No, you read that title right – seventy THOUSAND boxes of paper in the highly restrictive environment of legal services. That’s what Susan Gleason, Manager of Records and Information Governance at Shipman & Goodwin and her team were up against.
What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been – Or How "HP Autonomy Interwoven iManage Worksite" Became iManage Again I thought I’d summarize some of the press I’m seeing about the iManage spinout from HP. If you come across other updates, feel free to enter them in the comments. I have to admit from the perspective of an association that relies on independent companies as members, I’m kind of glad to see the acquisition pendulum go in the other direction for a change. We don’t take official positions on these types of things, but it does seem to be a win/win for both HP and iManage. iManage Leadership Completes Buyout of Business Unit from HP (the official word) “The iManage leadership team today announced that it has completed a buyout from Hewlett-Packard (HP) for the purchase of the complete iManage business, including its brand, products and services. iManage co-founder and current General Manager Neil Araujo is the CEO of the management-owned company, now one of the largest independent software companies focused on work product management solutions for professional services firms and their clients. Rafiq Mohammadi, also a co-founder and former CTO of iManage, is returning to the company as Chief Scientist.” Read More… The Rebirth of iManage: A New Company With A Familiar Name Re-enters The ECM Market - FORRESTER “Another week, another divestiture in the content management and collaboration market. A new - or more accurately, a re-newed - player enters the Enterprise Content Management market this week as iManage and HP make an apparently amicable split. Executives with longstanding roots in the iManage and Interwoven businesses, including Neil Araujo and Dan Carmel, have executed a management buyout to spin a revitalized iManage business out of HP’s Software division.” Read More… Adios HP, It's a New Day for iManage - CMS WIRE “Things couldn’t look any brighter nor the sky any higher for iManage and its co-founder and CEO Neil Araujo. Araujo leads the management team that bought enterprise content management company iManage out from under the weight of HP. HP, we should note, acquired iManage when it purchased Autonomy (2009). And Autonomy inherited iManage via its acquisition of Interwoven (2004). Talk about getting buried in the infrastructure of a megafirm. But no more.” Read More… The Boys Are Back In Town as Team iManage Complete Management Buyout from HP - LEGAL IT INSIDER “In addition to Worksite (document and email management – being rebranded as iManage Work), the HP products in this transaction include LinkSite (secure file sharing – being rebranded as iManage Share), Universal Search (enterprise search and analytics – being rebranded as iManage Insight), and WorkSite Records Manager (records and information governance – being rebranded as iManage Govern). iManage will also resell relevant HP products, including Teleform and HP Process Automation, and will have continuing access to other relevant technology.” Read More… More Autonomy fallout: HP parts ways with iManage – Network World “While corporate splits are the flavor of the week, there is also a lot of divestment going on as large IT vendors focus on their core business (or at least try to). Today's example sees HP divest itself of its iManage business.” Read More… A new chapter in the wild, 20-year story of iManage - CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS “Neil Araujo and Rafiq Mohammadi launched a document-software company, iManage, 20 years ago after graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago. It's been a crazy ride since then. The company went public during the dot-com boom and was acquired, changing hands until it ended up as part of tech giant Hewlett-Packard. Now iManage is becoming a private company again, spinning off from HP.” Read More… iManage Goes Independent - SLAW “Work product management is serious business. Being able to securly store and quickly find information from our world of disjointed communications is critical to providing client service. It will be interesting to see how an independent iManage is received in the market.” Read More… Autonomy Unit iManage Exits HP with Buyout - TECH WEEK EUROPE “Hewlett-Packard has divested itself of an Autonomy asset, after the management team of iManage completed a buyout from the technology giant. The buyout comes as HP is in the midst of its own corporate restructuring. HP will become two separate businesses on 1 November, with one unit selling commercial products (servers, storage appliances, networking etc), whilst the other sells PCs and printers.” Read More… ----- Interested in Electronic Records Management training? Look no further...
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I had an interesting conversation with Michelle Sherman yesterday after publishing my post on Poking the Soft Underbelly of Social Media. She writes a very insightful blog for a law firm on social media issues -- Social Media Law Update -- particularly those related to e-discovery and retention.
Now in the spirit of true confession, let me admit that I am a social media zealot. I was an early member of Facebook (according to my daughter, perilously close to the creepy edge before it was mainstream). I've been blogging for years under the Digital Landfill label. Ditto Twitter, pretty early on. Together with Atle Skjekkeland, I launched an early content management social network (InformationZen) on a Ning platform over a weekend after our IT people told us it would be at least 6 months before they could get to it. Inside of AIIM, we were playing around with Yammer before IT even knew what was going on. My list of sins in the name of small business expediency is not insignificant.
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