The enterprise file sync and share market has truly come of age, with products and solutions available to address a broad set of business requirements, user expectations, and IT constraints.
However, the selection of any enterprise communication, collaboration, or productivity solution generally requires a degree of compromise and the practical realisation that no single product can ever meet every business scenario.
Satisfying the needs and expectations of both the business user and the IT department
The workforce needs to access all relevant documents, files, and information via any screen, from any location, at any time. These screens may be personal devices, so IT departments need to ensure that information security and data privacy policies are observed and enforced.
Meanwhile, business managers are tasked with increasing productivity, reducing operational costs, and promoting business growth. These demands can produce contention within the workplace as employees try to get work done in an enterprise IT environment that wants to control workplace tools and utilities.
Empowered employees also want to share and interact with documents and files across their organisations and with external communities, be it partners or customers.
Moreover, they want to do this within the context of business applications and processes. Early adopters of enterprise file sync and share are already going beyond personal drive replacement functionality, as organisations re-architect their IT environments to take full advantage of cloud services and new models of working.
New challenges and concerns arise with the adoption of every new technology. In the case of file sync and share, this is seen in the balancing act that seeks to satisfy both the needs and expectations of the business user and the needs and expectations of the IT department.
It is the role of the IT decision-maker to achieve this balance, with "just enough" functionality to meet business requirements, and with a budget that is seldom enough.
The Ovum Decision Matrix for Enterprise File Sync and Share presents 10 well-balanced products, each offering a different mix of features, functions, reach, and range.
No single product scored 10 out of 10 in Ovum's assessment, but products from Box, Egnyte, and Microsoft stand out in Ovum's general assessment.
Key findings from the in-depth product feature assessments
Article by Richard Edwards, Ovum blog network