Information Governance: Strategically Leading the Way in 2014

As we begin the New Year, I thought it important to comment on the Gartner Enterprise Information Archiving MQ.  2013 was a very busy year for the legal and compliance portfolio (which includes HP-Autonomy Archiving products).  Earlier in the year we were recognized by Gartner as leaders in the eDiscovery MQ.  But there is no question that returning to the leaders quadrant for archiving was a critical measure of our success.




It is tough to find a better summary of our strategy and execution than Gartner, which called the performance in this part of our portfolio as “…a study in turnarounds.”  We acknowledged late in 2012 that acquisitions of prior legacy products, without a clear plan and path forward for those customers in particular, left too many of our customers uncertain.  Many in the market, including analysts, were also eager to understand HP’s interest in this portfolio and our intended strategy and commitment.


With new executive leadership in HP and a clear mandate, we established a strategy and roadmaps for both our onsite and cloud-based offerings.  We also worked closely with many of our large, strategic customers that were facing substantial pressure from ongoing regulatory investigations, litigation, and challenges associated with massive information and eDiscovery/search loads.  With focus and clarity, we took our strategy and drove it into the products:


  • For our onsite customers (HP Consolidated Archive), we introduced a new integrated Discovery and Legal Hold module that substantially reduced complexity, while delivering enhanced in situ capabilities
  • We introduced improved tools that allowed end-users to directly access content archived for regulatory purposes, with much greater ease and performance
  • We developed migration tools for our legacy customers to ease the transition to HP Consolidated Archive (onsite), and also offered free content migration to our cloud-based offering (HP Digital Safe)
  • HP Supervisor continued to lead the industry with some of the largest surveillance environments in the world; with introduction late in 2014 of new surveillance capabilities to support changes in the regulatory landscape

2014 promises great opportunity and challenges.  Our private cloud-based customers are archiving a billion objects every 20 days, each of these objects must be archived in a compliant manner, indexed, and for a majority of these also run through our Supervision/Surveillance environments.  And while our archive volumes are doubling every thirty months, our search/export volumes (to support eDiscovery, regulatory inquires, etc.) is doubling nearly every twelve months! 


What 2013 demonstrated was HP’s commitment to this space, and our ability to execute in the face of great challenges.  Our product, engineering, marketing, and sales teams persevered through a tough year, and came out the other end having executed “a study in turnarounds.” 


Our focus now is to make sure our current and prospective clients benefit from these changes, and help lead them forward with their great information governance challenges.  It is a challenge we are eager to accept.




 Edited by Robin Hardy

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George Tziahanas leads product management and strategy for HP Autonomy’s Legal and Compliance Portfolio, including its Compliant Archiving, ...

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