Gartner Research

The EFSS Market's Future Will Present an Opportunity for IT Planners

Published: 03 February 2016

ID: G00277806

Analyst(s): Monica Basso, Jeffrey Mann, Charles Smulders

Summary

Enterprise file synchronization and sharing is a key element of the digital business, and IT planners should make strategic decisions based on the EFSS market's evolution. Plan for workplace transformation, based on the needs of mobile workers, document-centric workflows and real-time collaboration.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

  • Key Drivers for Strategic Investments in EFSS Technology
  • EFSS Features Everywhere
  • Two Submarkets Are Emerging From the EFSS Destinations Market
  • Buyers' Challenges

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Growth in EFSS extensions drives fragmentation and forces IT planners to decide among limited, inexpensive options versus EFSS destination products
  • The adoption of cloud office suites supports EFSS deployment for workforces, but it's confusing for IT planners trying to build broader strategies outside the office suite's scope
  • The imperatives of the digital workplace demand rapid data infrastructure modernization, forcing IT planners to replace legacy systems or integrate old data repositories with modern EFSS
  • EFSS-enabled data infrastructures foster users' and business owners' expectations concerning new document-centric collaboration and processes, challenging IT planners on rapid change

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