[IMGCAP(1)]Syncing files from a local computer or device to the cloud is a common business practice in today’s mobile-driven world — as common as the Internet, specialty coffee, the App Store, and all the other day-to-day “can’t-live-withouts.” In fact, it is probably the best example of the consumerization of IT for the small-business owner. Apps like Dropbox have had a transformative impact on the expectation for accessing digital content. Simply put, the new norm is “full access to all my data from the device of my choosing.”

Over the past few years, the practice of syncing business files to personal devices has evolved from a simple function to a mission-critical solution, required for working outside of a traditional office environment. This is not exactly a shocking transformation given that we live in an on-demand world where it is common for professionals to work remotely and from a variety of devices — laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The transition from brick-and-mortar offices and employer-owned hardware to virtual locations and Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, policy has forever changed how firms operate — for better and for worse.

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