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New Research Finds that Workers Use Average of 6.3 File Silos



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Workers today use an average of 6.3 “file silos” including email apps, network drives, cloud storage, and hosted collaboration suites where documents are stored, according to a new survey by enterprise file search software startup Cloudtenna.

The survey addressed modern work habits around the use of repositories by employees from a range of enterprises such as media, education, retail, and professional services.

OneDrive and Google Drive were the most popular cloud file storage services, used by 53% each, with Dropbox used by 45%, followed by Box at 32%.

The survey found that email applications are used as an ersatz file repository, with 74% of respondents using Outlook, followed by Gmail which is the next-most used at 40%.

Among enterprise collaboration and sharing tools, Slack is currently the most popular with 22% of respondents using it in their workplace, followed by Salesforce at 18%, Jira at  17%, and Confluence  at 16%.

Only 38% of workers said they rely on network drives and servers for files, though 12%  said their files are spread fairly equally across all repositories without heavy reliance on one more than another.

With so many file silos in use, Cloudtenna said more than 15% of workers described finding files as challenging and 63% said it is sometimes difficult.

For more information about Cloudtenna, whose DirectSearch tool is now in beta, visit www.cloudtenna.com.


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