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Box Announces Anglo-American Platform Rollout

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Mining corporation rolling out Box cloud services to 10,000 employees worldwide

Mining company Anglo-American has announced that it will be rolling out Box’s cloud content sharing and collaboration services to ten thousand of its employees worldwide.

The company signed up Box in order to address requests from its workers for internal and external collaboration and remote access to critical business documents, as well as its IT departments’ requirements for centralised management and security.

“Sustainable development, efficiency and empowering a global workforce are the key initiatives that drive our business forward,” said David Heppenstall, Chief Information Officer at Anglo American. “Moving to a cloud technology like Box that allows us to centralise all our content and provide a secure, simple and efficient tool for our employees was a natural fit for our company.”

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Headquarted in London, Anglo-American is one of the world’s leading mining corporations, with operations in Southern Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. 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 examined several cloud platforms as it looked to upgrade, following concerns from employees that they were not able to access content on the move or collaborate effectively. Previous systems limited employees to internal file sharing, meaning it was hard for them to share critical content externally. Employees also lacked mobile and offline access to content, which became a vital requirement for workers based in remote mining locations with limited Internet connectivity.

“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 for 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.”

Box has been steadily growing throughout recent months as the market for online and mobile storage continues to grow. Last September, CEO Aaron Levie told the Boxworks event in San Francisco that mobile is “the true catalyst” for the IT industry’s current transformation and said his company’s mobile traffic was growing by 130 percent.

Box has been heavily linked to an IPO, with reports last month claiming that the company had done so in secret, taking advantage of SEC regulations that allow any company with annual revenues of less than $1 billion to file a draft proposal of its IPO prospectus.

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