LOS ALTOS, CA and LONDON--(Marketwire - Mar 12, 2013) - Box today announced that Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, is bringing Box's cloud content sharing and collaboration platform to 50,000 globally distributed employees, with anticipated increased adoption over the next three years. This is one of Box's largest implementations to date. Schneider Electric chose Box to address both the users' need for external collaboration and mobile access to content, as well as IT's requirements for centralized management and security.
Schneider Electric is a France-based company with operations in more than 100 countries across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. The company offers integrated energy solutions for multiple market segments and is focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green.
"Energy management and efficiency are the two initiatives that drive our team and our business forward. When you create a more efficient environment, everyone benefits -- you, the consumer, and your business," said Hervé Coureil, chief information officer at Schneider Electric. "Moving to a cloud technology like Box that provides more efficiency, security and simplicity for our employees was a natural choice for our company."
"Schneider Electric's deployment underscores the increased adoption we've seen in Europe, as companies of all sizes move towards a more mobile workforce and require secure access to content across all devices," said David Quantrell, Box general manager of EMEA. "Box helps customers like Schneider Electric tackle issues around secure content sharing, collaboration and mobility by coupling end-user experience with a deep layer of admin control to securely manage information across a global organization."
Schneider Electric's evaluation of cloud content collaboration platforms was driven by external collaboration and mobile needs. With the company's current systems, employees are limited to internal file sharing and collaboration and find it challenging to share critical content externally with customers, partners and suppliers. Employees also lack mobile and offline access to content. Because Schneider Electric supports both a BYOD program and corporate devices (more than 2,500 corporate mobile phones and tablets have been issued to date), providing secure mobile access to company information when users are outside of the office visiting customers, making site visits or traveling is imperative.
Determined to support users with a single service for file sharing, mobile access and external collaboration, while tightening up content security, IT began evaluating cloud-based solutions. Key criteria included a simple and intuitive UI for the end user, access to information anywhere on any device, and enterprise-grade security. Box met all these requirements. After one month of piloting Box with 2,200 users in the IT department across 57 countries and 2,000 business users, it is clear Box solves the company's needs and provides IT with administration and control capabilities required to govern and protect sensitive content.
Similar to Box's values, Schneider Electric places a strong emphasis on creating environments that foster productivity through simple and clean designs. Box makes it easy for more than 150,000 businesses and 15 million users around the world to share and collaborate across devices, while also providing IT with an administrative interface for reporting and managing business information. Other global brands using Box include Procter & Gamble, McAfee, Netflix and Electronic Arts.
Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure content sharing platform that both users and IT love and adopt. Content on Box can be shared internally and externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone applications, among others, and extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Today, more than 15 million people and 150,000 businesses worldwide use Box. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Box is privately held and backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, General Atlantic, Meritech Capital Partners, NEA, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners, and strategic investors salesforce.com and SAP. To learn more about Box, visit www.box.com.