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Will Box Developers Make @Levie King?

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You could sense the excitement around Box’s first developers conference before it even began — there was an all-star line-up of venture capitalists, tech executives and, of course, Box’s own CEO, Aaron Levie on the agenda. The night before there was a picture of Levie rehearsing his keynote, in what looked to be peach-colored pants posted on Instagram (they were not Khakis).

A Box employee had put up a tweet that links to a funny, old video of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shouting “developers, developers, developers” while sweating. He was taunting Levie that he would be calling Box developers to action in the very same way the following day.

No matter what you could point to, it was clear that yesterday was planned to be a big, potentially pivotal day for Box. A pivot which could move the company beyond its present status as cloud-based file sync and share provider to that of a platform vendor for computing’s next era.

Enterprise Collaboration Tools a 'Must' For Business Success

AIIM lede.jpgMost organizations see collaboration as crucial to their success, but nearly two-thirds of those organizations feel confused about the dovetailing of collaboration and social tools.

And while document and content sharing outside the firewall is considered a necessary evil, many onsite systems have been secured against access to outside systems, forcing business workers to rely on unsecured file sharing systems.

These results and more from recent AIIM research points to a C-Suite that favors collaboration, but puts many obstacles in the way to achieving it.

Will the Box Bubble Start Deflating Now?

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Everyone seems to love Box, whether they use the cloud sync and storage company’s products or not.

Aaron Levie, the company’s co-founder and CEO, seems to be the perfect front man for a generation of digital natives that refuses to be tethered to their desks, to be told where to keep their “things” or to be asked to tone it down when they know it is their birthright to be bold.

More than eight years ago, Levie and his high school buddies stepped outside of their dorm rooms and committed their brains, their energies and their brawn to build a service that provides companies and individuals with the ability to store and synchronize their documents and other content in the cloud which they can later access from anywhere, at any time, via (almost) any device.

Their timing was perfect — within a few short years mobile devices emerged as our windows to the world and everyone wanted to keep their documents, and other content in the Cloud.

Box quickly became one of the most talked about companies in Silicon Valley.

That hasn’t changed. In fact the chatter just got louder.

Yesterday, via Twitter, Levie announced that Box was filing an initial public offering.

OneDrive for Business Takes On SharePoint

OneDrive for Business is Microsoft’s file sync, share and collaboration service. It used to be part of Office 365, but that has now changed.

Microsoft announced that OneDrive for Business will become available as a standalone subscription service on March 3. This is good news for those who want the simplicity of Dropbox, but the security and control of Office 365.

While some might see this as competition for the usual suspects in the file sharing space -- Dropbox, Box, Google Drive -- I think it's a possible alternative to another, namely, SharePoint.  

Is Box Really All That?

Levie's Socks.jpgAll eyes are on Box as the world waits for the file sync and share startup to reveal its financials in preparation for its pre-IPO road show.

Today, at SXSW, Box CEO Aaron Levie revealed that Ashton Kutcher (yes, the Ashton Kutcher) and Guy Oseary (Madonna’s manager) have invested in his company. The investment happened in December, but why announce it then when you can do it just before IPO-time?

Opportune, no?

On Friday Bloomberg reported that the company plans to make its prospectus public in the next few weeks.

Dropbox Gets Big Bucks, Box Gets Talent, Syncplicity Gets Analytical

These are golden days for enterprise (and wanna be enterprise) IT vendors, especially for those that offer consumer-like experiences in the cloud.

You don’t have to look any further than the (now confirmed) $350 million Dropbox raised last month to prove it. That puts the file sync and share vendor’s valuation at over $10 billion. It’s a pretty hefty sum for any company, let alone one which may be giving many of its products/services away for free.

That being said, Dropbox is loved by the masses; last November it reported that it had 200 million registered users. It’s safe to assume that most of them registered as individuals versus as members of corporations.
 

Cloudera's Enterprise Data Hub Rises to the Call of Amazon's AWS

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Someone joked at Strata and Hadoop World earlier this year that Cloudera was ahead of its time when it chose its name. “You should have called it On-premise era,” said the would-be comedian, referring to the fact that Cloudera and most other enterprise-grade Hadoop distros live in the data center.

That joke becomes a little less funny today when Cloudera announces that its Enterprise Data Platform is now certified and available for deployment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.

HP Autonomy Unleashes New Data Recovery Vision with Data Protector v8.1

HP Autonomy (HPA) has just announced Data Protector v8.1 will be available in January. While it comes with a bunch of new features, the real significance of this release will be the introduction of an entirely new way of looking at and implementing data recovery.

Dropbox vs. SharePoint: What's The Right Document Sharing Solution for You?

file sharing, sharepoint, dropbox, google drive A battle is being silently waged between IT personnel and business users over the way important business documents get shared at work. 

SharePoint 2013 Success Barriers Call for Governance Actions

document management, SharePoint 2013 Success Barriers Call for Governance ActionsThe AIIM report on SharePoint 2013 sings a familiar tune: people have security concerns with SharePoint in the cloud; people consider SharePoint as a platform for building a comprehensive content management system and records management system; Microsoft’s three-year upgrade cycle has caused many companies to have multiple versions of SharePoint which has added IT support issues. 

We know some are not happy with SharePoint, and AIIM reported this last year, too.

So the question remains -- what to do about these concerns?

Harmon.ie Offers Android App For Office 365, Says BYOD Is Failing

harmon.ie says BYOD strategies are failing. This is how it helps resolve that challenge.

Another Salvo to Microsoft from Box: Sinofsky As Advisor

Steven-Sinofsky-Developer1.jpg A virtual game of industry ping-pong is heating up between Microsoft and Box. And Box just laced a wicked forehand cross-court over to Microsoft’s side.

Box Pushes 10GB Free Cloud Storage, Offers 100GB to Small Biz

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It's been a little quiet on the cloud storage front recently, we had a barrage of storage increases earlier in the year, but expect things to heat up again as Box gets the number balls rolling. 

Box Launches Education Platform to Bring Collaboration to the Classroom

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Box and educational app Nearpod integration

Box is one of those companies that is reinventing itself so quickly, it's likely that it will be something quite different within a couple of years. This week, the Los Altos, California-based content sharing service announced a new ecosystem for education-based collaboration.

Infrascale Enables SharePoint BYOD Strategies Through FileLocker Native Mobile Apps

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SharePoint connecting to FileLocker

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) strategies are starting to dovetail with SharePoint, as enterprises struggle to balance a need for security with demand for access. Platform-as-a-Service vendor Infrascale has released a possible solution with the availability of SharePoint connectors for its FileLocker enterprise collaboration solution.

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