Box vs. SharePoint

Box is ranked 6th in Enterprise Content Management with 9 reviews vs SharePoint which is ranked 1st in Enterprise Content Management with 81 reviews. The top reviewer of Box writes "We use Box for cloud storage, allowing us to focus on the service instead of maintaining infrastructure". The top reviewer of SharePoint writes "Overall Assessment of SharePoint 2013". Box is most compared with SharePoint, Citrix ShareFile and Dropbox. SharePoint is most compared with Atlassian Confluence, Alfresco and Liferay Digital Experience Platform . See our Box vs. SharePoint report.
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Pros
Using Box for cloud storage allows us to focus on the service and maintaining infrastructure.Office Integration. The full integration into the Microsoft Office products is just perfect.Simple file sharing and sync for internal and external customers.The ability to collaborate around data anywhere, anytime is the most powerful features of Box.File sharing, authorization on the back, its ease of use and reliable uptime performance are valuable features of this solution.File sharing with collaborators not on the same domain with offline access from multiple devices: I work on many projects that are multi-organizational, such as with customers, suppliers, or acquisitions.

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The metadata services, the WCF service integration and the Voxel feature are three most valuable elements of this solution.Tech support tops off as excellent.It is very stable.The ability to have version control and co-editing is vital to our workflows.Helps with document collaboration and workflow.The product makes it easy to manage lists, forms, searching, and security. One of the most valuable features is its integration with Active Directory.It allows for simultaneous users to be on it.Information is much more readily available.

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Cons
Improvements in speed - Box's high level of security impacts performance, especially when compared with other similar services.Data privacy, regarding where to store your data: Offering several transparent(!) options (where to store my data and whether to sync back or not and where to sync) regarding the local law situations (USA, EU, Switzerland!) would increase the credibility of a US based company (after NSA ‘snooping’).Maturity of the enterprise security around user management.Like all cloud platforms, there are always areas of improvement around sync to local devices.The upload speed needs improvement.Tasks and comments could be easier to see, report, search, and manage.

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The initial setup was very complex.I understand that some functions are lost when you store the information in a file system, so maybe that's a way SharePoint can improve.SharePoint sometimes cannot handle the amount of co-editing that we do.Needs improvement on the user interface.Processing data from multiple site collections is not easy as they reside in different databases.The management of the product/back-end is complex.It should have more user-friendly customization, as it still requires developers to get engaged and build sites.I would like it to be more compliant with global regulations. There are certain features which could be included that currently are not there, such as compliance and record management capabilities.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Our pricing and licensing is excellent. I'd tell all Higher Ed customers to talk with Internet2 for excellent pricing and support.A business account has a minimum of three users. If you are more than three people in-house, go for the Enterprise version. All the external users are free of charge.I'm in Higher Ed, so we purchase through Internet2-Net+. I absolutely recommend going that route for Higher Ed customers.Better sign a full year's contract to get a discount.It is expensive per head, as you need the enterprise license to get full security and tools. So negotiate a discount!

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The cost is expensive, but worthwhile.We have purchased add-ons to handle multiple site collections, form creation, and design.The data classification and search elements are cheap.The replacement costs for it are cheaper if you use only SharePoint.It is very expensive.​Licensing can be by server or by seat.As usual, Microsoft’s licensing structures don’t really seem to fit the needs of their products. This leads to always paying for a project you will never use fully or always be adding to.

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Overview
Box is a Modern Content Management Platform for companies of all sizes and industries. The difference that Box brings is that it offers the security and controls admins need with the sharing and collaboration capabilities end users want. Since 2005, Box has made it easier for people to securely share ideas, collaborate and get work done faster. Today, more than 43 million users and 62,000 businesses--including 59% of the Fortune 500--trust Box to manage content in the cloud. The Box platform provides HIPAA, FINRA, FedRAMP, and many other compliances to go with granular access permissions and advanced security capabilities. By using Box you can sync, share, and collaborate on all types of files, anywhere, on any device - but that's just the beginning. You can choose where to store your data, to manage your own encryption keys, and set workflows to automate content-based processes. You can also assign custom metadata tags to content, watermark sensitive content, and set file retention or legal hold policies. Box has deep, native integrations with Microsoft Office and Outlook, Google Apps for Work, Salesforce, Netsuite, Docusign, Adobe, and many other best-of-breed solutions you may already be using.

SharePoint is a Microsoft-based platform for building web applications. It covers a widerange of capabilities and while it is appropriate for experienced webdevelopers, even non-technical minded users can easily navigate through thesystem and execute functions such as collaborating data, managing documents andfiles, creating websites, managing social networking solutions, and automatingworkflow.

Major areas that SharePoint deals with are websites,communities, content, search, insights, and composites. The purpose is to give usersthe ability to create or develop these key business components on their owneven without technical knowledge of, for example, how to build a website or howto integrate coding. Configuring SharePoint into a business's system is meantto cut out all of the complicated steps, and pave the way for easierimplementation all around.

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GE, Toyota, P&G, Caterpillar, Flex, Schneider Electric, Sally Beauty, Eurostar, AstraZeneca, AirBnB, Whirlpool, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Nationwide, Aeropostale etc Toyota, Aeroports de Paris, ASBBank Ltd., Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals, CambridgeshireConstabulary, D&M Group, NPL Construction Company, and The Regional Municipality of Niagara.
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Top Industries
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University
19%
Real Estate/Law Firm
13%
Non Tech Company
13%
Financial Services Firm
6%
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Financial Services Firm
34%
Healthcare Company
5%
Non Tech Company
5%
Manufacturing Company
5%
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Financial Services Firm
15%
Comms Service Provider
10%
University
7%
Energy/Utilities Company
7%
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Financial Services Firm
14%
Insurance Company
7%
Manufacturing Company
6%
University
6%
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Small Business
29%
Midsize Enterprise
19%
Large Enterprise
52%
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Small Business
40%
Midsize Enterprise
21%
Large Enterprise
39%
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Small Business
36%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
40%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
18%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
52%
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