This week is dominated by e-Discovery with the release of new software from Autonomy that the company says will dramatically cut times and costs in legal review, while IBM and PSS Systems integrate for better legal hold. Social media and compliance is also the target of a new release from LiveOffice.

Autonomy Speeds-up eDiscovery

With the ink hardly dry on the Autonomy acquisition of CA’s records management components, it has started making changes to its e-Discovery software. The changes this time come in the shape of Autonomy's (news, site) Meaning Based Coding, a new module designed to radically reduce the time and costs associated with e-Discovery and document review.

The new component uses the company's concept-based pattern recognition technology to watch and learn how legal teams code documents during the review process to understand the coding decisions.

The result is that the software is able to identify the concepts legal reviewers search for and enables it to analyze and code case documents to prioritize them for review.

From the first coding decision, the software understands what information is relevant and can either automatically code remaining documents for a prioritized second tier review or accurately suggest coding for the attorney reviewing the documents.

In doing so, the time involved in review is drastically cut, while the errors that are associated with manual review are also reduced.

It also processes petabytes of electronically stored information (ESI), in more than 120 languages and more than 1,000 file types, including audio and video, while the intuitive dashboard enables the review team to quickly ascertain how documents should be coded based on prior decisions. Autonomy Meaning Based Coding is available now as hosted or on-premise software, or as an appliance.

IBM Integrates with PSS for Automatic e-Discovery

More in the e-Discovery space, this time from PSS Systems (news, site) which has just announced the integration of IBM's (news, site) e-Discovery and early case assessment system with PSS Systems' Atlas eDiscovery and legal hold workflow system.

With the new Atlas Compliance Automation connector for IBM e-Discovery Manager to be released this summer, attorneys can define who and what must be placed on legal hold in Atlas, which then automatically propagates these parameters to IBM's e-Discovery Manager.

PSS Systems provides information governance software to enterprises. When combined with IBM and PSS Systems' enterprise retention management capabilities, joint customers of the IBM PSS Information Governance Solution can achieve and automate the disposal of data.

According to PSS Systems, the core issue is to combine legal department issues with IT issues and produce a system that straddles the two. With this integration, it says the legal department can engage with the people who have and manage data -- from scoping and determining the custodians and sources, to implementing the hold, to initial and subsequent collections.

Enterprises can now predict discovery costs from day one, streamline collections, eliminate discovery, avoid settlement driven by process crises and review and produce less data.

Why is GRC an Important Topic?

If you missed it last week, and you have any doubts as to why GRC is important, Norman Marks, Vice President, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) at SAP (news, site) Business Objects explains why companies really need to take it onboard.

He argues that one of the major problems is that while the acronym GRC stands for Governance, Risk Management and Compliance, each consultant and vendor seems to use a different definition to explain the meaning of GRC. As important as defining GRC is the question, "why talk about it at all?"

GRC, he argues, is not about technology. It is about certain business issues, common to organizations of all forms (public and private) in all industries, and all geographies. Well worth a read if GRC is an issue for your company.

New Social Media Archiving Release

Meanwhile, social media raises its head again, this time with something good. LiveOffice (newssite) a provider of SaaS email archiving, email compliance and email continuity solutions, and Socialware, which helps companies move to public social networks, have announced a partnership.

Together, the companies will provide LiveOffice users with the ability to pre-review and route social networking activity through their existing compliance workflow within LiveOffice AdvisorMail, while automating social media policy throughout the entire organization.

The new offering will integrate Socialware's policy enforcement, capture, moderation and analytics capabilities for third-party networking sites including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, with the sophisticated archiving and compliance features of AdvisorMail.

Courion Makes Offers File Share Compliance

Compliance is also in the news this week with software vendor Courion, releasing Compliance Manager for File Shares, a solution designed to ensure that user access to file shares is aligned with corporate security policies and industry regulations.

The solution enables organisations to control user access to and protect sensitive information in unstructured data repositories such as file shares, including Excel spreadsheets, presentations, pdf files, and audio, video and CAD files.

The new software is a complete access assurance solution for file shares that automates governance, compliance and remediation processes in file share environments, allowing IT administrators and business managers to protect sensitive information in file shares from unauthorized access.