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    HP Extends Data Governance Scope and Reach

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    With responsibility for data governance increasingly moving well beyond the traditional four walls of the enterprise, IT organizations need access to tools that allow them to apply policies to data regardless of where it is. As part of an effort to address that issue and other data governance issues, Hewlett-Packard has extended its data governance tools to include support for Microsoft Office 365.

    In addition, HP has augmented its semantic search engine capabilities to make it easier to identify phrases and terms that are related, and improved the ability of IT organizations to allow end users to self-service their own e-discovery requests across multiple workflows.

    Joe Garber, vice president of information governance at HP Autonomy, says that, in general, most IT organizations are trying to bring together all the data governance products and technologies they have acquired over the years in a more cohesive framework that is simpler to manage.

    At the same time, Garber adds that the rise of both mobile and cloud computing, coupled with increased regulations, has greatly exacerbated the IT challenges associated with creating such frameworks.

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    Based on an implementation of the HP HAVEn platform that HP makes available as a cloud service, Garber says that the HP data governance framework extends many of the core capabilities that were originally developed on top of the Intelligent Data Operating Layer software that HP gained when it acquired Autonomy in 2012.

    With the rise of chief data officers, it’s clear that organizations are investing more in managing their data than ever. Of course, many would argue that it’s impossible to manage what you can’t actually govern in the first place.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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