Email Archiving vs Enterprise Content Management

You might, very reasonably, argue that email archiving and retention products are really just a niche in the Enterprise Content Management space. Vendors like Hummingbird and Interwoven are really the natural dominant players, you might say.

In principal, this seems correct. After all, email documents are just one type of data structure.

But as a practical matter, I don't think this will be so for the foreseeable future. For the foreseeable future, say--the next five years--email message stores will still be specialized, obscure technologies. And that will keep email archiving and retention technologies as an annoyingly separate category.

...David Ferris

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  1. unknown
    Posted May 3, 2005 at 11:40 PM | Permalink

    “Annoyingly separate” seems to imply that there is goodness in melding into the file system or some other “un-annoying” catagory. Messaging has evolved it’s “annoying” store formats over time to meet specific customer needs like managability and security.

    Are we all just bits in a stream? Maybe…. Does that make it bad that some of us use unicode or EBCDIC?? Hell NO! This is cyber space!!! Uniqueness isn’t a barrier to acceptance because we are all strung together with this all-embracing medium called software… What is once “annoying” is tomorrow’s open standard. Ask our friends in Redmond how “annoying” Java, DHTML, SOAP, SIMPLE, SIP & XML are and I’m sure they’ll tell you that we’ve all got it wrong…

    So when you are thinking about what it is that you need/want to achive think a little bit about the chicken and the egg. If there were no “annoying” message stores to deal with then maybe there would be no annoying compliance specs demanding access to them.

    VIVA IMAP, POP3, SMTP and yes……. even MAPI!

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