File sharing and the control over the data within file sharing sits on a continuum. On one end are the consumer offerings that are incredibly easy to use and come with enough, but not too much, functionality.

That is the world Box, Dropbox and Google started with. And while these vendors have been moving towards higher-level features, it’s fair to say that their start was in the ease-of-use court.

At the other end, we have the solutions that are enterprise-focused. These solutions tend towards big, heavy, monolithic structures and myriad levels of control. They’re all about ticking the boxes for enterprise security departments, and while they’re certainly robust, they’re not exactly known for user-friendliness. Indeed, the so-called “Dropbox problem” where enterprises see high levels of nonmandated solution use, came about largely because enterprise solutions are often so awful to use.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.