IT Vendors Form Compliance Group

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2005-03-07 Print this article Print

Major IT vendors such as Oracle and HDS have formed a group to help customers with compliance issues.

To help customers align their systems with regulations, leading IT vendors have formed the Compliance and Management of Electronic Information Working Group.

Part of the Internet Law & Policy Forum, the CMEI Working Group will help organizations understand the legal implications of their records, storage and content management as they work to comply with federal mandates.

Working group members include Oracle, Hitachi Data Systems, Network Appliance, Veritas, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Open Text and Plasmon.

The working group has two subcommittees—one working to address a best-practices checklist, the other devoted to ironing out legal clarifications and summaries of regulations—said Harold Collette, chairman of the group and product manager for records management and compliance support at Oracle. Collette said the working group will deliver best-practices documents within six months.

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Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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