I’m not here to necessarily endorse Glide, but it does solve a number of problems brought on by consumerization and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon going on in the enterprise.
For end users it provides a central place to sync your desktop, laptop, mobile phone and tablet, regardless of your operating system or platform. Users download the appropriate application for the given device. It supports a wide array of platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod, webOS, Symbian and Windows Mobile. It also provides a browser-based mobile solution so you’re pretty much covered no matter which device you are using.
What’s more, your users can link to their cloud services such as Box.net or Dropbox, as well as link to all of their social networks all from a single interface.
Glide lets users share files with a granular set of permissions including whether sharing is allowed, and you can make these settings on an individual user or group level within the same file. The service comes with 30 GB of cloud storage for free.
Where it gets interesting for IT is the Glide administrative back-end that lets you keep track of all the devices and users from a single integrated interface.
Glide CEO Donald Leka described it this way:
“IT has transparency into designated folder directories for user generated corporate content and can manage other corporate content that users are granted access rights to. To protect personal privacy, users store their personal files and information in personal folder directories,” Leka explained.
And he says you can solve the authentication dilemma through OAuth, SAML and so forth.
While this forces everyone to add the Glide1 OS as a layer, the idea of using a web operating system to bring the myriad devices you need to support under a single umbrella could have a lot of appeal for IT pros longing for a solution to support problems presented by the variety of mobile devices being used today in the enterprise.
While it might not be the only way to do it, Glide is offering a reasonable path here for both users and IT looking for a way to merge their various digital selves, and at the very least it’s a route worth exploring.