Box moves to tackle the shift to hybrid workplaces

Content management company Box this week unveiled a host of new features and integrations aimed at  enabling users to securely work more collaboratively. The move comes as companies are moving away from paper-based processes and embracing digitized assets, according to Diego Dugatkin, Box’s recently appointed chief product officer.

As a result, Box is looking to protect digital content content, bolster collaboration and improve workflows in integrated applications, he said. “Everything we offer is centered around maintaining the security compliance and governance that we have, while also extending with this set of new features. As we start to see some offices reopen, we see the need to maintain this level of collaboration [seen over the last 18 months].”

The announcements at the company’s Boxworks 2021 conference fall under three main areas: security, collaboration, and workflow and application integration.

Raul Castanon, senior analyst in workforce productivity and collaboration at 451 Research S&P Global Market intelligence, said the moves by Box are consistent with recent trends in workforce productivity and the transition to a hybrid workplace.

According to 451 Research, the top areas for improving employee productivity include finding ways to better organize, plan and prioritize work; looking to reduce common, repetitive types of tasks; and being able to more easily store, find and share information.

“These factors point to the need for communications-enabled workflows and integrations between collaboration and content management applications; its recent announcements show that this is the direction in which Box is going,” Castanon said.

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