The new year is underway, and as part of my 2016 planning, I sat down with ESG VP of Research and Analyst Services John McKnight to chat about what I think this year will bring to the EFSS space.
Since it's a busy segment of the marketplace, John and I had a lengthy discussion which we've broken into four parts. Now, I know there's more than four things happening in EFSS, but these topics will certainly frame many IT discussions; I'm asked about them frequently.
One of those big areas of concern is how EFSS technology fits into existing infrastructure, workflows, and processes, even as it enhances those workflows at the same time. Simply, most organizations are not positioned to rip and replace their technology, so it's all about integration:
As I said, there are more issues to be discussed (can you say “the democratization of IT?”). You’ll see some of my thoughts on those areas in future blogs. But for now, I hope you enjoy this series. As always, feel free to comment or ask questions below.
Woman: The following is an ESG 360 Video.
John: I'm here today with Terri McClure, Senior Analyst covering Enterprise File Sync and Share technologies for ESG. Welcome Terri.
Terri: Thank you John. It's good to be here.
John: Straight in from Silicon Valley, nice to have you back.
Terri: Good to be back.
John: Excellent. So, very fast growing, rapidly changing market when we look at what we call Enterprise File Sync and Share solutions. What do you see as some of the major trends that you're going to be looking out for in 2016?
Terri: Well, it has been fascinating to watch this market as it's evolved over the years. I think really the next step for this market is, while the stand-alone business will remain very healthy, I mean DropBox has 400 million or so really happy users, so I don't think the stand-alone business is going anywhere soon, I think we'll continue to see File Sync and Share get integrated into the core as an underlying content layer across a lot of the software applications that we're using for work because we need common content across those apps, like our CRM systems and our ECM systems and our SRM systems and billing and such.
So, I think you'll continue to see companies like Box and DropBox and the other vendors out there investing in the ISB ecosystem and investing in their building up really robust API sets to enable them to be that common content layer, because once the content gets in there and they start integrating across all those applications, they get really sticky.
John: So, making their features and functionality much more pervasive across all kinds of applications.
Terri: And being that common content layer that allows one set of content to be used for everything, so you get consistency and take some of the risk out of business processes.
But it's not just about integrating with those applications. It's about integrating with the security products that do data loss prevention and information rate management and integrating with the enterprise mobility management suites because we're going to start seeing people bringing in more and more enterprise mobility management to secure the mobile devices and mobile applications that we use. So, it's really you're going to see a continuing drumbeat of API development and integrations across this entire ecosystem of solutions.
John: Well, Thank you Terri. This was great as always. Thanks for sharing your insights with us.
Terri: Thanks John.
John: If you'd like to read more of Terri's research, you can visit her blog and her research at ESG-Global.com