Press release: Company’s Proactive Information Risk Management Platform Provides the First and Only Complete Solution to Address the Full Spectrum of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model
Cambridge, UK and Pleasanton, Calif. – October 23, 2007 – ZANTAZ, an Autonomy company (LSE: AU. or AU.L) and the leader in the archiving, eDiscovery and Proactive Information Risk Management (IRM) markets, today announced support of an Extensible Markup Language (XML) standard developed by the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Program to facilitate the industry-wide transfer of electronically stored information (ESI) from one application to another. Autonomy ZANTAZ was a co-leader in this initiative and is fully committed to supporting the new standard across its entire IRM platform, including both its electronic discovery and consolidated archiving products. This comprehensive IRM platform is the first and only solution with the ability to address each step within the EDRM framework, delivering data throughout the eDiscovery lifecycle from capture to production.
A highly-regarded initiative within the legal industry, the EDRM Project was created in 2005 to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the electronic discovery market. The reference model subsequently completed by the group provides a common, flexible and extensible framework for the development, selection, evaluation and use of electronic discovery products and services. Over the past three years, the EDRM project has comprised more than 118 organizations, including 72 service and software providers, 34 law firms, three industry groups and nine corporations involved with eDiscovery.
Recognizing the value of a single, standardized data format for all electronic discovery processes, Autonomy ZANTAZ was a key driver within the EDRM Project in developing the agreed-upon common XML code, providing the initial technology foundation on which the standard could be built. This standardization provides a monumental leap forward for the industry, enabling IT departments, legal teams and service providers to reduce valuable time and resources spent converting and transferring ESI from system to system. In addition, the single data format alleviates the corporate risk of manipulated or even lost data that is sometimes a result of converting information from one format to another.
“Autonomy ZANTAZ’ position as a leader in the electronic discovery marketplace made them a clear choice to help define the common proprietary format for the industry to use across all discovery applications going forward,” said Georges Socha, co-founder of EDRM and president of Socha Consulting LLC. “Given the impressive volume of ESI that they continually process in both their eDiscovery and archiving offerings, Autonomy ZANTAZ was able to provide a strong level of insight and expertise that will undoubtedly ease adoption of the XML standard in the months to come.”
Showing true commitment to the new standard, Autonomy ZANTAZ is the first offering in the market with the ability to fully support the EDRM XML across all of the company’s IRM products and services, which include media restoration, consolidated archiving, advanced electronic data discovery, review, production, real-time policy management and analytics. The recent release of Introspect 6, Autonomy ZANTAZ’ number one leading eDiscovery review tool, was specifically designed with this capability, enabling legal professionals to immediately begin processing data in accordance with the EDRM standard. Autonomy ZANTAZ extends support beyond the traditionally defined eDiscovery space by also supporting the standard within EAS, the market leading consolidated archive solution.
By supporting a single proprietary data format for the capture, processing and review of ESI, Autonomy ZANTAZ’ IRM platform is the only end-to-end solution that allows organizations to proactively manage their data throughout the entire discovery process, as outlined by the EDRM model, all through one single vendor. Enterprises can now seamlessly move their data through the eDiscovery lifecycle – from identification to preservation and collection, review and analysis, production and ultimately presentation – without the need to engage additional parties who could potentially taint the “chain-of-custody” or negatively impact the consistency of accurate data production.
“The direction of Autonomy ZANTAZ as it pertains to electronic discovery has always been closely aligned with the EDRM model, and we know that organizations can achieve the greatest-possible discovery results by following this framework,” said Steve King, CEO, Autonomy ZANTAZ. “With the adoption of the new XML standard, our complete IRM offering differentiates itself from competitors by having the technology and expertise to proactively address each of the steps across the model, lowering processing costs and chain-of custody risk by keeping data all on one unified platform provided by a single vendor.”
ZANTAZ, an Autonomy company, is the leader in the archiving, e-Discovery and Proactive Information Risk Management (IRM) markets. It is the only vendor that offers an entire spectrum of Proactive Information Risk Management solutions ranging from consolidated archiving of all information sources including email, IM, enterprise systems, voice and video, to discovery and review, advanced eDiscovery, real-time policy management and analytics – all based on a common platform, IDOL. ZANTAZ solutions, which support more than 100 languages, are available as on-site software applications or on-demand software services (SaaS), or a combination of both. ZANTAZ customers include 9 of the 10 top global law firms, 11 of the Fortune 25 and 14 of the top 20 financial securities firms. Customers include Abbott Laboratories, Capital One, JMP Securities, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual, Linklaters, Philip Morris International and the U.S. Department of Interior. For more information, visit www.ZANTAZ.com or call 800.636.0095.
Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU. or AU.L) is a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise and is spearheading the meaning-based computing movement. Autonomy’s technology forms a conceptual and contextual understanding of any piece of electronic data including unstructured information, be it text, email, voice or video. Autonomy’s software powers the full spectrum of mission-critical enterprise applications including information access technology, BI, CRM, KM, call center solutions, rich media management, information risk management solutions and security applications, and is recognized by industry analysts as the clear leader in enterprise search.
Autonomy’s customer base comprises of more than 17,000 global companies and organizations including: 3, ABN AMRO, AOL, BAE Systems, BBC, Bloomberg, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Daimler Chrysler, Deutsche Bank, Ericsson, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft Foods, Lloyd TSB, NASA, Nestle, the New York Stock Exchange, Reuters, Shell, T-Mobile, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Autonomy also has over 300 OEM partners and more than 400 VARs and Integrators, numbering among them leading companies such as BEA, Business Objects, Citrix, EDS, IBM Global Services, Novell, Satyam, Sybase, Symantec, TIBCO, Vignette and Wipro. The company has offices worldwide.
The Autonomy Group includes: ZANTAZ, the leader in the archiving, e-Discovery and Proactive Information Risk Management (IRM) markets; Cardiff, a leading provider of Intelligent Document solutions; etalk, award-winning provider of enterprise-class contact center products and Virage, a visionary in rich media management and security and surveillance technology.