Cloud content management company Box has revealed updates to its core offering including a new, unified activity stream for files stored on Box. The updates are designed to make it easier for people to see how their content is connected to the other SaaS applications such as Slack, Salesforce, and DocuSign.

The announcement was made at its annual conference, Boxworks,  in San Francisco this morning.

According to Jeetu Patel, Chief Product Officer at Box, “The digital workplace will be built on an ecosystem of best-of-breed applications and platforms. Enterprises today need a single source of truth for information across their end-user applications and back-end systems.”

Jeetu Patel, Chief Product Officer at Box

That, he said, is the power of cloud content management. “One platform to manage, secure and collaborate on content.”

He also ticked off key developments of the last year during his keynote saying the company had introduced multizone capability – with up to eight zones to manage globally, new governance capabilities which include metadata based retention, and Boxplatform in which there are now 150,000 developers working on the box platform. The company also built deeper integrations into Netsuite, Salesforce, and ServiceNow, he said.

Box also announced the public beta availability of its new Box for G Suite integration, along with the public beta of Box Feed, which provides personalized real-time updates, activities and recommended content on Box.

New Activity Stream

The company’s platform integrates with more than 1400 applications today with the aim of providing easy, secure access to files whenever and wherever they get work done.

It says the new activity stream in Box will surface the latest activity and relevant context from the other apps right in the file preview on Box.

For instance, if a contract is added to an account in Salesforce Sales Cloud or if an invoice is sent to a customer for signature with DocuSign, that activity will now be visible directly on the preview of the file in-line with comments, tasks, and other Box updates, according to a statement accompanying the announcements.

In addition to the activity stream, the new file preview also presents a curated list of recommended applications that people might use in conjunction with that file so they can take action directly from Box. These recommended apps will be based on a variety of factors, including the apps a person frequently uses, the most popular apps used within a company, and those most closely associated with that file type, according to the company. “Additionally, the recommended apps displayed in the file preview will consist only of those approved by an organisation’s Box Administrator.”

G Suite integration

Today, Box announced the public beta for its comprehensive integration with G Suite, which was first debuted at Google Next in July. The Box for G Suite integration includes the ability to create, edit and collaborate on G Suite files, including Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, without leaving Box, while maintaining Box’s administration controls, security and governance and compliance capabilities.

Additionally, Box announced a new integration with Gmail that will allow Gmail users to attach Box files and download email attachments to Box, without leaving the Gmail interface.

Box Feed

Also announced as a public beta today, Box Feed which the company says intelligently curates and surfaces the content and updates that matter most to individuals. Feed will surface the latest comments and updates to the files and folders a person is currently working on, and provide recommendations on files an individual cares about most based on their network of people and teams.

Most important, according to the company, all the updates, and recommendations in Box Feed preserve the permissions and privacy settings already set up in Box, meaning that Feed is both intuitive and secure.

People are 67 per cent more likely to interact with content that turns up in their feed, said Patel.

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