Microsoft makes a move in e-discovery
Microsoft's Sharepoint is often the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to document management.
Given its massive installed base, whenever a company, or even a department within a company, wants to get serious about document automation, a long discussion about all the material in Sharepoint is often necessary. Sharepoint in and of itself is a solution. That was underscored at the recent Sharepoint conference, where Microsoft showed off some new e-discovery features now built into the product.
"The main driver behind Microsoft's e-Discovery push is in-place hold, query and export, which will give the legal team the ability to create case sites very quickly without having to call IT," notes an article in CMS Wire.
"It all begins with an e-Discovery case site on an e-Discovery portal/site collection that can be configured with a series of sources and queries that can search against Exchange, SharePoint and file shares to present the user with a unified view of the content. After a query is sent, SharePoint will provide a means for in-place review of the content right in the browser. This all happens with just one click, and the end user has a lot of power here when it comes to findability."
There's no reason to think that Microsoft couldn't come up with interesting features in this area. The key issue for many will be the need for a system that can work well and incorporate somehow all the material that has been locked away as part of other content management systems. Interoperability and records management in-place will be critical.
- here's the article