New Bloor Research into Email Archiving

Last week Bloor research released a new report: Email archiving best practices- a competitive overview of the major players and if you're thinking about buying email archiving and want to compare vendors, it's a great resource.
The report was authored by Fran Howarth, whom I last met in April at infosec and had a great conversation with. One of the things I really liked about Fran's perspective on email archiving is that she doesn't just look at it from a retention or compliance only basis. Fran believes that the productivity gains from effective email archiving are just as important when selecting an email archiving vendor:
Email is of vital importance as a communications and collaboration tool as it is one of the prime ways that business information is communicated and shared. This makes its storage and archiving a necessity for maintaining and improving productivity by being able to retrieve information as it is needed. Yet operational efficiency is not the only driver for investing in email archiving technology. Owing to the amount of business information that it contains, email constitutes the leading type of evidence requested for litigation purposes and its preservation is also essential for complying with the requirements of a variety of governmental and industry regulations.
For the comparison- Fran analyses:
  • Autonomy
  • Google (Postini)
  • LiveOffice
  • Microsoft
  • Mimecast
  • Sonian
  • Symantec
Each company is analysed on:
  • Company Background
  • Current Offering
  • Strategy
  • Market Presence
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
It's a really interesting report- and available to download here.