Stellent Records ManagementStellent has announced a new application that allows users to manage and execute records and retention management policies for all enterprise content. This continues a series of moves by the company to deliver technical governance of the corporate document vault, including acquisition of digital rights management firm SealedMedia and document cleansing firm Bitform, earlier this year.The new program, named Stellent Universal Records Management -- an agent for Symantec Enterprise Vault -- uses an agent architecture to enforce records management and retention policies and schedules in nearly any application or repository throughout an organization. Big Brother ECM is everywhere. Stellent's new software extends the records and retention management capabilities of the Symantec tools by automatically applying records and retention rules and litigation holds to email and other content within the archive. And it can apply the same rules to all content throughout an organization -- whether it's located in Symantec Enterprise Vault, or another content repository. For Stellent customers, the combination of Stellent Universal Records Management with Symantec Enterprise Vault can increase email performance, and provide the opportunity for increased compliance and reduced e-discovery costs. By having a Universal Records Management agent monitoring the email in Symantec Enterprise Vault, companies can more efficiently apply centralized records and retention policies to email; apply legal and audit holds to email; and retrieve email for e-discovery purposes. Pricing and Availability The Stellent Universal Records Management agent for Symantec Enterprise Vault will become available in late 2006, with pricing from $10,000 to $150,000 depending on the number of users. In related news, Gartner recently placed Stellent in the "Leaders" group of their Enterprise CMS Magic Quadrant, along with EMC, IBM, and Open Text. In other recent ECM alignments Microsoft and EMC teamed-up for enhanced records and document management. And from semi-recent history, Stellent acquired Optika back in 2004 -- a move which set its records management and enterprise content management capabilities in real motion.