There have been a number of interesting announcements in the GRC space this week. First, we had the release of a new governance product from SOA to manage IBM’s WebSphere, followed by a physical records management release for SharePoint 2010 and Mimecast support for BPOS. In the meantime, Autonomy was making its move into the healthcare market.

SharePoint 2010 Gets Physical RM

You may recall last month, when we looked at whether the new records management features in SharePoint 2010 have been successful in filling in gaps in the records management functionality of SharePoint 2007.

Vancouver-based OmniRIM (news, site) has been looking at the same thing and has just released OmniRIM for SharePoint. The program provides physical records management abilities and integrates into the electronic records management features of the SharePoint 2010 Records Center.

Designed as a cloud-based offering, it enables companies in regulated industries to manage records and information for the lifecycle of any items.

Features include a CRM dashboard, actionable searches and a highly designed overall experience that enables users to manage both electronic and physical records in a unified environment. OmniRIM for SharePoint is scheduled for general availability in Q1 2011.

SOA Offers IBM WebSphere Governance

Cloud service governance provider, SOA (news, site), has just announced the availability of a new suite of governance products to help customers successfully plan, build and run applications for the IBM (news, site) WebSphere Business Services Fabric.

As a result, users will be able to use IBM WebSphere products as part of an enterprise SOA environment, sharing services with other commercial SOA platforms including Microsoft, RedHat, Oracle and SAP.

Unified SOA Governance breaks down into a number of areas:

  • Planning Governance is about making sure that you are building the right things
  • Development Governance is about making sure you're building them the right way
  • Operational Governance is about ensuring that what you've built is behaving correctly.

SOA Software's governance products for the IBM WebSphere Business Services Fabric are available now with prices starting at US$ 50,000.

BOPS Gets Mimecast Support

For BPOS users -- and for those that might be looking at Office365 -- cloud-based email management vendor Mimecast (news, site) has just announced support for Microsoft BPOS.

Apart from making content migration between the two a lot easier, Mimecast's services can now be fully integrated with Microsoft's hosted email platform. The result -- BPOS users can get email archiving, as well as granular e-Discovery and legal hold capabilities.

BPOS is Microsoft's first email solution delivered entirely as a SaaS model and is designed to give businesses a viable alternative to managing their email system in-house.

BPOS’s model aligns perfectly with Mimecast's cloud-based services, which are already available for Microsoft's on-premise solution, Exchange 2010.

For organizations considering a move to BPOS, Mimecast offers a choice in terms of how they migrate, and in terms of specific areas of functionality, where the standard BPOS offering can be enhanced. Check out Mimecast for more info.

Autonomy Releases MBH Platform

Autonomy has been busy in the health management space with the launch of its new Meaning Based Healthcare(MBH) platform that comes new diagnosis software while still applying Autonomy’s (news, site) existing information governance and archiving software to the industry.

Combined, Dr. Joseph Britto, Head of Medical Technologies at Autonomy, told CMSWire last week that the two cover all clinical and business operations across the healthcare industry, which Autonomy says it hopes to dominate with this release.

From a GRC perspective, Autonomy is applying its meaning based technologies -- archiving, compliance and e-Discovery and records management software -- to the healthcare industry, and will offer all these products both in the cloud and on-premise.

Autonomy is also ideally suited to manage electronic health records because it operates as an independent governance authority over all an organization’s content, managing and controlling content ‘in-place’, regardless of format or location.

The release is another step towards Autonomy’s strategy of providing software specialization for specific verticals. With information governance increasingly important in regulated industries that use large volumes of data, it seems likely that there will be further developments for other verticals in the coming months.

Clearwell Predicts 2011

Finally, each year, Clearwell (news, site) predicts what’s next for e-Discovery. It’s a conversation we always look forward to as it presents an opportunity to look back at the past year and look ahead to the next.

For 2010, it was predicted that with more e-Discovery brought in-house, it would focus more on the way it is managed and how information is organized. For 2011, we will look at e-Discovery as it relates to evolving technologies and the global landscape outside its door.

2011 is poised to be a year of firsts. We anticipate that we’ll see more unique case laws concerning issues that are just emerging, like cloud computing and social media. While it’s bound to bring excitement, most companies will be anxious to see what it means for them and their data in the years ahead. If you want to see this year’s e-Discovery trends check out our recent coverage.