Box - compliance exemplified!
December 12, 2018
Box - compliance exemplified!
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Box
I own and operate a small IT consulting firm, and I was a very early adopter of the Box cloud offering back when they first started. I was actually grandfathered in with about 25GB of free space, so I've never had the need to upgrade to a paid plan. I think it's fair that I preempt that. Rather than list a problem, I'll just describe how I use Box, and why I've stayed with them. I use Box as the primary repository for client related files, and the general upload spot for use by me when in the field for files and utilities that I need or get from my clients. I also use it with trusted external parties that I collaborate with on client projects. It fits the bill nicely - even at the non-paid version - for my needs.
- Very easy to use with an intuitive website and desktop sync client
- Mobile apps afford the ability to access the account and files form virtually anywhere
- Paid versions have unlimited file sizes and types
- Nice integrations with 3rd party apps
- Offline sync client needs updating to allow for more selective folder and file syncing
- Windows sync client updates quite often - not a bad thing, but also not automatic
- At the free level, I'd like to see the online only option... Right now, there's no way to tell that files actually synced!
- Well - I am using the free version - so I am way into the positive ROI! However - for the paid versions, the ROI is good as they start with a $5 (100GB) per month plan with quite a lot of features, so finding a version in your price range should be easy.
- I think one negative impact thing will be fact that a solution like OneDrive - which is part of Office 365 - or Google Drive (part of Google Apps) - would virtually eliminate the need to go with an outside service.
- Compliance factors might sway a company back. Couple that with an attention paid to the location of data in the Box network (think GDPR) - and you can sway some back to Box.
- Couple a $5 Box account with a free Gmail account and someone can go into business quite easily!
I was (and am) a very early cloud adopter. I've had accounts with all of the major players since their inception - some even on direct invite! That said - I've used most all of the cloud services, and I've found that most offer the same and/or similar services with the main variations being in plan levels; space offered; integration sets; etc. Box has really stepped up their game in regard to overt compliance and GDPR regulations, so for any company that needs these two features as their main ones - Box is the answer.
Box is a very good general use cloud drive that has made some major strides in compliance across many various industry branches. Multinational companies could benefit greatly from using Box as their cloud solution because of their commitment to compliance and all of the new regulations. Box is also suited for integrations into many platforms - including Office 365, Google Apps and even Salesforce. I would still have to say that Office 365 users would benefit more from using the baked in OneDrive - which has really good compliance features too...