Largely seen as a collaboration and file-sharing service that small-to-medium (SMB) companies primarily rely upon, Box today announced that it is stepping up in weight class.
The company today unfurled additions to an enterprise edition of its namesake service that include an administrative console through which it's easier to search for files and enhanced mobile security capabilities.
According to Whitney Tidmarsh Bouck, Box general manager for the enterprise, Box is trying to give IT organizations access to a version of its multitenant cloud computing service that meets their compliance requirements. Clearly, end users are voting with their credit cards to use the Box service and others like it.
Rather than having that activity take place behind the backs of the IT department, Tidmarsh Bouck says Box is hoping that IT organizations will view the enterprise edition of Box as an opportunity to deliver a secure service that meets the needs of end users by providing a capability that most internal IT organizations are unable to do themselves.
Of course, some IT organizations are opting to provide this kind of capability on their own. But by and large it seems that most IT organizations are leaving end users to fend for themselves, many of whom in the name of the "consumerization of IT" are violating any number of compliance requirements on a regular basis.
Ultimately, this issue is going to come to a head, which means IT organizations are looking at scenarios where they can find themselves being directly at odds with their users, or they can opt to find some middle ground. Given the need to keep the peace, chances are most IT organizations are probably going to see the latter course as being the better part of valor.