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Friday, February 26, 2010
  Feb 26, Retention Policy Sponsorship Opportunity
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Daily Digest: February 26, 2010
 
 
 
Archiving, E-Discovery, & Compliance

Miele selects C2C's ArchiveOne email archiving solution for Lotus Domino
Miele, the world's largest family-owned appliance company, uses C2C's ArchiveOne for effective search and retrieval and a reduction of email size

Highmark Deploys Agiliance GRC Solution To Reduce The Cost of Compliance
Leading Health Insurer Leverages Best-in-Breed GRC Technology to Automate Compliance Processes for HITRUST and DIACAP

Unlimited Mailbox Launches Cloud-Based Email Archival Solution for Education Market  

Unify to Showcase New Email Archiving, eDiscovery and .NET Development Solutions at CeBIT 2010  

 
Email, Messaging & Collaboration

UnsubCentral Announces Implementation of Advanced Email Suppression List Security Features  

SMS Gateway now available from Sigma Software Distribution  

Formicary Simplifies Instant Messaging Compliance with New Group Chat Offerings; ChatSeer Exporter and Ethical Wall ease compliance headaches of persistent Group Chat  

 

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Determining Retention Policy for Electronic Documents
Vendor Sponsorship Opportunity

It is very difficult for an organization to determine its retention policy for electronic documents. This defers the purchase and implementation of archiving and related technologies.


To clear the logjam, Ferris Research is preparing a white paper and webcast on retention policy. We will give practical advice that concretely helps organizations determine the policies that are right for them.


Vendors are invited to sponsor the project. Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Builds name and brand. The report and webcast will be widely circulated. Sponsors' logos and support as sponsors are very visible in the report and webcast
  • Helps user organizations determine their retention policies. The report and webcast facilitate sales by helping to remove the policy formulation logjam
  • Provides valuable sales collateral: sponsors have distribution rights for the white paper and webcast
  • Reduces the time sales and support staff spend educating prospects on retention policy
  • Allows sponsors to provide input on the white paper and webcast
  • Builds a working relationship with Ferris Research

Further information is here. Sponsorship starts at $5,995. A 10% early bird discount is available for orders and payment received by February 28, 2010.

To order your sponsorship, contact David Ferris at david.ferris@ferris.com or +1 415 367 3436.

About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, spam and malware control, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

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

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2009.


 
Thursday, February 25, 2010
  Feb 25, Retention Policy Sponsorship Opportunity
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Daily Digest: February 25, 2010
 
 
 
Archiving, E-Discovery, & Compliance

Sundt Construction Builds a Solid Data Management & eDiscovery Foundation with Simpana Software
Top Construction Company Archives a Decade of Emails to Comply with FRCP, Expedites eDiscovery Searches and Leverages Deduplication to Lower Tape Vaulting Footprint by an Expected 90 Percent

 
Email, Messaging & Collaboration

Metalogix Introduces "One-Hop" Migration for Exchange Public Folders to SharePoint or SharePoint Online
New Metalogix Migration Manager for Exchange Public Folders Simplifies and Expedites Public Folder Migration to SharePoint Online with Complete Data and Metadata Preservation

AvePoint Introduces Free Tool for SharePoint BLOB Management
DocAve Extender enables instant offloading of binary large objects to file-system and cloud storage, optimizing SQL database resources of both SharePoint 2007 and 2010 environments

University Hospital of Zurich Deploys Proofpoint for Inbound Email Security and Secure File Transfer
Proofpoint Appliances Provide Comprehensive Email Security and Compliance Solution for 7,000 User Mailboxes

StrongMail to Deliver Email Marketing Solution Integrated with SAP® CRM
Integration will enable customers to leverage StrongMail Message Studio together with SAP CRM for targeted, high-volume email delivery and campaign management

Microsoft Unveils New Government Cloud Offerings at Eighth Annual Public Sector CIO Summit
Summit brings together government and education officials to examine advances in cloud computing, security, collaboration and citizen services

Inbox2 Announces Beta Launch of Innovative New Email Platform  

Blog Item(s) & Announcements

Determining Retention Policy for Electronic Documents
Vendor Sponsorship Opportunity

It is very difficult for an organization to determine its retention policy for electronic documents. This defers the purchase and implementation of archiving and related technologies.


To clear the logjam, Ferris Research is preparing a white paper and webcast on retention policy. We will give practical advice that concretely helps organizations determine the policies that are right for them.


Vendors are invited to sponsor the project. Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Builds name and brand. The report and webcast will be widely circulated. Sponsors' logos and support as sponsors are very visible in the report and webcast
  • Helps user organizations determine their retention policies. The report and webcast facilitate sales by helping to remove the policy formulation logjam
  • Provides valuable sales collateral: sponsors have distribution rights for the white paper and webcast
  • Reduces the time sales and support staff spend educating prospects on retention policy
  • Allows sponsors to provide input on the white paper and webcast
  • Builds a working relationship with Ferris Research

Further information is here. Sponsorship starts at $5,995. A 10% early bird discount is available for orders and payment received by February 28, 2010.

To order your sponsorship, contact David Ferris at david.ferris@ferris.com or +1 415 367 3436.

About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, spam and malware control, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

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

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2009.


 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
  Smarsh Outage: Small Fire, No One Hurt/Retention Sponsorship
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Daily Digest: February 24, 2010
 
 
 
Archiving, E-Discovery, & Compliance

Spokane Public Schools Advances Email Archive and Retrieval with Unlimited Mailbox  

Courion Access Assurance Suite 8.0 Revolutionizes IAM by Integrating Critical Aspects of Compliance and Risk Mitigation
Reduces risk and cost of compliance management by combining identity and access management, sensitive data management and user activity monitoring

Kroll Ontrack Offers Corporate IT Comprehensive Support of Microsoft Exchange 2010 with Launch of Ontrack PowerControls 6.0
Enhanced Mailbox Recovery Management Tool Offers Unique Migration Path and Complete Support for Primary, Archive and Recoverable E-mail, Allowing Companies to More Efficiently Manage Relevant Data for Legal and Compliance Purposes and Business Continuity

 
Email, Messaging & Collaboration

Agiliance Integrates VeriSign iDefense Intelligence to Deliver Comprehensive Threat and Vulnerability Solution  

MXSweep Enhances Email Security as a Service with Additional Messaging Security Technology from Commtouch  

Savant Protection Launches Newest Version of Its Automated Application Whitelisting
Version 3.3 widens Savant Protection's product advantage; enhances centralized management making application whitelisting faster & easier to deploy

Blog Item(s) & Announcements

Smarsh Outage: Small Fire, No One Hurt

Last Friday (February 19), the chattering classes were gossiping about how cloud archiving vendor Smarsh had its Web site and phone lines down. Had the company suddenly gone down the toilet?

Everything was in fact OK. The company's Ken Anderson told us:

  • We had technical issues this morning that created some intermittent access to some of our services for some of our clients. No customer data has been lost or compromised – all back-end operations have been operating business as usual. Service has been restored, and steps are being taken to ensure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen again.
  • The situation was exacerbated for us because it also affected our phones and Web site. Unfortunately, with the phone and Web site down, conditions were ripe for speculation. We have had an all-hands-on-deck client outreach effort today, making sure to communicate the status. (And as the communications rep, trust me, we are addressing these circumstances as well!)

So no real news here. It does illustrate, obviously, that cloud vendors need to have an extremely reliable offering. There is almost no tolerance for downtime. ... David Ferris

(Comments?)

Determining Retention Policy for Electronic Documents
Vendor Sponsorship Opportunity

It is very difficult for an organization to determine its retention policy for electronic documents. This defers the purchase and implementation of archiving and related technologies.


To clear the logjam, Ferris Research is preparing a white paper and webcast on retention policy. We will give practical advice that concretely helps organizations determine the policies that are right for them.


Vendors are invited to sponsor the project. Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Builds name and brand. The report and webcast will be widely circulated. Sponsors' logos and support as sponsors are very visible in the report and webcast
  • Helps user organizations determine their retention policies. The report and webcast facilitate sales by helping to remove the policy formulation logjam
  • Provides valuable sales collateral: sponsors have distribution rights for the white paper and webcast
  • Reduces the time sales and support staff spend educating prospects on retention policy
  • Allows sponsors to provide input on the white paper and webcast
  • Builds a working relationship with Ferris Research

Further information is here. Sponsorship starts at $5,995. A 10% early bird discount is available for orders and payment received by February 28, 2010.

To order your sponsorship, contact David Ferris at david.ferris@ferris.com or +1 415 367 3436.

About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, spam and malware control, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

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

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2009.


 
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
  Iron Mountain Acquires Mimosa/Retention Sponsorship
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Daily Digest: February 23, 2010
 
 
Archiving, E-Discovery, & Compliance

PGP Corporation Announces New PGP Key Management Server
New Policy-Driven Server Provides Global Enterprises Better Manageability and Visibility of Encrypted Data to Enable Trusted Data Protection

W. O'Donnell Consulting Deploys Sonian eMail Archiving For SMBs
Hosted Service Complements Existing Messaging and eMail-Protection Offerings for NYC-Based Systems Consulting Firm

 
Email, Messaging & Collaboration

Open-Xchange Partners with eleven to Integrate Anti-Spam Security
Built-in protection for e-mail and groupware

Websense Announces Global Managed Security Service Provider Program to Meet Growing Demand for Unified Content Security
Expanding Relationships With Leading MSSPs to Deliver Managed Web Security Gateway and Data Security Solutions Leveraging the New Websense TRITON Unified Content Security Solution

TerraTel selects CronLab as sole supplier for spam filtering solution
TerraTel, the Gothenburg based hosting provider, selects CronLab as sole supplier for spam filtering by choosing a CronLab hardware appliance solution

Commtouch to Broaden Support of Service Provider Offerings with Connector for Microsoft Exchange
To enable Hosted Exchange providers to bolster messaging security and differentiate their offerings

Benefit from comprehensive Internet monitoring and web security with GFI WebMonitor  

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 receives Gold Malware Treatment Award from Anti-Malware Test Lab  

 
Blog Item(s) & Announcements

Iron Mountain Acquires Mimosa

Iron Mountain announced it has acquired Mimosa Systems. This puts an end to over a year of rumors concerning Mimosa's acquisition discussions with a number of possible suitors.

Iron Mountain has a vested interest in building bridges between customer on-premise deployments and its Digital Archive, and the company has been building partnerships with numerous on-premise archiving vendors to build bridges into their products. The idea is that as on-premise archives grow stale, customers will treat Digital Archive as a third tier of nearline storage at Iron Mountain's hosting facilities. Today's move places Iron Mountain into direct competition with other archiving vendors, and therefore casts a shadow over its partnership initiatives.

Thoughts:

  • Allows Iron Mountain to offer on-premise archiving. That makes sense.
  • Iron Mountain acquires a good-size customer pool that it will no doubt try to upsell into its Digital Archive.
  • Also provides a new offering for Digital Archive customers.
  • It seems rather late in the game to be entering the on-premise archiving market. Two powerful forces that Iron Mountain faces are the shift toward storing data in the cloud, and native archiving capabilities included in platforms such as Exchange 2010.
  • By virtue of its leadership position in hardcopy archiving, Iron Mountain could be a dominant force in digital archiving. It has failed so far to achieve such a position.
  • Iron Mountain is most reticent to give figures about its digital archiving business. We suspect that despite its major name in hardcopy archiving, those revenues are extremely modest.
  • Iron Mountain has a series of archiving offerings that must now be sorted out. For example, it has its own code, plus offerings from MessageOne and MIMEcast. Products or services will need to be dropped, and interfaces made consistent. Integrating different products is difficult, and it's not clear Iron Mountain has good skills in this regard.
  • Iron Mountain has a very confusing mix of digital offerings. It badly needs to develop a clear vision of how these fit together.
  • We hear that partly because of this confusion, the Iron Mountain sales team has a tough time selling the digital archiving portfolio.
  • A million dollars here, a million dollars there, pretty soon you're talking about real money ..... On the other hand, Iron Mountain is a large company. It can afford to invest $100M or so in acquisitions, without having to worry too much about the success of the investment.
  • Iron Mountain has made a number of acquisitions, and established a number of technology partnerships. Some have gained traction, others haven't. Overall, it feels like a strategy of trying this and that, and seeing what works. If you're a big, rich, successful company, you can afford that approach.

Regarding the transaction:

  • Mimosa was generating about $25M/year and had flat revenues.
  • Mimosa had never been profitable. It was probably losing about $10M/year.
  • Mimosa took around $70M to $100M in investment funding. The investors had evidently decided not to put in more money, and the company was forced to find a buyer. See our December 2009 bulletin, "Mimosa Funding Challenges".
  • The $112M valuation is a roughly 4.5 multiplier on sales. This is an excellent price for shareholders, especially in today's climate. The goodwill generated toward Iron Mountain will help ease the trauma of a merger.
  • We presume the VCs will get their money back, and the founders will get a small amount of money, but not enough to retire. Everyone else is probably wiped out.
  • The $112M was probably largely determined so that VCs and bank-like creditors get their cash back.

All further input welcome: Either post here or email david.ferris@ferris.com. If you want anonymity, let me know and we won't disclose your identity. ... David Ferris

(Comments?)

Determining Retention Policy for Electronic Documents
Vendor Sponsorship Opportunity

It is very difficult for an organization to determine its retention policy for electronic documents. This defers the purchase and implementation of archiving and related technologies.


To clear the logjam, Ferris Research is preparing a white paper and webcast on retention policy. We will give practical advice that concretely helps organizations determine the policies that are right for them.


Vendors are invited to sponsor the project. Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Builds name and brand. The report and webcast will be widely circulated. Sponsors' logos and support as sponsors are very visible in the report and webcast
  • Helps user organizations determine their retention policies. The report and webcast facilitate sales by helping to remove the policy formulation logjam
  • Provides valuable sales collateral: sponsors have distribution rights for the white paper and webcast
  • Reduces the time sales and support staff spend educating prospects on retention policy
  • Allows sponsors to provide input on the white paper and webcast
  • Builds a working relationship with Ferris Research

Further information is here. Sponsorship starts at $5,995. A 10% early bird discount is available for orders and payment received by February 28, 2010.

To order your sponsorship, contact David Ferris at david.ferris@ferris.com or +1 415 367 3436.

About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, spam and malware control, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

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

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2009.


 
Monday, February 22, 2010
  Feb 22, Daily Messaging, Collaboration, Compliance News
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Daily Digest: February 22, 2010
 
   
 
Archiving, E-Discovery, & Compliance

Clear Channel Communications, Inc. Deploys Clearwell for E-Discovery
Clearwell E-Discovery Platform Accelerates Early Case Assessments, Lowers Cost, Reduces Risk, and Provides Greater Control of E-Discovery Process

Goodmail and Striata Partner to Launch Certified Email SecureDoc
Enables Secure, Reliable Email-Based Transactions Goodmail's CertifiedEmail Enhances Deliverability and Trust for Striata Electronic Document Presentment and Payment

 
Email, Messaging & Collaboration

SaaS Messaging Market Trends, 2009-2012  

About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, spam and malware control, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

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

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2009.


 
Thursday, February 18, 2010
  Feb 19, Daily Messaging, Collaboration, Compliance News
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Daily Digest: February 19, 2010
 
 
Archiving, E-Discovery, & Compliance

TVS Launches Version 5 of its Industry Leading Archive Migration Software
Major release of email archive migration software introduces forensic auditing and reaches 365 supported archive combinations, including migrations to EMC SourceOne and Microsoft Exchange 2010, both onsite and in the cloud

bluesource Gives Green Light to Archive Data Migration Services
Symantec Platinum Partner and number one messaging and information management company, bluesource, partners with TransVault Software (TVS) to add archive data migration to its services portfolio

 
Email, Messaging & Collaboration

FX IT Software Installs Sendio Email System Protection at Glasstra Manufacturing, Inc. in Puerto Rico
Manufacturer Regains Hundreds of Employee Man-Hours of Productivity While Blocking Over 100,000 Inbound Email Attacks

Smarsh Customer Relationship Management Solution Offers Speed and Simplicity to Investment Advisors
smarshCRM v3.0 Streamlines Practice Management Processes

Presence, IM and Real-Time Communication Trends Report
This report focuses on demand drivers for instant messaging, presence and real-time communication capabilities

About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, spam and malware control, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

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

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2009.


 
  Feb 18, Daily Messaging, Collaboration, Compliance News
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Daily Digest: February 18, 2010
 
 
 
Archiving, E-Discovery, & Compliance

OmniTRAX Reduces eDiscovery Time from Days to Just Minutes with Mimosa's Integrated Content Archiving Solution
One of the Largest Short Line Railroads in North America Benefits from eDiscovery, Recovery and Storage Optimization Out-of-the-Box with Mimosa NearPoint

Computershare Turns to Symantec Data Loss Prevention Solution to Secure Critical Shareholder Data
Symantec DLP enhances corporate administration provider's premium service and helps ensure it meets more stringent compliance and privacy requirements

Email, Messaging & Collaboration

Apptix Signs 100,000 Seat Hosted Exchange Email Contract
National Healthcare System deal cements Apptix's leadership position in hosted Exchange market

Intermedia Launches SecuriSync, Secure File Syncing Beta Program
SecuriSync enables users to safely share files across home, work computers

Open-Xchange Announces Agreement with Bull Germany to Offer Hosted Groupware
IT service provider Bull to Deliver E-mail and Groupware as Software-as-a-service and On-premise Solution

Exclaimer Launches Email Disclaimer Tool for Exchange 2010
Exclaimer Mail Disclaimers provides automated disclaimer and marketing functionality to users of Exchange 2010

Metalogix Announces New Solution to Migrate Blogs to SharePoint 2010 – Free to Microsoft MVPs
Metalogix Migration Manager for Blogs Allows Microsoft Community to Migrate Blogs to SharePoint 2010

Blog Item(s)

Cloudmark Acquires Bizanga

Anti-spam vendor Cloudmark announced it has acquired Bizanga, which provides messaging software for service providers.

Comments:

  • Helps Cloudmark offer a fuller messaging solution to service providers. That makes sense.
  • Bizanga executed well in a very difficult, highly competitive market.
  • It succeeded in getting some major, high-visibility clients, including Cox Communications.
  • Bizanga investors had extremely high revenue expectations that were probably always unrealistic.
  • Bizanga had taken about $12M in three rounds between 2003 and 2009. The company achieved a lot with that--most others would have eaten through much more.
  • Purchase value guesstimated at $5M to $20M. Bizanga revenues estimated at perhaps $3M or $4M annually; Bizanga never really got into profitability.
  • Very unlikely that investors got a decent return; at best they'll have gotten their money back.
  • Bizanga was a delightfully classy operation, reminding us that Man does not live by bread alone. Its gourmet dinners are fondly remembered by anyone lucky enough to have been invited (including your current interlocutor); its customers-and-us souvenir photo albums were also strikingly elegant.

Does anyone have hard information on the deal cut, and Bizanga's P&L prior to the transaction? Please post here or email david.ferris@ferris.com if you can help--anonymity obviously respected if you want anonymity. Thanks! ... David Ferris

(Comments?)

About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, spam and malware control, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

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

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2009.


 
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