Kazeon expands e-discovery suite to Lotus Domino

Mountain View, Calif.-based Kazeon Systems Inc. is bringing its electronic discovery management platform to IBM Lotus Domino shops.

Kazeon eDiscovery Domino Manager will give users the ability to natively read into the Domino repository and extract e-mail, folders and any other relevant documents needed in the discovery process. The update is part of Kazeon’s eDiscovery software suite, which combines collection, legal hold management, and analysis capabilities into one platform.

“If they did not have this, a Domino administrator would have to dump everything and have another solution crawl that data,” said Karthik Kannan, vice-president of marketing and business development for Kazeon.

He added that such a process is extremely cumbersome and having duplicate copies of your Domino environment could open up an organization up to more liabilities.

With the new update, Domino users can extract only the information they need and will not require a third-party solution to search for the relevant data. This is especially useful, Kannan said, because Domino works as a more collaborative environment than Exchange.

The product also provides e-mail analytical capabilities, which allows e-mails across different servers to be threaded and presented in a chronological diagram tree.

Brian Babineau, a senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group, said that even though Microsoft Exchange is the dominant message platform among most major organizations in North America, a lot of service shops and international companies rely on Lotus Domino for e-mail.

“It’s only logical for (Kazeon) to have this as part of their portfolio because it’s not just Exchange shops that get electronic discovery requests,” he said. “It’s another step in covering the broad spectrum of potential content types that could be requested from an e-discovery standpoint.”

He added that 80 per cent of all e-discovery events involve e-mail data.

And while investment into e-discovery technologies has dwindled for small and mid-sized companies with less than 5,000 employees, Babineau said, the same hasn’t been true for large enterprises.

“It doesn’t matter if company is good or bad, they’re still getting sued or going through regulatory inquires, maybe even more so now that the economy’s weak,” he said.

“For those organizations, we advice our customers to look solutions that can cover more content and do more functionality than just collection. Kazeon’s done a pretty good job of that, as they’ve got analysis capabilities as well as collection capabilities built-in.”

Babineau added that investing in the technology side of e-discovery as early as possible can reduce the amount of data you have to collect and assess in the long run.

While even Kannan admits that Autonomy Corp. is the current heavyweight in the e-discovery space, he stressed that Kazeon offers a stronger solution because its stack has been built from the ground up.

“They’ve built themselves up like Cisco, but they haven’t integrated their stack as well,” he added, referring to Autonomy’s numerous acquisitions.

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