In recent months, HP-Autonomy has been pushing hard in the information governance space. The push continues today with the release of an upgrade to their Application Information Optimizer software. We used the occasion to talk to Joe Garber, VP of Information Governance at HP Autonomy (HPA), to find out exactly what is behind recent developments in HP's information governance strategy.

HP-Autonomy’s Information Governance Ambitions

Needless to say, like any other IT company, HP-Autonomy is aiming to become the reference point for enterprises looking to develop their IT Infrastructure. In this respect, HPA aims to set the standard in information governance, which is no mean ambition given the competition in the space.

Asked to summarize what it was all about, Garber summed it up succinctly by describing HP-Autonomy’s strategy as complete management. “Our goal,” Garber said “is to manage information without bias to repository or location.”

Not exactly original. This is exactly what everyone else is trying to do, you might think. While that may be true, there are few that have been as proactive about it as HPA has been in the last year.

Future of Information Governance Is Modular

The reason is that now, more than ever, information needs strict governance standards and strategies.

There was a time a few years ago when enterprises were using a bunch of disparate technologies that were loosely associated for information governance. These included archiving, record management, discovery, and a few others. What we have been focusing on over the past few months is the integration of these technologies,” Garber says.

Its strategy has been built around client feedback on HPA products, and has resulted in the development of a vision for governance that tackles individual problems in data management and then applies that solution to as many business cases as possible.

The problems associated with information governance are not new ones. The difference now, Garber says, is that the technologies to manage information can do things that weren’t possible before.

In our minds, technology has finally caught up with the demand for information governance. In the past, it required a lot of resources and a lot of investment in information governance for very little return…”

The problem of governance is getting more and more pronounced, however, as more and more structured and unstructured information enters the enterprise. With information management now one of the principal challenges for enterprises, a new approach is required: