Cloud and on-premise file management firm Egnyte has joined forces with collaboration firm Jive to link their enterprise platforms in a bid to improve how people work together remotely.
The partnership means Jive and Egnyte will initially be offered as a combined promotional package to enterprise customers with up to 2,000 employees.
Users will be able to work on and edit files in Jive and then publish them to Egnyte, with comments on the changes being synched between the two platforms.
Egnyte offers the ability to remotely and securely manage company files stored either in the cloud or on premise, while Jive provides a mobile and desktop platform on which people can communicate and work together remotely in an enterprise environment.
Isabelle Guis, chief strategy officer at Egnyte, told V3 that the partnership is in response to customer demand for content management services with a collaboration layer.
"This was driven by requests from our joint customers such as Red Bull and Aerohive who wanted this capability within their organisations. Egnyte adds a new element to Jive's collaboration by including secure access to important files and information from right within the application," she said.
Jive offers a full suite of apps that integrates with popular productivity products from the likes of Microsoft and Google, and Egnyte has a platform that acts as an orchestration layer to determine where files are stored.
Guis said the combination offers users more choice as to where they store, access and share their files and data.
"The integration delivers the security, management and reporting capabilities from either the cloud, on premise or hybrid file storage to help IT professionals protect company content and maintain complete visibility," she added.
Igniting a strategy
The partnership is indicative of the future direction of Egnyte, which aims to stand apart from other cloud storage and collaboration companies such as Box and Dropbox.
Guis said the motivation for Egnyte to partner with Jive rather than build its own collaboration features into its platform comes from a desire to support a wide range of other services and products used in the enterprise IT world.
"The more choice an IT department offers its organisation, the easier it is to encourage adoption and form a positive partnership with business users," she said.
"IT professionals often support a number of users with a variety of needs, so the more platforms Egnyte supports, the more it encourages smart collaboration across teams, locations and business partners. Content-centric workflows can remain with Egnyte, but if real-time, collaborative discussion is needed, it makes sense to use a collaboration-specific app along with Egnyte's secure file access, editing and sharing services."
Guis said that unlike its rivals, Egnyte is focusing on creating a secure yet open platform that can be easily adopted by companies of various sizes.
"Egnyte has always believed in offering customers secure file sharing and smart collaboration. However, unlike other vendors, Egnyte is not focused solely on collaboration. It looks well beyond collaboration toward mission-critical services like data protection and data management," she said.
With Box joining forces with IBM to boost cloud storage and analytics, Egnyte is likely to forge even more partnerships as it looks to expand the functionality of its platform in the face of stiffening competition in the enterprise storage and collaboration arena.
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