What is information lifecycle governance?

Information lifecycle governance (ILG) helps manage business information throughout its lifecycle — from creation to deletion. It automates critical DataOps requirements like records management, electronic discovery, compliance, storage optimization and data migration initiatives.

Effective ILG is critical for accommodating tremendous data growth, streamlining e-discovery processes and maintaining compliance with numerous regulations. With ILG solutions from IBM, discover how your organization can effectively manage the information lifecycle, lower costs and drive more business value from data.

By providing in-depth assessment of unstructured data where either on premises or in the cloud, these solutions give organizations the data visibility they need to make informed business decisions.

How it helps

Data assessment and cleanup

Discover, recognize and act on unstructured data, without moving it to a repository or specialty application

Powerful search

Accelerate the understanding of large amounts of unstructured content

Simplified analysis

Obtain clean, consolidated, consistent and current information that can drive big data projects and applications, while aligning with governance objectives

Privacy and protection

Identify data with meaning, assess its value and risk, secure personally identifiable information and be prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation.

Information lifecycle governance products

IBM StoredIQ® Suite

Insights dashboard

IBM StoredIQ® Suite

Automate policy execution across unstructured data and make informed business decisions by acting on this data.

IBM StoredIQ for Legal

Screenshot of IBM StoredIQ for Legal application

IBM StoredIQ for Legal

Enhance the efficiency of eDiscovery management by streamlining the process for legal and IT stakeholders

IBM Watson® Knowledge Catalog InstaScan

IBM Watson® Knowledge Catalog InstaScan dashboard

IBM Watson® Knowledge Catalog InstaScan

Identify potential risk hot spots in data sources and reduce time for compliance data collection with an unstructured data management and privacy solution

IBM InfoSphere® Optim™

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IBM InfoSphere® Optim™

Manage data from requirements through retirement to improve business agility while reducing costs

IBM eDiscovery Manager

Screenshot of IBM eDiscovery Manager application

IBM eDiscovery Manager

Enable authorized IT and legal staff to search, cull, hold and expore case-relevant content quickly and efficiently, resulting in lower costs

eDiscovery products

IBM Atlas eDiscovery Cost Forecasting and Management

Helps attorneys and legal controllers project future discovery costs, avoiding expense deviations and improving negotiations

IBM Atlas eDiscovery Process Management

Empowers attorneys, paralegals and discovery directors to manage rigorous, highly defensible legal workflows

IBM Atlas IT eDiscovery Process Management

Automates the communication of discovery requirements and facts between IT and legal staff

IBM Global Retention Policy and Schedule Management

Defines, manages and publishes retention schedules for your data


“Our developers always have realistic, up-to-date data to test their code against. This would be impossible without a tool like InfoSphere Optim.

— Gijs Logman, Database Administrator, BinckBank

Customer stories

BBVA Compass

Taking control of data to reduce risk and seize new opportunities


Ensuring systems comply with privacy regulations to protect clients and reputation

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