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Monday, July 21, 2008

New Report: Fortune 500 gravitating towards SaaS

More than half of Fortune 500 and other large enterprises expect to spend more than previously or the same on Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for their organization in the future. More than seven out of 10 (73%) of the 100 executives interviewed stated that their Enterprise has adopted SaaS or plans to adopt SaaS within the next 18 months, according to a recent national survey conducted by Los Angeles, CA-based Kelton Research. In the survey titled "On Demand Software Survey," confidence in SaaS solutions in the largest global enterprises is gaining ground.

In general, the survey shows executives expect SaaS to help:

  • lower overall IT costs
  • allow their organizations to focus on the core business and not be distracted with infrastructure hassles
  • choose best of breed solutions without locking into one vendor

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Email public records are disappearing

The Associated Press reviewed recent electronic public records retention stories and found that laws in all but a handful of states give the public access to government email, but there have been numerous examples of intentionally deleted or routinely purged email. This does not bode well for the publics right to know what our elected officials are doing on the peoples "dime."

A few recent examples include:

  • In Hawaii, Gov. Linda Lingle's office allowed emails of her top aide to be purged.
  • In North Carolina, Gov. Mike Easley's administration allegedly ordered state workers to delete their email correspondence with his office.
  • And in Missouri, lawsuits claim Gov. Matt Blunt's office deleted emails and ordered the destruction of backup email tapes.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Gartner: Cloud services will be as big as E-Biz

Gartner released a report forecasting the economic future of cloud computing platforms. In a bold prediction, the report says "cloud computing will be as influential as e-business over the next few years."

We couldn't agree more with Gartner on this matter. Sonian Hosted Email Archiving uses cloud compute infrastructure to deliver best of breed, world-class archival and e-discovery services leveraging the superior reliability and economics of cloud infrastructure.

According to Daryl Plummer, managing vice president at Gartner, said in a statement businesses are now “crossing the threshold” of using the Internet for communications, into a much more dynamic technology model. At this point “then we truly start to head for an economy based on consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction."

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Don't clean sweep the email server

Recent IT surveys identify an attitude shift about whether to save all email or adopt a "purge everything" approach to records management. These decisions not only affect legal discovery concerns, but also the organizational history stored in the email server's database. Email archiving storage fees are now very affordable for companies of all sizes, so there is no reason not to save all records "just in case."

From an e-discovery perspective, more and more IT decision makers are now deciding to save all email records because it's virtually impossible to erase digital content from all places where an email might have been saved: server storage, local storage, portable USB devices like a memory stick or an iPod. It's better to "know" what you know; then to not know what you "know." Think about it.

Today's user wants to use email as the center of their daily work hub. This means email needs to be efficient and not impose a series of management headaches like quota management. A user should be able to keep all their email history as a personal knowledge base. Affordable hosted email archiving makes this possible, and at the same time ensuring compliance and e-discovery readiness.