With a new upgrade its iOS Engage app, Colligo gives Apple users the ability to copy content between the app and SharePoint, Office 365 and other cloud file repositories.

Along with the integration of additional data repositories, the Colligo Engage iOS App v7.1 also includes the ability to share links to cached files among Colligo Engage users. It also offers mobile application management (MAM) from the Colligo Engage Console. The new release also fully supports Apple iOS 8.

Sharing From Office 365

Colligo's solution lets iOS and Office 365 users share files and content from both Office 365 and SharePoint Online more easily than they can through the native sharing capacities provided by Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business. It also simplifies access to content stored in Office 365 from a single screen.

That's likely to make Colligo Engage a very popular app with Office 365 users.

According to Colligo, users will be able to move content stored in SharePoint or Office 365 and Dropbox, iCloud, Box, Google Drive and OneDrive for Business easily and securely.

By enabling users to connect directly to their content stores, they can access and share documents without switching apps. Colligo also has plans to contextualize this multi-source content for users so they have a clearer picture of the data they use and what they need most.

'Better than Microsoft'

Colligo is focused on speed and mobility. As Office 365 digs deeper into the enterprise space, both elements are increasingly important — and this functionality is a step beyond what Microsoft offers. As Colligo CEO Barry Jinks told CMSWire, "Users expect consumer-like experiences on mobile devices: intuitive UX, flexibility, power."

Microsoft doesn't fit the bill, he said.

OneDrive for business "is a service that provides users a place to store and share their personal files. Engage is an app (backed by a service) that enables users to store multiple types of content in a variety of locations, tag it and search for it,” he said.

OneDrive lacks flexibility and "it doesn’t sync with team sites on–premises, it doesn’t support lists, and it doesn’t support forms, PDF annotations among other things," he added.

Engage iOS

Engage iOS supports several workloads in a hybrid scenario. It also supports records management through metadata authoring and editing capabilities.

The company claims there are security advantages, too, through the Colligo Engage Console (CEC), a cloud service based on Windows Azure that connects directly to the Engage iOS app. The CEC lets administrators stipulate content locations and policies in multiple locations, on-premises or in the cloud.

OneDrive for Business users share content using links, which some consider security concerns.

“Some companies are concerned about that and some aren’t. But either way, we enable administrators to disable the capability in the app using the CEC. Also CEC monitors what users are doing with the content. So if a user shares a file via an email link, the administrator will know. These are all unique capabilities that the Engage platform supports, “ Jinks said.

Colligo plans to release a new Software Development Kit (SDK) for the platform that will expand the reach of Engage.

“The SDK will support app development on our client-side sync engine, a portable piece of code that manages all data synchronization, authentication, storage, encryption, metadata, etc. Any app built using the SDK will also work out of the box with the CEC,” Jinks said.