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More Productivity Features Now Available in Unify for Gmail

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Donoma Unify for Gmail’s latest 8.7.5 release brings productivity enhancements for both end-users and IT administrators.

End-users now have additional response options: Click to Call links within the message makes it easy to launch a return call from within the email; and replying directly back to the message sender within the email client is even easier.

IT Administrators will enjoy the support for Active Directory to bring in and auto-link users, and the web-based Administration portal has been upgraded to offer latest security protocols and browser support options. For those using the on-premise version of Unify for Gmail, we now support both Windows Server 2012 and 2016.

Clients can schedule their update by contacting support@donomasoftware.com and our team will schedule a time with you.

Donoma Software a Presenting Sponsor at Cisco Collaboration VT 2018

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Cisco San Jose Campus

 

Donoma Software is looking forward to one of our most anticipated events of the year: The Cisco Collaboration VT happening this week at Cisco’s campus in San Jose, CA.

Once again, we will be a Sponsoring Partner for this invitation-only technical conference.  It’s where Cisco’s elite Collaboration experts come together to get trained on Cisco’s latest releases, while gaining insight into future product direction, and networking with peers and solution developers from around the world.

Cindy DeHart and Parker Pearson will be on site for our team: available in the Event Hub, and during the Tuesday evening reception.  We encourage you to stop by and learn how Donoma’s suite of solutions are helping organizations to:

  • Satisfy Regulatory Compliance & Mitigating Risk
  • Provide Visibility Into Customer & Employee Interactions
  • Ensure Optimal Voice Network Resources & Performance
  • Easily Identifying Optimal Staffing, Workloads & Performance Delivery
  • Deliver Real-Time Visibility & Customizable Reporting
  • Support Mobility & Productivity for the Gmail & Lotus Notes Environments

Be sure to stop by and see them – or connect on Twitter @donomasoftware to find a time to catch up in person!

See you in San Jose!

Records Spoliation: A Real World Example From Today’s Headlines

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

This morning, LegalTech News ran a timely story on the case between Central European News and Buzzfeed over allegations of fake news. (Leidig v. Buzzfeed) Fake news is news these days, but what got our attention was discussion of the shifts from the court in the willingness to tolerate improper records retention, that resulted in spoliation, incomplete production, and the assertions from the bench that attempting to hide (or distract) the ball when it comes to E-Discovery is an outmoded strategy that needs to end.

In particular, we noted a couple of key points in the article that surface in some of our technical conversations about our retention solutions.

  1. No special effort was made to preserve document concerning the Buzzfeed piece. ”Plaintiff “was instructed by counsel to preserve evidence only evidence only after the lawsuit was filed.”

With the increased ease of communications retention, the argument that it is too expensive or not a high enough priority is one we commonly see. The Information Security and Compliance staff often are proactive in trying to address retention but are often shut down by others in the organization who do not yet see the need. Often the conversation changes radically once a team has had to go through a production effort, at which point data may no longer even exist. Most organizations can expect legal action as a course of business. Judges are signaling that a lack of retention is not an acceptable practice.

  1. Metadata was inadvertently modified and deleted when the plaintiff attempted to manually move files to a production repository.

What happened here was spoliation: data was moved from one location to another in such a way that the metadata was modified or even removed. Here’s a real-world impact of what can happen when a technical decision to treat data in a more casual unstructured manner has repercussions to the bottom line. Often people look at our retention solutions; and then try to go and make low cost workarounds that involve pushing or copying data from one system to another without understanding the impact to not only the record, but the impact when challenged in court. We see it time and again, and we’ve yet to see a long term successful outcome when attempting to short-cut proper retention protocols.

However, technology is just part of the issue. In a recent judges’ report cited in this article, “30 active federal judges said the problem with e-discovery for most attorneys isn’t process or technology, it’s an overly adversarial mindset. When asked how attorneys could best improve e-discovery practices, the No. 1 response given was “cooperating with opposing counsel.”

Legal counsel likely fears what exists in their data, or the effort to review and produce. In reality, proactive retention with technology like our Communications Archiving Suite can help organizations respond faster at lower cost because data can be found, and put into context while maintaining good records retention hygiene.

We agree. ” It’s not personal, it’s E-Discovery.”

Tired of Telco Reporting Runaround? OneView Introduces Trunk Line Utilization Reporting

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

We’re blushing.  Just a bit.

It’s Valentine’s Day and what better day to give a gift?  Today we introduce a new feature for our OneView CDR & Analytics solution for Cisco:  Trunk Line Utilization Reporting.

For all of you who have always wanted to know how your phone system’s utilization of lines matches up with your telco line expenditures, OneView’s latest new feature is a feature you will fall in love with.  Now you can easily see peak utilization times, details and durations – matched up against your line provisioning.  Now you can be sure your phone lines are optimized based on real time data right at your fingertips.

Want to learn more?  Give us a call, or talk to your Cisco integrator.  We’ll be happy to show you how OneView making communications analytics useful with data-driven insight for better decisions and  better organizational performance.

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2018: Voicemail Retention to Become Mainstream?

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Retention & management of voicemails is an increasingly common conversation within even un-regulated organizations.  Ever since unified messaging made it possible to email a voicemail; managing voicemails has become a challenge.

When it comes to voicemail, we’ve seen a couple of key management issues:
  • IT wants to groom the mailbox disk usage by keeping mailbox size small and retention short.
  • Legal, HR, Safety and other stakeholders have regular needs to keep voicemails as documentation.
  • Voicemail systems don’t make it easy to find specific voicemails, and there is no access control.
  • Voicemails archived with email via unified messaging don’t always come back out of the archive as expected.
  • Unified messaging archiving overwrites metadata often needed during production.
  • Protecting privacy, trade secrets or other privileged information is not possible when sharing a raw voicemail file.
 Clearly, the unified messaging archive is not the answer.  In fact, these challenges are exactly the reasons we applied our unified messaging expertise to develop Message Vault.    
 
2018 looks to be a big year for the management of voicemail records.  An increasing array of regulations are now expecting and examining for voicemail records.  More are specifically addressing issues such as retention for up to 7 years, but swept off mobile devices within 14 days . (HIPPA & Method II, for example.)  
 
Voicemail retrieval efforts from unified messaging archives have surfaced the challenges noted above.  And this is not strictly a matter of regulatory compliance. Voicemails often need to be quickly located, redacted and then communicated to address Safety and HR issues.
 
Message Vault is already on the job helping organizations address these issues; but we never rest on our efforts.  Our latest release adds features such as File Shredding (DoD level) of records upon their retirement, expanded integration with Microsoft Active Directory for role management, and more.
 
Want to learn more?  Let’s discuss your organization’s voicemail retention challenges and help you address them.