This week has seen a considerable amount of cloud action among vendors including Modulo, which has taken its risk manager into the cloud; Iron Mountain, which offers medical records access in the cloud; and Compliance 360 has added flexible reporting to its platform. Autonomy, meanwhile, offers e-Discovery across social media.

Autonomy: Social Media, e-Discovery

Only February and it's already been a busy year for Autonomy (news, site). Despite the delay in a major acquisition deal -- they still haven’t announced the target -- it has been busy elsewhere, this time with the addition of functionality to its e-Discovery software.

The recently announced features will enable it to identify, preserve and collect social media data for inclusion in e-Discovery requests as part of its social media functionality.

Like everything else from Autonomy, Autonomy Explore is built around its IDOL technology and can analyze and act on information patterns detected at client touch points, including websites, mobile phones and contact centers.

Its Social Media Governance software enables companies to prepare for compliance and litigation around social media, which is going to be particularly useful because new regulations in a number of countries -- such as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) in the United States and the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) in the United Kingdom -- have stated that information in social media sites is discoverable.

Its social media connectors provide a pipeline into news feeds, blogs and social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well as other customer-facing and internal systems.

Modulo Risk Manager in the Cloud

Modulo (news, site) has also been busy with Modulo Risk Manager, which, it has recently announced, is now deployed in the cloud. This service enables users to automate their GRC programs and manage risks as well as compliance issues.

There is a whole list of new features here, including iPhone and mobile device collectors and an open source GRC data collection platform.

Among them is vendor compliance assessment combined with risk management throughout the vendor management process: From risk-based vendor selection and relationship management to ongoing compliance monitoring and reporting.

It also enables enterprises to add knowledge specific to any business segment to the system, including knowledge bases, documents, surveys, threats, and other sources.

Finally, the GRC Open Source Collectors provide a common platform to create collectors and gather security data to automate policy compliance, audits and risk assessments using the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) standard.

Iron Mountain Neutral Healthcare Storage

More medical GRC, this time from Iron Mountain (news, site), which has announced that it has made its Digital Record Center for Medical Images vendor neutral, which in effect means it can work with anyone.

The Digital Record Center for Medical Images is used for storing, sharing and protecting diagnostic images and other patient data and, as a cloud-based archive, gives healthcare organizations a central repository for consolidating and liberating medical imaging and patient data from departmental-level (radiology, cardiology, and other modalities) storage silos.

Currently, health providers view and store medical image data through Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS), with each typically relying on multiple PACS from various vendors to manage different types of images.

These PACS do not easily integrate with each other, trapping patient data within silos. And that’s where Iron Mountain's new functionality comes in.

As a cloud-based service, hospitals now have the option to deploy this service on a "pay-per-use" basis, avoiding the large capital expense and the management support burden typically associated with large-scale medical image archiving solutions.

Providers reduce the cost and complexity of managing medical images currently trapped in silos across their organizations and secure their data in an offsite storage archive to help ensure it is available in the event an individual PACS fails.

DocuLex Email Capture

If you missed it earlier, DocuLex (news, site)  has announced that the WebSearch component of its ArchiveStudio document management suite can now pull email out of Exchange 2010.

The result is that, for companies that have deployed Exchange 2010 and are using WebSearch, compliance issues around email, email storage and email retention are closer to being resolved.

The functionality pulls email from the server and keeps it, depending on criteria established by administrators, but it still maintains personal privacy because access to the email is still based on sender-recipient relationships -- those who have been given access rights.

The email is then logged and retention management governed by the WebSearch records management component, while email deletion is no longer available. Interested in more?

Compliance 360's Reporting System

Finally, Compliance 360 (news, site) has announced the availability of its upgraded reporting system, which offers wizard-driven report customization.

The application provides preconfigured report options and templates, and a wizard that guides users through the creation, customization and execution of reports with a step‐by‐step approach.

All data stored within the Compliance 360 suite of GRC applications is available for live reporting based on users’ security permissions. There is no need to incur the overheads of separate, mirrored data stores for reporting.

Compliance 360 says its aim is to provide a GRC software platform that is adaptable and agile and has done so by providing advanced reporting tools that users can use to define, execute and report on GRC information, free of dependence on IT.

The result, it says, is that it can provide reports that include the data users need without cost and overheads usually associated with on-premise applications.