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Anglo American Deploys Box to 10,000 Employees Across Europe, Africa, Latin America and Australia
|By Business Wire
|February 27, 2014 03:01 AM EST
Box today announced that Anglo American, one of the world’s largest
mining companies, is bringing Box's cloud content sharing and
collaboration platform to 10,000 globally distributed employees. Anglo
American chose Box to address both the users' need for internal and
external collaboration and remote access to critical business documents,
as well as IT's requirements for centralized management and security.
Anglo American is a global mining company headquartered in London,
United Kingdom. It is the world's largest producer of platinum, with
around 40 percent of world output, and a major producer of diamonds,
copper, nickel, iron ore and metallurgical and thermal coal. The
company’s operations and exploration activities span Southern Africa,
Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
“Sustainable development, efficiency and empowering a global workforce
are the key initiatives that drive our business forward. When you create
a more productive, connected workplace environment, communication
thrives and everyone benefits,” said David Heppenstall, chief
information officer at Anglo American. “Moving to a cloud technology
like Box that allows us to centralize all our content and provide a
secure, simple and efficient tool for our employees was a natural fit
for our company.”
“A company’s ability to securely share and manage information can be the
difference between winning and losing in today’s increasingly
competitive market,” said David Quantrell, Box general manager of EMEA.
“Anglo American’s deployment underscores the adoption we’ve seen
worldwide as businesses turn to Box to help increase speed and
productivity with the enterprise-grade security and mobile controls IT
needs with the simplicity that users gravitate toward.”
Anglo American’s evaluation of cloud platforms was driven by the need
for external collaboration, extended content management, mobile access
to information and storage for the company’s social platform, Jive. With
previous systems, employees were limited to internal file sharing and
found it challenging to share critical content externally with mining
providers, legal firms and consultants. Employees also lacked mobile and
offline access to content, which is especially challenging for those
based in locations that have limited Internet connectivity.
Anglo American’s Global Solutions Team was tasked with finding a single
service for file sharing, mobile access and external collaboration,
while tightening up content security, as it was imperative that the
company’s data not be spread out unevenly across the web. The team began
evaluating cloud-based solutions that provided enterprise-grade
security, integration capabilities to on-premise and cloud solutions,
such as Jive, and the ability to sync business content across all
devices for effective backup and offline and mobile access. Box met all
By partnering closely with Box on the pilot roll out, the Global
Solutions Team made the decision to let Box usage spread organically
across multiple business units and in the past six months has
experienced a 3,000-user adoption rate. Because it is clear Box solves
the company’s needs and provides the administration and control
capabilities required to protect sensitive content, Anglo American is
moving on to the next phase of the deployment. This phase includes
getting the company’s 9,000 laptop users in areas with limited Internet
connectivity, like Africa and Latin America, using Box as a way to
synchronize and back up their data for offline access and business
Similar to Box’s values, Anglo American places a strong emphasis on
creating environments that foster productivity and supports a digital
workplace. Box makes it easy for 225,000 businesses 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, Schneider Electric and Pearson.
See when the Box World Tour is coming to your area at www.boxworldtour.com.
Box's mission is to make businesses of all sizes more productive,
competitive, and powerful by connecting people and their most important
information. Content on Box can be securely shared and easily accessed
on the web, through iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications, and
extended to partner applications, such as Google Apps, NetSuite and
Salesforce. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Box is privately held and
backed by 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, as well as by strategic investors salesforce.com, SAP Ventures
and Intel Ventures. To learn more about Box, visit www.box.com.
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