eDiscovery on SaaS

With the number of litigation cases rising each day, the IT environment is becoming more demanding for stricter security and compliance regulations. The burgeoning business fraternity is constantly becoming the target of many lawsuits and there is a need to implement easy and flexible ways to gather tangible evidence. Hence technology has provided eDiscovery tools to handle the complex tasks involved in litigations.

One of the most important aspects of electronic discovery is the use of electronic documents such as emails which are valuable legal documents. Due to a surge in email communication it becomes a difficult task to manage the constantly growing numbers. Thus email archiving can be a necessary part of thecorproate information management process that can suppliment eDiscovery during corporate lawsuits.

In the present scenario companies are struggling to keep afloat with shoestring budgets. And with the added headache of lawsuits more are turning towards eDiscovery litigation support to address their challenges. The latest trend is the use of eDiscovery SaaS model which has brought down the costs of many organizations. The SaaS or Software-as-a-Service model is a vendor hosted infrastructure that is highly secured and the customers can run the applications from their own machines. The software gets updated constantly 24×7. Some advantages of SaaS based electronic discovery services are as follows

 

1. Easy manageable services

In the SaaS model the vendor provides the eDiscovery tools for processing and analyzing data. It provides tiered views, tagging and accessibility to multiple reviewers. The companies can use these services through the browsers installed in their workstations. The corporation has the right to control and secure the screens and even withhold information by barring viewer-ship to specific parties

 

2. No problem for storage space

Hiring a SaaS platform for litigation purposes can be a good decision. EDiscovery can benefit from an archive of all documents to help locate the relevant ones during the trials. Thus no information can be discarded. The demand for storage keeps increasing to store all the information and the documents. The SaaS model eliminates all requirements of added infrastructure for the increasing storage space.

 

3. Cost-effective solutions provided

Since the SaaS architecture is maintained by vendors, IT departments are free from the burden of maintaining it. It is also a cost-effective method as it cuts down expenditure on hiring additional IT professionals and other physical components. The companies have to pay a charge to the vendors which work out far cheaper than investing large sums themselves.

 

4. Built-in disaster recovery

The SaaS model helps to make a duplicate copy of every message and attachment in the mailbox and can be preserved for any period of time. So when the primary application becomes dysfunctional in case of any natural calamities, deliberate sabotage or power outages, the information can be retrieved from the substitute application. In this way the eDiscovery tools can easily locate the required information.

 

Maintaining the sensitive environment for corporate investigation requires a systematic and meticulous process. Litigation cases are expensive and the right eDiscovery approach can lead organizations to victory.

 

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Eliminating Shelfware With SaaS

Companies of all types and sizes waste countless dollars every year on shelf-ware – software applications that are purchased, but never put to use.  But shelfware doesn’t just drain IT budgets, which are shrinking rapidly in today’s tough economic times.  It also makes IT audits and depreciation calculations more complex, and can hinder productivity, leaving end users lacking the business solutions they need to effectively perform their jobs.

There are many reasons why software – bought with the best intentions – becomes shelf-ware.  For example, more critical technology initiatives may come up, taking priority and putting deployment on the back burner, challenges with deploying a software solution or customizing it to meet the business needs and more.

Flaws in the traditional software sales model are one of the key reasons behind shelf-ware.  Companies pay upfront to acquire a software solution, before they can see firsthand how the end users will benefit, and what type of value it will provide.  It’s a major risk, but one that, in the past, organizations have been forced to take. This leads to shelf-ware in two ways.  First, there is exposure when it comes to implementation.  Huge deployment issues may arise, causing IT teams to abandon the project before the solution is ever even rolled out to end users.  Or, the solution itself, once rolled out, may not meet end user needs, resulting in low adoption rates and demand for another package to replace the one originally purchased.

One of the primary advantages of a SaaS solution is that it eliminates the risk of shelf-ware.  There is no large initial investment required with SaaS, so companies don’t have to pay until they are actually realizing value from it.  If they don’t achieve the desired benefits, they can simply choose not to renew at the end of their contract period (monthly, quarterly, annually), and have paid only for what they have used.

Why on-demand? Because SaaS minimizes implementation risk, since there is no need to provision and deploy local servers, install software or configure databases. There is no need to setup operational procedures such as antivirus, backups, periodical maintenance so customers can get up and running quickly and realize value sooner.  On-demand software can be deployed rapidly, and seamlessly integrated into any existing technology environment.

SAManage is a leading provider of SaaS IT Management services, helping organizations effectively manage IT Assets such as computers, software, contract and software licenses, and detect potential IT risks or license compliance gaps. Delivered over the internet as an on-demand service, SAManage can be easily deployed across multiple locations within minutes and provide visibility into complex IT infrastructures to ensure optimized IT asset utilization.

Mobile Cloud Computing

Mobile Cloud Computing

1. Cloud Computing 

The advent of Internet has opened up several opportunities for business excellence, cost optimization, scalability and efficiency. Cloud Computing is one such innovation that has brought the IT facilities within the reach of every organization both big and small. It is estimated that in the next two years, 30% of the organizations in India will move their applications on the cloud.

Cloud computing is web based processing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to the users on demand over the internet. Cloud computing customers do not own the physical infrastructure. These users avoid capital expenditure on hardware and software. Instead they pay as per their usage. Cloud computing has become a major attraction for Small and medium enterprises (SME) as they get access to the IT services without spending money on procurement of servers and other facilities. They get immediate access to a wide range of applications which they can terminate as and when they want.

2. Risks in cloud computing

The Cloud computing model has its own risk as these users will have to compromise on privacy and data security. The users also have to depend greatly on the service providers on the availability and performance of applications hosted on the cloud.

3. Mobile Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing will have an impact on mobile industry also. The increased network connectivity and popularity of the smart phones and tablet devices like iPad have considerably increased the usage of applications on mobile devices. In a few years Cloud computing is going to bring major shift in the mobile application technology. In Mobile Cloud Computing the data storage and data processing occurs outside the mobile device and results are displayed through screen or speakers. GPRS, Gmail, and Google Maps are some of the mobile cloud computing applications which are already in use.

The major challenge for mobile cloud computing is the limitations inherent to the mobile devices like processing power, memory, network bandwidth and storage capacity as compared to a fixed device like PC.

As there is a huge scope for mobile cloud computing, huge investments are being made in this technology. It is projected that in the next 5 years mobile cloud computing will become a significant contributor to the revenue pie of the telecom industry.

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Integration as a Service ? Data Integration Simplified

With more businesses turning to the web space for reaching a wider customer base, the volume of data required to be processed is rising by the day, this is where data integration services come into play. To process data saved in different formats and make something useful out of it is a challenge for every company, and to add to the woes, if the company’s data is stores across different databases, it poses a greater challenge for the data administrator. Even if you hire a team of coding professionals to manage your company’s data, the need to execute data instantaneously is still not met. To deal with these issues, Integration as a Serviceor IaaS was developed.

IaaS is the use of web services, simple user interface, and calls between and among service-enabled applications and data sources to deliver a loosely-coupled integration solution. It is a great solution for companies that need to manage large volume of data with real-time execution. You are not required to purchase any iaaS solution as it follows a pay as you go model. Moreover, the application is usually installed on a web server; hence, the company is not required to take care of its maintenance. Any problems that may come up with Integration as a Service are handled by its vendor.

To get IaaS implemented in your company’s database, you can easily find a number of IT solutions providers offering excellent IaaS based solutions. By opting for IaaS, you will surely save a significant amount of money while enhancing your company’s efficiency. IaaS offers an excellent solution for data integration services for business from every industry domain. You can find a list of all the IT solutions companies offering IaaS based solutions using any web search engine. However, before you close a deal with any of the companies, always be sure about competency of the solutions they provide.

It is irrefutable that web space has tiled the way for countless businesses to get established; no one can deny that the web-space is full of fake sites is also true. Therefore, always remember to go through customer reviews to ensure that the website is authentic and so is the company.

The author is an experienced content writer and publisher on the topics related to integration as a service and data integration services.