It the wake of yesterday’s AIIM State of the ECM Industry report, where we noted that many enterprises over the course of this year are looking to break the boundaries between content repositories, it is opportune that HP (news, site) should be launching a strategy to provide holistic information management by providing an overview of content across the enterprise.

Strategy, Content

It is doing this with a strategy that includes a new approach -- for HP -- to information management that includes upgrades to its existing portfolio of products, a new approach to managing information across the enterprise and is backed up by research that underlines what AIIM (news, site) identified as one of the key issues for companies: Information integration.

The objective of the strategy is to improve efficiency and reduce risks and costs associated with information management, which, again, were identified by AIIM as the main drivers in ECM adoption in the enterprise for this year.

Working off the basis of recent HP-sponsored research that suggests 70% of organizations still do not have a holistic approach to information management, the product upgrades that are being announced aim to break down the walls between information silos and give access to everything to everyone that needs it.

The result, HP says, it is strategy that simplifies the management of business information across the enterprise and, in doing so, makes information workers more efficient.

Information Management Upgrades

This HP will do with a number of product upgrades that enable organizations to embed intelligence into everything they do. While details of what exactly these upgrades will include are sketchy, the strategy will revolve around the following:

  • HP Integrated Archive Platform (IAP) can now handle more information than before with scaling possible up to one petabyte of information, with 300,000 users and 20 million email messages daily. Virtual IAP now supports VMware vSphere for the SMB space.
  • HP TRIM Enterprise Records Management has been enhanced with multijurisdictional retention, which automates complex retention schedules across multiple countries and within multinational enterprises.
  • HP Database Archiving is now also integrated with TRIM records management as well as connectivity to legacy systems that enable information archiving during application retirement processes.
  • HP Data Protector offers support for 3PAR and non-HP arrays, which, HP says, will cost 70% less TCO, while HP Data Protector now delivers snapshot recovery to HP StorageWorks P4000.

HP also offers Data Protector Reporter, which gives organizations insight into backup operations with global analysis and reporting, and Storage Essential,  which manages physical and virtual information infrastructure and aligns storage with business needs.

Underlying this is HP’s Information Management Services that manages information at any stage in its lifecycle from capture to deletion and retirements.

Holistic Content Views

The overall goal of this realignment of HP’s information strategy is to simplify and streamline the information management strategy of the company.

Citing a March report by Coleman Parkes, HP says that 68% of enterprises say they are struggling to deal with the content explosion currently taking place and creating “significant” storage and cost issues, at the same time as nearly 60% of companies are saying that they are under increased pressure to cut costs.

Enterprises have yet to develop efficient and integrated information-driven approaches to information management, which is reflected in the recent AIIM State of the ECM Industry 2011 research, showing that 16% said that that they have completed an enterprise-wide ECM deployment, up from 12% last year, with a further 29% actively progressing towards it.

While the upgrades and associated strategy look to help enterprises move toward a holistic management of content, the content explosion, coupled with the emergence of new kinds of content and content format, will necessitate further evolution of this strategy as time goes on. More on this as it happens.