Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) has emerged as an alternative for document based collaboration. Primary benefit of EFSS has been its ease of use and light footprint, both in terms of feature set and IT cost. In fact, individual users started using it without involving corporate IT. All of us have multiple cloud storage apps like OneDrive, Google Drive, or DropBox. EFSS is one of those trends which are spearheaded by individuals users and eventually they are forcing IT to offer it as enterprise IT service. If you are considering EFSS as a standalone collaboration platform, remember that big vendors like Microsoft are already incorporating these capabilities in broader collaboration products like SharePoint. Using EFSS as part of broader collaboration solution may give lot of other benefits like security, control and better integration with other collaboration and Office products.
Gartner published first Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing market. As per Gartner, by 2017, most of the EFSS products will be absorbed into adjacent collaboration and ECM products.
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Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing