Gartner Research

Adopting Microsoft OneDrive for Business Could Benefit Office 365 Scenarios

Published: 31 March 2017

ID: G00315483

Analyst(s): Monica Basso, Gavin Tay

Summary

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.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

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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