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Two Major Financial Institutions Team Up With Box

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 7, 2019 by itnerd

Box today announced that Assante Wealth Management (Canada) Ltd. (“Assante”), one of Canada’s largest wealth management firms, has chosen Box to support its move to incorporate a fully digital business offering. Founded in 1995, Assante provides a range of wealth management solutions to Canadians, including investment management, financial, estate, tax and insurance planning as well as legacy planning and facilitating charitable giving.

On top of that, Morgan Stanley today announced the launch of a new wealth management digital collaboration product, which allows for encrypted document sharing between clients and Financial Advisors. The new platform is powered by Box as well and through this partnership, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management will be utilizing Box’s cloud content management capabilities, including Box Platform, Box KeySafe and Box Governance.

For more information, you can find today’s press release on Assante here, and the one on Morgan Stanley here.

All New Box Relay Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 22, 2019 by itnerd

Box today announced the all new Box Relay to simplify and accelerate business processes across any organization’s extended enterprise of employees, partners and customers. The new Box Relay features a powerful new workflow engine, simplified user experience, and a rich menu of triggers, conditions, and outcomes that will make it easier than ever to automate processes around content and improve efficiency without intensive IT support.

The all new Box Relay includes:

  • A powerful workflow engine: Extensive list of ‘if this then that’ (IFTTT) triggers and outputs to support various multi-step processes, including both sequential and parallel workflows. The new Box Relay also supports conditional logic, providing the ability to route content based on metadata attributes, such as date, dropdown, multi-select, or open text fields.
  • A simple no-code workflow builder: Designed for business users, the updated UI empowers process owners to build and edit their own processes without any support required from IT.
  • Seamless external collaboration and intuitive new mobile experience: Customers, vendors or partners can be assigned tasks, so the process does not break down when content flows across or between organizations. Users can also view a list of pending tasks and receive real-time push notifications on task assignments all from their mobile device.
  • Improved visibility and access controls: An updated dashboard with real-time visibility into workflow history to track progress. Process owners can see who created, updated or deleted workflows, with an exportable audit history to streamline reporting requirements. Admins can also elect specific users or all users to create, edit and manage their own workflows.
  • Deep integration with other enterprise workflow platforms: Supports existing Box integrations with business process systems like Salesforce, Pega and Nintex.
  • Tighter integration in Box: Rebuilt from the ground up on Box, Relay now inherits all the benefits of the Box Cloud Content Management platform, including advanced security and compliance, rich Box Platform APIs, prebuilt productivity integrations like Slack, O365 and DocuSign, and user-friendly collaboration features like automatic push notifications across mobile and web.

With Box Relay, businesses are able to accelerate cycle times for business-critical processes that rely on content; cut costs by improving efficiency and productivity; and reduce the cost of both IT investments and the risk of data loss that stems from processes currently running outside a secure content management, workflow, and collaboration platform.

New Tasks Center and Enhanced Notifications

Box Tasks extends our customer’s ability to complete simple business processes, like one-step review and approvals. With the improved Box Tasks, we’re providing three key updates:

  • A new Task Center and updated UI that allows users to see all their tasks from one simple view, while mobile push notifications give users the ability to approve tasks from anywhere
  • The ability to assign tasks to groups and get exportable reports on what’s been rejected vs. approved
  • The ability to trigger Tasks within a Box Relay workflow, furthering the automation of repeatable business processes

File Request Links

File Request Links is a new way to collect content submissions from coworkers, partners, customers or any member of an extended enterprise. With File Request Links, it’s easy to:

  • Simplify content requests by generating a shareable ‘request file’ URL that can be shared with anyone
  • Streamline external collaboration by intuitively dragging and dropping files or collections of files into a folder without requiring a Box account
  • Accelerate processes by enabling uploaded content to automatically trigger a process in the all new Box Relay.

Box Enterprise Suites

Box Enterprise Suites are bundled offerings that bring together Box’s most valued products and services to enable organizations accelerate digital transformation. The new Suites are:

  • Digital Business: Accelerate workflows across the extended enterprise to drive business processes with the all new Box Relay
  • Digital Workplace: Transform your workplace with seamless, secure collaboration, and lifecycle governance
  • Digital Workplace Global: All the benefits of Digital Workplace plus the ability to address data residency concerns globally

All three Box Enterprise Suites include built-in volume-discounted list prices, Box Governance for content lifecycle management, and Box Premier Services for enterprise-grade, 24/7 support, and personalized Box expertise.

Pricing and Availability

  • The all new Box Relay is in private beta and will be generally available in late June 2019. Relay will be available in both a paid and a free Relay ‘Lite” version. To learn more about the All new Box Relay, please sign up for our deep dive virtual event on June 6, 2019.
  •  The new Tasks and Notifications is in public beta and will be generally available to all Box users for free. Request File Link is generally available now and is available to all Box users for free.

For more information on the new Box Enterprise Suites, contact a Box sales representative via email at or via phone at 877-729-4269.

Box Add-in Comes To Microsoft Outlook

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 23, 2019 by itnerd

For nearly a decade, Box and Microsoft have been working hand-in hand to deliver product innovation across productivity, security, and infrastructure to their mutual customers. Box’s earliest product integrations with the Office 365 suite are still some of their most popular integrations today. Box is excited today to announce an all-new Add-in for Microsoft Outlook that brings Box capabilities deep within the email experience.

Box knows that millions of Box users worldwide spend much of their day inside Outlook, whether in the office, at home or on the go. With the new Box Add-in for Outlook, users in Outlook composing emails can easily select files from Box, set the right access permissions and attach secure shared links within emails. This ensures email senders can more seamlessly control how content is shared across the organization and beyond.

Email recipients can also leverage the Box Add-in for Outlook to save the content of entire emails and regular attached files directly to Box. By eliminating the need to toggle between Outlook and Box, this integration boosts productivity and makes it easy for users to centralize and secure all their content in Box. Best of all, the new Box Add-in for Outlook works across multiple platforms – including Windows, Mac and web – to ensure users can work efficiently and securely no matter where they are.

The Box Add-in for Outlook is a powerful way to accelerate email collaboration no matter where you work. With the release of this integration today, Box is excited to continue to partner with Microsoft and together deliver delightful user experiences for digital businesses around the world.

The new Box Add-in for Outlook is available to all Box and Outlook customers today. To learn more about how to get started, visit the Box Community Site. Or for the full blog post:

Box Announces Box For G-Suite Add-On

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 10, 2019 by itnerd

Box has announced a new integration with G Suite using the latest G Suite Add-ons framework. With this new framework, they are bringing a streamlined Box experience to more apps, including Gmail and Google Calendar, in G Suite. As more and more content flows in and out applications throughout the organization, Box knows that users need to access their content when and where they want. That’s why Box is thrilled to collaborate with Google Cloud to bring the Box experience to more apps in G Suite, making work and collaboration across G Suite as easy as possible.

Since 2016, Box and Google Cloud have been working to create deep integrations that further their mutual goal of transforming work in the cloud. The new Box for Google Calendar Add-on is the latest integration to join a long list of collaborations, including Box for G Suite, Box Bot for Hangouts Chat and Box for Gmail Add-on. As a launch partner for the new G Suite Add-on framework that debuted at Google Cloud Next ‘19, Box has worked closely with Google Cloud to develop an Add-on that will not only unlock new exciting use cases for customers, but also streamline common tasks and manual work.

With the Box G Suite Add-on for Google Calendar, users will be able to easily access, share and manage their Box content without ever leaving the Google Calendar interface. This ensures users can keep critical content centralized in Box, where IT can then apply consistent security, governance and compliance measures across all content.

Features of the integration will include:

  • Search and browse Box content: View all of your Box files and folders to easily find content for sharing with colleagues and external collaborators
  • Manage content permissions: Change the access permissions of any Box file or folder from the Add-on prior to sharing
  • Attach Box files to event invites: Add Box files as shared links to Google Calendar invites for increased visibility and quick reference
  • Detect Box files in event invites: Automatically detect any Box shared links in received event invites to easily see file metadata

By creating a unified content experience from within Google Calendar, the new Box G Suite Add-on saves users valuable time and makes content accessible no matter where they are working. Box is excited to announce the Box G Suite Add-on will be available in beta soon. For more information on how to join the beta, visit

This wasn’t the only exciting announcement at Google Cloud Next ‘19 related to Box Learn more about Box’s collaboration with Google Cloud ML at the Box Developer Blog. 

90+ Companies Have Had Their Company Data Exposed Through Their Box Accounts…. Yikes!

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 11, 2019 by itnerd

TechCrunch reports that roughly 90 high-profile companies have had corporate data exposed through their Box accounts:

The discoveries were made by Adversis, a cybersecurity firm, which found major tech companies and corporate giants had left data inadvertently exposed. Although data stored in Box enterprise accounts is private by default, users can share files and folders with anyone, making data publicly accessible with a single link. But Adversis said these secret links can be discovered by others. Using a script to scan for and enumerate Box accounts with lists of company names and wildcard searches, Adversis found over 90 companies with publicly accessible folders.

Not even Box’s own staff were immune from leaking data.

The company said while much of the data is legitimately public and Box advises users how to minimize risks, many employees may not know the sensitive data they share can be found by others.

Worse, some public folders scraped and indexed by search engines, making the data found more easily.

In a blog post, Adversis said Box administrators should reconfigure the default access for shared links to “people in your company” to reduce accidental exposure of data to the public.

Adversis first reported the issue to Box back in September, and has waited until today to make it public, to give companies time to remove sensitive data. Which is nice of them. But it illustrates the perhaps misplaced trust that companies have in cloud services. I say that because having your stuff “in the cloud” doesn’t remove the responsibility of making sure that the stuff in question is properly secured. Given that companies mentioned in this article include Amadeus, Apple, Box, Discovery, Herbalife, Edelman and Pointcare, this incident should serve as a warning to everyone else who uses services like these to store company data.

Box Announces Box for G Suite Integration

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 12, 2018 by itnerd

Box a leader in cloud content management, today announced the general availability of Box for G Suite, a seamless new integration that makes it incredibly easy to create, edit, and manage Google Docs, Sheets and Slides directly in Box. Box today serves more than 90,000 paying businesses, including 69 percent of the Fortune 500, and the new integration will be rolled out to Box’s entire user base, both paid and free. The roll-out is currently underway and is set to be completed by mid-January.

First debuted at Google Next in July, the comprehensive Box for G Suite integration further simplifies collaboration in the cloud by eliminating data silos and delivering an intuitive, seamless user experience:

  • Users can easily create, edit and collaborate on G Suite files, including Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, without leaving the Box application and all edits are automatically saved back to Box.
  • All G Suite files saved in Box benefit from Box’s robust permissions, admin controls, security and advanced governance and compliance capabilities.
  • Users not only benefit from G Suite’s robust editing and real-time collaboration capabilities, but can also leverage Box’s productivity features, such as task management, workflow automation, and real-time alerts.
  • Box for G Suite works alongside the latest Box integration with Gmail, allowing users to attach Box files and download email attachments directly to Box, without leaving the Gmail interface.

Enterprises including Indiana University have been testing the Box for G Suite integration since the beta release announced at BoxWorks 2018 in August.

The Box for G Suite roll-out is currently underway and is set to be available to all Box customers by mid-January. To get started with the integration, visit the Box for G Suite Community Page.

Box Appoints VP For Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 5, 2018 by itnerd

Box, a leader in cloud content management has appointed former Salesforce Executive, Adam Drew, as Vice President for Canada. Box has been vocal about its interest in the Canadian market and sees this as an exciting opportunity to help Canadian enterprises with their digital transformation journey.

Adam has over two decades of leadership experience with technology companies such as Salesforce, Oracle and Computer Associates Inc. Based in Toronto, Adam will focus on building the Canadian business specifically large enterprise and government customers.

You can learn more about Adam via this blog post.

Box & NetSuite Power Seamless and Secure Collaboration

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 19, 2018 by itnerd

Box and Oracle NetSuite today announced that Box has extended its integration with NetSuite to make it even easier for organizations to work faster, more collaboratively and securely with their connected content across both systems. The enhanced integration brings seamless and secured content collaboration powered by Box, directly into the NetSuite platform. The new integration, available today, provides greater productivity and delivers even more control of content throughout the entire business.

The enhanced integration provides a new layer of visibility and control for admins through:

  • Improved folder and permissions mapping and a new nested folder structure provides a more flexible and intuitive way to manage permissions on folder organization structure.
  • Freedom from root parent folders provides the ability to associate any existing Box folder with a NetSuite record.
  • New folder naming conventions enable Box folders to be directly mapped and named based on NetSuite records.

Built for NetSuite is a program for NetSuite SuiteCloud Developer Network (SDN) partners, like Box. The program provides partners with information, resources and a method to help them verify that their applications and integrations, built using the NetSuite SuiteCloud Computing Platform, meet NetSuite’s standards and best practices. The Built for NetSuite program is designed to give NetSuite customers additional confidence that SuiteApps have been built to meet these standards.

Since 2010, NetSuite and Box have made valuable business content –such as invoices, contracts, purchase orders and sales collateral –accessible and shareable when viewing records within NetSuite. For example, the finance team can manage and share sales orders and invoices stored in Box directly from NetSuite, speeding up workflows, securing and organizing content and helping businesses work more collaboratively.

Existing core capabilities of Box integration with NetSuite include:

  • Open, edit and collaborate on Office 365 or G Suite files directly within NetSuite, and leverage integrations from both NetSuite and Box partners.
  • Apply consistent security and governance on all content in NetSuite, including retention policies and granular permissions.
  • Apply Machine Learning to invoices, contracts, purchase orders and other content stored in NetSuite to trigger workflows and auto-update records.

Pricing & Availability

Updates to the Box integration with NetSuite are available to all joint Box and NetSuite customers today. Box and NetSuite customers leveraging the current integration can upgrade by the managed bundle. More information on the integration can be found on, NetSuite’s marketplace with over 400 applications from SDN partners.

Box Makes Announcements From BoxWorks 2018

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 1, 2018 by itnerd

At BoxWorks 2018 Box unveiled new updates to the Box experience to power secure collaboration in the digital workplace. It also announced updates to Box Skills, and unveiled Box’s new tasks and automation capabilities to drive digital business transformation.

1) Digital Workplace Press Release 

  • New activity stream for files: This new content hub will drive collaboration across modern, best of breed applications, surfacing potential actions, current activity, and relevant context from other apps right in the file preview on Box.
  • Recommended apps:The new file preview will also present a curated list of recommended applications that people might use in conjunction with that file, whether it’s quickly sharing a link with Gmail or Outlook or posting a link to the file in Slack.
  • For more on the all new activity stream and recommended apps visit the Box Blog here.
  • Public Beta of Box Feed: Box Feed intelligently curates and surfaces the content and updates that matter most to individuals.
  • It’s an all new way to view and interact with everything happening on Box, from comments and updates to files and folders currently being worked on, to recommendations on files people should care most about based on the people and teams collaborate with most.
  • And, all the updates and recommendations in Box Feed preserve the permissions and privacy settings already set up in Box, meaning that Feed is both seamless and secure.
  • For more information on Box Feed, check out the Box Blog here.
  • Public beta of Box for G Suite integration: This integration includes the ability to create, edit and collaborate on G Suite files, including Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, without ever leaving Box, all while maintaining Box’s robust admin controls, security and governance and compliance capabilities.
  • For more on the Box for G Suite integration, visit the Box Blog here.


2) Digital Business Press Release

  • Updates to the Box Skills framework:Box announced that the Box Skills Kit — which enables enterprise customers, 3rd-party developers and systems integrators to build custom AI integrations with Box to enhance enterprise content – will be generally available in December 2018.
  • Box highlighted several partners participating in the Box Skills Kit beta program, including IBM, Deloitte, Robots & Pencils, Codelitt, and AIM Consulting, building highly customized AI solutions for driving digital transformation.
  • Support for custom-trained AI Models: The support for custom-trained AI models with Box Skillsmakes it easy for enterprises to apply customized AI models, created using services like IBM Watson Studio, Azure Custom Vision, Google AutoML, or AWS SageMaker, to their content in Box via the Box Skills Kit.
  • Custom training enables businesses to address more specific use cases for AI, like identifying and tagging images of proprietary brands or products or identifying phrases specific to their business in audio transcripts.
  • Streamlining Collaborative Work with Box Tasks and Automations: Box also announced updates to its core task and automation capabilities, enabling users to create lightweight, simple triggers for recurrent actions that augment the collaborative work they do every day.
  • For example, trigger a monthly automation to copy the financial close checklist and send a task for individuals to complete. With Box Tasks and Automations, teams can collaborate more easily, be more agile, and keep tasks like simple content reviews and approvals on track.


For more on the announcements from BoxWorks 2018 around how Box is driving digital business transformation, visit the Box Blog here.


Install Box On Your iOS Device, Get 50GB Of Storage Free

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on January 16, 2014 by itnerd

I had to post this as it was way too good a deal to not pass along.

If you need to store data in the cloud. Take a look at Box. Now they have always offered 10GB free to anyone which is very generous. But if you install the latest version of their app which has been completely rewritten for iPhone and iPad, they’ll give you 50GB free. There is a downside. The file upload size is limited to 250MB. Thus if you have large files to store, you’ll need to use a different service for those. But it does support Macs and PCs as well so that you can have your cloud based files everywhere.

This offer is available to new users and existing users. I’m not sure how long it lasts, thus you should act quickly.