Box has announced a new platform called Box Workflow, which is designed to allow customers to carry out key business processes on top of the Box service.
While traditionally Box has focused on content storage and collaboration, the new Box Workflow service is designed to let firms carry out key processes, such as invoice processing or contract management, from within the Box environment.
This will allow companies to have a single location for everything from document management to storage and business processes, as outlined in a blog post by senior product manager for enterprise at Box Annie Pearl.
“By combining our core content and collaboration capabilities with new automation and metadata features, we’re able to drive workflows built around your most important content and data,” she said.
“Most importantly, Box Workflow will provide unprecedented value for enterprises, while still delivering a simple, intuitive experience for every employee.”
Box touted that Workflow has admin tools to set rules and policies around the content and processes being undertaken, while algorithms within the tool learn which documents belong together, making it easier to find the right information.
"Because it’s built on Box, Workflow will seamlessly integrate your business process with core Box capabilities like advanced security, content governance and mobile collaboration," added Pearl.
As well as Workflow, Box also confirmed that the Office365 integration promised back in July was now live in beta format, enabling users to open, work on and save Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents directly from within Box.
Box for Industries
Another new service announced by Box was its Box for Industries offering. This is designed to focus on specific market verticals starting with media, healthcare and retail, to tailor the Box offering to the needs of these markets.
Box CEO Aaron Levie explained in a blog post that the move would enable Box to bring its capabilities to bear in a raft of new markets, as it looks to broaden its reach.
"Box for Industries [is] a new initiative to accelerate business transformation in every business by combining tailored solutions leveraging Box’s metadata, workflow, compliance and platform capabilities," he said.
Accenture will work with Box to help it ensure the services meet the needs of specific industries, with other system integrators set to come on board with expertise in specific markets.
The new moves underline Box's growth, as it continues to push into new areas and compete with rivals such as Microsoft and Google in the enterprise market.
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