Mobile File Synchronization Evaluation Criteria



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iPads and other tablets have sparked interest in mobile file sync solutions. Consumer-based solutions are popular, but it's hard to find a secure, easy-to-administer enterprise-grade solution. Research VP Guy Creese offers a set of evaluation criteria to aid in finding the right solution.

Table of Contents

  • Summary of Findings
  • Comparison
  • Analysis
    • Mobile File Synchronization: Why Is It Suddenly Hot?
      • User Demand for Anywhere, Anytime Access to Files
      • Storage and Broadband Ubiquity
      • Vendor Self-Interest
    • Mobile File Synchronization Use Cases
      • Synchronizing Important Files for Mobile Employees
      • Consolidating File Share Mechanisms Within the Enterprise
      • Enabling Simple, File-Centric Collaboration Inside and Outside the Enterprise
      • Making Existing Collaboration Systems Mobile-Friendly
      • Synchronizing Employees' Personal Files
    • Wanted: Ease of Use Plus Enterprise Security and Management
      • Consumer Solution Shortcomings
      • Evaluation Criteria
    • Mobile File Synchronization Market
      • Market Segmentation
      • Typical Product Characteristics
      • Market Dynamics
      • Market Futures
  • Recommendations
    • Gather User Requirements: Segment Users, Asking What They're Using, and Why
    • Gather IT Requirements: Review Identity, Security, Integration and Other IT Issues
    • Publish the Requirements: Present Them in Partnership With the Business
    • Go Tactical: Select a Good Enough Mobile File Sync Solution
    • Implement the Strategy: Concentrate on Adoption
    • Do It Again: Continue to Monitor the Market and Use Cases
  • The Details
    • Technology
      • Delivery Model
      • Synchronization Topology
      • Synchronization Configuration
      • File Synchronization
      • Versioning
      • Cloud Repository Mechanics
      • APIs
    • Vendor Scorecards
      • Accellion
      • Box
      • Citrix Systems
      • Dropbox
      • Egnyte
      • Oxygen Cloud
      • SugarSync
      • YouSendIt
  • Recommended Reading
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