Somewhat unbelievably it has been ten years since the release of the Gartner Managed File Transfer Magic Quadrant. When it was released it gave many vendors with whom we now work, a new phrase to represent or categorise their software: Challenger, leader, niche player or visionary.
Since it was written I’ve become a pretty good friend of the author Frank Kenney, and very much respect his opinions on all things file transfer. But if he re-wrote the report today I think it would look very different for a few reasons.
The evolution of a new marketplace, Enterprise File Sync & Share (EFSS), was hot on the heels of Managed File Transfer (MFT). A number of products included in the Gartner Managed File Transfer Magic Quadrant fall into this category. EFSS technology specialises in secure ad-hoc or person-to-person sharing of data, but not necessarily automated file transfer. This, in my opinion, is fundamental to MFT.
Ten years is a long time for software and the vendor landscape has changed considerably. Looking at the companies represented is a snapshot of a bygone era. Whilst some remain, others have completely disappeared. Some have been swallowed up through acquisition, others have pivoted to focus elsewhere, and a number of products continue in name alone whilst they are slowly managed during decline. Then there’s a small number still fighting their corner.
As I write this, impartially viewing the marketplace, I can see the success or health of the remaining organisations varies wildly. Having also seen many Managed File Transfer vendors acquired by larger software organisations, I expect to see further consolidation in the next 12 months.
So, what’s happened to those represented in the Gartner Managed File Transfer Magic Quadrant of 2009? Below is our analysis.
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