As companies transition from "no cloud" to "cloud first" models ... they quickly discover the "external sharing problem"...
It's actually much more frustrating when it happens in "cloud first" environments, because sharing is a required consumer feature we all depend on. But sharing is more complicated in the enterprise. Core platforms like Office 365 and GSuite are designed to enable internal collaboration, but offer poor support for external users.
As a result, IT typically turns off these features. Or, if you own IT does not, the IT department at the companies your employees want to share with, typically blocks the incoming links. (There are so many good reasons for this.)
Here's the problem. Sharing and collaborating with external parties is an essential business activity. It's required for partnerships, consultants, design firms ... even auditing!
How else would you drive value via strategic outsourcing and/or the network effect? If you want your auditor to make sense of your financial reports, they'll need to see them, at least. The problem is legacy sharing solutions don't support external collaboration effectively. They likely require on-premises hardware and/or installation of software or plug-ins by recipients.
Employees who work with partners, strategic vendors, etc will find a way around these limitations if they have no other choice. They know they have to succeed in their mission to get ahead.
Companies, even large/regulated ones, can support the employee mission by enabling secure external collaboration in concert with existing cloud file storage (OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box) and collaboration tools (O365, GSuite, Teams, Slack) by adding e-Share. Our enterprise-grade platform provides the essential elements for secure external collaboration, including:
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