SOURCE: ZL Technologies, Inc.

ZL  Technologies, Inc.

May 14, 2013 12:37 ET

ZL Technologies Announces Tier-1 Reseller Agreement With Ricoh IT Solutions Co., Ltd.

Customer Base of Ricoh Group Looks to the Unified Archive® for Comprehensive Information Governance

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - May 14, 2013) - ZL Technologies, Inc. (ZL) today announced a strategic partnership with Ricoh IT Solutions Co., Ltd. for a tier-1 reseller agreement that provides the power of ZL's Unified Archive® (ZL UA) to solve Big Data issues for the global customer base of Ricoh. Ricoh IT Solutions' commitment to provide cutting-edge solutions to solve difficult enterprise problems fits well with ZL's track record of addressing massive data issues with very large organizations in the areas of regulatory compliance, e-discovery, and digital records-keeping.

Ricoh IT Solutions is headquartered in Japan and is a 100% subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd. With 110,000 employees worldwide, Ricoh has extensive reach in providing advanced imaging and document management services associated with global IT management.

The demand for unified information governance has grown as regulations increasingly affect international business. As the US Department of Justice aggressively enforces regulations such as anti-cartel measures and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), multinationals doing business in the U.S. have to ensure that they are in compliance. In addition, litigation support including eDiscovery has become a pressing concern for businesses worldwide.

"We are very pleased with this partnership which enables us to offer advanced compliance and eDiscovery solutions to many Japanese companies that have expanded their businesses overseas," said Koichi Sakai, Corporate Senior Vice President of Ricoh IT Solutions. "These companies are required to comply with the regulations based on the global standard and we expect ZL's extensive experience in large enterprise market in the U.S. and other countries will further expand our reach to much wider customer base."

Lastly, digital records management has become a requirement for many enterprises in acknowledgement of the digitization of corporate content. Ricoh IT Solutions' partnership with ZL underscores this push by enterprises to adopt IT strategies to address the new challenges of managing unstructured Big Data. Ricoh IT Solutions' selection of ZL as a strategic partner is significantly due to the unified architecture of ZL UA, which enables a unified system to address compliance, e-discovery, records and storage management simultaneously by keeping only one data copy, applying one control point for retention, and executing one consistent search across the entire enterprise. Also important was ZL's platform-agnostic architecture, which handles a multitude of data types and formats, operating systems, databases, and email server platforms. As a reseller of both Microsoft and IBM products with many customers leveraging the IBM Notes and Domino email platform, Ricoh IT Solutions demanded a solution that could handle diverse environments. ZL UA's ability to provide full information governance for Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, SharePoint, IBM Notes and Domino, Gmail, and even hybrid environments under one platform is unique and offers enterprises a unified solution that truly solves the problems of unstructured Big Data.

"We're pleased to embark on this cutting-edge partnership," remarked Kon Leong, CEO of ZL Technologies. "Selection of the Unified Archive® by one of the world's top document services firms is a testament to both of our commitments to world-class information management. We expect this partnership to further enhance our track record in helping global customers to conquer the problems of unstructured Big Data."

About ZL Technologies

ZL Technologies, Inc. makes Unified Archive® software ("ZL UA") to enable large enterprises to manage all unstructured content such as email and files, to satisfy corporate needs for e-Discovery, records management, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and storage management. ZL UA's unique differentiator is its unified architecture, which consolidates all applications and billions of documents under one platform, eliminating fractured data silos which significantly raise operating costs and legal risks. Demonstrating a proven track record with Global 500 customers and strategic partnerships with major players ZL has emerged as the technology leader in harnessing unstructured "Big Data" for strategic advantage. For more information, please visit www.zlti.com.

About Ricoh

Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.

Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.

For further information, please visit: www.ricoh.com/about/

About Ricoh IT Solutions

Ricoh IT Solutions provides information technology solutions and services to realize customers' work style and business process innovation, with the technology of software development and IT system construction & management know-how accumulated through Ricoh's experiences of international business. By providing IT solutions, Ricoh IT Solutions contributes to customers' business improvement and social evolution in an evolving technological world.

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