News / 08 Jul, 2020

Digital archiving specialist Arkivum enters a new phase of growth with appointment of Chris Sigley as CEO

Digital archiving specialist Arkivum enters a new phase of growth with appointment of Chris Sigley as CEO

Arkivum, a leader in the archiving and digital preservation of large volumes of valuable data and digitised assets, has appointed Chris Sigley as its CEO.

Sigley, who joined the UK-headquartered company in June, will lead Arkivum as it achieves further growth, both by capitalising on its established client base in higher education, culture and heritage and by gaining wider traction in sectors such as life sciences and pharmaceuticals, corporate, and scientific research.

Sigley joins Arkivum from data management specialist Redstor, where he spent 15 years, most recently as Chief Sales Officer, covering the UK, Africa and Europe. Over his time at Redstor he gained substantial experience, highly relevant to Arkivum and its client base, of applying best practice in meeting the complex data management needs of clients with due regard to important issues such as security and regulatory compliance.

In February 2020 Arkivum released version 5.3 of its long-term data management and digital preservation solution. This latest release offers enhanced capabilities for metadata search and secure sharing, and storage facilities that are tiered according to the level and frequency of access required for different bodies of data. In addition to ensuring the optimum security and accessibility of archived materials, Arkivum offers its clients a 100% data integrity guarantee, which is backed by insurance.

“This is an ideal time to be joining Arkivum,” says Chris Sigley. “The company is well established, with a number of major names in its international base of loyal clients, and enjoys a considerable reputation for expertise in digital archiving and preservation. A great example of this is the recent announcement of our selection, in partnership with Google, as an expert supplier for the prestigious ARCHIVER project, in which CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider, heads a multinational consortium of major scientific institutions.

“Meanwhile, organisations in the diverse sectors we serve are increasingly focused on best practice in stewarding the ever-growing volumes of data on which they rely. In addition to managing data in daily operations, they recognise the imperative to safeguard and preserve it in the longer term, while keeping it readily searchable and accessible.

“Arkivum believes in keeping data alive for the long term – digital archiving is about so much more than filing data away in some kind of vast virtual cardboard box. Beyond ensuring that any audits and regulatory inspections are problem-free, expert archiving can play a key role in such endeavours as scientific discovery. More generally, it can help organisations derive full value from their intellectual property. Arkivum can act as a strategic partner in this wider process.”

Welcoming Chris Sigley to Arkivum, Dr Matthew Addis, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, said: “Nearly a decade since it was spun out from the University of Southampton, Arkivum is entering a further phase of stability and growth. We are delighted that Chris is on board to lead us through it, and that he shares our confidence in both the quality of our product and service and in its commercial potential. His knowledge of the broader market for data management will strengthen our resources as we work with an expanding base of clients who are homing in on the long-term value of data and digital assets, and on the potential that archived materials hold for future exploitation.”

Tom Lynam

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