IBM Acquires PSS Systems

The lines between compliance and e-discovery are drawing closer. New York’s IBM has acquired California-based PSS Systems. PSS Systems develops Atlas, an information governance suite that helps users analyze and assess risks in maintaining data and formulate policies and automate workflows to dispose of excess data. According to Ron Ercanbrack, vice president of enterprise content management at IBM, Atlas is a “logical complement” to other IBM products like Content Collector and eDiscovery Analyzer and Manager. “With the acquisition of PSS Systems, we are able to expand our portfolio with a broader set of legal solutions that for the first time link corporate legal hold policies to the reality of how information is managed and disposed of,” explains Ercanbrack.

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US Law: Non-Compete Enforced

In 2008 a  federal judge stopped an Apple Employee working at Apple after an application by IBM.

The employee, a Mark Papermaster the new Vice President of Device Hardware for Apple, only started work a week after the application

Mark had previously worked at IBM, and had signed an “non compete” agreement in 2006. The agreement stated that when he left IBM he would not work at a competitor for at least a year.