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Content, content everywhere

If you’re like me, you store data in lots of different places and access it from a variety of devices.

I keep most of my personal and work documents in Microsoft OneDrive so I can read and edit them from my company laptop, my personal PC and my iPad. But some of TechTarget’s workflows require us in the editorial department to use the company’s shared network drives, so I store some corporate documents (like this blog post, in fact) there as well. Other documents that need collaborative creating and editing are in Google Drive. And all my multimedia projects are in a Box account that has more storage space.

So, there’s a lot of data to keep track of. But if you think that’s a headache for me, the end user, to manage, imagine what it must be like for IT professionals. It would be impossible for them to identify and secure every single repository for corporate data. All hope is not lost, however. Enterprise file synchronization and sharing services have emerged as an alternative — or companion — to network shares, providing the cloud-enabled capabilities that mobile users want and the secure controls that IT requires. And mobile content management offers a way to secure data wherever it lives.

Our new handbook, How to Manage Content in the Mobile Cloud Era, explains more about these technologies and how to reap their benefits in your organization. How have you dealt with the mobile data explosion? Let me know in the comments.

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I use three storage services, too - Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive. It can be such a pain keeping track of everything, and each one doesn't have enough storage for me to cut down to just one. Is it bad I wish one vendor just had a monopoly on storage so I could access one and get all the space I need? 
I think Google's tail just started wagging at that suggestion, Alyssa. That struggle between customer choice and customer convenience is probably going to continue for a while. I think I'd probably fall on the side of convenience, too.