File Sharing News & Analysis
| Monday Mar 10, 2014
All eyes are on Box as the world waits for the file sync and share startup to reveal its financials in preparation for its pre-IPO road show.
Today, at SXSW, Box CEO Aaron Levie revealed that Ashton Kutcher (yes, the Ashton Kutcher) and Guy Oseary (Madonna’s manager) have invested in his company. The investment happened in December, but why announce it then when you can do it just before IPO-time?
On Friday Bloomberg reported that the company plans to make its prospectus public in the next few weeks.
| Friday Mar 7, 2014
Dropbox for Business launched in the middle of last year, rebranding its "Teams" product to appeal more to the larger enterprise customers. Since then uptake has been steady, with Dropbox claiming 4 million business users worldwide. But in an increasingly crowded marketplace how does Dropbox stand out?
| Monday Mar 3, 2014
Some cloud-based file sync and share vendors bill themselves as replacements for SharePoint. Syncplicity isn’t one of them.
The rockin’ hot EMC subsidiary has all of the good things that great start-ups are known for, plus a keen understanding of how enterprises operate and their requirements.
| Tuesday Feb 25, 2014
These are golden days for enterprise (and wanna be enterprise) IT vendors, especially for those that offer consumer-like experiences in the cloud.
You don’t have to look any further than the (now confirmed) $350 million Dropbox raised last month to prove it. That puts the file sync and share vendor’s valuation at over $10 billion. It’s a pretty hefty sum for any company, let alone one which may be giving many of its products/services away for free.
That being said, Dropbox is loved by the masses; last November it reported that it had 200 million registered users. It’s safe to assume that most of them registered as individuals versus as members of corporations.
| Friday Feb 14, 2014
Fie sharing is making inroads into the enterprise content management (ECM) market as business users look for easier ways to shunt content around the enterprise. But recent research shows even the file sharing market is evolving with many users now looking for hybrid cloud/on-premises solutions, as opposed to the pure cloud-based approach.
In effect, many online file sharing (OFS) users are now looking for ways to store at least some of their data on-premises as an alternative to storing that data in third-party data centers, reversing the current trend to move everything to the cloud.
| Wednesday Feb 12, 2014
If your company has invested in SharePoint, they have likely put a lot of time, money and resources into its acquisition and deployment. Yet many companies are not realizing the return that they could be on their sizable investment.
| Friday Jan 31, 2014
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but online file sharing company Box has reportedly (secretly) filed for its IPO.
The story was “broken” by Quartz, reported on by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and all but verified by Forbes.
Read on because we have reasons to believe what they’ve written is true. Reasons that no one else seems to have written about thus far.
| Friday Jan 31, 2014
It’s a just about a cliché at this stage to note that cloud computing has been one of the big technology disruptors in recent years. However, according to Gartner, the best — or worst, depending on your perspective — has yet to come. It seems Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are doomed to legacy status or even the trash bin.
| Wednesday Jan 29, 2014
The enterprise file sync and share market is jam-packed with vendors. If we were to write an article every time one of them makes a tweak, there wouldn’t be enough time to do anything else. So needless to say, we’re not going that route.
However, when one of the vendors that dominates or is disrupting the space does something interesting, we think it’s worth bringing to your attention.
EMC Syncplicity wins time on the center stage today with its new Mobile First strategy. And no, we’re not talking about skinning a desktop experience onto an iPhone or iPad and changing the way the icons look — but literally changing the way you work. Syncplicity’s new app helps you work smarter, more collaboratively and faster.
| Wednesday Dec 11, 2013
Box announced today the addition of a number of new capabilities to its cloud storage platform, including enhanced admin features and a new service, Box Consulting, to help deploy and scale the Box platform. It also introduced new partnerships with Capgemini and other unnamed systems integrators.
| Wednesday Dec 11, 2013
File sharing and syncing app SugarSync has decided to do away with its free version starting next February in favor of a paid approach. That means customers using the company's existing free version will have to start paying or get ready to migrate their content from the SugarSync system.
| Tuesday Nov 5, 2013
Up until now, most enterprise File Sync and Share vendors have provided a service that looks -- and works -- much like Dropbox for Companies. Sure, the players in the space have added all sorts of security, controls, mobile capabilities, corporate branding, as well as integration with other enterprise applications to their offerings, but they’ve missed two important marks -- they weren’t built from the ground up for the way work gets done or with the deep, difficult to penetrate protections that companies need.
Syncplicity, with its latest release, becomes the exception.
| Friday Oct 18, 2013
Tibco is pumping up its enterprise social network tibbr with file storage and sharing, task management, a platform for managing and publishing content and a new partnership with enterprise collaboration solution Huddle.
| Wednesday Oct 2, 2013
A battle is being silently waged between IT personnel and business users over the way important business documents get shared at work.
| Thursday Sep 26, 2013
This week, WordPress.com parent Automattic furthered its goal of world domination -- that is, powering most of the planet’s websites -- with the purchase of file-sharing startup Cloudup.