Kazeon: Intelligent collection for eDiscovery processing at $4/gigabyte

Synopsis Part 1: Intelligent collection for eDiscovery processing at $4/gigabyte

data discovery Interview – Steve d’Alencon is the VP of Product Marketing at Kazeon, Inc.  (Part 1 of 2)

Steve is responsible for leading go-to-market programs for Kazeon, including solution definition, demand generation, public and analyst relations and marketing communications. He is a product management and marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience at top enterprise software and high technology companies, including running his own marketing consultancy in Silicon Valley.

Prior to Kazeon, Steve was vice president of product management and marketing at GoRemote Internet Communications, a NASDAQ public company that was acquired by iPass, and vice president of marketing for the Oracle Application Server Division where he launched the Oracle Application Server and attained a top 3 market position while helping to double division revenue. Mr. d’Alencon studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Drexel University and completed the Stanford Advanced Management College.

By Joshua Konkle writing for dcig.com

Joshua Konkle: What is causing the need for intelligent preservation/collection by the corporation?

Steve d’Alencon: The driver for “intelligent” preservation and collection is simply cost; processing and review costs.
As previously mentioned, most collection and preservation have historically been done by an outside service provider who employs a “dragnet” approach to collecting potentially responsive electronically stored information (ESI) for processing and preservation.  Current rates indicate that this activity costs corporations from $1500-$2000 per Gigabyte.   Therefore collecting 100GB of ESI in this way will cost approximately $200,000, probably for a single matter.  And this data set has very little post-litigation utility.

Intelligent preservation and collection, leveraging information access and classification technology, eliminates the dragnet approach and instead allows an efficient targeted collection of potentially responsive ESI at a cost approaching $4 per Gigabyte.

The result of data classification for legal preservation and collection can be improving a records retention program.  These programs define what types of records an organization considers to be official versus unofficial documentation. Then retention periods are applied consistently to all official records, post-litigation.

Joshua Konkle: There appears to be some gap between what legal teams require to support eDiscovery and the capabilities available today in data management technology.  What advice do you have as a vendor trying to assist their clients in addressing litigation readiness challenges?

Steve d’Alencon: The old silo-based information management paradigms will not work when it comes to information discovery of any kind, for any reason. The bottom line is, litigation, storage management / data consolidation, records retention, regulatory responses, internal investigations, information security initiatives, personnel policy management, business intelligence, data mining, compliance and monitoring are all effectively subsets of what Kazeon refer to as “eDiscovery.” This new paradigm of eDiscovery subsumes many previously compartmentalized departmental initiatives that are under the auspices of Legal, IT, Records Management, HR, Finance. It is predicated on the degree to which an organization has information access and the ability to perform effective data classification. In short, companies should be able to leverage enterprise data for multiple business needs from a common underlying information access and classification platform.

you would like to communicate with him directly, he can be reached at
www.kazeon.com or by calling Kazeon toll free at 1 800 KAZEON1 (1 800 583 9661).

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