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Further steps in the IBM Box partnership – Boxworks 2015

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Several months ago I wrote here that IBM and Box had partnered and what it could mean for customers. At almost every customer I visit, the discussion turns to cloud file sharing, even if it wasn’t on the agenda. At one hospital chain earlier in the year, the team was presenting our recommendations, and the topic came up. The Chief Medical Officer turned to the CIO and said, “I meant to tell you before this meeting, but we’ve started using this technology with our medical partner X.”

As the discussion moved from our recommendations to cloud file sharing, it came out that the uses did not involved patient information or care, rather the focus was sharing best practices. That being said, the risk of PHI (Protected Health Information) or a violation of HIPPA was clear.

That is why I am encouraged that the agenda at BoxWorks 2015, which is September 28th-30th in San Francisco, include a number around compliance, regulations (EU and US), governance, security, with a focus on healthcare, as well as integrating Box into enterprise architecture.  Although IBM is not the only partner at the conference, their session did get my interest.

Come to this session to get an update on the strategic partnership announced by IBM and Box to maximize business value from your content. Product leaders from IBM and Box will discuss integrations with our Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions for content capture, workflow, analytics, and management, as well as migration, governance, and protection. In a live demonstration, IBM will showcase new support for Box built into IBM StoredIQ, showing how you can easily assess and organize business content in legacy sources such as file shares and move it to Box, dramatically simplifying both consolidation and migration of content.

This session is focused on ECM although the partnership includes Social Collaboration with IBM Connections and Verse, Cloud development with Box APIs in IBM BlueMix,  Mobile with IBM MobileFirst for iOS as well as IBM Watson Content Analytics to touch on the highlights.

I am very interested to hear the Boxworld announcements and how the partnership is progressing and I think this is an exciting relationship.

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