Gartner Research

Adopting Microsoft OneDrive for Business Could Benefit Office 365 Scenarios

Published: 31 March 2017

ID: G00315483

Analyst(s): Monica Basso , Gavin Tay


Adopters of Office 365 are often unsure about the viability of ODB. Application leaders should assess ODB, in the context of an Office 365 deployment, as a means to boost office productivity and internal collaboration, but favor other EFSS products for more complex tasks like content management.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Tightly integrated into Microsoft Office 365, ODB offers application leaders modern file productivity and collaboration capabilities that can replace existing local drives, network drives and even EFSS deployments
  • The evolution of ODB and SharePoint within Office 365 confuses many application leaders in charge of broad enterprise content strategy, in relation to different use cases
    • ODB Is Unlikely to Serve as the "Center of Gravity" for Enterprise Content
  • ODB's lack of native connectors to many enterprise content repositories and business applications represents a drawback for application leaders aiming to use it for more than office productivity as they strive to modernize legacy data infrastructures

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