Is Box.Net a threat to SharePoint?

  • 14-Nov-2011

We've just published an advisory paper for our ECM and SharePoint subscribers (non subscribers can purchase it here) analyzing the implications of large enterprise buyers considering Box.Net alongside Microsoft SharePoint.

Just a year ago, SharePoint was practically the sole contender in light document management scenarios; now the environment has changed substantially. With heavy investment funding, Box is rapidly positioning itself as a SharePoint contender, going so far as posting a billboard in Silicon Valley stating, "Box.net vs SharePoint -- Sharing should be simple. Challenge us..."

But is Box.net really a SharePoint killer? If not, what does its rise tell us about how enterprises are (and are not) utilizing SharePoint? I am a cheerleader for no one, but cloud-based simple file sharing services such as Box.Net will likely play an increasingly important role in major enterprises.  I'd also welcome hearing your thoughts -- particularly interested in your experiences using hosted file-sharing in larger enterprises.

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