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Daily Digest: October 13, 2008
 
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Survey of Costs of Microsoft Unified Communications -- If you’re using Microsoft’s UC functionality, we'd love to hear from you

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.

Brett Burney White Paper on Litigation SaaS Released
Paper addresses key questions asked by small- and medium-sized firms when evaluating online litigation support applications

Messaging & Collaboration

Ensim to Demonstrate Unify Enterprise 2.5 at TechMentor
Company to demonstrate the latest release of its Unify Enterprise platform at TechMentor

IBM Opens "Bluehouse" For Cloud-Based Social Networking
IBM ties together parts of its Lotus, Rational, and Tivoli software to appeal to SMBs and departments in larger corporations, because of the minimal up-front costs and maintenance

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Proginet: Large File Xfer for MS Exchange

Proginet has a variety of file transfer offerings. In July 2008, it launched Slingshot, which is a large file attachment management system for Microsoft Exchange. The company has now announced Slingshot Vault, a ready-to-install, appliance-based version.

Slingshot Vault Technology Summary

  • Large file attachments, say beyond 5 or 10MB, create problems for email systems. For example, they are refused by receiving systems, they slow performance, and they consume WAN bandwidth.
  • Does large file attachment transfer, plus provides de-duplication, an attachment archive, and search.
  • It reduces the bandwidth and storage requirements.
  • Users experience file transfer via normal Outlook interface.
  • No file size limitations.
  • Attachments transferred in parallel conduit to email.
  • Web browser for system management, access to attachment archives.
  • Archiving and search provided via OEM relationship with Intradyn.
  • Works with Microsoft Exchange; Lotus Notes support planned.
  • Sold in appliance form.

Pricing

  • List purchase prices: $5,000 for 100 users; $30,000 for 2,000 users.
  • After first year, maintenance is 20%.

Target Customers, Sales Channels

  • Cross-industry application.
  • Direct sales to SMBs and F1000. Sold to smaller organizations via distributors and OEMs (who often white label the product).

Main Competition

Strengths Compared to Accellion as Perceived by Proginet

  • Much more scalable.
  • Attachment archiving, archive search, de-duplication, and tape backup.

Company & Financials

  • Founded 1986
  • 71 employees.
  • Main business of the company is file transfer software. 30% of revenues come from new licenses; 70% from maintenance.
  • Public company; trading on the OTCBB Securities Market under the symbol PRGF.
  • Revenues YYE 7/31/08 revs--$8.5M, YYE 7/31/07 revs--about $9.5M, YYE 7/31/06 revs--$7.5M.
  • Recent top management changes in order to stimulate revenues, with new president and CEO.
  • Main growth has been through acquisition.
  • Not profitable in FYE 7/31/08.
  • No debt.

... David Ferris

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Upcoming Reports & Events

Email Archiving: On-Premises vs. SaaS
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

You can provide email archiving through a hosted service (or SaaS) or by means of an on-premises solution. On-premises solutions are either an appliance or software installed on standard computing equipment.

In this webcast, Ferris senior analyst David Ferris and Mimecast’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mary Kay Roberto, discuss the strengths and challenges of hosted and on-premises approaches. Mary Kay and David Goldberg, Mimecast’s Director of Sales Engineering, also briefly explain their company’s SaaS offering. The event concludes with a Q&A period.

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


TCO of Microsoft-Based Unified Communications
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 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 webcast, Ferris Research analyst Richi Jennings and Unison CMO Rurik Bradbury discuss the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Microsoft’s approach to unified communications. You will learn how to model and estimate unified communications costs in your own environment. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

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


Emerging Technology: Messaging, Compliance, E-Discovery, and Content Control
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 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 David and the speaker discuss the business and its industry context. A Q&A period follows.

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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
  • While other analysts have come and gone, we've published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins
  • 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

In short, our technology and industry depth helps you understand today's products, where they've come from and where they're going.


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