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Today’s release of HP Records Manager 8.0 pulls together three existing technologies in the HP-Autonomy portfolio. But the vision it is offering is much wider than simple technology integration. With HP RM 8.0, HP is offering a new product that makes records management more about information governance than records, and offers enterprises a way to manage entire information lifecycles. 

Unveiled at the HP Information Governance Forum in Melbourne, Australia, this morning, the new solution aims to optimize the value of information stored in enterprise repositories by identifying, locating and managing information wherever it is located.

HP-Autonomy’s Information Governance Vision

Prior to the release, we sat down with David Gould, Global Director of Information Governance at HP Autonomy, and Joe Garber, VP of Information Governance at HP-Autonomy, and asked them about the new vision of records management transformed into information governance.

The problem that this release tackles, they said, is the general perception in the information management space at the moment that information governance is a big, unwieldy problem that is too expensive for most enterprises to even look at.

Globally speaking, this probably explains why even now we see that many enterprises are unable -- or unwilling -- to tackle information management in the enterprise.

Using this as a starting point, HP-Autonomy has pulled together three different products within its existing portfolio, and put them under the HP Records Management 8.0 umbrella. The idea, they said, is to solve information governance issues modularly.

The products include HP TRIM, Autonomy Records Manager and Meridio Records Manager. Together they offer the possibility of managing data no matter where it resides, whether that data is structured or unstructured.

HP RM 8.0 is about converging all these three different products into a single solution. The idea was to provide a records management suite that covered not just the entire records management lifecycle, but also to offer integrated document management, long-term retention control, content searching and content indexing all in the same product.

Identifying ‘Dark Data’

Feeding into this is the simultaneous release of Autonomy ControlPoint 4.1, which includes enhancements that improve how the products in HP RM 8.0 work together.

While ControlPoint offers users ways of analyzing unstructured information, more importantly it defines what Gould and Garber describe as “dark data.”

Dark data is data that is occupying space in primary storage areas, but is not actually being used on a daily basis. With ControlPoint this data can be managed whereever it is, be it in SharePoint sites, email repositories, file shares or other redundant repositories. Once identified, it can be moved to a less costly storage area. Needless to say it can also dispose any information with no business value as business documents or as records.

The key, as it is across the entire HP RM 8.0 release, is information governance, and not just records management. There are there key areas that they have identified here and which HP-Autonomy will keep as the principles driving their roadmap for HP Records Management moving forward: