SharePoint Fest Heads to Washington, DC and SkySync will Participate as an Exhibitor

SharePoint Fest DC
SharePoint Fest DC

SharePoint Fest DC, a premier SharePoint conference in which conference delegates will hear from a keynote speaker and attend breakout sessions, will have SkySync as an exhibitor. Over 100 sessions will be offered across multiple tracks, as well as two optional days of workshops preceding the conference. There will also be a networking reception held at the end of the first day of the conference.

SharePoint Fest is in its seventh year. It offers a two-day conference (with an optional two days of workshops) that brings together SharePoint enthusiasts and practitioners, with many of the leading SharePoint experts and solution providers in the country.

Attend SharePoint Fest DC where attendees will be able to attend workshops and seminars – taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers, and Microsoft MCM’s and MVPs – covering Enterprise Content Management, Implementation/Administration, Business Value, Search, Business Intelligence, Office 365 and SharePoint Development. Attendees will be able to choose one complete learning track or mix and match based on what content best meets their current needs.

At SharePoint Fest DC, there will be sessions created for SharePoint administrators, software developers, business analysts, information architects, and knowledge workers, which will ensure that attendees walk away with as much knowledge as they desire to truly leverage SharePoint in their current environment.

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About SkySync

SkySync and OneSync are Enterprise File Logistics (EFL) platforms that dynamically bridge disparate storage systems together; empowering organizations to easily optimize file management strategies while strengthening file governance and increasing user productivity. SkySync streamlines cloud adoption by enabling organizations to integrate content from all their existing storage platforms efficiently.

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SkySync Secures Growth Capital Funding Led by Plymouth Ventures

Company expands ahead of new product launch

PVP-LogoANN ARBOR, Mich. (March 8, 2017) – SkySync today announced that it has closed a round of Series A funding led by Plymouth Ventures of Ann Arbor, Mich. SkySync develops middleware technology within the hyper-growth market of Enterprise File Logistics (EFL), empowering organizations to dynamically integrate any of number storage systems, including on-premises and cloud-based storage services.

The strategic partnership enables SkySync to further accelerate its growth strategy to meet current market demand, as well as increase the development velocity for OneSync, SkySync’s next generation EFL platform. With clients including AstraZeneca, T. Rowe Price, Allergan, Proctor & Gamble and 2,000+ other organizations worldwide, SkySync developed OneSync to meet the real-world complexities of integrating and governing multiple and cloud-based storage platforms.

Founded in 2012, SkySync revolutionized Enterprise File Logistics, a system that enables unprecedented freedom for organizations to migrate, bi-directionally sync, copy, back-up, publish or archive content across any number of systems while providing global administrative control for all file transfer operations. On-premises storage systems, user-desktops, line-of-business applications, SharePoint, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platforms and cloud-based Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) services can be tightly-integrated in minutes.

“SkySync’s technology is truly transformative. When organizations realize the business impact and control the platform enables, they have that ‘aha!’ moment,” said Plymouth Ventures Partner Kevin Terrasi. “Enterprises are moving to cloud-based systems for mobile-enablement of the workforce – however, there are significant technical and governance hurdles to manage, move, update, track and synchronize files across multiple and disparate systems. SkySync’s platform enables true Enterprise File Logistics in a safe, secure and efficient means on a large scale.”

Terrasi will join the SkySync board of directors as part of the new engagement. SkySync is also announcing several new leadership roles including Vice President of Sales & Alliances Michael Lantzy, Vice President of Marketing, Kevin Ells and new board members, Montgomery Kersten and Ron Cameron, who collectively bring more than 75 years of enterprise software experience.

“We’re elated about our new partnership with Plymouth Ventures, a local and truly hands-on partner,” said Mark Brazeau, CEO of SkySync. “Their expertise enables us to accelerate our growth strategy and expand operations. It’s a true win-win partnership.”

About SkySync
SkySync and OneSync are Enterprise File Logistics (EFL) platforms that dynamically bridge dissimilar storage systems together, empowering organizations to easily optimize file management strategies while strengthening file governance and increasing user productivity. SkySync and OneSync are wholly-owned products of Portal Architects, Inc., an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company.

About Plymouth Ventures
Plymouth Ventures is a Venture Capital Firm adding value to growth stage companies in the Great Lakes region. The firm primarily invests in technology, B2B businesses, service, manufacturing, healthcare, technology, consumer products and communications sectors. Plymouth Venture Partners was founded in 2002 and is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

SkySync to Exhibit and Present as Diamond Sponsor at BoxWorks 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24, 2016 — SkySync, Gartner Cool Vendor and industry leading technology that enables organizations to easily integrate content from existing storage platforms to the Cloud, will be exhibiting as a Diamond sponsor at the annual BoxWorks16, Sept. 6-8 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Portal Architects, the creators of SkySync, became an Elite Partner in Box’s Platform Partner Program in the summer of 2016.

“Working with SkySync enables some of the largest enterprises across the globe to deploy Box quickly and without disruption to end users or business operations,” said Roger Murff, vice president of Business Development and Technology Partnerships, Box. “We are happy to have such a powerful technology join our ecosystem of partners to accelerate our joint customers’ transition to the cloud.”

Exclusive New Pricing + Expanded Free Trial for Internet2 Members

Internet2 and SkySync are pleased to announce a no-cost trial offering and a new, exclusive pricing model for the NET+ SkySync service. These two changes are a direct result of advocacy by various constituency groups in the Internet2 community. The NET+ SkySync offering is currently available in the early adopter phase as part of the NET+ portfolio of services and was sponsored by Morehouse College.

As an exclusive benefit to Internet2 members, and NET+ subscribing institutions, SkySync is offering a trial of the software for up to 30 days and up to 300GB of File Transfer/Sync at no cost. SkySync is a powerful middleware software that enables Internet2 members and higher education institutions to tightly integrate and sync or migrate files across a wide variety of on-premises and cloud-based storage services. Organizations can easily transition from their legacy storage platforms to more cost-effective and flexible file sharing services, while maintaining existing folder hierarchies, file properties, network user folders and permissions.

Morehouse College CIO Clifford L. Russell, Jr., said that the extended trial offer will be beneficial to fellow Internet2 Members. “I encourage other Internet2 members to take advantage of this opportunity to test-drive SkySync without risk, and anticipate they will find it to be as highly valuable as we did,” Russell said. “It was such an effective solution for Morehouse College; we could not have completed our transition to Box cloud storage without SkySync. We have a very small team, and the advanced technical support that the SkySync team gave us was superb!”

The new aggressive pricing model for the NET+ SkySync service is detailed on the NET+ products and services site.

IT Business Edge: SkySync Integrates Disparate File Systems via Microsoft Azure

By Mike Vizard

Moving to make it simpler to create a hub for integrating disparate file systems via the cloud, SkySync today announced that its software pre-configured on a virtual machine is now available on the Microsoft Azure cloud service.

SkySync CEO Mark Brazeau says that while the company’s namesake middleware software could be deployed on any cloud using the expertise of a professional service team, the partnership with Microsoft now makes SkySync available via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Now all IT organizations have to do is configure a virtual private network (VPN) to start making use of Azure as a service for integrating different types of file systems inside and out of the cloud, says Brazeau.

Read the full article at IT Business Edge.


SkySync Announces Interoperability With Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform

Leading Middleware Solution for Connecting On-Premise Storage, ECM and EFSS Services Is Commercially Available From Microsoft Azure Marketplace

ANN ARBOR, MI –(Marketwired – March 21, 2016) – SkySync, a powerful middleware technology that enables organizations to tightly-integrate content across disparate on-premises and cloud-based storage platforms, today announced its commercial support for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

SkySync is now available within the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Customers who prefer to leverage the compute power of Azure can purchase virtual machines pre-configured with SkySync from the Azure Marketplace to meet their file migration, synchronization and/or backup requirements with complete ease.

“As one of the leading public cloud service providers, Microsoft Azure offers customers a cost-effective and highly secure alternative to utilizing in-house hardware,” said Mark Brazeau, CEO of SkySync. “By making SkySync fully interoperable with Azure and conveniently available through its online marketplace, we’re helping customers slash CAPEX and OPEX costs. We’re doing so by eliminating the need for physical, on-premises servers as well as the time and resources required to install applications or agents that, until now, have been the norm to accommodate file migrations.”

Network World: How to Securely Bridge On-Premise and Cloud-Based Storage Services

Examining the Four Ways You Can Manage Migration To or Synchronization With the Cloud

By Mark Brazeau, SkySync CEO

Cloud storage revenue is forecast to grow more than 28% annually to reach $65 billion in 2020.  The driving force is the substantial economies of scale that enable cloud-based solutions to deliver more cost-effective primary and backup storage than on-premises systems can ever hope to achieve.

Most IT departments quickly discover, however, that there are significant challenges involved in migrating and synchronizing many thousands or even millions of files from on-premise storage systems to what Gartner characterizes as Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) services in the cloud. According to Gartner, “by 2019 75% of enterprises will have deployed multiple EFSS capabilities, and over 50% … will struggle with problems of data migration, up from 10% today.”

In a newly-published report titled, “How to Migrate File Shares, SaaS and ECM to EFSS” Gartner identifies four ways organizations can manage migration to and/or synchronization with EFSS services—custom integration; rudimentary copy; EFSS import services; and specialized third-party tools—which we’ll explore more here…

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Cloud Computing Magazine: The Storage Chaos Era – How to Cope With Today’s File Synchronization and Migration Challenges (Pg 26)

By Steve Woodward, SkySync CTO

There’s good news and bad news in the world of cloud storage.  For starters, organizations big and small have a plethora of choices when it comes to moving data from on-premises storage systems to the cloud in order to slash CAPEX, achieve greater agility and provide users with better opportunities to collaborate.

One look at the smorgasbord of choices out there confirms companies have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to cloud storage options.

While this presents enterprises with a dizzying array of choices, there’s a dirty little secret that plagues the cloud storage industry.  Standing in the way of a more aggressive shift from on-premises storage systems to the cloud are considerable challenges posed by the synchronization, migration and/or backup of files. As more and more organizations are finding out, this is hardly a slam-dunk.

Read the full article on Page 26 of Cloud Computing Magazine.

Concentrate Ann Arbor: Growth spike pushes Portal Architects to release new software

By Jon Zemke

The team at Portal Architects have enjoyed so much success with their software that they have begun to focus on the next generation of their technology. The Ann Arbor-based company launched SkySync a couple years ago. The platform helps companies better connect IT systems to the cloud through a Windows app. The end result is a smoother, shorter ride when it comes from synchronizing and moving files across digital storage systems.

“We solved a major pain point,” says Mark Brazeau, CEO of Portal Architects. “Anytime you can solve a major pain point and do it in a way that people can just download and install, you will get a lot of traction.”

That means 357 percent revenue growth over the last year. It now has nearly 2,000 clients, including a lot of Fortune 500 clients. The company has hired 16 people, mainly software professionals, expanding its staff to 27 employees.

Read the full article at Concentrate Ann Arbor.

Baseline Magazine: Shawmut Designs a Better Collaboration Strategy

By Samuel Greengard

Design and construction firms face enormous business and technology challenges. There are architectural plans to oversee, specifications to follow, change orders to manage and client requests to juggle. Without the ability to handle all of these tasks quickly and efficiently, projects often become bogged down and are prone to errors and other problems.

“Collaboration is at the center of a successful project,” states Joseph Lombardi, superintendent for Shawmut Design and Construction, a $1.2 billion firm with construction offices located across the United States.

Using Autodesk BIM 360 Field and SkySync, Shawmut was able to dramatically improve their project management processes. Read the full article at Baseline Mag now.


Document Imaging Report: SkySync Offers Solution for Merging ECM & FSS Systems

By Ralph Gammon

A couple years ago, I attended a presentation by long-time ECM industry analyst Alan Pelz-Sharpe, who was discussing the proliferation of file, sync, and share (FSS) use at Global 5000 organizations. One point he made was that as organizations add new repositories, including FSS systems, old ones rarely go away. So, while users may be simplifying processes for themselves, when it comes to information governance, they are creating new administration headaches.

A company called Portal Architects has set out to address this quandary. Founded by CEO Mark Brazeau, an ECM industry veteran who also has extensive experience with SharePoint, Portal Architect’s flagship product, SkySync, is utilized by more than 2,000 organizations worldwide. It acts as middleware to connect diverse repositories by offering bidirectional sharing of files, as well as meta data, permissions, folder information, and more.

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SkySync Cited in New Gartner Research Note Titled “How to Migrate File Shares, SaaS and ECM to EFSS”

SkySync Cited in New Gartner Research Note Titled “How to Migrate File Shares, SaaS and ECM to EFSS”

ANN ARBOR, MI–(Marketwired – February 04, 2016) – SkySync, a powerful middleware technology that enables organizations to tightly-integrate content across disparate on-premises and cloud-based storage platforms, today announced the company is mentioned in a January 2016 Gartner research note titled “How to Migrate File Shares, SaaS and ECM to EFSS.”

The report outlines several best practices for migrating from legacy, on-premises storage systems to cloud-based Enterprise File Sync and Share services. According to analysts Raj Bala and Garth Landers, “Using a third-party content migration product can be significantly easier when migrating from a source ECM system or a file share to an EFSS platform.”

SkySync is a downloadable software solution that bridges an organization’s existing on-premises storage and content management systems to cloud-based EFSS services. It can sync, migrate or backup files — including their associated properties, metadata, versions, user accounts and permissions — to most major EFSS services. These include Syncplicity, Box, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox for Business, Egnyte, Google Drive, Huddle, Office 365, Oracle Documents, and others.

According to the Gartner report, “Customers who adopt EFSS products often later consider consolidating other file repositories such as NAS file shares and ECM applications. But migrating to an EFSS platform has varying degrees of cost, complexity and completeness. There is a myriad of potential source and target platforms from which organizations may be migrating.”

“We understand firsthand the complexities of bridging tens to hundreds of millions of files distributed across disparate storage systems and geographies to cloud EFSS platforms,” says Mark Brazeau, CEO of SkySync. “To avoid prohibitive integration efforts, an intelligent middleware layer — one that is capable of automating the migration and bi-directional synchronization of files, folder hierarchies, properties, permissions, metadata and user accounts — is a necessity.”

Additional findings of note from the Gartner report include the following:

  • “By 2019, 75% of enterprises will have deployed multiple EFSS capabilities and over 50% of them will struggle with problems of data migration, up from 10% today.”
  • “Enterprises should be pragmatic about the longevity of EFSS and systems in general that are used to store and manage data.”

About SkySync

SkySync streamlines cloud adoption by enabling organizations to easily integrate content from existing storage platforms. SkySync makes it simple to migrate on-site system files and associated data across platforms or create fully bi-directional, synchronized hybrid storage environments. Architected for any size environment, SkySync is deployed at 1500+ businesses worldwide and across a wide range of industries. For more information, please visit


SkySync Debuts New IBM Connector for Hybrid Cloud Storage

SkySync Adds Critical Connector to IBM Case Manager Platform

ANN ARBOR, MI (January 11, 2016) – SkySync, a Gartner ‘Cool Vendor’ that enables organizations to tightly-integrate content across disparate on-premises and cloud-based storage platforms, today announced the availability of a new connector that seamlessly integrates IBM’s Case Manager ECM platform to SkySync’s Enterprise Edition file logistics middleware. For the first time, customers using the widely deployed Case Manager ECM platform, as well as other legacy IBM storage systems, can now bi-directionally sync files, folders, permissions, metadata and user accounts with any other SkySync-supported on-premises or cloud-based storage system — automatically.

SkySync Wraps up 2015 With Record-Breaking Revenue, Explosive Customer Growth, Expansion of Strategic Partnerships and Major Product Enhancements

ANN ARBOR, MI (December 15, 2015) – SkySync, a Gartner ‘Cool Vendor’ that enables organizations to easily integrate content with disparate storage platforms to Cloud services, today announced a series of record-breaking milestones in 2015 that include 450% year-over-year revenue growth, over 1,000 net new customers, the addition of five strategic partnerships and key product development enhancements.

Transitioning from On-Premise to Cloud-based Storage: Look Before You Leap

by Mark Brazeau

featured in Computer Technology Review

Fortune 500 and SMB companies alike are plunging headfirst into cloud-based storage services for all the right reasons: reduced CAPEX, greater agility, streamlined management overhead and improved collaboration. But enterprises big and small are finding out there’s a considerable “gotcha” when it comes to bridging their on premise storage systems – whether that includes Network File Systems, SharePoint or various flavors of Enterprise Content Management platforms – with various cloud services.

SkySync Selected as Dropbox Premier Partner

‘Gartner Cool Vendor’ Joins Dropbox Partner Network

ANN ARBOR, MI–(November 04, 2015) – SkySync, a Gartner ‘Cool Vendor’ that enables organizations to easily integrate content with disparate storage platforms to Cloud services, today announced it has been selected as a Dropbox Premier Partner. The company is among an elite group of vendors to achieve Premier Partner status and has been selected for its ability to help enterprises securely sync, migrate or backup files to Dropbox with ease.

SkySync CEO Mark Brazeau Presenting at Gartner Symposium/IT Expo 2015

SkySync, a Gartner ‘Cool Vendor’ that enables organizations to easily integrate content with disparate storage platforms to Cloud services, today announced CEO Mark Brazeau will be a featured speaker at the Gartner Symposium/IT Expo 2015 being held October 4 – 8 in Orlando, FL. Mr. Brazeau’s presentation, titled “Securely Bridging On-Premise and Cloud-based Storage Services: Can it be Done Without an Integration Army?” will be held on Wednesday, October 7 from 6:00 – 6:20 pm.

SkySync, a Gartner Content Management “Cool Vendor,” to Exhibit and Present at BoxWorks 2015

SkySync, the industry leading company that enables organizations to easily integrate content with disparate storage platforms to Cloud services, will exhibit in Booth P3 and participate at BoxWorks 2015 taking place here at Moscone Center September 28-30. SkySync’s Udae Sandhu, technical sales manager, will provide a presentation titled, “Easily Migrate On-Premises Storage to Box” on Wednesday, September 30 at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the BoxWorks Solutions Theater.

Gartner ‘cool vendor’ offers simplicity for moving to the cloud

Brian Clendenin, May 15, 2015- IT World Canada

In Gartner’s latest research note, Cool Vendors in Content Management, 2015 you will find a very unique and innovative solution called SkySync, by Portal Architects. Gartner advises that the report is “designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services.” The CEO of Portal Architects, Mark Brazeau, is a visionary and saw a significant problem facing organizations with regard to how they manage content and founded the company. Growing rapidly, with 1,500+ clients around the globe, they are helping solve critical challenges within organizations. I caught up with Brazeau to talk about the Gartner report and gain a deeper insight into SkySync’s popularity with forward-thinking IT leaders.

SkySync simplifies file migration to OpenText Content Server

Portal Architects, Inc., the creator of SkySync, is pleased to announce its participation in the OpenText Global Partner Program. SkySync is an incredibly simple, yet powerful tool that enables enterprises to tightly integrate most any Cloud storage service or other on-premises storage system to OpenText in minutes.

SkySync now integrates with Autodesk BIM 360 Field

Portal Architects, Inc., the creators of SkySync, are pleased to announce an Autodesk Developer Network Partnership that will enable Autodesk customers to integrate virtually any Cloud and/or on-site storage system with multiple Autodesk platforms.

SkySync releases most powerful version to date

Portal Architects, Inc. today announced that its latest product, SkySync v3.0, is now available to the general market. SkySync is an incredibly simple, yet powerful, tool that enables enterprises to tightly-integrate their existing on-premises storage systems with most Cloud services in minutes

SkySync v2.8 integrates legacy storage systems with the Cloud in only minutes

Portal Architects, Inc. announced this month that its latest product, SkySync v2.8, is now available to the general market. SkySync is an incredibly simple, yet powerful, platform that enables organizations of any size to tightly-integrate their existing on-site storage systems with most business Cloud platforms in just minutes.