I have, in the past, been critical of Dropbox. I was a confirmed SugarSync enthusiast but I have to admit that for relative newcomers to online sync-n-storage services Dropbox is one of the simplest, working as it does straight out of the, er, box, so to speak. Given my criticism re security, referrals to the FTC, miserly 2gb of free space compared to SugarSync, Google Drive etc, why am I reviewing a book on Dropbox, a book that I actually paid for, it’s not a review copy?
One of the hot potatoes for CIOs at the moment – and believe me it isn’t going to get any easier – is how much access – if any – do you allow staff to access company data and email through their smartphones, iPADS, netbooks, etc while away from the office. The fortress mentality of old that “we’re the company, and we can build the walls high and tell you what you can and can not do and where you can and can not do it,” is starting to show cracks. As recent events in the Middle East have shown, a small groundswell can eventually lead to collapse of the status quo.