Softchoice recently hosted the webinar, “Getting to Know Box: 5 Essential Things You Want to Know.” Brian Clendenin, Enterprise Sales Lead at Box, and Trevor Kyle, our Box Specialist at Softchoice, walked clients through some of the unique capabilities of Box, demonstrating its leadership in the enterprise content collaboration market.
Here is a quick recap of the main highlights:
Since 2005, Box has exploded in popularity within the enterprise and is now used by over 50% of the Fortune 500. In January 2015, Box added another notch to its belt by going public, trading at $23.23 on its first day, up a whopping 66% from its initial list price of $14.
Innovate technology leaders like Tim Cook from Apple, Satya Nadella from Microsoft, and Eric Schmidt of Google, now look to Box as an industry peer, leading the way in secure content collaboration in the enterprise space. Some of the most notable brands using Box include AstraZeneca, Whirlpool, GSK, Netflix, GAP, P&G and GE.
Box security and new features
The success of Box is grounded in its ability to blend ease-of-use with enterprise-grade security and compliancy. Box is the only content collaboration solution in the marketplace to offer seven levels of granular permissions. This year it beefed up its security offering further by introducing Enterprise Key Management (EKM), a new feature that extends security encryption to the customer. This is especially important for Canadian companies, as it means nobody (including the US Government) can gain access to your content without contacting you for the encryption key.
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Meeting global compliance standards
In terms of compliance, Box meets many different global compliancy standards, including ISO 27001, HIPAA, Safe Harbor (UE & Swiss), and SSAE16 Type II (among others), making it a truly global content collaboration solution, suitable across a range of industries. In addition, Box will be adding FIPS 140-2, FINRA, FISMA and CFR 21 Part 11 certifications to the list soon, which will be a huge game changer for the financial industry.
Another exciting new change to come is Box’s integration with Windows 10, currently in beta and set to be released on July 29, 2015. Of course, if you don’t plan on making the switch to Windows 10 immediately, Box is fully compatible with all other operating systems, and devices, including iOS and Android.
Beyond compatibility, and what many clients don’t realize, is that Box is a platform that’s able to connect content across multiple applications. This includes all your existing legacy applications, like CRM (e.g. Salesforce), ERP (e.g. NetSuite), Mobile Device Management (e.g. MobileIron), and Single Sign-On/Active Directory (e.g. Okta). This is not only essential for the enterprise, but extends collaboration to all areas of the business, allowing each application to now talk to one another.
But Box’s integration capabilities don’t stop there. There are literally thousands of applications that have been built on Box, from established enterprise companies to disruptive tech startups. Developers are choosing Box to power the content and data for their apps because they know it’s the industry leader, and its popularity is only set to continue. Through OneCloud, Box’s ecosystem of enterprise-ready mobile apps, developers get access to a marketplace of over 35 million users, to help drive distribution and adoption.
One of the most popular integration capabilities of Box is with Single Sign-On (SSO) and Active Directory (AD). Many organizations are concerned about the security of password policies and access controls to cloud applications. SSO technology addresses these concerns and makes your IT environment more secure, with users only having to sign in once to gain access to all the applications they need. Furthermore, Active Directory makes provisioning and de-provisioning access to applications much easier for IT Administrators. Box integrates with all the leading applications in this space, including Okta, Ping Identity, VMware Horizon App Manager, OneLogin, and Citrix – to name just a few.
Box and Office 365, better together
Of course, one of the biggest questions with Box is how well Box integrates with Office 365. And the answer is, seamlessly. Box and Office 365 together offers the best-in-breed solution for organizations, allowing them to collaborate internally and externally on any file type and integrate with many different applications outside of the Microsoft Platform. Box integrates with O365, Office desktop/mobile and SharePoint online/on-premise. The same security features apply to Box when integrated with other applications, allowing you to extend the same security controls with a consistent experience. Box integrates with all of the different product families from Microsoft Office, including Office for mobile & desktop; Office 365 for Web; Microsoft Outlook for mobile & desktop; and SharePoint on-premise and online.
Box also integrates with Outlook on iOS and Android, giving users the ability to add links to emails directly from a mobile device, so they can share any file type (regardless of size) from anywhere. What we’re witnessing through this is a major shift in how we use email. Instead of sending content to a specific user, the content lives in one central location, and the user is directed to it. This has a ripple effect in terms of archiving and storage needs, with less email attachments and large files flying around your organization.
These are just some of the highlights from our recent Box webinar. Listen to the full webinar on-demand here. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact our in-house Box Specialist, Trevor Kyle.