March 3, 2014

And The Winner Of The Oscar For Best Prediction Goes To...

2014 © Cary J. Calderone

"I would like to thank the academy and all those who have supported this blog...  [sniffle
sniffle]  Without you this moment would not be possible."   Okay, this blog post has nothing to do with the Academy Awards except that I thought I would take a moment to pat myself on the back, just like Hollywood does for more than 3 1/2 hours (that seems like 8) during the Academy Awards.   In December of 2012 in my year-end post, I boldly predicted that e-discovery tools like Guidance and Autonomy, could be redesigned and/or repackaged for Business Intelligence and Information Governance. (link to the original blog post Forecast-2013)
Recently there has been a new marketing push for many E-Discovery products for "Pro-Active Information Governance."  

 A quick Google search shows the following have joined the Pro-Active IG discussion:
  • Symantec/Clearwell
  • Recommind
  • HP/Autonomy
  • Nuix
  • Computer Associates
  • ARMA
  • AIIM
 While I applaud them all for recognizing that these product features can be used for Information Governance and E-Discovery (which I believe is simply a form of BI), I find the choice of language is a bit stretched.  Tools that automatically organize, analyze, and classify information on the fly are wonderful, but I am not sure that qualifies as pro-active?  In my mind, it is simply good information governance.  Whatever it is called, it is certainly better than the "reactive" (i.e. after the lawsuit or SEC Action has been filed) or more likely,  "inactive" approach most companies currently adopt for information governance.   Yet, I cannot help being reminded of Inigo Montoya's line from The Princess Bride:  "You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means."   

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