Harnessing the Tyranny of Autonomy

File sync and share in the collaborative enterprise

Competitive markets require more speed and agility than traditional hierarchies can support. Decision-making is pushed to the edge. Beyond the edge, even, as companies incorporate their customers, suppliers, distributors and other members of their business ecosystem into day-to-day corporate planning. To some managers, this distribution looks like anarchy — autonomous teams with their own agendas, tools, and data silos.

File syncing and sharing platforms are emerging as the collaboration tool that perhaps best accommodates and coordinates these extended teams in the modern organization. But everyone has to play fair, and collaboration must integrate existing process management tools, content management systems, email, and SharePoint. Security and compliance continue to be essential underlying requirements for any external collaboration. A tool’s roots matter, too. Consumerized IT may be too consumer-y to be secure, and process-oriented collaboration may be too rigid to be adaptable.

Join Gigaom Research and our sponsor Intralinks for “Harnessing the Tyranny of Autonomy,” a free analyst webinar on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. PT.

Questions to Address:

  • What characterizes a company’s “corporate collaborative DNA”?

  • Which of the various collaboration tool types matches up with distributed organizations?

  • How have the tools’ origins colored their focus, business model, and feature prioritization?

  • How can managers assess the tradeoffs of different approaches?

  • How can organizations best support their collaborative type while maintaining IT and corporate requirements for common platforms, integrated data, and security?

Target Audience:

  • CIOs

  • Line of business and functional management

  • Senior IT decision makers

  • VP of security

  • Risk and compliance officers