IXOS Software, a provider of enterprise content management (ECM) and Convera, a provider of search and categorization software, have announced a global licensing agreement that will enable IXOS and its storage hardware partners to resell Convera's search technology through an integration with IXOS' email management and regulatory compliance solutions. The integration of Convera's RetrievalWare is intended to enable users to transparently search archived content, including any email and attachments, regardless of format, language, or media type.
IXOS and Convera combine core competencies to allow enterprises to manage mounting volumes of email and related content. IXOS' single repository approach to managing content delivers scalable solutions that enable customers to archive, preserve, access, and manage documents in a live system from creation through disposition across business applications, from email to ERP and CRM systems. Convera's search capability allows users to locate objects of any file type-including text, scanned documents, images, and video-from a single search interface.
For global enterprise customers, the new agreement will offer RetrievalWare as an optional component of the IXOS email management solutions. Convera's search capability has already been integrated with the IXOS solution for MS Exchange and is available to Exchange users within their Outlook mailboxes. IXOS will integrate RetrievalWare with the next version of its email solution for Lotus Notes and across its ECM offerings. Convera's RetrievalWare is available through IXOS as a component of the IXOS solutions, and through IXOS' extended partner channel. Established reseller agreements with Hitachi Data Systems and StorageTek provide additional distribution channels for the combined software offering, as well as offering customers their choice of integrated storage archival platforms. Pricing is based on solution components.
IXOS solutions are designed to meet compliance requirements for email retention, including SEC 17a-4, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, GoB, and Basel II. Companies must establish internal controls around content, as well as document and records management procedures, to comply with strict retention policies and avoid risks associated with litigation, discovery and the liability for information that is lost or cannot be authenticated.