Talk of the cloud is everywhere these days — and no, we’re not talking about the forecast for rain.
The cloud is that off-site, out-there place where programs, data, documents, platforms, and more can be accessed and where people are beginning to save and store their own.
Now IBM and secure content platform provider Box want to goose this process along.
The two companies just announced a new global partnership “to transform work in the cloud.”
“The companies plan to integrate their existing products and services and develop new, innovative solutions targeted across industries and professions ranging from medical teams working on complex cases to individuals negotiating consumer loans by mobile phone, to engineers and researchers identifying patterns in patents, reports, and academic journals,” according to an announcement from Box.
Yes, you read that right. You might soon negotiate your mortgage “in the cloud.”
Box is a leader with its cloud content collaboration platform — and IBM, among other things, is interested in pursuing web services and enterprise apps that will require state-of-the-art security.
“Today’s digital enterprises demand world-class technologies that transform how their organizations operate both internally and externally,” said Aaron Levie, a co-founder and current CEO of Box. “This extensive alliance between Box and IBM opens up an exciting opportunity for both companies to reach new markets and deliver unified solutions and services that can redefine industries, advance secure collaboration, and revolutionize enterprise mobility.”
IBM and Box plan to focus on three key areas: transformation of enterprise work, international reach and security, and content rich apps and solutions.
The new partnership could impact every industry in the marketplace from financial to health care to retail and more.