End users love file sync and share utilities – it helps them do their jobs efficiently. Enterprises love their Enterprise Content Management (ECM) infrastructure – they enable compliance with any number of data governance and eDiscovery regulations and policies. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to choose? Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring your end users the functionality they want while retaining the ECM functionality you’ve already invested in?
Some folks will just invest in a new service to provide that sync and share functionality, then figure out how to apply their data governance policies. This approach has a couple of pitfalls:
- File collaboration is just one of the applications that ECMs like SharePoint support, and integration between file collaboration and other applications provides significant value.
- Enterprises have real data governance needs, whether it’s DLP, legal compliance, eDiscovery, HIPAA or any number of other requirements. Many enterprises have built their data governance models around ECMs they already have in place. Re-establishing data governance capabilities around a specific service can be difficult (or impossible), and introduces path dependency to a particular service. Nobody likes lock-in.
With Syncplicity, you don’t have to choose. The Syncplicity SharePoint Connector allows you to seamlessly extend mobile access to your ECM systems like SharePoint and Documentum. You can also choose to augment those systems with native sync and share functionality provided by the core Syncplicity service. It’s all part of Syncplicity’s “no silos” approach.
A picture is worth a thousand words:
See what we did there? You can extend access to SharePoint to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users. There’s a fantastic (but brief) writeup on the functionality here.