Box.net alternatives

Box.net
Box lets you store documents, media and all of your content online, so you can access, manage and share them from anywhere. Integrate Box with Google Apps and Salesforce. Access Box on mobile devices. Box makes file sharing and file transfers a snap. Share files with a link or as a shared folder with anyone - inside or outside your company. Create an online workspace where you can share project files, manage files with version history, add comments, assign tasks, or create new content.
Here are the latest news about Box.net:

14.09.16 IBM and Box unveiled easy-to-use BPM tool


Online storage company Box and enterprise giant IBM introduced Box Relay.  I is an add-on to Box's core cloud storage service that will allow any team within a company to build a custom workflow and invite partners from outside the company to join. Inside a dashboard, users can review, edit, upload, approve or reject documents. Alerts, notifications and email reminders provide updates throughout the process. Users can send links to others for review and track progress in real time. Everyone involved can see if a project gets stuck along the way, and where the bottleneck lies.



2010 Box.net comes down from the Cloud to the Desktop



Just yesterday we talked about Sharepoint Workspace - the tool which allows to sync files between Sharepoint server and user's computer, and today the cloud file collaborative service Box.net (which is positioned as a Sharepoint alternative) released the similar tool Box Sync. This is a program that is installed on your computer and allows you to sync any folder in your online Box.net account with desktop. If you change any file in that folder, it will be immediately synced, and those users who have access to this folder - will receive an alert. For now Box Sync is only available for Windows and only in the paid (business) accounts. Versions for Mac and Linux, as well as the free version will appear later this year.

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When Box.net first talked about competition with Sharepoint, we took it as a PR pitch. But now it doesn't look so funny. Box.net is far more innovative and fast-growing. Even without sync tool Box.net was a leader among online file storage services. It has already attracted $30 million in funding, 4 million users and has performed 500% rise in revenue from 2008 to 2009. Among its customers are Procter & Gamble, Nike, Volvo and Nokia Siemens. Box.net is one of the main evangelists in the SaaS community.

Also, we can no longer say that Sharepoint - is a platform, and Box.net - is just a service for file sharing. Box.net has become a cloud meta-platform, which integrates popular SaaS applications.



2010 Box.net integrates NetSuite, SugarCRM, Salesforce, Google Apps

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Major SaaS vendors are now less interested in providing applications - they want to create web platforms and grab the world (and earn commission on the other developers). Salesforce was the first to play this game, then Google, NetSuite, SugarCRM and others jumped into this wagon. Box.net (that doesn't have such financial strength as the above mentioned companies) invented even more interesting platform strategy. Box.net wants to be present on each popular platform. First, they created the connector for Force.com, then joint the Intuit Partner Program and Google Apps Marketplace, and recently released modules for SuiteCloud and Sugar 6. Thus, they build the cross-platform cloud content management system. This system allows to store all content in a single online repository and access it in different SaaS systems used in the company: CRM, ERP, Collaboration system. Even more interesting is the opportunity to create shared cross-company extranet based on Box.net: for example, the same file may be available from Salesforce account owned by company A and NetSuite account owned by company B.



2010 Box.net answered to Google Docs intervention

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Perhaps, the Box.net owners were not very happy to know that Google Docs became an online file storage service, and thus, their rival. But their answer was not long in coming. Recently Box.net introduced universal Flash-based file viewer, which allows you to view almost any file stored in Box.net account online, without downloading it to your computer. This may be an office document, picture, flash, audio or video (over 20 file types). In addition, you can publish any file (in the flash-viewer) on your website or share it with certain employees or clients, so that they could view it and leave their comments. Perhaps it's the perfect solution when you want to send a presentation, technical documentation or design temlate to your customer. You don't need to worry that the client has specific software installed to open the file.

Besides this new viewer, Box.net also provides the ability to edit office documents online in Zoho editors, as well as view them using Scribd. Moreover, Box.net provides a platform for developers (OpenBox), that enables to create add-ons for online viewing or editing any file type.

Box.net had a fantastic year 2009, showing 500% revenue growth. The service is now up to 3.5 million users with over 100 million files stored.



2009 Box.net want to be a Swiss Bank for files on the Web

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Box.net CEO, Aaron Levie, says that there are a lot of good SaaS business apps on the Web and most of them include (or should include) file collaboration capabilities. But in the world of bestsourcing it would be great for all if these business apps would focus on their specific functions and Box.net would provide the powerful file collaboration layer for them. In other words, Box.net wants to be the same for Internet, as Sharepoint for Intranet. And they decided to start this mission from the leading SaaS player - Salesforce. The other day, Box.net developed the connector, that allows Salesforce users to add Box.net to their accounts and use all Box.net file management tools right from the online CRM system.

Box.net module appears on Account, Contact, Lead and Opportunity pages. So, for example, why talking to customer, you can quickly find a file and send him by email. Besides, in this module you can view and edit documents with  the help of Zoho editors, share file with co-workers or clients (even with those that don't have Box.net account), send documents by fax, send file links, sign docs with digital signature and use all the tools developed by Box.net partners.

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Interesting that Salesforce already has to options for file management - Google Docs and Salesforce Content. But Box.net integration is more suitable and provides more functions, thanks to Box.net open platform.

Salesforce connector is available for Business and Enterprise Box.net accounts, that start from $15 a month.