With the volume of corporate content increasing at a staggering rate, organizations are being challenged with not only managing that content, but also ensuring compliance with government and industry regulations. Adding to this challenge is the fact that numerous content repositories (or silos) are also popping up within organizations—but with no centralized means of managing them. So, between organizing and managing content on multiple repositories and securing this uber content over multiple platforms, IT has their work cut out for them.
The options seem limited. Traditional heavyweight enterprise content management systems (ECMs) are complex to deploy and use, not to mention expensive to maintain. On the other hand, enterprise file sync and share systems (EFSS) are simple to deploy and use, but fairly lightweight when it comes to functionality over and above file sharing and collaboration. Add the security factor, and organizations are facing a conundrum across the board: How can we manage content simply, smartly, and securely, and in compliance with regulations?
A provider of modern ECM and business process management (BPM) software, Alfresco is positioning itself as “simple for users, smart for IT, and secure for business.” Over ten years old, the company’s goal is to disrupt traditional ECM with an easy and secure means of content management across multiple deployment models of the same platform—on-premises, cloud, hybrid, and mobile. If that proves to be the case, Alfresco could have a significant advantage over traditional solutions in the content management market.
EMC made a surprise announcement today that it is spinning out the Syncplicity division to private equity firm Skyview Capital. EMC will retain a stake in the new company (which will be called Syncplicity), and Skyview exec Jon Huberman will lead the company as the new CEO. Most of the Syncplicity team will move to the new company – though existing leader Jeetu Patel will move on to bigger and better things outside of Syncplicity. The good news is that Jeetu built a strong team and the new company will benefit from his legacy.
ESG's Terri McClure and Kerry Dolan discuss Connected Data Transporter, a private cloud file sync and share solution, which recently underwent an ESG Test Drive.
With the burgeoning workplace mobility trend, and the pervasive requirements for file sharing and collaboration, organizations must provide employees with the necessary tools to stay productive and secure anywhere, at any time, and on any device. Since security is top of mind for IT, leaving employees to their own devices is not an option. Companies cannot take the chance of losing control of business-critical and sensitive data by having it compromised, corrupted, deleted, or worse. So while organizations are taking steps to find ways to embrace the ubiquitous “anywhere, anytime, any device,” mantra, cloud-based enterprise file sharing still has enterprises wary.
Varonis, a provider of software solutions for unstructured, human-generated enterprise data, appears to be taking on the ever-present security issue in the growing file sharing and collaboration movement. With DatAnywhere, the Varonis alternative to a cloud-based enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solution, the vendor says it is transforming the corporate infrastructure into a secure cloud-like file synchronization platform. If this is the case, it could give Varonis a competitive advantage over entirely cloud-based solutions.
In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Terri McClure discusses findings from ESG' s 2015 IT Spending Intentions research, which reveals that it’s not the age of the buyer that dictates IT decisions, but the age of the company.
As employees demand the flexibility of working anywhere, at any time, and on any device, IT is often forced to respond with appropriate support and investment. This trend is reflected in recent ESG research that reveals both an emphasis on mobility spending and support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs in the enterprise. And these efforts are yielding tangible results: Those organizations that have implemented formal BYOD policies are much more likely to see increased productivity among their employees and reduced support calls.
Included with this blog post is fifth in a series of seven videos that talk about the key findings from ESG’s recently published research report, Next-generation Storage Architectures. I collaborated with my colleagues Mark Peters and Scott Sinclair on the research. In this segment, I talk about one of the key, next-generation storage architectures: solid-state storage.
Microsoft recently opened up its Office software suite to work with third-party vendors. This new attitude has heads nodding in approval, and industry-acknowledged power players Box, Citrix, Dropbox, and Salesforce are already on board. This fresh, expansive approach to doing business could not only be a boon for third-party vendors, but would also allow end-users and IT departments across the board to reap the benefits—one of which is enhancing workspace delivery models. Microsoft’s willingness to have others hop on the bandwagon could give the vendor a big competitive advantage in the nascent enterprise mobility market.
Included with this blog post is the second in a series of seven videos that talk about the key findings from ESG’s recently published research report, Next-generation Storage Architectures. My colleagues, Mark Peters, Scott Sinclair, and I all collaborated on the research. In this segment, I talk about one of the key, next-generation storage architectures -- Integrated Compute Platforms (ICP).
Nearly half of the Western European IT organizations surveyed by ESG report that they’ve put restrictions in place prohibiting the storage of information in U.S.-based data centers as a result of the NSA’s PRISM program. Organizations born in the digital era are more likely than their older counterparts to have introduced restrictions as a direct result of PRISM. What can U.S.-based cloud service providers do to assuage user concerns in regions—especially Europe—with more stringent data privacy regulations in the aftermath of the NSA spying scandal?
A majority of organizations plan to increase spending on the software, services, and devices to enable mobile productivity among their employees in 2015. This is not surprising given the fact that most report at least one of their top IT priorities is mobility-related, including desktop virtualization and deploying applications specifically for mobile devices. It is also interesting to note the connection between formalized BYOD policies and the likelihood of increased enterprise mobility investment levels.
ESG Senior Analyst Terri McClure focuses on network attached storage, file systems, unified storage, cloud storage, and enterprise mobility, including enterprise file sync and share solutions. Since joining ESG, she has become a much-sought-after analyst in the storage space. Terri brings more than 20 years of data storage industry experience to her role.
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