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The emerging market for enterprise file synchronization and sharing

by Monica Basso  |  February 13, 2013  |  7 Comments

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:

MarketScope for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing

Published: 12 February 2013 ID:G00226376

 Analyst(s): Monica Basso | Jeffrey Mann

 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.

 Looking forward to know your comments, ideas and experiences on the subject of EFSS!

 Cheers,

Monica

Category: enterprise-file-synchronization-and-sharing  

Tags: cloud  efss  mobility  

Monica Basso
Research VP
12 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

Monica Basso is a vice president in Gartner Research. She covers enterprise mobility, including BYOD, MDM, tablets, enterprise file synchronization and sharing. Read Full Bio


Thoughts on The emerging market for enterprise file synchronization and sharing


  1. Alex says:

    Hi,

    I’ve read your good rapport on EFSS and few item are missing. I’ve done some extensive testing with the various EFSS products, and some of them aren’t mature. You give the highest raiting to Citrix while it took the support engineers of Citrix 3 weeks to find out that the documentation does not reflect the actual possible options and thus making the product not to work. This is largely due to the fact the product isn’t finished and put in the market too soon. Next to that, some on-premise and yet hybride solutions are caching data in the cloud which is a big deal in Europe (patriot act). That is not in the scope.

    But again, it’s a good report overall.

    With regards,

    Alex

  2. […] According to Gartner analysts, “File sync and sharing is a critical capability for mobile workforces whose organizations have ongoing mobility initiatives with media tablets and BYOD programs.” But, they say, there are growing “concerns about the consequent lack of control on corporate information and progressive security and compliance exposures.” […]

  3. […] “Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing” market. Earlier in the year, Gartner put out a marketscope report highlighting the vendors in this […]

  4. […] According to Gartner analysts, “File sync and sharing is a critical capability for mobile workforces whose organizations have ongoing mobility initiatives with media tablets and BYOD programs.” But, they say, there are growing “concerns about the consequent lack of control on corporate information and progressive security and compliance exposures.” […]

  5. […] fit (for more on that subject, read Mark Andreessen’s blog on product and market fit). Gartner’s  Monica Basso defined the category for Box and called it “Enterprise File Synchronization and […]

  6. […] protection in the enterprise is not impossible. More and more organizations have started adopting file sharing and collaboration tools to secure information and preserve data privacy.  Working with a knowledgeable vendor that […]

  7. […] According to Gartner analysts, “File sync and sharing is a critical capability for mobile workforces whose organizations have ongoing mobility initiatives with media tablets and BYOD programs.” But, they say, there are growing “concerns about the consequent lack of control on corporate information and progressive security and compliance exposures.” […]



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