A First Look at Oracle's Cloud File Sharing and Sync Platform

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After long speculation, late in Q3 2014, Oracle finally announced a public, cloud-based file sharing and sync solution, Oracle Documents Cloud Service (ODCS). This fills an important gap in its Enterprise Content Management (ECM) offerings.

The new platform competes with solutions from the likes of EMC, HP, OpenText, Alfresco, and Microsoft, as well as upstart players like Box.

Basic cloud file-sharing capabilities have become familiar enough that some pundits label them as “commodity services.” In reality, other ECM vendors have found that the work required to build user-friendly interfaces, enterprise controls, and integration with on-premise systems constitutes a multi-year journey of software development. This paper examines how far Oracle has traveled along that journey.