Is Dropbox good for Business?

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Everyone has to watch their expenses. Whether you’re a family, a startup, or a Fortune 500 company, every dollar truly counts. Frugality can be even more important when considering technology expenses as a poor purchase can hangover a corporation for five years or more. So security, dependability, integration, access, and ease of use push and pull against each other for every IT dollar. As if that wasn’t hard enough, consumer offerings are starting to become a viable alternative to longstanding enterprise level technology. One business making a strong marketing push for it's new enterprise option is Dropbox.

Almost since its debut in 2007, Dropbox has been a hit with consumers. The ability to share files on multiple computers without any advanced computer knowledge is without question a godsend. While not the only company to offer this service, Dropbox has become synonymous with easy file-sharing among casual computer users. Now Dropbox hopes to duplicate that feat by introducing a enterprise offering of its service cleverly titled “Dropbox for Business.”

For south of $1000, Dropbox for Business offers unlimited storage space, file recovery, central user management by IT supervisors, remote storage wipe, folder security, and connection of both personal and business accounts. Every one of these services is practically mandatory in our modern business environment. Virtually everyone who sits at a computer for a living will find themselves sitting at a computer out of the office yet still working. Whether it is against company policy or not, modern workers cannot help themselves from working on their phone, at home, and yes even while driving. Understanding this fact and embracing it will mean the difference between data security and potentially being hacked.

Now most IT managers will say Dropbox for Business is unnecessary thanks to VPNs, or virtual private networks which allow remote employees to access files stored on a secure work computer through a secure internet portal. Of course that means employees must understand how to use a VPN and not already be using their personal dropbox account to access business documents.

So as every decision maker understands, the best solution may not purely be enterprise oriented but user oriented. Dropbox ticks all security, ease of use, access, and dependability boxes. Lastly, there’s integration; maybe the biggest concern of all. Not only will Dropbox let you store any file type you like, but it also works seamlessly with Microsoft Office software, the most prevalent software in the business world.

Patrick Boberg is a central Iowa creative media specialist. For more tech insights, follow him on Twitter @PatBoBomb


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