Dropbox has announced a series of updates to Dropbox for Business that should give IT teams more control over the service and make it easier for staff to collaborate on documents.
The Groups update allows firms using Dropbox for Business to create individual areas for specific members to collaborate.
Product manager Waseem Daher said that Groups brings several benefits to users of Dropbox for Business.
“Now any team can use Groups to create and manage lists of members within Dropbox and easily give them access to specific folders. Plus, team admins can keep Groups synced with Active Directory data,” he said.
Secondly, as part of this, Dropbox will release the Groups API, allowing businesses to integrate the tool with other platforms in the IT estate to manage employee access to certain information.
Those already signed up include Sumo Logic, Cloudlock, Elastica, Okta and Windows Azure, which will make it easier for IT admins to manage the use of the services.
“The new Groups API will also make it possible for IT admins to integrate directly with their Active Directory and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol [LDAP] solutions,” added Daher.
“This will allow Groups in Dropbox to stay in sync with Active Directory and LDAP user data. We'll be launching turnkey Active Directory sync capability, based on the Groups API, in the next few months.”
Karl McGuinness, Okta’s senior director of identity, welcomed the move by Dropbox to improve efficiency and security.
"With the new Groups API we have the opportunity to further integrate our service with Dropbox for Business and allow IT to more easily manage teams in a scalable way,” he said.
“It will allow joint customers to provide seamless access so employees are more productive, while minimising the pain often associated with team management.”
Dropbox said that it already has 12,000 business customers registered to use the Groups API, as it has been the most requested feature for the platform.
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