IBM Inks Cloud Partnership with Box

What happens when Big Blue meets Box? Big promises of transforming work in the cloud. IBM just announced a global partnership with the enterprise software platform for content collaboration.

On Wednesday the companies pledged to combine technologies and resources with the world of work in mind. Specifically, IBM and Box will integrate their existing products and services to develop new solutions that target many different industries and professions.

These solutions could, for example, let hospitals share test results with patients, while maintaining formal reviews with the physicians and nurses coordinating patient care. A fashion retailer could deliver a consistent brand experience that extends to all physical and e-commerce stores by sharing advertising images, promotional materials and product lines through any device. And enterprise workers could negotiate loans via mobile devices and researchers could share data more easily.

Unlocking Actionable Insights

According to IBM, thatEUs just the beginning. Indeed, Big Blue has big expectations for the partnership. Bob Picciano, Senior Vice President of IBM Analytics (pictured), is making some pretty massive predictions about how the collaboration will ripple through the professional world.

EUThe impact will be felt by experts and professionals in industries such as healthcare, financial services, law, and engineering who are overwhelmed by todayEUs digital data and seek better solutions to manage large volumes of information more intelligently and securely,EU said Picciano. EUThe integration of IBM and Box technologies, combined with our global cloud capabilities and the ability to enrich content with analytics, will help unlock actionable insights for use across the enterprise.EU

The true impact, of course, remains to be seen but there is a clear demand for simple, secure collaboration solutions that tap into local data with a global reach. The success of Box demonstrates that demand. With IBMEUs global footprint, the concept of enterprise collaboration in the cloud gets...

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