July 28, 2015

Syncplicity – Leader In Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Sync and Share

Today, we are excited to announce that we have once again been named as a “Leader” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing for the ability to execute and the completeness of vision.  This recognition, on top of our rapidly growing customer adoption, validates our strategy to deliver a robust hybrid cloud enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solution through significant and consistent investments.

Since being named a leader by Gartner last year, we have accelerated the delivery of rich features, extended our strong policy controls and security to protect even more corporate data, and created intuitive user experiences that drive greater productivity. We also launched a world-class customer success team to make sure our customers were getting value day one from Syncplicity.  In the process, we have substantially increased customer adoption and engagement.

With the recent spin-off from EMC, and as an independent company, we continue to be laser-focused on developing solutions that create immersive user experiences, which deliver easy and secure access to vital information wherever it resides in the organization.   We are also doubling-down on our investments across the organization to extend our position as a market leading hybrid cloud file sync and share solution for enterprises across the globe.

Syncplicity and our customers have redefined EFSS excellence and we are proud to have been recognized two years in a row.

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July 6, 2015   |   by Nina Seth

Empower Your Marketing Team with Syncplicity

Today’s marketing teams are agile as ever.   They are collaborating in real-time with colleagues in the next cube and across the world, sharing sensitive product and creative briefs with agencies far and wide, and juggling more projects than ever.

In this fast paced world, having the right tools in place to collaborate, access, share, and sync content across devices helps organizations stay ahead of the game and beat the competition.

Syncplicity for Marketing delivers key capabilities that every marketing team needs. 

  • Collaborate seamlessly with the right contributors— from the product manager one desk over, to your contact at the PR agency or your video producer.
  • Securely share files of any size (e.g. video files, larger PowerPoints, and graphics), with team members in your organization as well as partners and vendors outside your firewall.
  • Provide tradeshow and conference attendees with up-to-date presentations, show schedules, and datasheets.
  • Keep the sales team on the same page by pushing the latest collateral to them with real-time file synchronization across devices. 
  • Securely share sensitive communications, and know who views them and when.

For more details on how Syncplicity can help your marketing team, check out Syncplicity’s Marketing Solution Brief and attend our upcoming webinar.

July 1, 2015

Happy 4th of July

As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day here in the US by firing up the BBQ, watching fireworks with friends and family, and enjoying another nice warm summer day, the one thing that we can all do is, declare our independence from our desktops and laptops to work anywhere our independent spirit takes us.

Syncplicity gives executives, marketers, sales teams, engineers, field operations, and finance guys and gals the inalienable freedom to securely access, create, edit, sync, and share content from their mobile devices…. while still protecting enterprise files.

With Syncplicity, we bestow upon our fellow workers secure collaboration, syncing, and sharing.  No matter where you are, we give you:

  • Freedom from VPN
  • Freedom from your laptop and desktop
  • Freedom from file size restrictions
  • Freedom from being tethered to your office
  • Freedom from unsecured consumer applications
  • Freedom from cloud-only solutions
  • Freedom to access any folder and not just a single magic folder
  • Freedom to securely create and edit content on your mobile device

Declare your independence this Independence Day with Syncplicity!

June 23, 2015

To Work or Not to Work…..

The dog days of summer are coming upon us.  The kids are on summer break. Families are piling into SUVs and mini-vans for beach and camping trips, and flying to exotic locations far and wide. 

As you pack your suitcases, your SLRs, and sunscreen to enjoy a blissful summer break, remember to take time to relax and re-charge. Vacations are not only good for the soul but actually enhance productivity.

While we here at Syncplicity certainly want you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sites and sounds of paradise, if there is an emergency at work, the one thing you shouldn’t worry about is how you’ll securely access and share your content.

  • If you need to access your files, use an enterprise class file sharing solution that gives you anytime, anywhere, any device access to your content.  We know you won’t be carrying your laptop on that parasailing excursion.
  • If you need to update content or sign a contract, use an app with a built-in editor that makes it easy to modify files, while preventing data leakage to 3rd party apps.
  • If you need to send files to your colleagues or an external recipient, send files via password protected secure links so others can’t access those proprietary files. And if you add rights management, you can even claw back content you accidently send to the wrong person…..while you’re zip-lining across the jungle.

Syncplicity enterprise file sync and share enables users to stay productive on-the-go without compromising security.  So make sure you and your files stay safe this summer.

June 16, 2015

Syncplicity Announces User Provisioning APIs & Developer Portal

Syncplicity is excited to announce the release of user-provisioning APIs and its new Developer Portal.  Our new user-provisioning APIs help enterprises rapidly bring more data under management and subsequently deliver greater protection and control. These APIs simplify and automate user/group provisioning and policy configurations. 

To make it easy for in-house developers to integrate their processes with Syncplicity, our developer portal provides interactive documentation allowing users to create and test applications. Our developer portal also provides sample apps for developers to quickly get started.

To learn more about Syncplicity APIs, visit the new Syncplicity developer portal.

June 16, 2015

Expanding the Data Protection Envelop with MDM Integration and APIs

One of the main pillars of Syncplicity’s enterprise file sync and share solution is data protection. We continue to push data protection by developing new capabilities and by expanding our ecosystem of partners to ensure that enterprise users have the ability to seamlessly and securely protect more and more of their content across all of their devices – mobile, web, and desktop.

To further enhance data protection on mobile devices, we are proud to announce partnerships with leading EMM vendors – AirWatch and MobileIron.

Syncplicity is joining the App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE), an open-standards approach to building management and security features into enterprise apps. ACE standards make it possible for app developers to create a single app version that is compatible across EMM systems.  Organizations will be able to leverage AirWatch’s EMM solution to provision the Syncplicity app, configure policy controls, and manage app life cycles. This will be available to our customers towards the end of June.

Syncplicity is also partnering with leading EMM vendor MobileIron to deliver management and security capabilities with the introduction of the Syncplicity App for MobileIron. With a single management console, IT organizations can provision apps securely, configure and enforce policy controls, manage app life cycles, and containerize corporate apps to protect business data.  The Syncplicity mobile app for MobileIron is part of the AppConnect ecosystem that enables enterprises to have greater mobile security.  

Syncplicity’s new user-provisioning APIs help customers rapidly bring more data under management and consequently deliver greater protection and control. The new APIs enable organizations to simplify and automate user/group provisioning, and policy configurations.  To make it easy for in-house developers to integrate their processes with Syncplicity, our developer portal provides interactive documentation allowing users to create and test applications. Our developer portal also provides sample apps for developers to quickly get started.

Syncplicity's multi-folder sync allows users to turn any folder on their desktop into a sync folder ensuring real-time data protection. And today, that protection is further expanded with Silent On-boarding.  IT can now ensure that users’ special folders (Desktop, Documents, Favorites, Music, and Pictures) and custom folders (e.g. Product Releases, Price Sheets, Presentations) are always synchronized, without any user involvement.  With Silent On-boarding, organizations have the ability to protect the content that matters to them the most.

These new releases demonstrate our continued commitment to deliver strong enterprise-class security and data protection features that organizations demand today.  The enterprises that rely on Syncplicity for file synchronization and collaboration not only need robust security features such as native rights management, flexible hybrid cloud deployment, group-based policies, secure shared links, but also support for MDMs, APIs to quickly on-board and off-board users, and Silent On-boarding to support real-time backup use cases. 

May 27, 2015

Expanding the Data Protection Envelope

Syncplicity is excited to announce the general availability of the Syncplicity Add-in for Microsoft Outlook and Silent On-boarding for desktop clients to help organizations expand their data protection envelope.

With business users sharing more and more content with internal and external collaborators and with so many file-sharing options to choose from, protecting enterprise content can be a challenge for IT.

The Syncplicity Add-in for Outlook enables users to send any size file or folder from Microsoft Outlook, without changing the way they work.  Users simply “attach” content from their desktop or even their Syncplicity cloud, and recipients receive files as a secure link.  With its ease of use, users don’t need to move content into consumer applications to share.  

The Syncplicity Add-in for Outlook enhances data protection in a few ways. 

1.    Files are delivered to recipients as a secure link and fully track-able
2.    Senders can require recipients to authenticate to retrieve files 
3.    Senders can require password protection for files
4.    IT can set file exclusion policies – prevent users from sending .PST files or any sensitive files.
5.    The solution respects existing rights management policies, ensuring IT maintains control of digital content no matter where it ends up.

    

But Syncplicity’s goal to expand the data protection envelope doesn’t stop there.  We are excited to release Silent On-boarding, which enables organizations to deploy desktop clients without any user involvement, ensuring real-time protection of files across a user’s devices.

Once enabled, enterprises don’t need to rely on end-users to install the desktop client, go through a first time setup, and select folders to sync.   Right from the intuitive Admin Console, Administrators have the ability to enable Silent On-boarding of Syncplicity desktop clients and keep the following steps hidden from users:

a.    Entering computer name and selecting a default Syncplicity folder location
b.    Selecting special folders for backup (Desktop, Documents, Favorites, Music, and Pictures)
c.    Selecting folders from Syncplicity to sync to users computer
d.    Tutorial screens

With the desktop client automatically configured for users, organizations have the ability to take more files under their control, thus ensuring data security and compliance. 

With Syncplicity file sync and share, productivity and data protection continue to go hand in hand.  As we deliver new capabilities that expand the data protection envelope, we continue to provide end-users with a gold-standard user experience.

May 12, 2015

Join us at the Gartner Digital Workplace Summit

The Gartner Digital Workplace summit is only 5 days away. Come visit us in Orlando, FL May 18-20th to see how Syncplicity is Re-Imagining Mobile Productivity.   We’ve designed a consumer-like user experience that delights users and enhances user adoption, provides frictionless external collaboration so users can securely send content to vendors, partners, and others without a hitch, and finally offers analytics driven efficiency to increase user productivity.

Syncplicity delivers:

Consumer-like User Experience. Syncplicity offers a gold standard UX that delights users and enhances user adoption.  Syncplicity delivers a consistent user experience across mobile, web, and desktop.

Frictionless external collaboration.  Syncplicity makes it easy to share content with external recipients.  If an external user already has an existing Syncplicity account, and is then added to a folder by another company, they can simply gain access to that folder. No new account creation is required.

Analytics driven efficiency – Syncplicity offers Insights that automate time-consuming and mundane tasks.  We have Shared Links, Meetings, and Usage Insights. For example, with Meeting Insights when a user takes a photo or creates a document while in a meeting, a notification is triggered that prompts the user to share the file with attendees, and pre-populates the email addresses of meeting attendees.

 

Join us for a customer session: Monday May 18th from 3- 3:45pm
This year at the Gartner Digital Workplace summit, Syncplicity is very excited to announce a special session with Scott Kennedy, Director of Knowledge Management Platforms at Merck. 

Scott will share insight into what it takes to empower a global workforce when the 'how, when and where' people are working is changing in real-time and compliance remains stringent. He’ll discuss the cultural impact of transformative technologies like Enterprise File, Sync and Share and how it fits into a collaboration and Knowledge Management Strategy. During the session he'll provide real-world insight and actionable recommendations on how to align business priories while driving employee engagement

Stop by booth #404 at Garner Digital Workplace summit. That’s no mistake. Our mobility experts are here at booth #404 to answer all your questions about internal and external collaboration, analytics drive efficiency, and more.

To learn more about Syncplicity at Gartner Digital Workplace, click here

May 11, 2015

Do Your Homework Before Jumping into Any EFSS Solution, Says Merck

If you attend the Gartner Digital Workplace Summit in Orlando next week, don’t miss “Syncplicity by EMC: A Transformative Piece to the Knowledge Management Puzzle” — a talk given by Scott Kennedy, Director of Knowledge Management Platforms for Merck.

Get a behind-the-scenes, knowledge-management perspective of a multinational corporation that’s 70,000 employees strong. Scott will share his perspective on how enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) is ushering knowledge workers into a new era, where content is centrally stored and managed strategically. In preparation for this change, companies need to carefully inventory their organizational objectives and thoroughly evaluate available products.

“Knowledge workers are starting to work out of a new environment, and a product like Syncplicity transforms the way we think about knowledge, sharing content, and transparency.” —Scott Kennedy, Director of Knowledge Management Platforms, Merck

Managing change

So how does a company keep ahead of the change and protect against the security risks introduced by consumer file-sharing tools? By choosing the right EFSS product. Scott advises that you conduct a thorough evaluation of your business objectives and the EFSS solutions available, so you have the knowledge base to choose the right product for your organization.

“You have to understand your goals, objectives, and use cases,” Scott says. “Due diligence in all areas – security, data privacy, infrastructure, networking, communication, and change management – is vital.”

For Merck, Syncplicity aids in the knowledge management problem

Merck’s thorough evaluation led them to choose Syncplicity as its EFSS solution for a number of reasons, including its intuitive UI and ease of use. Syncplicity’s hybrid storage options (on-premises, cloud, or a little of each), and the ease with which it connects to existing content sources, such as SharePoint and Documentum, were major selling points.

Merck’s assessment revealed that most users don’t back up or sync their content frequently enough, whether they are using a home drive or an EFSS solution that requires dragging and dropping into a “magic folder.” Syncplicity’s real-time backup, and the ability to perform a silent install and automatically sync specific directories without inconveniencing users were also major advantages.

“People don’t want to take time to copy things over,” Scott says. “Syncplicity’s real-time document backup aids the knowledge management issue. It’s how we’re going to phase out home-drive storage in the future.”

Join us in Orlando and learn more

Ready to transform knowledge management at your company? Don’t miss “Syncplicity by EMC: A Transformative Piece to the Knowledge Management Puzzle” on May 18th at the Gartner Digital Workplace Summit in Orlando.

April 30, 2015

New Syncplicity Microsoft Integrations Increase Business Productivity

There is no way to sugar coat it - sending large attachments through Outlook is filled with friction. Most organizations have file size limitations on email attachments, which hinders business productivity. Furthermore, there are significant storage infrastructure costs for enterprises given the fact that the average worker receives on average 70 emails per day and 24% have attachments that are on average 800KB in size. Organizations not only need a solution to this problem, but also need a solution that is deployable, manageable, and usable to drive business value.

Syncplicity is excited to announce the Syncplicity Add-in for Outlook, which will be generally available on May 31,2015.  The Add-in allows users to securely and easily send files and folders of any size directly from Outlook without changing the way they work, thus removing one of the biggest barriers to productivity in the enterprise today. 

Syncplicity Add-in for Outlook makes it easy for users to send content from a number of different sources. They can upload content from their desktop as well as cloud content from their Syncplicity account. Once content is “attached”, the email is delivered with a Syncplicity shared link to the file or folder. Content can either be downloaded directly or downloaded after authentication depending on the security parameters set by the user or IT. Additional security controls and policies can be applied to attachments sent via the Syncplicity Add-in for Outlook such as setting file expiry,  attachment file size, and rights management controls.

The Syncplicity Add-in for Microsoft Outlook isn’t just great for end-users trying to send large files (PowerPoints, video files, spreadsheets, and etc), but also helps organizations dramatically reduce the storage infrastructure costs associated with email attachments.  Email systems add a 33% overhead for every attachment – thus a 10GB attachment becomes 13.3GB, and since there are 4 copies for each attachment, a single large file can take up 53.2 GB – creating huge storage costs for the enterprise.  In contrast, since Syncplicity provides global file de-duplication, only a single copy of a file exists in the system, no matter how many times and how many people send the same content via the Syncplicity Add-in for Outlook.

Unlike others in the market, our Outlook Add-in solution combines the ease of deployment and management for IT with group-based policies, robust security controls like password protected links and link expiration, and a frictionless user experience with no size limits on files and folders – all at the same time.

In addition to the Outlook Add-in, our new Syncplicity iOS app integrates with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel apps for iOS. This integration allows users to access Syncplicity files from within Microsoft Office apps and save them back into Syncplicity. IT administrators can still use “open-in” restriction policies at group level to prevent any data leakage from Syncplicity’s secure containers. 

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