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ECM Steps up eDiscovery Acquisitions

We are seeing an uptick in ECM vendors adding eDiscovery capabilities to their core ECM offerings. It makes perfect sense really: the legal industry is a prime user of ECM software, particularly in the large law firms and enterprise law departments. It's a natural for legal ECM users to want an eDiscovery component as well. However, a complete eDiscovery platform (process/review/produce) is not an easy technology for most ECM vendors to develop, and for the most part acquisitions are the way to go.

Autonomy shows the most successful acquisition to date by acquiring and integrating Zantaz. Zantaz has the added distinction of offering both hosted (DigitalSafe) and in-house versions of its eDiscovery software, both of which are gaining in popularity in the legal world. Interwoven has followed with its proposed acquisition of Discovery Mining, a hosted eDiscovery platform. IBM has the resources to develop internally and has just announced IBM eDiscovery Manager as part of its IBM Compliance Warehouse for Legal Control.

In other approaches, EMC (as opposed to "ECM") is using StoredIQ's appliance for Documentum. There is no acquisition as yet, but a similar move to add eDiscovery features to ECM repositories. HP is going about this backwards but perhaps it will work for them: they acquired smaller (records management) ECM vendor Tower but HP still lacks a full eDiscovery platform. They do have document management technology in place but document management does not eDiscovery make. I would not be surprised to see HP do an eDiscovery platform acquisition early next year as there are a some independent eDiscovery platform makers who will make attractive acquisition targets.

  • Premiered: 08/06/08
  • Author: Taneja Group


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