Learn how Citrix ShareFile delivers business continuity across devices while reducing risk.
Data fuels workforce productivity. But corporate data typically resides in disparate silos spread across on-premises networks and cloud repositories.
Knowledge workers are forced to repeatedly disrupt daily workflows to gather information from this data sprawl — a time-consuming and inefficient activity that diminishes productivity. They need a single point of access to all data sources, available from any device, where they can share and manipulate the content resources required to do their jobs.
Consumerization and digital transformation have redefined the nature of work. Millennials, now the largest group in a highly dispersed workforce, rely on a combination of corporate and personal smart devices, mobile and cloud technologies, productivity and collaboration apps, and next-gen workspaces to do their jobs effectively — anytime and anywhere. These digital natives require flexible tools that enable them to instantly access and share documents on the go, facilitating and accelerating the critical business workflows that empower them to work smarter and faster.
Balancing Mobility, Productivity, and Security
The evolution of the brick-and-mortar corporate environment into an interconnected web of dynamic digital workspaces spread across countries and continents demands new ways to share information and ideas. Employees exchange files because document centric collaboration is a critical component of broader business processes designed to enable work teams to communicate on demand, add value, and maintain continuity. Document workflows drive and sustain productivity.
While facilitating the instant access that boosts productivity, organizations must remain focused on protecting sensitive data and intellectual property. In order to safeguard a company’s critical assets and comply with regulatory requirements and corporate security policies, IT must continuously monitor and control all user file-sharing activity. This mandate may conflict with the productivity priority, and security becomes more difficult to enforce when employees depend on consumer-grade public file-sharing services to mobilize data. Workers often bypass security controls to gain remote access to data and apps they need to do their jobs, but in doing so, they expose the organization to significant risks. Employee negligence, typically unintentional, is nevertheless the biggest cause of data breaches, and end users are the weakest link in the security chain.
This places corporate IT departments between a rock and a hard place. If IT blocks personal cloud file-sharing accounts without providing a sanctioned and user-friendly alternative, business productivity will suffer, but allowing the continued use of vulnerable tools is not a viable option. Savvy companies will deploy a single powerful enterprise file sync and sharing (EFSS) solution that expertly balances essential comprehensive security with the rich, seamless, consumer-like user experience today’s engaged employees expect and require to collaborate effectively and maximize productivity.