We hear much about context with regards enterprise applications today. Context is a very important thing, especially when we look at the history of enterprise technology. The traditional approach with enterprise IT was to make users work the way technology forced them to. The reasons for this were obvious – technology was expensive, difficult to customize and somewhat brittle. No business could afford the time or resource to fully mold the technology to the way its employees worked and hence the employees had to be flexible.
Fast forward to today and software is far easier to create and customize. Salesforce.com is perhaps the earliest example of this trait. Despite having all its customers essentially on one code base of its software, Salesforce gives them the flexibility to customize the experience to the way they work. It’s fair to say that, in this modern paradigm if you offer one style of software with little or no customization ability, you’ll soon be left behind.
So in that context it is interesting to see an integration being announced today between K2 and Box. Box is, of course, the newly-listed enterprise file sharing and collaboration vendor. Don’t suggest (at least not within the earshot of CEO Aaron Levie) that they’re simply a file sharing tool though, he’s adamant that they’re a productivity and collaboration platform.
For its part, K2 is a company that offers the ability for people to create and run business applications, without being developers. K2 is democratization writ large – the low-code platform uses workflows and forms in place of developers and code. In doing so it makes it far easier for organizations, and more importantly the workers within those organizations, to create and tailor applications to their particular needs.
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