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Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:24

Box for Industries and a new vertical sector approach unveiled at BoxWorks

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Box has launched a new automated workflow solution that will underpin a new range of vertical solutions for enterprises in the healthcare, retail and media & entertainment

We spoke too soon. Yesterday when we mentioned the lack of new Box products from Boxworks, little did we know that they were saving everything up for the second day of Boxworks. Today we get a new strategy and a new set of solutions. The new solutions are Box for Industries, a set of content collaboration solutions aimed at verticals, and Box Workflow, and the strategy is to concentrate more on those verticals.

“Every industry is experiencing information-driven transformation differently,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. “The first wave of the cloud empowered people to be more mobile, productive and collaborative. Now we have an opportunity to move beyond organic, user-driven productivity gains, and change the very processes and even businesses models that define the way organizations across verticals operate and compete.”

The new tailored solutions are all powered by Box Workflow, a new product that according to Box “reimagines business processes in the cloud.” Which in English means it combines Box’s collaboration platform with automation and metadata, rules based workflows, and some clever machine learning technology which automatically classifies, finds and recommend Box content.

Box for Industries

The first three vertical products are: Box for Healthcare, Box for Retail and Box for Media & Entertainment.

Box for Healthcare offers is based on work done with a group of US healthcare customers and provides solutions built on the Box platform that address key healthcare industry challenges including:

  • Mobile Access and HIPAA Compliance
  • Care Coordination
  • Accelerated Research

"As we move toward implementing more mobile devices and leveraging the cloud in healthcare to reduce our IT burden, we needed an efficient way to share and store data in a secure environment,” said Bill Russell, chief information officer at St. Joseph Health. “Box provides a HIPAA complaint file sharing solution that is easy to roll out and simple to administer, allowing us to put valuable information at our staff’s fingertips without exposing sensitive data to unauthorized users in the cloud."

Box For Retail

Box for Retail has been created in collaboration with Box is working with a selection of large US retailers including Barneys New York, CFDA, Sephora, Birkenstock, Safeway, The Container Store and Aeropostale and offers solutions for:

  • Vendor Collaboration
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Retail Store Enablement

Box is also working with partners including NetSuite, Handshake, Roambi and Silicon Publishing.

Box for Media & Entertainment

Box for Media & Entertainment has been developed in collaboration with Legendary Pictures, Comcast, Sundance Institute, Dolby Laboratories, Pandora, Netflix and Discovery Communications and includes features for:

  • Production
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Media Releases

Over the coming months, Box will be looking at producing solutions for other verticals including the financial services, life sciences and education verticals.

Box and Accenture

Box also announced that it has formed an alliance with Accenture to help accelerate adoption of the Box for Industries solutions and revealed that they’re now used by more than 240,000 businesses globally, including 99% of the Fortune 500.

“Our enterprise clients are seeking industry-specific platforms to help them drive their businesses forward and address business outcomes, like improved productivity, increased revenue and the ability to quickly introduce new products and services,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology officer. “We are excited about our alliance with Box and look forward to working together on the Box for Industries solutions because it aligns with what are clients are telling us they need: enhanced file sharing, cohesive collaboration, and an improved way to manage content -- across devices that can be integrated on different platforms.”

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