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:

What we have devised and what we believe the market needs is more of a modular approach to information governance. This implies an approach where you are able to go in and solve a very specific problem with a very specific solution. From that specific solution, you then develop a business case for developing a similar approach and solution to other problems by adding other modular components to that governance strategy."

HPA’s Information Governance Goals

Ultimately, the goal is to consolidate all data repositories and enable users to access all data from anywhere using any kind of device. This is where HPA is bringing all this in the future. To do this there are three specific goals. They include:

  1. Enabling enterprises to manage structured and human created (unstructured) information. Garber says that this functionality will set HPA apart from its competitors. The result, he says, is that HPA will be able to offer clients the ability to manage information regardless of device, or location.
  2. Offering a centralized policy layer that offers organizations a centralized place to manage all its information.
  3. Enabling users to interact with that information and to take action on that information in accordance with set business, legal and compliance criteria.

HPA’s AIO v7.1 Release

Today’s AIO upgrade underlines those ambitions. The new version offers a cloud-based approach to managing legacy information by offering enterprises a way of deciding where they want to store their structured data.

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AIO v7.1 report design

If also offers upgraded connectivity to external databases, or databases located on-premises. In doing so provides a hybrid storage solution that offers users the choice of storing data on-premises or in the cloud.

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AIO v7.1 meaning based search

A key part of this is Autonomy’s IDOL information processing engine that understands the context of information and can identify active, or ‘live’ information, and inactive, or unused data, across distributed environments.

The result is an application that can identify and move data to on-premises archiving and records management systems for analysis and long-term management in the enterprise, or in the cloud.

Ultimately, the result is the better management of data and a reduction in the data storage footprint of any given enterprise, cutting storage costs by as much as 48%, HPA says.

AIO is just the latest in a long list of upgrades and releases from HPA in the information governance space. This release focuses exclusively on structured information, but there have been other releases since the beginning of the year that have focused on unstructured information.

For the future, we can expect more releases like this, Garber says, as HPA pushes its information governance agenda forward. AIO 7.1 is available now, but watch for further developments in the near future.