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Michael Vizard
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Five Considerations for Evaluating Content Management Platforms

Considerations that can help you frame your discussions, review your options, and make your decision.

One issue that is starting to trouble IT organizations is this notion of software-as-a-service (SaaS) sprawl. The issue is that as businesses rely more on these applications, they wind up with a lot of data isolated in various silos. They can, of course, deploy some middleware to try to manage the integration of that data, but the real challenge comes in the form of trying to actually track and manage all the content the business is relying on.

So it's with great interest that IT organizations should be watching the alliance between Google and expand. will now support Google Docs alongside Google Apps within the Box content management service in the cloud.

According to CEO Aaron Levie, IT organizations are increasingly looking at the Box service as a platform that helps them contain SaaS sprawl. As each new SaaS application is invoked, it can be integrated with the Box platform to create a central repository for managing all the data that is created using those applications.

Of course, Levie is quick to point out that using Box as a central content repository only works with applications that have published open interfaces, which excludes most of the forthcoming Microsoft SaaS services.

But Levie says he's hopeful that one day there will finally be a generally accepted set of open APIs for the SaaS applications, because once that happens, managing content via a service such as Box will be all that much easier.

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