March 17, 2015 | by Syncplicity by Axway Team
Declaring Today “Mobile Productivity Day”
We have decided to declare today worldwide Mobile Productivity Day.
We have done this because today represents an occurrence of an unusual magnitude, and of cosmic proportions for mobile workforces everywhere: It’s Saint Patrick’s Day and the first day of March Madness!
Whether you are on a business trip (or at a bar drinking green beer) or working from home (or at a bar watching basketball with your friends), you don’t need a lucky clover to convince your colleagues you are busy at work. You have Syncplicity by Axway.
No matter how you decide to spend the day, here are a few tips to make sure your boss thinks you are productive. Err, we mean you stay productive.
- Send a secure link to a slide presentation. You can send a link to any file from any Syncplicity by Axway mobile app and add advanced security features such as password protection and link expiration.
- Share a folder with your boss. There is nothing that says "I am busy at work" than sharing a folder with a bunch of files and asking for input. With Syncplicity by Axway, share a folder from your iPhone and decide who can edit files or just read them. Because Syncplicity by Axway has multi-folder sync, you will have access to all of your folders, so you can share them without having to think ahead (i.e., before you start your "business trip").
- Edit a PowerPoint file in a shared folder. With Syncplicity by Axway, you can create and edit MS Office documents, and annotate PDFs, from your iOS and Android devices. So go ahead and make sure you update a few files from the "road" and even sign some contracts. But, be sure to review the contracts first!
Now, if you don’t have Secure Shared Files for file-level rights management activated for your enterprise, please don’t confuse us with Snapchat, and be careful what you post! But if you do have Secure Shared Files go ahead and post what you want, you can always pull it back later, no matter where it ends up.
In conclusion, whether you are watching 3-point shots, taking too many shots of Irish whisky, or avoiding getting your mug shot taken, be sure to use Syncplicity by Axway so you don’t miss out on your shot at that big promotion.
Let the mayhem begin and remember, in all seriousness, every day can be a mobile productivity day.
Happy St. Patty’s Day and March Madness!!!
January 23, 2015 | by Syncplicity by Axway Team
Congratulations to Box – A Well Deserved IPO
The much-awaited Box IPO has arrived! All of us in the file sharing market (and beyond) anxiously waited for this day to happen. Box and Aaron Levie epitomize the possibilities of Silicon Valley. Aaron has worked hard in the last decade to build a successful cloud file sharing and collaboration business and we at Syncplicity by Axway would like to sincerely congratulate him and his team on this great achievement.
A successful Box IPO validates what we have been saying for years: the way we work is changing. Correct that… it has changed for good.
Today’s mobile workforce demands the ability to access and share their work on any device, anytime, anywhere as easily as they access and share their personal lives on Facebook and Instagram. And, organizations that do not step up to this challenge are going to be left behind as employees, especially new employees to the workforce, demand new ways to collaborate.
Having said that, we also looked forward to this day because we think it starts a new chapter of the conversation. A chapter where we focus on the needs of the new workforce, and start to make some sense of the very real differences between the leaders in this market. In our case, we couldn’t agree more with Box that this is a huge opportunity for change in enterprise IT.
At the same time, we have some very real differences in our approach, for example:
We believe that enterprises need choice on how and where files are stored. While we are certainly big fans of cloud storage, our enterprise customers tell us not all content is created equal. They consistently tell us that some or all of their content still needs to reside in their own data center for security and compliance reasons. That is why Syncplicity by Axway has invested in a policy-driven hybrid cloud that gives our customers complete control of where files reside without any impact on end user functionality.
We believe that enterprises need to eliminate silos of information, but they can’t just rip and replace what they have. Enterprises have made massive investments in the storage and access controls to safeguard exabytes worth of corporate data. Our customers tell us that they want to move much of their file-based content into an EFSS solution. They know this will make it easier for users to securely access that content from any device, and also drive down IT support and infrastructure costs while improving information governance. However, they cannot do it immediately. Our customers have asked for a bridge to the future that provides secure access to this content without requiring an immediate and disruptive migration. And we have done that with Syncplicity by Axway.
There is nothing better for the future of enterprise IT than to have strong competition that drives innovation in technology, business models, and customer service. And in doing so, constantly pushes each other forward. We have never been so excited about what the future offers enterprise IT and the new mobile workforce they support, and again, sincerely congratulate the Box Team for this milestone in the industry.
December 23, 2014 | by Syncplicity by Axway Team
Creating Mobile Magic this Holiday Season
From Jeannie in “I Love Jeannie” to the good witches in “Charmed” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” most of us have yearned for magical powers to remove obstacles, protect ourselves from harm, and do our holiday shopping.
Luckily mobile technology has advanced so much that it is indistinguishable from magic today. Each of us really can sprinkle a little bit of magic dust right from our mobile devices to take our lives from ordinary to the extraordinary.
- Elevate and QuizUp provide the mental floss you need to stay sharp at work and at home.
- Hipmunk allows you to sort travel itineraries based on the least amount of agony so you can reach your destination with a smile.
- We know you use Syncplicity by Axway for work, but you can also use it to share your holiday wish list with family and friends across the globe so your family knows in real-time when you’ve added more items to your “wish" list.
- Wunderlist gives you the power to keep track of and prioritize your to-dos since most of us mere mortals can’t simply snap our fingers to complete tasks.
- And lastly, Timeful suggests the most optimal time to complete projects. With so many priorities between work and home, sometimes you really do need someone to sprinkle magic dust on your calendar to figure out how you can get 10 things done in a day when everything is a high priority.
From accessing email, to surfing the web, to tracking tasks, and managing our health, mobile has come a long way. We here at Syncplicity by Axway believe that mobile is truly magical today and we are working on harnessing all of its power to take our work from ordinary to the extraordinary.
December 4, 2014 | by Syncplicity by Axway Team
ESG Lab Review: Syncplicity by Axway - Secure, Flexible, and Easy to Manage
The proliferation of online file sharing solutions has made it easy for users to store, access and share content across devices. However, it has also led to data security and compliance risks with employees creating their own accounts on consumer file sharing solutions to enhance productivity.
Today, many forward thinking organizations are deploying enterprise-class Online File Sharing solutions to mitigate the risks caused by employees storing corporate content in consumer solutions. But not all enterprise solutions are alike.
ESG Lab recently performed hands-on testing of Syncplicity by Axway Enterprise Edition with the goal of validating features that make it a secure, flexible, and easy to manage OFS solution for enterprises. ESG Lab looked at both Syncplicity by Axway from the perspective of the IT administrator who deploys and manages the solution, as well as from the perspective of the end-user who securely shares and collaborates across devices.
It should be no surprise that ESG Lab found Syncplicity by Axway to be “secure, efficient, and easy for IT and users to deploy, operate, and use.” In fact, ESB Lab easily deployed the enterprise OSF solution, provisioned users and storage, and viewed dashboards and reports to manage the entire deployment. But the solution wasn’t just pleasing to IT. ESG Lab “validated that the Syncplicity by Axway solution was easy to use with a clean, uncluttered interface and completely transparent sharing.” They found Syncplicity by Axway to be easily accessible across devices increasing the pace of file sharing and collaboration.
To learn first-hand why ESG Lab concluded that EMC Syncplicity by Axway delivers “high performance, secure, easy-to-use, and –manage enterprise online file sharing with flexible deployment options", download the report here.
December 1, 2014 | by Syncplicity by Axway Team
EMC Syncplicity Receives Enterprise App Award (Appy) for Productivity and Competes for Best of Show
We're excited to have won CRN’s 2014 Enterprise App Award in the productivity category.
The “Appys” recognize outstanding achievement by developers of enterprise mobile apps, with apps evaluated by CRN’s editors on functionality, suitability to task, ease of use, innovation and potential value to solution providers, their customers and the market in general.
CRN evaluated a number of mobile applications for productivity and recognized Syncplicity by Axway as a winner for delivering a powerful enterprise-class file sync and share solution with a completely redesigned iPhone app.
EMC Syncplicity by Axway’s iPhone app launched this summer provides enterprise users with a completely re-built mobile application that incorporates a very intuitive, consumer-grade user interface that innovates in three key areas: beauty, efficiency, and power.
- Beauty: The app is visually stunning and personalized from first use. It has a breakthrough UX design innovation with 3D panel views to quickly move across folders.
- Efficiency: The app is designed to navigate vast amounts of information and access features with a simple swipe of the thumb.
- Power: The app has a tremendous amount of functionality, for today’s business user, but true to form it is simple to use. This includes a built-in editor to edit and create MS Office documents and annotate PDFs to ensure that enterprise users can securely view, edit, create, sync, and share content.
With 86% of today’s business leaders believing UX is just as important for enterprise apps as it is for consumer apps, Syncplicity by Axway has set the bar on UX for file sharing apps across the enterprise mobile work/collaboration space. For a quick demo of the product’s key features click here.
This week, Syncplicity by Axway will be competing against other Appy winners for the Best of Show award at CRNs Tech Tank 2014 by showcasing our key product innovations.
September 29, 2014 | by Syncplicity by Axway Team
Lionsraw cheers on soccer players, shares files, and serves communities all over the world
Ten years ago, Jon Burns gazed over a European soccer stadium full of fans and saw great potential. Soon after, he created Lionsraw, a UK-based charity that empowers soccer fans to donate time and money to community efforts. Today, Jon is doing a lot of good for a lot of people the world over. Recently, though, Lionsraw, was up against a file-sharing and collaboration problem. “We have staff all over the world and lots of volunteers,” says Lionsraw Founder and CEO Jon Burns. “So the problem we had was, how do you communicate well — how do you share information well — when you’re all over the place?”
Spread across five continents, Lionsraw employees and volunteers had no centralized way to store and share documents. Confidential data was comingled with non-sensitive information, and a lot of their files were big, bulky videos and photos they wanted to edit and share from around the world. They also wanted mobile access to everything, from everywhere.
Instead of us telling you about it download the Lionsraw case study or more fun, watch Jon Burns tell you the story.
July 31, 2014 | by Syncplicity by Axway Team
Meet Our New iPhone App (and prepare to fall hard)
We’ll tell you right now. The second you open Syncplicity by Axway’s new iPhone app, it’s going to be love at first swipe.
Our secure, enterprise file sync and share solution has always featured a consumer-grade UX users love. That’s why Gartner referred to our “modern UI” and “enhanced user experience” in naming us 2014 Magic Quadrant leaders. But our new iPhone app sets the UX bar even higher. Way, way higher.
In building this app, we set out to innovate in three key areas: beauty, efficiency, and power.
Beauty: The app is visually stunning and personalized from the very first time you use it.
Efficiency: We have designed innovative ways to navigate vast amounts of information and access features with the simple swipe of the thumb.
Power: We have packed an enormous amount of functionality into a very small device without making it complicated.
Through radical design innovation, we’ve created a fresh, elegant interface that’s as attractive and easy to use as it is powerful. New globally recognized avatars help orient the user throughout the app, and a three-panel main screen view brings unprecedented function and form to the iPhone’s limited real estate.
- With “predictive insights,” our new app knows what you want to do even before you do, making it super simple to share files, see who’s viewed them, and send reminders.
- An activity feed tells you when collaborators update files or folders.
- You can create and share audio and video files.
- You can annotate PDF documents and edit MS Office files from inside the app.
- With a single swipe copy a file to mulitple folders.
Bet you already want to meet our new app. No problem. We’ve set it all up.
Watch our 36-second Love at First Swipe video.
July 25, 2014 | by Syncplicity by Axway Team
We’re bound for the future. You coming along?
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 by Axway 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 by Axway 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.
Get ready. Get Syncplicity by Axway.
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
July 10, 2014 | by Syncplicity by Axway Team
What’s Our Magic? A Fantastic User Experience.
It’s official—in its analysis of 19 different Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) solutions, Gartner positioned Syncplicity by Axway 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 by Axway’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 by Axway, download a complimentary copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for EFSS click here.
July 2, 2014 | by Syncplicity by Axway Team
Sync, share, and declare your independence!
It’s here. That first warm-season milestone that sneaks up on you every year, reminding you that spring has ended and summer is in full swing. Yes, it’s time to take a day off and celebrate American independence.
Enjoy the parade, the family gathering or barbecue with friends, the fireworks, or just a quiet day off. And when you return to work, keep that spirit of independence alive! ! Even if you don’t live in the US, you can do it with Syncplicity by Axway.
Syncplicity by Axway lets you can declare independence from consumer-grade solutions, like Dropbox. It lets everyone in your organization sync and share files to their hearts’ content without exposing company data to security threats.
Also, you can help them break free from FTP and escape the tyranny of email file-size limits! Syncplicity by Axway users can send large files and create shared folders, with no file-size limits and no need for IT support.
Enable them to stand up (from their desks) and venture out into the wild, free from the constraints of their desktops and laptops. With Syncplicity by Axway, mobile workforces roam freely—sharing, syncing, and even working on Office documents straight from their devices.
And this liberty isn’t limited by hardware loss, destruction, or theft. With files backed up in real time, Syncplicity by Axway users can always use a mobile device or loaner computer to access their unharmed data.
So, yes, enjoy the hot dogs, the parading fire trucks, the peaceful rest, or whatever you like on the Fourth. And if you return to a workplace that isn’t yet living the joys of sync-and-share independence, give us a call.
We’re here to set you free!