IBM Brings Business Analytics and Cloud Services to Smarter Archiving

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LAS VEGAS - 26 Oct 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new offerings to provide organizations with analytics capabilities to make better use of their archived information and improve business processes. The new offerings support IBM's unified archiving strategy, called IBM Smart Archive, and are designed to help clients use content analytics and data discovery to determine which information is necessary to retain and archive, eliminating a major obstacle many clients have experienced in past archiving projects.

As a result of data growth, legal discovery requirements, regulatory compliance, and increasingly complex infrastructures, the need for information archiving is rapidly increasing. With these growing requirements for retention of information, organizations are struggling to determine what information they have, what to keep and what to discard. 

The new offerings unify and simplify content, email and data collection and classification in a comprehensive approach, enabling multiple archiving models, including traditional on premise software, cloud services and hybrid options. With this offering, IBM is providing clients with the flexibility to choose between -- or combine -- delivery options to archive information that continues to grow within their organization.  

"As our clients deal with the reality of budgetary constraints, they are realizing that keeping everything is not a workable strategy," said Ken Bisconti, vice president, products and strategy, IBM Enterprise Content Management. "To deal with growing volumes of information, clients need to retain only what they need. IBM is helping clients do this with a comprehensive set of software, hardware and service offerings, that will help ensure that critical information is properly retained."  

France's National Railway Embraces a Smart Archiving Approach

Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais (SNCF) provides high speed train travel in Europe, serving approximately 63 million citizens including thousands of riders from neighboring European countries.  

Handling approximately 700,000 ticket transactions per day, SNCF is using IBM technology to build a unified archive solution to manage and control its growing structured and unstructured content such as historical transactional ticket information, e-mail, invoices and other financial documents.  

Prior to building the new archiving environment, SNCF had difficulty finding key pieces of information related to ticket transactions. The information was stored in multiple locations, impacting SNCF's customer satisfaction and the company's need to meet and regulate compliance requirements. With the new system, SNCF will now be able to better find and report on ticket transactions, enabling the company to quickly answer customer queries and general business requests. 

"With the volume of ticket sale transaction records and documents growing, we knew that we needed a 'universal archiving backbone' to manage, control and analyze all of our content," said Pascal Le Borgne, archiving project manager, Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fers Francais. "IBM is helping us to create a simple search and retrieval system for virtually all types of information." 

IBM Smart Archive offerings

New offerings that support IBM's archiving approach of combining content and data capabilities include: 

 For more information about IBM Information Management offerings, visit:

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