April 18, 2018   |   by Kristie Conner

Spring Release 2018: What’s New

What’s new with Syncplicity? 

The Syncplicity product and engineering team has been busy building new enterprise features.  We continue to innovate across four pillars that drive value for our customers:

  • Innovative User Experience, the user
  • IT Modernization, IT
  • Advanced Data Protection & Security, Security + Governance
  • Ecosystem Collaboration, Developers

You'll see that the Spring Release brings some very exciting features that empower the entire Syncplicity ecosystem from administrators to users, but this release has a strong emphasis Innovative User Experiences (user) and Ecosystem Collaboration (developers).

Watch the webinar “Spring Release: What’s New with Syncplicity”.

Innovative User Experiences

Power + Usability

This spring, we released an improved desktop experience, one that is both innovative and powerful.  We have combined the strength of multi-folder sync (the ability to sync any folder on your desktop to the cloud) with the power to seamlessly stream files from the cloud to the desktop. 

With this release, you have the benefits of multi-folder sync like real-time backup, recovery from Ransomware combined with streaming files from the cloud without using storage – accessing millions of files without consuming storage.

Available on Syncplicity Windows App 5.4.0, not currently available on Mac. 

Folder Insights + Notifications 

With our new notifications users have more visibility into their folders and files than ever before.  With notifications and digest, that users can set for daily, weekly, monthly – users receive an update that summarizes activity.  At a glance – users can see what content has been shared, re-shared, changed and deleted.

Removing the guesswork.  These types of features help users in subtle yet, powerful ways from understanding personal collaboration activity to knowing who is responsive, to being alerted to changes in a file so that you can keep abreast of new content.

External Sharing
As we continue to evolve our sharing models, to address our customers’ need to provide users with secure sharing, external sharing is a top priority. We address three levels of sharing – Internal, Affiliate and External.  Now, users can easily view from Syncplicity online if their folder is being shared with an external partner, internal or if the folder has been shared by an external partner. This helps users manage external collaboration and sharing – helping avoid data leakage while giving IT more granularity over external sharing.

This features requires activation, please contact your Syncplicity Customer Success Manager.

Advanced Data Protection

Improved Security for Regulated Industries
For security conscious industries, we now offer client certificate based authentication for Syncplicity Windows App and the Syncplicity web client. This additional level of security supports using client certificates allowing mutual TLS/SSL authentication against Syncplicity storage. Only users with the correct certificate installed will be able to access corporate data.

This new feature ensures only trusted devices can access company data, providing heightened security. 

Customer owned encryption keys is also available in a controlled release for customers and prospects, giving you, the customer, ultimate control over your encryption keys, ensuring no unauthorized 3rd party can access your company files.

Application Whitelisting – Control Access to Syncplicity API
Prevent unauthorized applications from accessing data from Syncplicity.  Administrators have the ability to enable and disable application whitelisting and specify application keys to whitelist. Giving companies the control over what applications connect to Syncplicity and the ones to be blocked.I

Define specific capabilities for applications accessing Syncplicity.

Application Scopes
With this features customers can limit what API calls are made to the Syncplicity API. Applications Scopes provide control over Syncplicity’s APIs that an application can call, providing Enterprises complete security and control based on their security policies for external applications on each of the APIs.

Ecosystem Collaboration 

We are excited to announce our Developer Portal and our new Content API giving customers the power to create and innovate by building custom applications that solve your unique use cases.

  • Full exposure of Syncplicity API in Developer Portal
  • Addition of the Content APIs
  • Sample code
  • Interactive documentation

To read the blog, click here.

In addition, to the new Developer Portal we’ve released five new applications that customers can download from the AMPLIFY MARKETPLACE, click here.

  • Adobe Sign
  • Confluence
  • JIRA
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Chrome Extensions

Thank you for your continued support.  To learn more please visit our support site for release notes.

The Product Solution, Management and Engineering Team at Axway Syncplicity  

April 18, 2018

Announcing the addition of Content APIs on Syncplicity Developer Portal

We are excited to introduce the Syncplicity Developer Portal!  The new portal includes an interactive console with everything you need to help facilitate and speed custom application development. From exploring the latest document for Syncplicity’s application programming interfaces (APIs) which include content capabilities and user provisioning to accessing sample code in Java, C#. With Syncplicity APIs, developers can make their applications content aware by accessing files for upload, download, create shared links. APIs allow both developers, technology partners and customers to easily create end-user applications or administrative applications connecting to customers’ Syncplicity accounts.

As a developer, the portal will provide complete access to everything you need to get started, upon creation of a developer account, you will instantly get access to interactive documentation, code samples, knowledgebase articles and a Syncplicity sandbox environment to test your application or just your API calls.  The site provides an easy to follow reference guide and prerequisites to help you get started.  One of benefits is instant help from a community of other developers and our team here at Syncplicity, including Product Management.

Build Custom Applications to Meet Your Business Needs

They Syncplicity APIs can help you address a wide-range of unique use cases based on your business requirements.  

As a Syncplicity platform user or an application developer, you can enable development of your content aware applications by using Syncplicity API set – building applications for end-users that streamline interactions with content and improve collaboration.  Giving business users new innovative ways to collaborate with internal and external teams.

  • Build an integration between Syncplicity and your application
  • Automate routine processes with Syncplicity
  • Customize Syncplicity for your organization

An example: Build an administrative tool to simplify user provisioning or an application to automate group and policy configuration

Our API platform takes care of the heavy lifting so you can focus on your business needs. Further, you can publish your new application on the AMPLIFY MARKETPLACE.  The AMPLIFY MARKETPLACE includes applications provided by Axway, the Syncplicity team, our customers and partners. Additionally, you can also find reference applications/connectors you can use.

Take a look at our new applications / integrations, to download click here.

  • Syncplicity for OneNote
  • Syncplicity Extension for Chrome
  • Adobe Sign connector
  • Syncplicity for Jira
  • Syncplicity for Confluence

Join our webinar, Spring Release 2018 to learn more about the Developer Portal, Content API and our new applications. Register to attend live or watch on-demand at a later date.

Enjoy!

Product Management

November 20, 2017

Time to bridge MFT and Content Collaboration Platform

BY SCOTT LEWIS, SENIOR DIRECTOR, PRODUCT & SOLUTION MARKETING, AXWAY

Gartner has stated in its recent Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms (read the full report here) that 80% of large and midsize organizations in mature regions will have deployed one or more content collaboration platform (CCP) products.  Gartner defines CCP as a range of content-centric platforms enabling secure file productivity and content collaboration for individuals and teams as well as supporting the creation of a modern digital workplace. It is the evolution of the EFSS (Enterprise File Sharing and Synchronization) products.

Now this is not meant to be lesson on CCP and MFT but let’s step back and look at both and why there is a value in bridging the two.

CCP solutions address the use cases of people sharing and collaborating very well with other people be it within an organization and with customers, partners and suppliers.

The focused is placed on ease of use and universal access from any device, anytime, anywhere to optimize collaboration with other individuals.

On the other hand, with Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions the use cases are driven by business processes typically between systems of record which are event and scheduled driven. Premiums are places on automation, monitoring and security. Think “locked down back office processes”. 

There is definitely a “better together” scenario if we can bridge MFT with CCP we could open up many new use cases that we have not been able to support before.

Been there, done that but failed
In particular, MFT vendors tried to include file sharing and human based file transfer use cases into their offer. They delivered Frankenstein like products that end users basically refused to use as they were not finding the simplicity they desired. Also, patterns and use cases are so different that it was also creating performance issues on the MFT side. But the intention is still valid, to achieve maximum efficiency and to address hybrid patterns within the organization, IT need to deliver MFT and CCP and expose them as consumer like services to end-users.

Solution is not replacing one with the other
Whatever solution that tried to replace other - MFT by EFSS or EFSS by MFT was just doomed to fail. Both serve a vital purpose and bridging the two properly opens the door to many new possibilities. This is the approach we have taken here at Axway. We have created a bridge between our leading Axway Syncplicity CCP solution and our leading Axway SecureTransport MFT Gateway solution. The two solutions are governed solutions and managed and controlled by IT. Doing so permits new use cases such as an application delivering files to a person or a team, and a person or team sending a file to an application. All while providing the familiar user interface the end users are already using with the benefits of secure anytime, anywhere, any device access.

Take advantage of bridging CCP and MFT 

Axway SecureTransport and Syncplicity customers can download the Syncplicity Connector for SecureTransport for free from the Axway AMPLIFY marketplace and start transforming the way their organization collaborates and innovates.

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