In the last twelve months, there has been an explosive level of interest, demand and investments in cloud services and platforms to support file synchronization, sharing and broader collaboration capabilities, while granting the level of IT control required. Major drivers for this new priority being the growing adoption of media tablets in the enterprise, combined with the proliferation of personal cloud services that enhance the productivity and collaboration for the users of those device; but also IT organizations’ growing concerns about the consequent lack of control on corporate information and progressive security and compliance exposures.
The good news is that an emerging market of enterprise class offerings has been developing meanwhile, that meet the IT concerns while providing the desired usability to users. This new market is defined by Gartner as the Enterprise File Synchronization & Sharing market – and is rapidly evolving with multiple offerings available alreday (we counted 50+ vendors by end 2012, and there are many more about to launch in the coming weeks!). A smaller number meet all enterprise requirements, and IT organizations are still quite confused about how to identify the most appropriate offerings to meet today’s requirements and set the stage for creating an innovative mobile workplace for the future.
We have been investigating this space for sometime and have now published the new marketscope research note that covers it. You can find it on gartner.com at:
Published: 12 February 2013 ID:G00226376
In this research, we analyze the emerging market for enterprise file synchronization and sharing products, and cloud-based services. These enable better productivity and collaboration for mobile workers, granting IT control with security and compliance capabilities.
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