A new connector set to be released in pilot form in February will let users share Box files inside Salesforce, both from the service's Web interface and from mobile applications..
Called Salesforce Files Connect for Box, the new connector also lets Salesforce users browse files that they have access to in Box and use them throughout multiple Salesforce-connected services, including mobile apps, customer records and Chatter feeds. That will allow users to share proposals with customers, collaborate on contracts and ensure company sales reps have the most up-to-date marketing information.
Easier File Sharing
All of the sharing permissions in the integrated service are still managed by Box, so users will have to make sure that the people they're sharing files with via Salesforce are able to view the files in Box. Salesforce Files Connect is meant to keep permissions for sharing and modifying files tied to the systems it's integrated with, which also could include Google Drive and Microsoft's OneDrive.
"With Salesforce Files Connect for Box, files are available in context, exactly where they are needed -- attached to an opportunity, a marketing campaign, a case or any object," said Nasi Jazayeri, executive vice president of Community Cloud for Salesforce, in a statement.
More IT systems in the enterprise are moving to modern cloud platforms -- for example, ERP moving to Netsuite, HRIS to Workday, e-mail to Office 365, CRM to Salesforce. As that happens, enterprises need to ensure their critical business files and content can be accessed from across all those services, said Box CEO Aaron Levie in a blog post.
"Unlike in the client/server world where enterprises ended up with sprawled data across file servers, content management systems, FTP sites, and collaboration tools, this doesn't have to be the case in the cloud era," Levie said. "Enterprises should have a singular way to manage and control their content, no matter what application or location they're accessing that data from."
Coming in Summer, No Price Yet
Salesforce Files Connect for Box is expected to be generally available in the summer. It will be available via the Lightning Experience, Salesforce1 and the Aloha User Experience. Pricing will be announced at the time of general availability, according to Salesforce.
Salesforce also announced the debut of Box SDK for Salesforce, which allows Salesforce customers and developers to embed Box’s collaboration and content management capabilities into Salesforce-built applications.
The Box SDK for Salesforce will let developers access users' existing Box files as well as allow them to build applications using the Box Platform. It will also enable use of Box’s content management capabilities to power an application that can be used even if a user doesn't have a Box subscription. Box SDK is available now for free on GitHub.