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Enterprise Cloud Collaboration: What It Is, What It’s Not

Collaboration is a huge concept; and even narrowing it down to enterprise cloud collaboration (ECC) is still a big undertaking. Many vendors are using “collaboration” in their marketing materials yet they mean many different things by it, ranging from simple business interaction to sophisticated groupware to file sharing and syncing on a wide scale. We will tackle the latter definition in this report.

Before we further define enterprise cloud collaboration, let’s clarify what it is not:

  • ECC is not knowledge sharing systems. These technology solutions are sometimes called “enterprise collaboration systems” and may include groupware, wikis, blogging platforms, distributed project mgmt, and web meeting software. They exist to improve human collaboration between remote individuals and teams. ECC might be included as a file sharing feature in a larger system but is not synonomous with group collaboration.
  • ECC is not SaaS (Software as a Service) applications with collaborative features. There are hundreds of cloud-delivered business applications that enable data sharing such as Google Docs, or SAP’s online portfolio. For the most part their collaborative emphasis is extending its specific application data to mobile devices and remote offices. ECC evolves towards application file support but is not limited to a single SaaS application.
  • ECC is not social media. Business social media links users and content but does not exist to synchronous shared files.

Now that we have discussed what enterprise cloud collaboration is not, let’s define what it is: Enterprise cloud collaboration (ECC) is a highly available and scalable cloud file sharing solution with centralized IT control.  

Note the four factors: 1) ECC must be highly available and scalable for enterprise-grade usage, 2) provides file sharing services from a public, private or hybrid cloud, 3) enables file sharing between multiple users and devices, and 4) offers a centralized console for IT security, user and data management.

  • Premiered: 04/05/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Cloud Collaboration Enterprise File sharing syncing


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