Cloud app enables employees inside an enterprise to securely access an entire corporate knowledge store, yet the service intelligently syncs only relevant documents onto their desktop and mobile devices using keywords and personal document-use histories.
collaboration provider Huddle, which has established itself in Europe during
the last five years with its cloud-based content management service, Feb. 21
launched a private beta program for
, a new file-synchronization tool.
Huddle Sync enables
employees inside an enterprise to securely access an entire corporate knowledge
store, yet the service intelligently syncs only relevant documents onto their
desktop and mobile devices using keywords and personal document-use histories.
You won't find any
Facebook-like social networking features here; this is designed for employees
collaborating in the use of corporate business data. The cloud service enables
enterprise documents to be accessed securely from any device with a browser, and
the software will even go and find the docs for you.
"You'll never have to
bother with an irrelevant document or Web link when you're working on a project
with other colleagues," CEO Alastair Mitchell told eWEEK.
"The intelligence algorithms built into Huddle Sync
take care of that."
A Bit More Complicated Than Personal File Sync
Cross-enterprise file sync
is a very different and more complex use case compared with personal file sync,
"Enterprises have to
sync, not just an individual's data, but that of everyone across the
organization and make it securely available offline on multiple devices,"
On average, Mitchell said, a
document in Huddle is securely shared with 20 other people, making enterprise
sync 20 times more complex than personal sync.
"Consumer sync tools
are great for providing access to documents at an individual level, but they
lack the security, scalability and intelligence required for the
enterprise," Mitchell said. "They're a time bomb of costly data loss
waiting to happen. Huddle Sync combines intelligent sync capabilities with
enterprise content management to deliver a service that is great for users and
Using a tool such as Huddle
Sync, CIOs can regain control of data being shared within and across the
firewall, thanks to full audit trails and granular permission settings, and users
can work on the latest version of their content when offline.
Huddle can be accessed
online, on desktops via Microsoft Office applications and via mobile with
BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad apps. It is currently available in 15 languages,
including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and
Huddle, founded in 2006, is
currently used by more than 100,000 business and government organizations
worldwide, including AKQA, HTC and Kia Motors. Companies engage the service to
store, share and collaborate on content with people inside and outside their
The beta program started
Feb. 21. Huddle established a new U.S. office in San Francisco to roll out its
services in the United States.
Chris Preimesberger is eWEEK's Editor for Features and Analysis. Twitter: editingwhiz