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IT departments can endorse a single offering that best balances collaboration and file sharing needs with their security and control requirements.
The online file sharing and collaboration market, as Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) defines it, includes Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings that help customers share and access documents and other files in the cloud, and allows for easy access by and collaboration across multiple endpoint devices. This includes SaaS offerings focused on sharing and collaboration, and purposely excludes those services focused primarily on data protection and backup. There’s certainly some overlap; well-known vendors that focus primarily on file sharing and collaboration include Box, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox, Egnyte, SugarSync, Syncplicity and, more recently, YouSendIt entered the market.
The reason IT needs to take a good hard look at these tools today is because, in many cases, they’re already being used in your organizations. So it’s in your best interest to get in front of the trend and provide corporate-approved (and managed)
This was first published in March 2012