Published December 2016

Sponsored by Archive360, bluesource, Proofpoint, Smarsh and Sonian

eDiscovery and compliance are essential activities for any organization, regardless of its size, the industry that it serves or the jurisdictions in which it operates. To be sure, “heavily” regulated organizations – such as those in the financial services, healthcare, life sciences, energy and certain other markets – face higher levels of compliance obligation than their less heavily regulated counterparts. However, every organization must factor eDiscovery and compliance into its communications and collaboration strategy.

Microsoft Office 365 provides a successful and popular set of communications and collaboration capabilities, and its use will continue to grow at a rapid pace. Although Microsoft has been offering hosted/cloud-based offerings for more than 15 years, Office 365 is the most successful iteration of the company’s cloud-based communications and collaboration offerings to date. Microsoft has done a good job at building eDiscovery and compliance capabilities into Office 365 and should be commended for doing so. However, there are a number of limitations and deficiencies in Office 365 from an eDiscovery and compliance context that decision-makers should consider as they evaluate Microsoft’s offerings. Even more so in environments that operate both Microsoft and non-Microsoft solutions.

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