SAN FRANCISCO: NetSuite has announced a partnership with enterprise collaboration provider Box to bring a new set of sharing and collaboration tools to its services that IT staff can control with secure user policies.
Box offers a number of functionalities akin to those of consumer tools like Dropbox and Google Docs but with security controls that enforce user and data access policies, offering enterprises more control over staff access to data.
NetSuite chief executive Zach Nelson revealed the firm's integration plans at its annual SuiteWorld event. He said the deal would help NetSuite customers improve their working practices.
"The core transaction driving business and personal productivity is collaboration around information, data and documents, so by integrating with Box we can improve this," he said.
NetSuite chief technology officer Evan Goldberg (pictured above) added that 82 per cent of the Fortune 500 use Box's tools, representing some 10m users, underlining its relevance to businesses.
Box chief executive Aaron Levie joined Goldberg on stage to tout the capabilities his firm would bring to NetSuite customers.
"We are working on integrating a number of our core services with NetSuite, including the ability to store and access content from any location and make content available on mobile devices," he said.
"One of the main things driving IT decisions is mobility, so content stored in Box through NetSuite will be accessible on all the major mobile systems, including the iPhone and iPad as well as Android and BlackBerry devices."
Levie also said the system would be designed to be as easy to use as possible, allowing users to simply drag and drop files from their desktop to the system and invite others to collaborate on the document, even if they are not using NetSuite's products.
He added that the firm is aiming to have the integration complete by August and hoped to have the first customers live at this stage.
Forrester principal analyst Holger Kisker told V3 that the partnership was a good move for NetSuite as it would help it compete with rivals by offering improved tools for secure, cross-platform working.
"Everything is moving to a more social and collaborative working environment but NetSuite has been lacking in this space when compared to others, like Salesforce which has made collaboration a major part of its strategy," he said.
"A partnership with Box is a good move that will allow it to enter and catch-up in this space and is something that customers will want so there's great potential here."
Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal.