Many companies are buying EFSS solutions to enable basic collaboration. This assessment describes the EFSS business drivers, use cases and architectural options as a way to help enterprises choose the solution most appropriate to their specific needs.
- EFSS: Why Is It So Popular?
- User Demand for Anytime, Anywhere Access to Files
- Storage and Broadband Ubiquity
- Vendor Self-Interest
- IT's Additional Demands
- Four Business Drivers for EFSS
- Synchronizing a Working Set of Documents Across Devices
- Enabling Simple, File-Centric Collaboration Inside and Outside the Enterprise
- Replacing Fileshares
- Replacing Backup
- Four Common Use Cases
- Collaborative Document Management
- High Security
- Mobile Workforce
- Five Things to Be Wary Of
- Minimizing User Involvement
- Ignoring Scaling Issues
- Giving Short Shrift to Compliance
- Piling on the Security Mechanisms
- Not Thinking Through How to Migrate Away From the EFSS Solution
- EFSS Market
- Market Segmentation
- Market Dynamics
- Market Futures
- Five Enterprise Buying Patterns
- Buying From an Incumbent Vendor
- Using a Vendor Who Has a Similar Worldview
- Choosing the Path of Least User Resistance
- Buying Multiple Solutions
- Agonizing Over Features
- Gather User Requirements: Segment Users and Ask What They're Using and Why
- Gather Business and IT Requirements: Review Security, Compliance and Other Issues
- Publish the Requirements: Present Them in Partnership With Users and the Business
- Go Tactical: Select a Good-Enough EFSS Solution
- Implement the Strategy: Concentrate on Adoption
- Do It Again: Continue to Monitor the Market and Use Cases
- Delivery Models
- Repository Storage Locations
- On an EFSS Repository Behind the Firewall
- On an EFSS Repository in the Cloud
- On Current Storage Behind the Firewall
- On EFSS Repositories in the Cloud and On-Premises
- Data Locations on the Mobile Device
- Within the EFSS Application
- Within an EMM Container
- Synchronization Topology
- Hub and Spoke
- Desktop Synchronization Configuration
- Common Folder
- Folder Tagging
- File Synchronization
- File Transfer Mechanics
- File Size Limitations
- Storage Limits
- Protecting the Data
- Digital Rights Management
- Data Loss Prevention
- Integration With Other Systems
- Other EFSS Systems
- Content Management Systems
- Enterprise Mobility Management
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