Information Governance: The Rumors of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Landing Page Imarge_GartnerMQ.jpgThis week, Gartner Research again named HP Autonomy a Leader in its Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software (MQ). Of particular note, HP Autonomy received the highest marks for its “completeness of vision,” and also was recognized for its strong information management capabilities and continued momentum in innovation and customer relationships.  HP Autonomy has been a Leader in the eDiscovery MQ every year since it was introduced.

 

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This news follows earlier reports that other key modules of our information governance portfolio – e.g., information archiving, structured data archiving and application retirement, and ECM  have also received leader’s status in prominent analyst reports in the last year. In addition, The 451 Group published a report  several weeks ago stating that HP Autonomy is back on track – pointing to reports of happy customers, innovation, and returning (boomerang) employees as leading indicators. 

 

All of these data points, of course, represent credible, third-party evidence to counter what many HP Autonomy eDiscovery vendors have been claiming not long ago – that HP Autonomy was moving in a negative direction.  This was especially true in the eDiscovery space. To all of those who have made such claims, we believe the popular form of Mark Twain’s famous quote says it best, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  HP Autonomy is alive and well… and yet again, a Leader in the eDiscovery market. 

 

What does all of this this mean for our eDiscovery customers?

Customers can be rest assured that HP Autonomy continues to innovate and deliver quality products and services that corporate legal departments and law firms demand.  With a long track record in this market, we already had the tools and domain expertise to help drive time and cost savings for our clients.  But we also haven’t rested on our laurels either.  Earlier this year, for instance, we released HP eDiscovery OnDemand to give clients a self-service/do-it-yourself option that many desperately need. Expect additional “visionary” innovation in the future as well. 

 

How did we get there (in the Leader’s quadrant)?

Gartner uses very stringent criteria when crafting their eDiscovery Magic Quadrant.  While they don’t share all reasons why a certain vendor places in a certain spot, we have some strong hypotheses.  These include HP Autonomy’s background as: 

  • One of the first vendors in what is now called “eDiscovery” over 20 years ago     
  • One of the first vendors to do eDiscovery ‘hosting’ in the late 90’s
  • One of the first vendors to provide analytics and Technology-Assisted Review (TAR)   
  • Founding members of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) and Sedona 

For us, this industry recognition is a proof point that our efforts over the last few years to rebuild and revitalize HP Autonomy is working. This is not the first time we had to reinvent our eDiscovery business, though. As a mature eDiscovery provider leading the industry for over 20 years, the company navigated through numerous market changes, acclimated to acquisitions and consolidations, and continuously innovates to remain relevant. In my mind, this is what it means to be a market ‘leader’.

 

What is HP Autonomy Doing to Remain a “Leader?” 

HP Autonomy’s evolution over the past 20 years proves that innovation is in our DNA — just as it is in the broader HP.

  • The business continues to evolve and invest in technology by expanding our broader information management and governance platform to encompass more products for customers to access, control and understand unstructured information across their organization for eDiscovery readiness. This “proactive approach”, which we have been advocating for years, is just now starting to go mainstream. 
  • As mentioned, HP Autonomy recently added our most revolutionary eDiscovery deployment model — HP eDiscovery OnDemand. In addition to on-premise software, an appliance, and a full service hosting arrangement, HP eDiscovery OnDemand allows customers to create their own secure, cloud-based environment to review, analyze and produce individual matters with the option to perform self-service document uploads and processing. 
  • Beyond platform and deployment expansion, HP Autonomy continues to lead the industry by offering a fixed subscription, or “all-in”, pricing model for its Software as a Service (SaaS) eDiscovery offering, HP eDiscovery. This new model delivers significantly better transparency and price predictability to customers that have long aspired to attain a better understanding of eDiscovery costs well in advance of project work — a historically difficult challenge in a market dominated by volume-based pricing and uncertain data volumes. 

This new pricing model includes the following attributes:

  • Access to the same market-leading eDiscovery software, services, and support as customers of the traditional pay-as-you-go model
  • Fixed monthly pricing with flexible, multi-year terms
  • All traditional eDiscovery fees included (e.g. processing, named users, storage, transactional, TIFF/OCR, and exporting fees)
     
  • Lastly, because successful eDiscovery is not only dependent on having the best software, HP Autonomy is also expanding its expertise in services and support to remain the trusted eDiscovery provider for the world’s largest and most complex matters. 

For us, being named a leader for all of these consecutive years is a testament to our vision and execution going back to the 1990’s. Just as HP Autonomy helped shape the early days of the eDiscovery industry, we are positioned to make the next evolutionary leap forward in our technology, products and services —continuing to deliver solutions based on what our customers need. 

 

In short, our demise is a long way off. 

 

Read the media announcement about being named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software.

 

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Read more articles from our product experts:
Information Governance: Ask the Experts Series - How the FRCP amendments will impact our industry by John Pepe
Information Governance: Introducing Digital Safe Discovery by Luis Romero
Information Governance: The Growing Global Appeal of Information Governance by Joe Garber

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