I attended my first NetApp Insight event in Dublin a few weeks back. As a Professional Services Manager for Egnyte and a newbie to the event, my point of view might be slightly different than others, but I was just amazed at the technical level of the attendees.
While staffing our booth, I was frequently asked, “What does your company do?” Pretty common question, right? So I started with the high-level marketing speech, but quickly saw from their expressions that they were NOT asking me for a marketing overview but wanted to know the deep down technical specifications on our product. This is, of course, exactly what I wanted to tell them, so I left the marketing speak for other vendors. It was great to share exactly how Egnyte works from a technical view and explain how our product could help them solve their business problems.
During the event, our team interacted with thousands of attendees; at times, they were lined up at the booth waiting to talk to us! We spoke with people from literally every country in the EU as well as those from a number of companies outside the region.
Speaking with so many representatives in the region gave me a much better understanding of the similarities and general requirements each company was looking for in an enterprise file-sharing application. Security was a big topic. Specifically, how can Egnyte ensure that customer data is secure? Egnyte Storage Connect provides a perfect turn-key solution in response to this concern, and they were all very interested in hearing more about it.
I also heard about how, in some parts of the EU, users are unable to – or are discouraged from – engaging in BYOD in the workplace. In the US, BYOD is a growing and very popular trend, but from my observations, many enterprise organizations in the EU are still trying to decide how to handle BYOD. I had a great time doing demos of Egnyte’s mobile security controls; there was tremendous interest in the ability to remote wipe Egnyte data from any device, as well as the ability to enforce local encryption of files on the device.
The event was great overall, and it was an honor to represent Egnyte at NetApp Insight. I now have a better understanding of the needs and requirements for EU-based enterprise businesses, and I look forward to the next time I get the chance to showcase Egnyte. I also want to thank my colleagues Ross Kemp & Rajesh Ram who attended the event with me; it was great to spend time with them both. I’m now sitting at my desk with an eight hour time zone difference, questioning what time of the day it is and thinking of the great times I had and the great people I met. Simply put, my one word for this trip: “Amazing.”
To hear me live, sign up for the product webinar I’m hosting on Dec. 19. For more details, visit https://egnyte.com/corp/webinars.html.
*Matthew Stramel is a product expert & professional services manager at Egnyte. Be sure to follow him on Twitter: @mattstramel.
Massive project plans and designs are the daily reality for construction teams. They require easy, real-time access to these extremely large files and are accessing them from their mobile devices to cut down on paper and increase productivity while at the job site.
Interested in seeing how the top construction companies are sharing and accessing these files? Learn about the latest file-sharing trends and best practices from the masters of the construction industry in this infographic. Also, be sure to check out more information about our construction offerings here.
How do you keep dispersed teams connected when internet connectivity is spotty at best? Answer: through a delicate mix of cloud and local storage to empower your employees for whatever environments they may face.
Egnyte customer environmental consulting firm Earth Systems is a great example of this. The company has teams working across five continents, often in very remote areas. To complete their projects effectively, they need to work closely with clients and the local communities to ensure that environmental and social considerations are fully integrated into all of their project designs, which means they spend countless hours onsite in these remote, unpredictable locations. But Earth Systems doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to keeping every team member updated on plans and progress since they’ve implemented Egnyte.
When choosing a file-sharing service, the company had to consider all of their pain points and choose a platform that could most effectively solve their business needs. Some of Earth System’s pain points that needed to be addressed by the new solution included:
- The ability for teams to keep projects moving when internet connectivity is limited or nonexistent
- How to keep teams connected across six remote offices and in unpredictable worksites
- A way to share large GIS mapping projects that can consist of hundreds layers on each map. Layers can be composed of hundreds of tiny files or a single huge image 5-20 GB in size
- A method that won’t clog bandwidth when sharing large files
- Maintaining security as a top priority by ensuring IT control over data and its users
To find out why Egnyte beat out cloud-only solutions from SugarSync and Dropbox, check out the full Earth System’s case study. The case study dives into their evaluation process and details the key reasons why they chose Egnyte for keeping their teams connected whenever and wherever their client projects take them.
Why would a company with over 30,000 paid customers and over a million paid users decide to relaunch its company? Why rock the boat if business is going well?
We’re in the file-sharing business, and until we relaunched, we were often confused with consumer-file sharing solutions, even though our sole focus is on the enterprise. And while consumer file-sharing services have helped the whole industry by exposing how traditional file sharing methods are too burdensome for users, these solutions require files to be stored in the cloud in order to be shared or accessed using mobile devices. The very nature of these solutions has translated to departmental adoption unmanaged by IT that could, in theory, put the entire business – and its data – at risk.
Now more than ever, businesses are nervous about the cloud due to privacy concerns driven by programs such as PRISM that can apparently request data legally – and in complete secret. They’re also experiencing security fears driven by the admission of multiple security breaches from consumer cloud file-sharing services, including Dropbox and Skydrive.
What’s the big deal? The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has estimated that PRISM will cost U.S. companies relying on cloud technology between $22 billion and $35 billion over the next three years. Forrester analyst James Staten noted that the ITIF is too low and estimates the impact could be as high as $180 billion or a 25 percent hit to overall IT service provider revenues in that same timeframe. To top it all off – according to a recent IDG Research survey, 61 percent of files will never go into the cloud due to security concerns, which makes cloud-only solutions very troublesome in the eyes of today’s businesses.
In light of this new security-sensitive climate, we realized that we needed to adapt and evolve our solution, messaging and positioning to align with the current pain points of this industry as it transitions from a departmental decision maker to an IT decision maker. As a file-sharing company, we saw this big opportunity to focus our business on delivering a solution that can combine the business benefits of a cloud service, or SaaS, with the traditional, tried-and-true greatness of on-premise storage.
This relaunch hasn’t “rocked the boat” for our company or our customers. In fact, we were pleasantly surprised at how many of our customers wanted to add private file sharing of data behind their firewall to their service. This relaunch does, however, aim to rock the industry by changing the definition of what it takes to deliver a truly enterprise-grade solution; one that enables businesses to securely access 100% of their data wherever it’s stored, with zero concern for data exposure or vulnerabilities due to security breaches or privacy incursions.
So six months ago, we decided that rebranding our company would send the message that we have fundamentally shifted focus as a company and substantially evolved our platform. We are no longer “just another cloud file-sharing service;” we are the ONLY enterprise-grade file-sharing solution on the market that can provide secure and seamless file access from any device regardless of where files are stored. Period.
The launch took a full company and community effort – from our development teams who created the new Storage Connect functionality to Marketing who overhauled our website and logos. Our Board provided guidance on our direction and messaging, while our customers helped us understand how we could address more of their key pain points through our solution. And everyone across the company worked countless hours to deliver the best solution and provide the best support for customers and partners.
We believe that our customers deserve to have 100% control over their data – from where it resides, who can access it, and control how it is accessed. It’s time for the market to offer a file-sharing service that allows businesses to store and access data from any cloud and from any on-premise storage device; one that seamlessly integrates with popular business solutions to mesh with how business today operate and will also scale as businesses continue to change. Best of all, it is the same simple user experience that we have always had regardless where the files are stored.
With Egnyte, companies now have the best of both worlds – IT can take back control, while employees have the flexibility and freedom to access and share ALL of the files they need to get their jobs done.
Today, we launched a new survey that uncovers deep issues around the rogue usage of consumer-based cloud services in business. IT teams, did you know that nearly 2 in 5 (38 percent) of previous and current file-share users have transferred sensitive files through file-sharing services that are not approved by IT? And more shockingly, 1 in 4 (27 percent) users report still having access to documents from a previous employer!
The survey conducted online by Harris Interactive among more than 2,000 U.S. adults illustrates a major exposure for today’s businesses when it comes to the transfer and storage of data through unapproved and insecure cloud-only file-sharing services.
Many of our customers have dealt with the concerns around Dropbox and other consumer-grade services and decided to switch to Egnyte to mitigate the risks. Wholesale drug company H.D. Smith, for example, which services more than 3,000 independent retail pharmacies, institutions, durable medical equipment retailers, acute care and alternate site facilities nationwide, is in the process of standardizing on Egnyte company-wide and moving employees away from Dropbox.
“In order to ensure our most critical business files are protected at all times, we’re in the process of standardizing on Egnyte,” said Mike Betty, IT Manager at H.D. Smith. ”Some of our users were using Dropbox to share documents, and not only did that put our company data at risk, we had no way of knowing what they were doing or who was accessing those files. Egnyte’s encryption and auditing capabilities give us the control and visibility we need.”
Check out some of the survey highlights:
- 51% of employed individuals agree that collaborating on file-sharing services (such as Dropbox and YouSendIt) is secure for business documents.
- 46% of employed individuals agree that it would be easy to take sensitive business documents to another employer.
- 41% of employed individuals agree that they could easily transfer business-sensitive data outside the company using a file-sharing service.
- 31% of employed individuals agree that they would share large documents that are too big for email through a file-sharing service without checking with their IT departments.
- 38% of employed individuals that have used file-sharing services have transferred sensitive files on an unapproved file-sharing service to someone else at least once; 10% have done it 6 or more times.
These findings illustrate that IT needs to deploy a secure enterprise-grade solution that meets the file-sharing needs of employees, while protecting sensitive business data from the risks associated with insecure file sharing via the cloud. Implement Egnyte as your company-wide platform since it’s simple for employees to use and protects data at an enterprise-level to make both users and IT happy at the same time.
Survey Methodology: This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Egnyte from August 22-26, 2013 among 2,020 adults ages 18 and older; among whom 1,006 were identified as currently employed. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.