In a busy week for GRC there have been a few notable releases that are worth looking at. The first is from StoredIQ , which has upgraded its e-Discovery support for SharePoint, while Digital Reef has made its e-Discovery a lot more mobile. In other news, Archive Systems has upgraded its records management platform.

StoredIQ Upgrades SharePoint Support

There have been a lot of new integrations for SharePoint since the 2010 release in May. For e-Discovery, StoredIQ (news, site) has just announced that the integration of its Intelligent Information Management Platform with SharePoint has been enhanced and extended.

While the updated integration supports nested SharePoint content with the ability to find, index and collect blogs, threaded comments and their attachments, it already supports all core SharePoint object types including document libraries, picture libraries and records centre, as well as all associated metadata.

The expanded integration with SharePoint also offers legal reviewers easier presentations of SharePoint content using a proprietary embedded viewer.

With it the entire hierarchical structure of SharePoint is displayed, providing complete context for reviewers when navigating complex SharePoint instances. And, to further simplify the legal review process, SharePoint navigation can be scoped to "user views" to mimic the access of custodians-of-interest.

StoredIQ says the new functionality will ensure that enterprises can find and capture all pertinent information associated with e-Discovery requests. Not bad considering the amount of information.

Oracle Buys Single Sign-On

Oracle (news, site) has announced that it has agreed to buy Passlogix, a provider of enterprise single sign-on (ESSO) solutions for an undisclosed sum.

The deal buys technology that Oracle has resold since 2006 under an OEM deal with Passlogix as the Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite, part of the Oracle Identity Management Suite.

Passlogix products help organizations improve and simplify security by enabling SSO for a broad range of applications including client-server, mainframe and web-based applications.

Together, the solutions provide enterprises with a complete identity management solution to further advance their identity management, compliance and authentication initiatives with even tighter integration capabilities. Oracle said it hopes to close the deal by the end of the year.

Digital Reef Releases Portable e-Discovery

Digital Reef (news, site) has also just announced the release of new e-Discovery software that includes a new feature called Portable Collections enabling users to create large case-specific portable files that can be easily distributed to the e-Discovery data centers of legal service providers, enterprise companies and law firms.

Portable Collections create a "package matter" containing virtual indexes, complete search meta-data and tags, analytic collections and views, and selected files within a case. This package may then be archived and restored later or moved into another Digital Reef environment.

The result is that users get immediate and direct access to necessary content helping the entire legal team determine the potential relevancy of electronic documents, and develop litigation strategies earlier in the case assessment process.

With it, Digital Reef says enterprises can collaborate with legal service providers to establish proactive early case assessments and establish risk strategies using review-ready content collections. An additional advantage is that it can operate behind an enterprise firewall making the entire process easy to deploy since it does not require data to be copied or moved.

Other new features of the latest version of the Digital Reef e-Discovery and ECA application include interactive reports, enhanced export options, application guide and an automated custodian generator.

Archive Systems Upgrades RM

In the records management space, Archive Systems has upgraded to ASPEN Release 9.8, its SaaS document and records management platform.

The principal upgrade is to the ASPEN Virtual File Room (VFR), which makes the connection between the paperless and paper worlds by linking users to Archive Systems' business records storage services.

Files requested on demand digitally are linked back to their paper origin, making it easy to request the original document as needed and ensure data retention policy is consistently enforced.

The principal advantage, Archive says, is that with this version records managers are given more information as to where digital files originated enabling them to manage all their records, both physical and digital.

Also as part of this release, the VFR enables users to view the number of documents associated with a particular record. This makes it much easier for organizations to track the information they've received throughout an approval process.

If you haven’t come across ASPEN before, it is a document and records management platform that integrates document receipt, document imaging and data capture, Web-based image hosting and workflow all as a service.

What is GRC Anyway?

If you’ve ever wondered about the enterprise thinking behind GRC and the thinking behind the implementation of software and standards associated with it in the enterprise, Norman Marks, who was VP of Internal Audit at BusinessObjects when it was acquired by SAP (news, site) and is now VP of SAP BusinessObjects, explained earlier in the week how he went from ‘beginner’ to evangelist in a very short space of time.

This is not an outline of Norman Mark’s views on life, the universe and everything else, but rather a detailed discussion on questions like:

  • Why talk about GRC instead of ERM or compliance?
  • What’s the big deal, the reason for talking up GRC?

If you have issues with GRC and working out the good, the bad and the very ugly side of GRC, check it out in ten easy steps that really brings you through it all. It’s also a good read!

Omnicell Buys Healthcare Compliance

Some takeover news now. Omnicell, which provides medication management solutions to acute healthcare facilities, has just announced that it has paid US$ 6 million for Pandora Data Systems, which provides analytical software for medication diversion detection and regulatory compliance.

Very small change compared with some of the deals we’ve been following over the past few months, but interesting in that the purpose is to provide regulatory compliance in the healthcare space. Let’s see where this one goes.