Hot ESG Report: Box Chills the Competition as the "One to Beat" in Online Collaboration

Exciting news – Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) has named Box the leading enterprise-class solution in the file sharing and collaboration market. In the report, ESG analysts Terri McClure and Kristine Kao discuss trends that are shaping this emerging market: End users want a seamless experience going from their work computers to smartphones or tablets and, above all, need their business content to be available and accessible wherever they are. At the same time, IT wants to offer a better end user experience while maintaining control, transparency and manageability over users and corporate information. Striking a balance between IT and end users is proving to be one of the drivers in the fast-growing file sharing and collaboration segment of the Saas market.

The report evaluates eight leading vendors that are on the buyers' radar, like Box, Dropbox, Egnyte, Nomadesk, ShareFile, SugarSync, Syncplicity and YouSendIt. It's a pretty diverse mix of companies, with some that are already well-known by IT, and others that have been pulled into the enterprise by end users. Among this group, Box stands out for providing the best of the both worlds: Security and admin controls that IT pros demand, along with the ease-of-use and features end users love.

ESG notes that "Box seems to be the one to beat in the business market. When it comes to more sophisticated collaboration features, enterprise focus, security, administration and application integration, Box currently has an advantage over its peers." I certainly won't disagree with that :).

For your reading pleasure, we've posted the full report that takes an in-depth look at the eight vendors' capabilities:

  1. Advanced collaborative features that go beyond file sharing & sync
  2. Data Center Infrastructure and Support (e.g., SLAs and dedicated client services etc.)
  3. Ease of Administration and manageability
  4. Security and Availability features

Read it today and let us know what you think in the comments below. This is the first in a series by ESG about this space with more to come – I'm sure other analysts will have their own take on the enterprise sharing and collaboration market in 2012.  This market is heating up, and I'm very excited to be a part of it.

Just click here to download the report.