The rise of the no stack has ushered in a new generation of cloud applications. These application businesses rely on a set of best-in-breed services, delivered by very cloud-based APIs, to power essential functionality within the application. This allows development teams to focus precious (and expensive) developer hours on creating core, differentiating functionality and incredible user experiences.
Take Instacart, for example. Founded in 2012, Instacart is a popular on-demand grocery delivery application that is valued at more than $2 billion and active in 24 cities across the United States. But unlike traditional, monolithic software applications, Instacart relies on a set of APIs to power functionality that is not in their best interest to build from scratch; they use Sendgrid for transactional email delivery, Stripe to facilitate payments, and Twilio to power SMS. This allows Instacart to focus on driving adoption, launching in new markets, and delighting customers. The same mentality is true for other technology companies like Uber, Airbnb, and, of course, Box.
But one gaping hole in the growing list of API providers is content and collaboration APIs designed for the enterprise.
Since we launched Box Platform more than nine months ago, dozens of companies have leveraged our APIs in their application development. We’ve worked with disruptive startups going after stale industries with innovative software products, as well as large enterprise businesses reimagining age-old processes and build new digital experiences. Indeed with every new developer sign up, we learn more and more about how content services fit into next generation applications.
But without having a clear use case in mind, it can be hard to envision how content and collaboration capabilities might fit into your app. To help, we’ve compiled some of the ways we’ve seen businesses leverage Box Platform in our latest eBook: 4 Ways to Build Better Apps with Secure Content Services. You can download your copy here.
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