The Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) market offers a comprehensive variety of maturing choices to small and large organizations. Leaders in the information technology (IT) sector and collaboration planners can take advantage of impressive new capabilities to improve operational efficiency. The EFSS options available on the market enable enhanced content collaboration and easy corporate system integration.
Technological advancements are contributing to simpler and faster integration. Vendors are moving towards EFSS deployment that involves back-end integration with several repositories. Additional capabilities like data governance, federation and management are continuously undergoing optimization. Research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. says that up to 10 percent of current stand-alone EFSS products will no longer exist by 2018.
As the EFSS market undergoes major changes and competition among vendors intensifies, organizations are faced with the challenge of choosing the ideal product. For this reason, Gartner conducted an in-depth assessment of EFSS products offered by the leading vendors, such as Google Drive, Varonis DatAnywhere and Microsoft OneDrive. The research firm compiled a report covering various aspects, including:
The report is aimed at providing a wide-angle view of the relative market positions. This allows your company to make an informed decision when choosing a vendor. By applying uniform evaluation criteria, the Magic Quadrant makes it easy to determine how vendors are executing their stated visions.
Gartner's Magic Quadrant assessed the capabilities of technology providers based on two evaluation criteria: ability to execute and completeness of vision. The criteria covered almost every aspect of EFSS offerings, including viability of business, marketing strategy as well as quality of products and services. Google Drive was recognized for providing a viable EFSS product. It satisfied the applicable evaluation criteria. Analysts at Gartner included and excluded service providers in the Magic Quadrant based on the following considerations:
It is widely accepted that destination vendors will need to continuously adapt to changing trends as the EFSS market matures. Some of the major players are expected to expand services by acquiring smaller destination vendors with innovative products. This allows technology providers like Google to transform their EFSS offerings into broader suites.
The majority of IT buyers are increasingly looking for flexibility of integration and deployment. Vendors perceived as rigid and captive may be overtaken by more dynamic competitors. Google Drive is one of the well-placed offerings that adapts to meet the users' expectations by addressing enterprise priorities.