IT Tips & Tricks
Published 21 February 2022
What’s in the Box? Are You Packing or Unpacking Your Data?
Why LinkTek Decided to Include Support for SharePoint Competitor
One of the inevitabilities of almost any migration? Broken file links.
There are many reasons a software company releases a new version of their software, but perhaps the primary reason — the overriding reason, even — that mountains of time, money and resources are invested in a new version is simply because the market outright demands it.
Recently, with data migrations to and from Box.com on the increase, the demand arose for some software to protect and repair the broken file links that inevitably occur during a migration. One software company was actually bombarded with requests from their clients for assistance with migrations to or from Box.com. The company in question is us, LinkTek, and we’ve just released a brand-new version of LinkFixer Advanced™ to specifically include support for migrations either to or from Box.com.
From Little Acorns, Mighty Oaks…
Aaron Levie was just a 20-year-old college student when, with friend and partner, Dylan Smith, he started Box back in 2005. Box was initially focused on consumers, but upon discovering that many of those consumers actually used the service at work, Box focused on business users during 2009 and 2010.
The company developed features to allow Box to be embedded in common business applications or to use APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to integrate with them. In the intervening years, there have been technical improvements, changes to the user interface and more collaboration features. Box also developed industry-specific features for heavily regulated industries and added improved integration with video-conference software, such as Zoom, as well as Collections, a feature that allows users to customize their personal folder structure.
You can divide a room with politics, pickles, or pineapple on pizza. It turns out Box.com has similar qualities.
The Modern Box
Today, Box.com is known for its cloud-based content management system with collaboration, security, analytics and other features related to files and information. Beyond the core Box.com service, there are add-ons for different industries and situations. Additionally, Box files can be accessed from any device with an internet connection.
Dylan Smith, left, and Aaron Levie, founders of Box.com.
Although Box.com began as a simple service for storing and sharing files amongst different users and devices, it has evolved into an enterprise product with features for security and compliance. Box files are encrypted using TLS (Transport Layer Security) encryption. Each user can access their own documents and the company files that are managed by the IT department. IT staff can also determine access and security policies, obtain audit information (such as who accessed what) and receive alerts if there are suspicious downloads.
There are open APIs that allow Box to integrate with over 1,500 common business apps, and one integration allows users to save files straight to their Box.com folders directly from any Microsoft application.
When In Rome…
With all the above features, it’s no wonder that many businesses continue to migrate to Box.com.
Whether your workforce is remote or in-office, Box makes data storage, retrieval, sharing and collaboration smooth and hassle-free. What is less hassle-free, however, can be the migration itself, whether to or from Box.com. Per Gartner, 83% of all data migrations either fail or exceed their budgets and schedules.
One of the most frequent problems with data migrations is data that goes missing due to broken file links. The domino effect results in complaining end-users, IT departments that get swamped with service tickets, downtime, potential loss of revenue, irritable bosses and increased stress. If your organization is contemplating a migration to or from Box.com, you should consider protecting your links with LinkFixer Advanced, which supports the following:
- File Share,
- Network Drive,
- SharePoint Online,
- SharePoint On-Premises Server,
Protecting your links against breakage prior to your migration is the optimum situation. If, however, you’ve already completed your Box.com migration, and you have broken links and missing data as a result, LinkFixer Advanced can locate and repair your links, automatically restoring the missing data. Additionally, if you’re in the middle of a migration and want a link-fixing solution, LinkFixer Advanced is the tool you need. Finally, if, for some reason, you’ve migrated away from Box.com, LinkFixer Advanced can repair your broken file links — providing you’ve retained a copy of your files in Box.com — preventing the associated data loss.
The primary reason that mountains of time, money and resources are invested in a new software version is simply because the market demands it.
For more information on LinkFixer Advanced or a Box.com migration, call 727-442-1822 to speak to a friendly Service Consultant. Don’t forget to ask about a complimentary trial. Alternatively, visit us at LinkTek.com to schedule a free demo. When it comes to Box.com, whether you’re coming or going, LinkFixer Advanced has you covered.
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