Working with files should be easy – even when mobile

Like everyone else in business, I just want things to work, including when I’m on my tablet or phone. Recent evolutions have helped by bringing us mobile business apps for just about anything you may want to do. And when there aren’t mobile apps, we can easily tap into some VDI or XenApp environment to get the functionality we need. But here’s the problem…

I can’t get my files in and out of the apps!

I still have to jump through way too many hoops to get my files into those apps, work with them, and then get them back where they belong. At work, my files are in SharePoint and various Windows file shares – completely out of reach when I’m mobile. So I do what most of us do, copy the files I need into my personal Dropbox account so I can get the files where I need them to be productive. Of course I then have to reverse the process to put them back, having already violated all of the data safety policies of my company. Files seem to be the final frontier for business mobility.

Many businesses are looking to migrate their data to the cloud (those that can even seriously consider the option), in hopes of solving these access and productivity issues. But nobody I know is excited about the process, the cost, the time, or the lost productivity of such major migrations.

Fortunately, there is now a way for these companies to skip the migration and headache, and it works for companies that can’t even consider the cloud as well.

Unifyle is a relatively new product that finally takes this challenge head on. Here is the basic idea:

  1. Leave all of your files where they are.
  2. Install some software in your datacenter (100% on-premises).
  3. Tell users about the new secure, mobile-friendly portal for all files.

It takes less than an hour to install and configure, giving users mobile and PC access to all enterprise and authorized cloud file sources. Now who wouldn’t want to invest an hour to solve the last biggest challenge to enterprise mobility if they knew about it? I can’t think of anybody either.

This blog is also posted here:  primadesk.wordpress.com

About Brian Duckering

Technology evangelist, mobility strategist, backpacker, father, husband.
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