As a leader in the enterprise file, sync and share (EFSS) market, EMC’s “mobile first” approach has enabled us to meet and support our ever-growing customer requirements. It’s no longer just about storage space and pricing; customers need to strike the right balance between productivity, efficiency and security. Enterprises need to take into consideration the best way to leverage EFSS by matching capabilities to use cases, especially as this market continues to mature.
On the heels of EMC’s “leader” position in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing, today, I’m pleased to share that Gartner has recognized EMC Syncplicity in its Critical Capabilities for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing report. Gartner gave Syncplicity the highest score for extranet and mobile workforce.**
We’re not surprised EMC scored the highest in extranet and mobile workforce. We’ve built Syncplicity to be the very best in providing an incredible user experience and enhancing productivity regardless of where you are or what device you’re using, inside or outside the firewall. And what would our app be if it didn’t help you collaborate with key, internal stakeholders and the extended enterprise?
However, let’s not forget the two other key areas Gartner highlights as critical capabilities for EFSS vendors: security and collaborative document management. EMC scores in the top three for both: 3.62 out of 5 for High Security and 3.31 out of 5 for Collaborative Document Management. We believe this demonstrates our promise to always give users and IT the well-rounded EFSS solution they deserve.
Gartner rates security use cases based on “exceptionally sensitive files” – we believe this means Syncplicity continues to have your back when it comes to sharing the utmost sensitive files. With our policy driven hybrid cloud, IT has completely control over file security and storage location and our enterprise-grade access controls, military-grade encryption, remote wipe and mobile device management (MDM) integration means more specific and individual protection for users, files, folders and devices. Additionally, we’ve increased our security measures with the release of StorageVaults and StorageVault Authentication to set security controls on storage repositories.
And we don’t take collaborative document management lightly. We recently announced annotation and editing capabilities within PDF documents and MS Office files (respectively) in our new iPhone app and we have our Documentum and SharePoint connectors for connecting to existing enterprise applications. Ultimately, we will live by our “no silos” approach to mobilizing enterprise content to ensure every one of our users experience seamless, powerful and secure file sharing and collaboration.
The numbers don’t lie: Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing has mapped out the critical needs of customers looking to adopt an EFSS solution and I’m proud to say that EMC continues to lead the way. *Gartner, Inc., Critical Capabilities for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing, Jeffrey Mann, et al, 13 August 2014. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
**EMC Syncplicity scored 3.44 out of 5 for extranet and mobile 3.64 out of 5 for mobile workforce.
The next big boost in business productivity is near at hand, and it won’t come from people working harder or longer. “Knowledge workers” will become more productive, as our tools gain greater ability to serve up information without our having to ask for it.
So predicts Gigaom’s Stowe Boyd—the self-described web anthropologist, futurist, and analyst who coined the term “hashtag.”
In his report Context is king: accelerating productivity through context, Boyd says today’s knowledge workers spend 38% of their time searching for information. As our tools gain the ability to do this searching for us, we’ll gain more time for thinking, creating, and experimenting—in other words, more time being productive.
Context is the key to productivity
Advancements in productivity will be based on our technology’s ability to recognize and leverage “context,” says Boyd.
Say, for example, you’re using your smartphone sync-and-share app to share Document X with a colleague. A context-sensitive tool will be able to recognize this scenario and automatically suggest you send related Documents Y and Z.
We’re already leveraging context
As Boyd’s report points out, Syncplicity is already doing this. We use “predictive analytics” to recognize context, and gather and present relevant information to the user.
In the context of a meeting, for example, Syncplicity Meeting Insight™ will automatically prompt the organizer with quick and easy ways to share relevant documents with attendees, eliminating the need to search for them or spend time typing email addresses.
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To position their organizations for the next big boost in productivity, Boyd argues that IT leaders should integrate secure, high-performance file sync-and-share technologies that straddle desktop and mobile platforms. “Work is increasingly reliant on this…computing architecture,” he writes, “it forms the basis of…the network of people and information that we rely on to get work done.”
To read more about the future of productivity, download the report now: Context is king: accelerating productivity through context
It’s official—in its analysis of 19 different Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) solutions, Gartner positioned Syncplicity as a leader in its esteemed Magic Quadrant! How’d we get there? We think it was with a little magic…and a vision—our vision for reinventing file sharing and mobile collaboration for the enterprise.
As we see it, users are going to adopt your software only if it has a great UX. Without it, they’ll ditch your EFSS and fall back on consumer-grade file sharing software, which lacks important security features.
In addition to Syncplicity’s enterprise-grade security capabilities we’ve also created a consumer-grade UX that users love.
“Completeness of vision” is one of the two criteria Gartner uses to graphically assess market competitors. For our completeness of vision, we were placed furthest on the axis. We were also second furthest for “ability to execute.”
An enterprise-grade solution that gives IT the control they need, and a UX that users love. Now that’s magic.
To read first-hand what they have to say about Syncplicity, download a complimentary copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for EFSS click here.
It’s time to redefine mobile productivity on your terms with flexible deployment options that allow you to choose your own storage model. With Syncplicity, you can customize deployments to fit your specific storage architecture and security needs.
Do you require an on-premises storage solution? We’ve got you covered. Is the cloud the best option for you? Syncplicity can do that, too. Want the best of both worlds? Then go hybrid.
Syncplicity provides the freedom of storage choice, which allows you to deploy enterprise-grade file sharing and collaboration capabilities across your organization without changing your current infrastructure. Learn more about flexible deployment options and all the other ways we’re Redefining Mobile Productivity at EMC World 2014!
Don’t miss these sessions, check our Syncplicity custom schedule:
While you’re there, stop by our booth #458 in the EMC WORLD main floor, or visit us in the Momentum booth #1002. We’re here to answer all your questions about integration, security, storage choice, and more!
The explosive growth of OFS consumer tools has paved the way for widespread adoption of solutions in the enterprise. A recent study by ESG highlights the central role that hybrid deployment models are playing. It is clear that cloud- and on-premise-only implementations are too limiting, which explains the massive market response to Syncplicity StorageVaults™, a policy-based hybrid deployment option.
Key findings from the study:
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2013 was an amazing year for enterprise IT—the pace of innovation is higher than it has ever been and there is no sign of any slow down. In my view, 2014 is going to be a pivotal year in the transformation of enterprise IT. Here are just a few predictions of what I see happening in enterprise software in 2014.
It’s a flawed approach to believe that a "one size cloud fits all” approach is appropriate, particularly in the enterprise and specifically for cloud storage. According to a survey that will be published in early 2014 by ESG, a leading analyst firm, 97% of IT professionals who have already deployed an online file sharing solution in the cloud are “extremely” or “somewhat interested” in on premise storage options. In 2014 hybrid cloud will emerge as the de facto choice for organizations that don’t want to and can’t afford to treat all applications and information equally.
Mobile consumer apps have trained people to not just want, but demand a great user experience. One victim of this movement will be the death of feature-bloated apps. Instead, there will be a relentless focus from enterprise software vendors on simplicity of design and function. Those companies who fail to embrace this imperative will be left behind.
We’ve heard a lot about the impact of predictive analytics on the enterprise and how they inform data-driven strategies. Now, the next leap in predictive analytics will be user driven. For example, content creation and collaboration will move from simple access and editing to automating of mundane tasks. Imagine you’ve just completed a meeting in which you created an elaborate whiteboard diagram that you want to share with all the meeting attendees. Predictive insights will prompt you to automatically email the photo of the diagram to all the people listed in calendar invite, eliminating time from a simple but low-value process.
In a mobile world, where users work on multiple devices, any time and anywhere, the notion of desktop backup and recovery is not enough. True protection of business-critical files requires that files are backed up the moment they are modified no matter what device is used to perform an update. And if a device is lost, stolen, or malfunctions, a user should be able to pick up any other device and keep working without missing a beat -- and without needing to recover from a backup first.
Congress will be forced to find a solution to the H-1B visa issue that continues to slowly eat away at the long term competitiveness of U.S. tech companies. We need to treat Silicon Valley and other technology centers as growth engines and give them the badly needed talent they require to fuel their innovation.
We need to dramatically increase and diversify the technical talent pool within our country and initiatives such as Code.org, an organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education, and Code For America are examples of programs headed in the right direction. The emergence of Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg as high-profile technology leaders will also help drive more girls into technical and business careers, creating a far larger and more diverse technology workforce.
It is not 1999. The tech industry has regained its footing and many ideas and innovations being invested in today are delivering long-term value. That said, there is considerable irrationality in the market as well, with some company’s valuations not being in line with core business fundamentals. For enterprise customers, financial stability and laser-focus on enterprise needs matters in the long term. “Land grabs” can generate a lot of early market hype, but when it comes to enterprise-scale deployments the landscape can change very fast.
What are your predictions for 2014?