Marlow, UK, 12 June 2013 – This week Softcat announced a new exclusive partnership with content sharing and business collaboration platform Box to further enhance its Government G-Cloud services. Softcat will offer Box to its public sector customers looking for a simple and secure way to share, organize and collaborate on their content in the cloud through the Government Procurement Service (GPS) Cloud-Store portal.
Increasingly, collaborative-focused cloud services are being adopted within the public sector to deliver faster business benefits and reduce costs. Together, Softcat and Box will be able to supply their customers with best-of-breed services, including enterprise-grade file sharing, ultra-secure FTP replacement, feature-rich project collaboration and a host of purpose built partner apps ready for deployment. Box is a trusted brand. It recently received the highest rating possible, “Strong Positive,” in Gartner’s MarketScope for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing¹.
Andy Bruen, Softcat’s public sector frameworks manager, said “Box is a highly esteemed G-Cloud partner for Softcat. The similar dynamic cultures of both organisations has made working together effortless.” He added, “We’ve seen significant customer interest in Box’s technologies, and are even prepared to offer our customers 30-day free trial periods to see the service in operation for themselves, at first hand.”
Wayne Cook, vice president of channel & alliances in EMEA for Box, said “Traditional legacy IT solutions are no longer meeting the needs of public sector organisations and businesses across the UK, as they are looking to collaborate and manage their critical documents easily and securely from anywhere and on any device. Our strategic partnership with Softcat and embracement of the G-Cloud framework removes the barriers to public sector-wide cloud adoption by delivering a flexible and scalable platform that supports government programmes, policies and strategies.
Since its inclusion in the G-Cloud framework last year, Softcat has introduced several of its partners’ services into its G-Cloud portfolio. The Box platform is available to government customers exclusively through Softcat.
¹Gartner. MarketScope for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing, Monica Basso, Jeffrey Mann, February 12, 2013.
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Softcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs more than 500 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £307 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations.
The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 5,000 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations.
As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world-class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.
Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure content sharing platform that both users and IT love and adopt. Content on Box can be shared internally and externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone applications, and extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Box is a privately held company and is backed by venture capital firms 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, and strategic investors salesforce.com and SAP. To learn more about Box, visit www.box.com.