In one of the more perplexing acquisitions I’ve seen in the Records and Information Management industry, Autonomy recently announced it was acquiring CA Technologies’ Information Governance division. (Here’s industry analyst, Forrester’s early take on the deal.) This means that Autonomy will now own – along with a few secondary applications – CA’s Records Manager solution.
My sense is this was a strategic decision by Autonomy to acquire a proven DoD 5015.2 certified records management application. The confusing part is that Autonomy already owns (also through acquisition) both Meridio and Interwoven.
Having worked with all three of these products (particularly Meridio), I can tell you they all provide some excellent records and information management functionality. The problem, though, is there is a great deal of overlap between the features these solutions provide. Additionally, my personal experiences haven’t given me any confidence that Autonomy fully understands the records management space, so I’m afraid this deal may be taking CA’s solution out of the hands of a few very qualified Records Management professionals and dropping it into an organization that that doesn’t know exactly how to leverage its capabilities.
So what is my advice if you are currently using any of these solutions? At the very least, wait to see how this acquisition plays out before you renew any agreements. Autonomy has a lot of work ahead of it if they plan to integrate all of these products into one unified solution.
Having said that, this may very well be a good opportunity to repurpose the money you have allocated for CA Records Manager, Meridio or Interwoven into a new SharePoint deployment or a SharePoint 2010 upgrade.
Just a thought…