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Posted by Ted Schadler on March 6, 2012
In 1996, a would-be MIT entrepreneur pitched me on this idea: “What if we could package up huge files like engineering drawings and email them to people instead of FedExing them?” I listened politely, but it all seemed a little futuristic to me at a time when even email wasn’t ubiquitous.
Of course, this is exactly the business YouSendIt launched in 2003. The nine-year-old company does this quite simply by using email to send the message and YouSendIt to carry the payload — the gigantic file that you can’t attach to the message directly. The company now has 23 million subscribers; according to Wikipedia, 500,000 of them pay for the privilege.
Today the company announced Workstream by YouSendIt, a set of business enhancements to its evolving set of file services. The goal, in the words of CMO Tony Nemelka, is to give enterprises “systems that extend their line of sight beyond central storage and beyond the firewall.” I found three notable things about this offering:
In a conversation with CIO Michel, who has implemented this service for his entire organization, we learned that Workstream by YouSendIt replaces a tedious manual process of setting up and administering FTP sites to handle the massive quantity of documents that lawyers must exchange and deal with. The iPad file sync is just a great hook to get lawyers using it. Michel had this to share with CIOs:
YouSendIt joins a dozen or more vendors tackling file services. Every content management company has a play here. Startups in a rapidly consolidating market sell into this market. We expect the consolidation in the cloud file services market to continue, with predictions like these feeling more certain every day:
What do you think?
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