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  1. dferris
    Posted August 8, 2008 at 2:39 AM | Permalink

    Email from someone at Symantec who requested anonymity.

    Zantaz EAS will be very hard to maintain if key people leave (monolithical application written in Borland Delphi by 2 lead engineers with some more support and QA people). I would expect them to fail the same way that EmailXtender did when Legato acquired OTG.

    Once you lose the main guys in Ottawa you have a single Borland Delphi Exe file, not very well documented (from what I heard) and have to find people who can find their way into millions of lines of code and at the same time enhance it.

    My scenario is that EAS will crash and burn (Check the last Gartner quadrant and the remarks about product quality) while Zantaz/Autonomy will try to get everyone on Digital Safe. At the same time I believe the SaaS game will heat-up immensely with Google/Postini and Microsoft probably dropping the pants on pricing. The large deals Zantaz/Autonomy do today won’t happen in 2 years time. Let’s see what LiveOffice is doing now that NickM is heading up the company.

    I completely and utterly disagree with Forrester about the future of Zantaz. The deals they used to win against EV are now won by Mimosa.

    Forget about search engines – it is the whole package that needs to fit and Zantaz looks quite dated today. Educom and Zantaz never took the time to revisit the architecture – everything was bolted on and people start to see this.

  2. Richard
    Posted August 13, 2008 at 6:39 PM | Permalink

    I think you may be right. Autonomy is seriously lacking in management leadership. The leadership *necer* communicate to the employes.

  3. Ian
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 2:12 AM | Permalink

    The EAS back end architecture is still extremely functional and better than the competitors both in terms of archive performance and storage savings. Starting with a new team in Calgary gives Autonomy the opportunity to rewrite the software which is long overdue while still keeping all the good features, however this does rely on Autonomy recruiting the correct people.

  4. Zoo Master
    Posted November 2, 2008 at 5:35 AM | Permalink

    The leadership in Autonomy’s Boston office is a utterly lacking and unbelievably incompetent. There continues to be high turnover and their “revamped” products are complete disasters! Their high profile clients are noticing poor quality and have been giving business to their main competitors, such as Kroll.

    Employee morale is at an all time low and is it now common knowledge, that working for Autonomy in Boston is not a pleasant experience. There is no confidence whatsoever in the products from an employee point of view.

  5. Posted November 4, 2008 at 12:46 PM | Permalink

    Some of the previous comments are of course very strongly worded. As a rule, we try not to censor comments unless for reasons such as a personal attack.

    As always, we invite Autonomy to exercise its right of reply. You can either post a comment here or email info@ferris.com.

  6. Posted January 28, 2009 at 7:24 AM | Permalink

    well I for one would not want to run with Mimosa
    example they are trying to hire in india…
    2 QA Engineer Pune
    1 Sr QA Architect Pune
    1 Manager – Test Automation Pune
    2 Sr Architect – Archiving & Database Systems Pune
    if they cant find that and have to hire these after a project then you know they have problems

    while I dont agree with the Gartner report…

    basically Autonomy are pretty smart and the USA has real problems and so I dont think they will have any problems getting things in shape if they focus on it

    Zantaz has a good customer base and so they need to capitalise on this….

    regards

    John Jones
    htto://www.johnjones.me.uk

  7. Posted June 15, 2009 at 3:30 PM | Permalink

    I would like to know from the responder on how did EmailXtender fail. Now that it has been rebranded as SourceOne, is there any difference ?

  8. dferris
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 4:54 PM | Permalink

    Deba–Please post your question about EMC’s archiving products in our section on EMC Gossip, at http://email-museum.com/?p=320795.

    Thanks–David

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