Over the course of 30 years of strategic partnership with Microsoft, we’ve consistently worked to extend value to offerings like Azure, Office 365, OneDrive, Teams and Intune. The impact of the partnership is undeniable — yielding 230,000 joint customers and tens of millions of users who enjoy an enhanced experience and greater productivity — all because ShareFile and Microsoft are better together. And the future of work will, no doubt, rest on partnerships like this — partnerships that deliver the experiences and tools that help people streamline, automate and secure file-centric tasks — on any device, anytime.

Let’s take a look at how organizations are using ShareFile to make their Microsoft solutions even stronger:

  1. Data source choice: accessing data across multiple repositories

Challenges

  • Moving to the cloud is important, but access to legacy systems, applications, and on-premises storage for compliance can also be a requirement. Employees have data stored across multiple repositories and systems such as network drives, SharePoint and personal cloud connectors.
  • For most companies, the migration to OneDrive is an ongoing process, meaning data can remain on legacy storage systems for long time spans. In addition, legacy applications can’t always deal with the interface of SharePoint or OneDrive and, therefore, require a more traditional letter drive to operate.

How ShareFile can help:

  • It allows you to securely access to all data repositories — including the on-prem and off — while still provide access to the Office 365 web apps and legacy storage with the same ease as cloud storage.
    • You can connect to all your file storage tools so you can have centralized access and administration.
  1. Content collaboration in virtualized environments

Challenges

  • Content is stored in too many different places — on multiple cloud providers, company storage zones like SharePoint and One Drive, network drives, and on personal cloud sharing systems, creating “data sprawl” problems.
  • Keeping remote and mobile employees connected and efficient. And OneDrive has limited support in VDI environments.

How ShareFile can help:

    • When delivered as part of the Citrix Workspace, ShareFile provides a single user experience where all your critical apps, desktops and data are aggregated in one easy to use, device-contextual layout.
    • It delivers a consistent experience to all of the users’ drives so they remain productive, regardless of platform or Windows OS (Physical Desktop, Virtual Desktop, and Virtual Apps).

Citrix has done an incredible job at understanding what Microsoft 365 is and integrating with it in a way that all these attributes, all this value, all this security I’m talking about automatically apply to anybody using the Citrix apps and the Citrix services because of the deep partnership that we’ve had for so long. — Brad Anderson, Corporate VP, Microsoft

  1. Added security and analytics based on usage and user activity

Challenges

  • IT needs to protect company data from data leakage, breaches, ransomware and malware threats.
  • While OneDrive is very secure, IT is looking for additional security analytics like mass download or sharing warnings that could indicate data theft.

How ShareFile can help:

  • It feeds data into Citrix Analytics, ensuring that you can identify and stop potential security incidents before they happen.
  • ShareFile analytics focus on data threats within Citrix Analytics, looking at internal threats such as excessive file downloads, excessive file sharing and unusual log-in access, ensuring that you get the full picture needed to maintain your secure digital perimeter and prevent data breaches.
  1. Streamlined document workflows and simple, secure e-signatures

Challenges

  • Modern enterprises must automate and streamline information flow, document management, work tasks, and business operations to propel productivity and maximize performance.
  • Companies want to adopt a single solution that goes beyond addressing mobility, one that enables work teams, business partners, and customers to collaborate efficiently and get more done anytime, anywhere, on any device.

How ShareFile can help:

  • IT eliminates manual processes and increase efficiency by automating document and business workflows. Streamlined workflows can be customized with integrated triggers and scheduled project next steps
  • ShareFile digitizes the signing process with an easy-to-use process that can cut admin time by up to 93 percent.
  1. Sharing files inside and outside of your organization

Challenges

  • Because OneDrive for Business inherits security settings from SharePoint, sharing documents with external users can be challenging.

How ShareFile can help:

  • It simplifies document sharing both internally and externally, all while keeping files secure via built-in IRM and DLP integrations. Using the Outlook plug-in, users can easily attach and share encrypted documents both inside and outside of the organization with a simple link.
  • IT can add permissions on folders, that when combined with reporting capabilities, help verify if the permissions are still valid for sharing — adding extra controls for security and compliance.