BoxWorks, the annual event from Box, is underway in San Francisco. The enterprise content management and collaboration platform is rolling out new services that could change the way businesses work in the cloud.
The company introduced new content experiences, more integrations to support content collaboration, and a mobile app to connect content in the field to business processes. Meanwhile, new Box Platform offerings -- Developer and Enterprise -- will work to help Box enterprise clients build custom experiences for customers and partners.
“The last decade of IT has focused on driving innovation and productivity inside organizations, but cloud and mobile are also completely redefining how businesses can deliver new services and experiences to customers and partners,” said Box co-founder Aaron Levie [pictured]. “Now is the time for enterprises to build new digital experiences that transform their business.”
New Ways To Work in Cloud
Box touted new ways to work in the cloud. The company is now offering support for content preview and collaboration of three new content types -- HD video, DICOM images and interactive 3D. The company is also working to support the transition of online content, which has moved from static text and images to multimedia experiences.
The company also announced support for three new native integrations. Beyond Microsoft Office Online, Box is now partnering with Adobe Document Cloud, Autodesk A360 and DocuSign on the integration front. That means customers will be able to create files or open previewed content right from Box in the app that works best for them to sign contracts, edit images, complete forms or design graphics. The whole idea is to improve productivity and workflow by doing away with file downloads and uploads.
The new Box Capture is a mobile-only iOS app that connects content that workers capture in the field to core business processes. For example, field workers can collect photos, videos and documents and share them with their networks. Healthcare workers can share patient images with other providers in a HIPPA-compliant setting. And retail companies can tap into Capture during audits to send inventory statuses remotely, for instance.
New Platform Required?
Jeetu Patel, chief strategy officer and senior vice president of platform at Box, talked about a new way for clients to build enterprise apps using the Box Platform. He said the Box Platform lets a business power any application, for any user, without requiring the user to log into a Box account. That makes it easier to build and deploy customized, secure apps, he added.
“The digital enterprise requires a new platform that delivers powerful, engaging and secure content experiences,” said Patel in a statement. The Developer plan is free, and lets enterprises develop and test the app experience. The Enterprise plan lets businesses actually produce the apps. Pricing will be announced in the months ahead.
As for the other products announced at BoxWorks, the 3D Preview is currently available in closed beta; DICOM support is available in closed beta and is expected to be generally available later this year; HD Video is expected to be in beta by the end of this year; The Box for Office Online integration is available now. DocuSign, Adobe and Autodesk integrations are expected to be available in 2016; Box Capture is available today in the App Store; and Box Platform -- Developer and Enterprise -- are scheduled to be generally available next month.
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