OneDrive for Business: The Best Collaboration Platform According to Gartner

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OneDrive for Business: The Best Collaboration Platform According to Gartner

By Jason Lee | August 01, 2017

Just over one year ago, many were questioning whether Microsoft could compete against the heavy hitters in the Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) space. Now, there’s simply no doubt that OneDrive for Business can not only compete with the best, but exceed them in many areas. And the great news for most of you here…You already own it!

According to the newly released Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms, OneDrive for Business was recognized as a leader and placed highest for “Ability to Execute,” outranking Dropbox, Google, Box, and other major competitors.

What’s the Gartner Magic Quadrant?

Each year, Gartner assesses vendors within the Content Collaboration Platform market and ranks them according to a set of metrics, including usability, security and data protection, and user productivity. This annual study is essentially a performance forecast that highlights each platform’s strengths and weaknesses, along with their completeness of vision and ability to execute.

By aggregating a comprehensive analysis of each platform, Gartner then plots the results on its Magic Quadrant chart based on the following four descriptions:

  • Leader: Provides mature offerings that meet market demand.
  • Challenger: Possesses the ability to execute, but may not maintain a strong value proposition for new customers.
  • Visionary: Aligns with the market, but has not proven itself to deliver its vision.
  • Niche Player: Performs well in one area, but has a limited capacity to innovate or outperform other vendors.

Where Does OneDrive for Business Stand?

Gartner not only regards Microsoft as a leader alongside other vendors in the market, it distinguishes OneDrive for Business as the content collaboration platform with the highest ability to execute.

The Magic Quadrant report also affirms that OneDrive for Business provides the best file sharing and collaboration capabilities, including:

  • Cloud leadership and compliance
  • Security and IT confidence
  • Deployment flexibility
  • Support for a broad range of file types

       Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms

Figure 1: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms

What Does This Mean for Your Organization?

Over 250,000 organizations worldwide already have access to OneDrive, meaning they are capable of enjoying its industry-leading features and functionalities immediately. In other words, you may already be able to benefit from OneDrive!

Additionally, many business users who pay for content collaboration platforms are unaware that Microsoft is the only provider of a true hybrid solution—storing content either on-premises or in the cloud. Though it’s difficult for IT to efficiently manage a number of different (and often incompatible) collaboration platforms, users can effortlessly sync OneDrive for Business with Office 365 and securely access their content from desktop, web, and mobile versions.


As a Microsoft customer, if you’re concerned about your organization’s productivity and are looking to take advantage of the best platform on the market, OneDrive for Business is most likely your best option. Along with its numerous benefits and its minimal risk of user adoption, OneDrive has proven to lead the pack in the EFSS space.

Instead of spending extra time and money on a content collaboration platform that is less able to execute and more likely to confuse users and IT, get started on the right foot with OneDrive for Business and see how Gartner’s acclaimed leader can help your organization today.

Ready to Start Using OneDrive?

Metalogix is here to help you consolidate your content on OneDrive for Business and manage your users securely. Check out a free trial of Essentials for Office 365!

Looking for more OneDrive tips and tricks? Our exclusive OneDrive Perspectives series covers everything you need to know about OneDrive for Business, with topics ranging from user adoption to migration and security. Check out one of our 30-minute webinars and become a OneDrive expert!

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Jason Lee

Jason Lee is a Product Marketing Manager at Metalogix and is passionate about facilitating engaging experiences. With his background in SEO and digital marketing, he strategizes innovative ways to drive impactful marketing campaigns and deliver powerful results on SERPs.

Written By: Jason Lee