Today Box.net announced Box Sync, a cross-platform enterprise sync solution designed to help users get more value from their business information-- regardless of device or location.
Box is an enterprise-oriented cloud storage platform that's currently used by roughly 7 million. The platform features collaboration, social and mobile functionality, making it a full-fledged social business application where users can discuss document updates as well as add features from platforms like Salesforce, Google Apps, NetSuite and Yammer.
The revamped Box Sync for Windows and all-new Box Sync for Mac enables users to work offline in native applications, sync edits back to their Box account, and access synced content from any mobile device:
The offering will be available as a free downloadable desktop client for Business and Enterprise customers starting in October. Additionally, Box and HP have announced that they'll be joining forces in order to distribute Box Sync on future PCs to HP’s business customers later this year.
Well aware that security is the first issue to be addressed in just about any cloud-based situation, Box has also yanked the curtain off of a number of features in the pipeline. Enhancements include a new Trusted Access section that tracks which browsers, applications and devices are connected to Box. Further, Trusted Sharing controls will make it easier for organizations to define sharing permissions by domain and user group.
Box will also be extending its cloud content into the social enterprise via an integration with Salesforce Chatter. In other words, businesses will be able to collaborate in Chatter with content stored on Box.
"Like Box, salesforce.com believes in the power of open platforms, and wants to help organizations accelerate their transformation into social enterprises by connecting all business applications to Chatter," said George Hu, EVP, platform, marketing and operations, salesforce.com. "Salesforce.com is excited about what Box is doing as a company, its upcoming integration with Chatter and the value that it will bring to our joint customers."
Are we Smarter Yet?
The Box.net team claims that if they've learned anything from the social web, it's that we're more powerful when we're more connected. Enterprise applications typically do very little to encourage this behavior in corporations, causing a fairly deep divide between the way we operate within our social networks and our professional networks.
With an aim on a "Smarter Enterprise" Box hopes to meld these behaviors, and today's Box Sync release is the first step. Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.