Box exec hits back at Intralinks CEO's "consumer grade player" remarks

By Danny Palmer
06 Mar 2014 View Comments
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Box has hit back at claims its collaboration tools aren't designed for enterprise users but rather more general consumer use.

The claim was made by president and CEO of rival collaboration tools provider Intralinks Ronald Hovsepian, who told Computing Box was a "consumer-grade player" and questioned its use case by business users.

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"Most of the other file share platforms don't have the content engines we have for enterprise sharing or our controls because they're trying to learn the market. Both of them [Dropbox and Box] are really consumer heritage platforms," he said.

Computing put Hovsepian's comments to Box senior vice president and general manager for EMEA David Quantrell who disagreed that the firm was tailored more towards consumers.

"He's probably the one guy in the industry who would put that view forward," he said, before giving examples of large corporations that have rolled out Box collaboration tools across their businesses.

"I'd say go talk to Anglo American, Schneider Electric – they just rolled us out. People are putting us in deliberately as a security solution so they can get control over content," he said.

"I think we have something like over 90 per cent of the top companies in the world using Box in one form or another," Quantrell added.

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