Friday, October 19th, 2012

How to Solve Simple (but Tough) Problems with Box

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 As a knowledge worker, I’m often overwhelmed with the volume of information required to do my job efficiently. At any given time, my personal stream of information is flowing across hundreds of chats, emails, tweets, documents and meetings. Before Box, getting the right content at the right time was about as easy as finding a needle in a haystack.

As a communication and collaboration platform, Box can help you solve day-to-day problems by making the most common and useful information available to you and everyone in your organization. For every 90-slide PowerPoint you share with Box, you probably create 10 times that volume of information in email and notes. Box can help you make sense of what is relevant – so you spend less time searching for what you need and more time doing what matters.

Box is great at solving the simple – yet tough – problems we encounter every day in the workplace. Here’s how some of the customers I work with are using Box to make their lives better and their companies run more smoothly:

  • A media and entertainment company has a list of all restaurants, car services and ticket brokers for the major cities they do business in. Need to know the best Sushi place in New York? Check out the folder in Box that has links to Yelp reviews and employee discussions about where you can get a table for 2 without a reservation.
  • A large pharmaceutical company has a default folder that every user has access to called “Common Company Information”; in that folder you can find the lunch menu, company holidays, vacation policy, expense reports and the fax number.
  • A national sales force uses the Notability app on their iPad to take and consolidate all of their notes to Box, which makes them easy to search and share. Need the name of the prospect you met with last week? Just search in Box and find it right away.

Outside of work, I regularly take pictures of receipts, share travel information, and have even planned a trip to Disney World all in Box. In the workplace, I use Box to centralize my content, keep my team in sync and make sure our customers are wildly successful. Solve the simple problems that are slowing down your organization first, and the rest will come.