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CEO / PM / Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Easy to use for customers and technologists and allows us to collaborate securely with customers in controlled conditions
Pros and Cons
  • "Governance and ease of use are why I think a lot of people like Box, including ourselves. Basically, we're concerned about what information is being sent to Box, so we use a lot of the Box governance features to make sure that what is being sent to Box is appropriate. If it is not appropriate, it is not allowed to be sent. It is also pretty easy to use. It is the easiest to use for customers and for technologists."
  • "I haven't really come across a case where we're not able to use it for what it is, so I don't really have anything holding us up or any customers holding us up at this point that I know of. There are always some limitations, but as a technologist, I just live with them, and there is always room for improvement, but I don't have anything quantifiable."

What is our primary use case?

We are using the latest Box Enterprise. We use it to collaborate securely with customers in controlled conditions. The general use cases are really just customer collaborations. It might be in a financial institution working with loans or selling loans. With low interest and COVID, most banks are really pushing the refinance functionality, and it is very important for banks and credit unions and even just loan brokerage companies to be able to securely, easily, and safely get information to and from their customers.

Most of the time, email is not the way to do it because either people don't know how to use email securely or the files are too large to be sent via email. That's why these file-sharing collaboration things are really popular and should be really popular with the financial industry. This is a huge use case right now.

What is most valuable?

Governance and ease of use are why I think a lot of people like Box, including ourselves. Basically, we're concerned about what information is being sent to Box, so we use a lot of the Box governance features to make sure that what is being sent to Box is appropriate. If it is not appropriate, it is not allowed to be sent. It is also pretty easy to use. It is the easiest to use for customers and for technologists.

What needs improvement?

I haven't really come across a case where we're not able to use it for what it is, so I don't really have anything holding us up or any customers holding us up at this point that I know of. There are always some limitations, but as a technologist, I just live with them, and there is always room for improvement, but I don't have anything quantifiable.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for a couple of years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have seen cases where the number of people using it in an organization goes as high as 1,000.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their support was very good. We very rarely need support, but when we did engage them, they were quick to respond and very accurate and complete.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In addition to Box and ShareFile, we also use a product called Egnyte. It is very similar to Box. I would say it is on an equal level with Box. Both Box and Egnyte are better than ShareFile.

We are in a reseller and consulting role for some companies, and some of our customers wanted to go with Box because they're a larger company. It was basically just a perception of financial stability. It was not that there was a concern that Egnyte wasn't stable. It was just a concern that they were a much smaller company. They perceive a large company as a lower risk.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

They are very price competitive when pushed. Initially, they come out with a standard list price, but they are willing to be very competitive. The Box price was pretty much equal to or lower than the Citrix price, and Box has more features.

What other advice do I have?

We like this solution, and we prefer to work with the Box consulting team. Basically, for a large company, we would recommend that people work with their professional services just to get things set up quickly and completely. It is possible to do this on your own, but it is faster if you have help from Box. Their pro services are very good.

I would rate Box an eight out of ten. Eight is about as good as somebody is going to get. There is always room for improvement, but I don't have anything quantifiable to make it a ten. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Santosh Kurakula - PeerSpot reviewer
Group DWH and BI Senior Manager at Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Comprehensive package, easy collaboration, and highly stable
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution allows for easy collaboration. You are able to use, for example, Excel and go online to the cloud and save your documents offline rather than on a personal hard drive. In my organization, we promote collaboration when possible and this solution does a good job at providing this functionality. The solution is always updated and we receive the latest features. Additionally, they offer many other services we do not use very much but are available, such as Power BI."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Microsoft 365 Business for email, SharePoint, and OneDrive. In the Office suite, we use many of the old applications, such as Excel. We use extensively SharePoint to share files, OneDrive to take backups on regular basis, and email. 

    What is most valuable?

    The solution allows for easy collaboration. You are able to use, for example, Excel and go online to the cloud and save your documents offline rather than on a personal hard drive. In my organization, we promote collaboration when possible and this solution does a good job at providing this functionality. The solution is always updated and we receive the latest features. Additionally, they offer many other services we do not use very much but are available, such as Power BI.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using the solution for approximately three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I have found the solution very stable. We have not had any issues in the three years operating any of the products.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable. We are using Office 365 Business in all three operations we are currently involved with.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We use the technical support from Microsoft but it was mostly related to the OneDrive. We had a couple of extensions not supported by OneDrive in the beginning, we reached out to the support and they were very quick to respond and resolve the issues. They have an account manager in the Middle East which provides us with an easy way to receive support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We have previously used a cloud storage solution called Egnyte.

    How was the initial setup?

    The full implementation took approximately one day and the length of time it took was due to the need for us to migrate from our on-premise Exchange server to Office 365 Business.

    What about the implementation team?

    We used consultants for the implementation.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The solution is expensive and the price could be lowered. For example, if I want to purchase a personal Office 365 subscription, they have pricing that does not have the flexibility to choose a wide range of storage sizes, you are limited to a lower amount. If you then switch to the Business version to receive the larger storage offering it is too large and expensive. If they would allow customers to choose the storage size on-demand it would be beneficial and a big improvement.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did not evaluate other options because we have an Exchange server and thought it would be best to use a Microsoft platform.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution to others. I do not see any other comparable alternative solution as comprehensive as this one.

    I rate Microsoft 365 Business a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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