Legal Obligations and IT Processes for Data Management
Unique Legal Governance Portal Enables Consistent Communications and Compliance

Cognition Creates World's Largest Semantic Map of the English Language With More Than 10 Million Semantic Connections
Cognition's Semantic Map provides a giant leap forward for Web 3.0 applications by bringing human understanding to computers

Messaging & Collaboration

Bell Aliant Selects Openwave as the Provider of Choice for Business and Consumer Email  

Openwave Announces New Software as a Service Delivery Model for Carriers to Rapidly Deploy Messaging and Mobile Internet Services  

Axceler Announces ControlPoint 2
Features Enhanced Analysis of SharePoint Activity and Site Usage

Financial Services Firms Turn to Azaleos for Remotely Managed E-Mail
iStar Financial, KRG Capital, and Church Pension Group Join Growing List of Financial Companies that Use Secure on-Premise Alternative to Hosting

BullGuard Releases BullGuard Internet Security 8.5
Security, Usability and Performance Remain Key for BullGuard

The mobile revolution has arrived with mSuite5!  

Connectbeam announces major upgrade to its social networking application for businesses  

Frost & Sullivan Honors Commtouch with European Messaging Security Technology Innovation of the Year Award

Cloudmark Unveils Multi-Point Security Solution for Holistic Spam Protection
First End-to-End Messaging Security Solution Delivers Protection from the Network to the User Inbox

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Cognition: Natural Language Processing for Archiving, E-Discovery, Compliance

Cognition offers natural language processing software. This is useful in various ways, including: search through electronic archives, e-discovery, and compliance.

Technology Summary

  • Natural language processing
  • Customer integrates with its own technology

Main Customers

  • Cross industry applications
  • However, the company has particular success with legal, healthcare, publishing verticals
  • Eg, Lexis/Nexis offers Concordance, a widely used litigation system. Cognition's software helps users be able to search a large corpus conceptually, rather than on a key word basis. When integrated into eDiscovery (Legal) applications, precision and recall of salient documents significantly improves, which helps lower e-discovery costs and provides a much clearer understanding of the content


  • Based on amount of data being indexed
  • List prices range from $15K, to $500K for unlimited use
  • After first year, 20% maintenance fee



  • Founded originally in 1984; until 2003 Cognition focussed on custom software development for US government, large corporations, in the natural language processing field
  • In 2004 Cognition introduced its first commercial product
  • Privately held
  • Angels provided funding until 2007, a total of about $4M. In 2007 Cognition raised $2.7M in a Series A round, investors include Tim Draper (of Draper Fisher Jurvetson fame)
  • Still at early revenues stage, not profitable
  • 12 employees


  • When searching over a body of electronic material, the most common approaches are to search for keywords, or patterns ("regular expressions"), or to use email header information such as To or FROM addresses; or to search for simple combinations thereof ("ands" and "ors" and "nots")
  • There's a need for technology that searches in a more flexible way, corresponding to human concepts
  • That's what Cognition offers
  • Has obvious value for searching archives, e-discovery, and compliance
  • Natural language processing is a hard problem; many companies claim, erroneously, to do this


  • While doing Artificial Intelligence research at Stanford in the 1970s, your editor wrote a natural language front end for a system that checked qualitative probability theorems.
  • It was fun. Plus it paid his way through college.
  • Plus he discovered that Chomsky was wrong: generative grammars aren't sufficient to characterize the richness of ordinary language.
  • ... David Ferris



Upcoming Reports & Events

Emerging Technology: Messaging, Compliance, E-Discovery, and Content Control
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

In this event, David Ferris introduces three new or newish vendors that he finds interesting or innovative in the overlapping fields of compliance, content control, and data leak prevention. Each vendor's speaker briefly describes the company's business; then he or she and David discuss the business and its industry context. A Q&A period follows.

The vendors and products are Clearswift's IMAGEmanager, for image detection within email; Isode's M-Box Gateway, a POP-to-IMAP email gateway that gives end users IMAP (push) access to POP email accounts; and Keibi Technologies' platform for analyzing and categorizing user generated content (UGC).

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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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  • We have nine experts in our research team, sharing many decades of experience in our core competencies

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