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Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Hosted Archiving and Disaster Recovery Solution, SonaSafe, Combined at Sonasoft  

Messaging & Collaboration

Critical Path Showcases Next-Generation of Memova Suite of Applications at 2009 Mobile World Congress  

Survey of Spam Control Products, and Survey of Archiving Products -- See what others think of these products/services. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

SMS2Desk application for BlackBerry smartphones converts text messages to e-mail for easy, user-friendly communication  

Comverse Optimizes Converged Messaging and Social Address Book for Mobile Internet Devices
Comverse's Applications Demonstrated on Intel Atom Processor-Based Devices

Open-Source Collaboration Software Adds Language Support
Latest Open-Xchange update adds Spanish and Dutch -- now available in 5 languages

SEVEN Now Supports Android
GSMA Award Winning Mobile Messaging Solution now Available to Operators and Device Manufacturers on Android Platform

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Below are various active gossip threads on current events in the industry. To contribute information, follow the appropriate link or see our Gossip page for other vendor threads.

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CA's Acquisition of Orchestria
We're Seeking Input

We're writing an analysis of CA's recent acquisition of Orchestria. We'd like to hear from anyone that can help us with the following:

  • Funding received by Orchestria during its history
  • Orchestria's revenue and profit/loss history
  • The main business problems Orchestria has faced over the last two years
  • How Orchestria sought a buyer, and how the negotiations with CA proceeded
  • Comparable transactions. We know about McAfee/Reconnex, Symantec/Vontu, EMC/Tablus, and Websense/PortAuthority
  • Related acquisitions by CA: the prices paid, and price/revenue and price/profit multiples. We know about Netegrity and iLumin
  • In hindsight, what Orchestria could have done to achieve a better price
  • CA's identity and access management revenues
  • Whether this is a good deal for CA
  • What would have been/could be a better acquisition target for CA
  • The main challenges CA will face in making the acquisition a success
  • Any Orchestria technology that will be made redundant as a result of the acquisition - ie - Orchestria technology that won't be used by CA
  • Any other information that's relevant!

Contact David Ferris on +1 415 367 3436, or david.ferris@ferris.com. Unless you indicate otherwise, we will assume that all communications are confidential. In return, let us know any transaction information you would like to have, and we will try to return the favor.

Thanks and hope to hear from you.

david


Don't Let Email Retention Rules Bog Down Decision to Archive Email

For many organizations, the ability to define and enforce retention schedules is important for email archiving. So when evaluating email archiving products, be able to take a position on what your retention needs are. Think through such issues as:

  • What kind of emails need to be stored, and for how long?
  • Is it practical to simply keep everything for an indefinite period of time?
  • Should end users be responsible for tagging email content as a business record?
  • If so, how should they do this? With a third-party tool in Outlook? Using Managed Folders?
  • What happens if the end user forgets or declines to tag email? Or makes a mistake?
  • What techniques can be adopted to automatically define a retention period?
  • How sure can you be that email, once deleted, is really removed from disk and is not recoverable through forensic techniques?

However, don't hold up the decision to archive email because you haven't spelled out all of your retention policies in detail. Defining retention rules is a continuous and complex process of prototyping and refinement. The wisest course is often to ensure an email archiving system has a reasonably broad and flexible set of retention tools. If you wait until the rules are fully defined, you'll never get started. This, in turn, means you defer the major benefits of archiving: better storage management, support for e-discovery, replacing backup tapes and PST files, and so on.

It's like buying a computer. If you defer your purchase because there will be better price/performance out soon, you'll never make a decision. ... Bob Spurzem

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