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Waving the Checkered Flag for Your Compliance Race – EMC Positioned as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement

Bryant Bell

Leads product marketing for the Archiving & Pervasive Governance products in the Enterprise Content Division at EMC. Follow @bell2bry
Bryant Bell has spent over 19 years in information technology and services as a global market strategist and a specialist in GRC, eDiscovery and archiving. A past speaker at AIIM Bryant has provided insight on governance and compliant archiving. He has initiated governance eDiscovery and archiving programs with such companies as Wolters Kluwer, EMC, and Adobe. In his current role as Senior Product Marketing Manager for archiving and pervasive governance. Bryant is known as a passionate evangelist for compliant archiving as a method to unleash the value of information and transform the enterprise.

Drivers on NASCAR super speedways race at breakneck speeds, especially once tracks are repaved and tires are precisely selected. The record speed is supposedly a whopping 212 miles per hour (341 km/hr), by Bill Elliott in 1987, up from about 80 miles per hour (128 km/hr) average speeds when races started in 1949 (Source:

At EMC ECD, we are setting our own record this year for an enterprise content MQ, Gartner management (ECM) solution, making a quick entry into Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. Our InfoArchive solution, initiated in 2014, has already moved EMC into the Leader’s Quadrant in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement.

For any company trying to win their own competitive race in industries like Healthcare and Financial Services, this EMC Gartner placement makes it easy to hit the gas on your technology selection and ability to innovate. We have seen that companies must quickly leave behind expensive legacy applications, yet still drive ahead with the data and content from those systems. And, globally dispersed teams and compliance leads must easily access that content to uncover innovative market advantages and mitigate risk.

For cEMC_hi-resmqgraphic, Gartnerustomers with requirements to store large volumes of both structured and unstructured content, there is much to learn from InfoArchive’s rapid market acceleration. It has everything to do with our vision and execution, both of which were rigorously assessed and measured by Gartner for our advancement to the Leadership Quadrant.

From a vision perspective, it was our close engagement with customers over 8 years ago through ECD Consulting Services that initiated productizing of InfoArchive just two years ago. Real-life services use cases drove our product philosophy, which never wavered: the solution must be lightweight, open, handle structured and unstructured data, deliver best-in-class compliance support, and continually hone user interfaces.

For those of you with a diversity of applications, we know you will appreciate this dedication to non-proprietary systems. Rather than limit you to only SharePoint, Oracle or other distinct application migrations, InfoArchive’s commitment to an open approach allows partners and EMC to manage more content from more systems. Decommissioning apps is no longer driven by whether your data is in applications in structured or unstructured formats — both can be ingested, migrated, stored, and accessed.

But it’s not just our vision that has led to our Gartner Leadership Quadrant placement and our rapid traction with customers. Execution has been equally important.

First, part of our “pit crew” for InfoArchive’s design is our customer base, particularly those in our beta program. Their feedback on user personas, for example, prompted us to include both Configuration Manager and Knowledge Worker options for role-based access. It turns out that many organizations have personnel who need to research and derive value from data insights provided by greater contextual understanding provided by the consolidation of structured and unstructured data, and exporting key information. Customer satisfaction also weighed into the report’s conclusions. Thank you to those who participated!

Second, we increased our own “lap speed” by accelerating the cadence of our feature release schedule. We now deliver InfoArchive improvements on a quarterly basis, to the delight of both existing customers and those prospects awaiting a particular product capability. Our aforementioned open platform also speeds development. Most recently, we announced InfoArchive 4.0 Extreme Archiving at Momentum. Thank you to our R&D teams!

It is this combination of vision and execution that has led to our pole position in the latest Gartner report. Most importantly, our winning feature sets and solution improvements enable customers to make a strong finish on their migration plans and compliance requirements. Are you an InfoArchive customer (or a racing fan?!). Share your thoughts below.

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Continuing the Momentum

Chris McLaughlin

Chief Marketing Officer, Enterprise Content Division. Follow @cc_mclaughlin

Now that the dust has settled after EMC World, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the 1,335 customers and partners who attended our Momentum Conference in Las Vegas. Momentum really is all about you. It’s about sharing information and learning from one another. It’s about open, two-way dialog and working together to achieve meaningful business results. And, of course, we do have a little fun along the way. It is Vegas, after all.

This year, we focused on digital transformation and the very real impact it’s having on so many of our customers. We launched exciting new products, like LEAP and InfoArchive 4.0, while also making great strides forward with our Documentum products to make them easier than ever before to deploy, upgrade and manage. We offered numerous opportunities to learn more about all of our products – in fact, of the total 400 hours of breakout content offered at EMC World, 100 of those hours were dedicated to Momentum. That’s right, literally one out of every four breakout sessions at EMC World focused on ECD products, customers, or partners.

Our attendance was up more than 20% year over year, which is fantastic, and we are so pleased that so many of you were able to join us in Las Vegas, particularly in a year when we will also host Momentum in Europe (more on that later). And, based on the (more…)

Does Your IT Department Suffer from “Cluttered Garage Syndrome”? Now There’s Hope!

Jim Earley

Director of Engineering @ Flatirons Solutions
Responsible for all R&D on the InfoArchive platform, including the Flatirons ETL Acceleration Suite, Hosted Application Retirement for InfoArchive, and other value-added solutions that leverage InfoArchive. Photo attached, please feel free to edit down into more of a headshot.

If you’ve ever tripped over your child’s skateboard or stepped on a rake in your garage, you might have a condition I call, “cluttered garage syndrome.”

It begins innocently enough. When you moved into your house many years ago, you had a clear path from your car door to your house with ample room all around. But as the years go by, the clutter builds up. It’s now a challenge to find room for your car, and it’s even garage clutterharder to locate that screwdriver you used six months ago. Despite the frustration, cleaning your garage is the last thing you want to do, though you know it needs to be done.

Sadly, this same condition afflicts IT.

At Flatirons Solutions, we’ve found that many IT departments have application portfolios that exhibit the symptoms of “cluttered garage syndrome.” Applications have built up over time, and some are so old that the people knowledgeable about them are now enjoying retirement and sipping margaritas on a beach in Cancún.

Despite the inconvenience and cost, you maintain the applications because regulations require you to keep the data, or because they’re still being used by core parts of the business. Decluttering your IT “garage” and restoring its orderliness requires an (more…)

Extreme Archiving

Jeroen van Rotterdam

CTO and VP of Engineering in the Enterprise Content Division at EMC. Follow @jvanrotterdam

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Yesterday we announced InfoArchive 4.0, and as you might have seen in Rohit Ghai’s keynote at Momentum at EMC World, we introduced the term Extreme Archiving. With Extreme Archiving we mean the following important aspects and design criteria for an enterprise information archive for both structured and unstructured data:

Extreme Scale

Data volumes within in the enterprise are exploding, and managing this type of volume leads to many challenges. Large enterprises can easily have tens of petabytes of InfoArchive 4.0 Blogunstructured data and hundreds of billions of transactions that they need to retain for long periods of time due to increasingly strict regulations. In Financial Services, retention periods vary between seven and twelve years, depending on the country and data type, while in industries such as healthcare and the defense industry, this can easily go up to 100 years.  

Extremely Small

Although somewhat counter intuitive due to the previous point, the (cost) footprint of an archive solution is important. As you may have seen in the keynote, InfoArchive can scale up but it can also scale down and can even runs on a 35 USD Raspberry Pi with 1 GB of memory. The lightweight architecture is becoming increasingly important as new privacy laws force global enterprises to setup highly distributed archiving with geo-fencing of the data in specific countries. Where you could have a global archive in the past with only three server locations (e.g. Americas, EMEA and APJ) customers are now faced with the (more…)

InfoArchive – It’s as easy as Pie!

Katie Masters

Manages the Online Marketing strategy for the Enterprise Content Division at EMC
Manages the Online Marketing strategy for the Enterprise Content Division at EMC

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Mo & Tim’s excellent adventure is well underway on their road to #MMTM16. In addition to all the great things happening at this year’s conference, we’re going beyond expectations with InfoArchive. When modernizing your application portfolio – maintaining regulatory compliance and access for all your data is as easy as pie! Did you know that InfoArchive is so lightweight that it can fit on a Raspberry Pi computer?raspberry pie

So, in the theme of “pi” we will be demonstrating the ease of use through hands-on labs, a Twitter Chat, an EMC World vLab and 10 dedicated InfoArchive Sessions.

It is critical that organizations learn how to remove data silos and compliantly manage all data types while providing access to next generation applications and analytics. InfoArchive should be a piece of your modernization pie and to drive that point home, the Momentum sessions will include conversations around:

  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Archiving and Transitioning SAP enterprise applications
  • Legacy Application Retirement
  • Clinical Archiving
  • Developer Architecture, Deployment and best practices
  • Business Transformation with Partners
  • Compliance in the Data Lake
  • Customer Success Stories

Get the full list here and build out your agenda with InfoArchive Sessions

You might think, isn’t pie better a la mode? Why yes, it is! So, if you’re onsite keep your eyes peeled for Raspberry Pi with a little something extra added to it!

If you’re joining us online have no fear, we want you to have a slice of the pie as well, so take a look at how you can follow the conversation throughout the week:

Register for Momentum 2016 at EMC World and attend InfoArchive Sessions. Remember: Leave no application data behind – InfoArchive by EMC

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