Yes, we've been spending a bit of time this week recapping the records revenues of a number of content management vendors. So why should Friday be any different.
Box.net, a provider of cloud-based document management and collaboration services, and a competitor to SharePoint, has announced 2009 was a successful year for them. They ended 2009 with 3.5 million customers and an increase in revenues of 535%. Now that's a pretty wild number and unfortunately we don't have the details that back it up.
Working Hard on Development and Acquisition
In addition to the record growth and revenues, the employee base grew to 65 employees, many of whom worked hard on the numerous improvement to Box.net which included:
- Integration with Salesforce.com and LinkedIn
- An API for iPhone Developers
- Integration with Fuze Meeting for online meetings
- New branding and workflow functionality
The company also acquired Increo, a provider of document and media viewing solutions, adding a couple of new services to their list:
- Backboard: Allows you to collect feedback on your document, web page or just text
- Embedit.in: Embedding documents into your website or blog, mark them up and view usage analytics on those documents
Gunning for 2010 as a Redefining Year
All in all, a busy year for Box.net, who claims to the answer to your SharePoint woes. And 2010 doesn't sound like it will be much different. Says co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie,
In 2010, we'll further enhance our service, reinventing how businesses use the Box.net platform to engage with content. And we'll continue to integrate with popular applications and devices, insuring that Box.net provides the best and most reliable way for customers to share business content.
Box is already hard at work, expecting full SAS 70 certification to be completed early in the year. We will be watching how the company responds to SharePoint 2010 as its release date inches closer.