Integrating Cloud-Based Content Collaboration with On-Premise Applications

There are many business processes where the secure sharing of information across enterprises is required. Examples of these processes include strategic transactions, such as acquiring or divesting an organization, setting up sites for pharmaceutics clinical trials, managing contractor bids to develop an oil exploration project, and syndicating debt between multiple parties across the globe.


29 March 2010

There are many business processes where the secure sharing of information across enterprises is required. Examples of these processes include strategic transactions, such as acquiring or divesting an organization, setting up sites for pharmaceutics clinical trials, managing contractor bids to develop an oil exploration project, and syndicating debt between multiple parties across the globe.

Cloud-based solutions for exchanging critical information elegantly meet the requirements for the business processes mentioned above. With little to no set-up time, enterprises can begin using these solutions to streamline and accelerate their business.

Further advancing the already broad utility of these solutions is achievable by integrating them to on-premise enterprise applications residing “behind the firewall.” (You can read a recent press release about our launch of integration technology here.) Examples of these applications include content management, content collaboration, and even customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. Automatically and accurately synchronizing documents and other content across on-premise and cloud-based solutions can accelerate and optimize many additional business processes.

This is the approach that Intralinks has taken. Intralinks has developed a set of application interfaces to broaden the use cases for its market-leading, software-as-a-service (SaaS) information exchange solutions. The most recent innovation is the Intralinks Connector for SharePoint which enables the seamless and secure transfer of files between the two solutions.

Recently, Rik Turner, a Financial Services Technology analyst with the Ovum Group, a division of Datamonitor, wrote an article analyzing the Intralinks platform integration strategy. Mr. Turner’s piece, entitled “Intralinks Moves to Broaden Use Cases for its Services,” focuses on how the Intralinks strategy may directly expand its utilization within the enterprise, especially with integration to ECM (enterprise content management) and CRM systems.

As the author explains: “Intralinks is rolling out a strategy to broaden its adoptability, based on application programming interfaces to integrate with applications sitting behind corporate firewalls. This promises deeper penetration into customers' infrastructure and broadens the utilizations of Intralinks' services.”

Mr. Turner also notes that with this new approach Intralinks will not only deepen its relationship with existing customers and widen its appeal for new ones, but will also maintain its competitive edge over other pure-play solutions and new entrants to the market.

Combining SaaS solutions with legacy on-premise applications for seamless and streamlined document exchange and content collaboration is a logical extension for each solution set. It’s reassuring that Mr. Turner corroborates this strategy. Click here to access the full report, “Intralinks Moves to Broaden Use Cases for its Services.” [*]

[*] Please note: This report was prepared by third parties unrelated to Intralinks. The statements in the report are not ours. We may allow our name and logo to appear in this material, but we make no claim or promises with respect to any other content.