Is Categorization the Key to Cleaning Your Data Garage?

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Way back in 2006 I was part of the Symantec team evaluating the Orchestria classification engine for a potential acquisition (CA later bought them). While the security folks were all focused on DLP, I wanted to use Symantec’s anti-virus root kit to classify unstructured files on local and network shares. They were my nemesis in my prior corporate litsupport director role. As Autonomy found out, index lag and connectivity issues on enterprise search introduced too large an error for discovery search unless it lived in a content management or archive system (Enterprise Vault). I figured we could just create smart rules to classify docs on creation at the source. It did not work. Not well enough to justify the acquisition. Fourteen years later Veritas seems to have made my pipe dream work for the big unstructured network data sources. Their Classification engine even comes with 700+ pre-built classifiers. Nice job. Now I understand why my old mentor Nick Mehta used to tease me about the worst thing you can be as an entrepreneur is ahead of the market.

Written by Greg Buckles

Independent consultant focused on eDiscovery and IG solutions.

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