Fresh on the heels of being placed in the "Leaders" section of the first Gartner e-Discovery Magic Quadrant, Guidance Software (news, site) has announced a new version of EnCase that, among other things, supports Microsoft Office 365, expected to be announced this month.
Version 4.2 of EnCase includes more than a dozen new features, including the following:
- A “check-the-box” collection and processing “wizard” to help specify what electronically stored information should be collected and/or processed, which helps teams set up repeatable processes
- Automation features including load balancing and the ability to build workflows, which enables better prioritization and faster processing
- Support for Microsoft Office 365, meaning the ability to collect electronically stored information from Microsoft Office Exchange and SharePoint in the cloud
The software is available now.
Gartner recently produced its first "Magic Quadrant" for e-Discovery software, placing Guidance in the "Leaders" category. Leaders demonstrate an ability to understand the overall market’s direction and have anticipated it correctly. As a result, their software not only meet the needs of enterprise customers and are easy to use, but also include an ability to perform litigation holds, collection of data with metadata preservation, connectors to email, email archiving, file shares and Microsoft SharePoint.
To be qualified as a leader, a company doesn’t necessarily have to boast a platform or a full suite of e-Discovery offerings. The leaders in this year’s Magic Quadrant, in addition to Guidance, are Autonomy, Clearwell Systems (recently acquired by Symantec), FTI Technology and kCura.
In its report, Gartner analysts Debra Logan and John Bace said the following:
Guidance Software's position is attributable to its focus on collecting individual files while preserving metadata, its brand recognition and the improvements it has made to its end-user interface."
Gartner also said the software was easy for legal professionals to use. However, it went on to say that setting the software up enterprise wide could require a significant investment to set up the appropriate processes, and that using it for forensics required significant training.
Gartner also expects consolidation to eliminate 1 in 4 e-Discovery vendors by 2014. The first domino, Clearwell, has already fallen; it remains to be seen whether Guidance will remain standing.