It’s been an eventful week for Dropbox coming off its announcement final Friday that it was lastly going public, however that doesn’t imply the enterprise stops. The corporate introduced plans to associate with Google in the present day to deliver native G Suite integration to Dropbox storage.
The actual fact is that greater than 50 p.c of Dropbox customers have a G Suite account — which incorporates GMail together with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides. Thus far, there hasn’t been a solution to retailer these recordsdata in Dropbox. That has required a Google Drive account, however buyer necessities can generally make for unusual bedfellows and Dropbox and Google have been working collectively to deliver this integration to fruition as a result of it’s one thing each firms’ prospects have been asking for, Quentin Clark, SVP of Engineering, Product and Design at Dropbox defined.
“Dropbox is more and more constructing out its content material collaboration performance with the liberty to make use of no matter instruments [customers] wish to use on no matter platform that they wish to use. This partnership is one other step on that journey,” Clark advised TechCrunch.
Clark factors out that Dropbox has been within the technique of constructing out these partnership offers for the final couple of years with partnerships with Microsoft, Autodesk and Adobe already on the books. This fills in a significant content material sort that had been beforehand (conspicuously) lacking.
He stated that the 2 firms are within the technique of understanding the main points of how the mixing goes to work, however he expects the mixing to be accomplished by the top of the 12 months. When it’s finished customers ought to have the option retailer, open and begin G Suite paperwork in Dropbox. “The way in which that integration seems and feels, that’s the stuff we’re discovering our means collectively,” he stated.
Clark, who has had previous stints at Microsoft and SAP, says that he has realized over time that it’s incumbent upon distributors like Dropbox to give attention to the wants of the customers over the wants of the corporate. That’s why two firms that promote on-line storage providers are keen to work collectively. “It’s enabling better of breed and recognizing that you will rent your product to do a sure job and could also be hiring different merchandise to do different jobs, and it’s a must to be at peace with that,” he stated.
Whereas the timing could appear to be shut sufficient to the IPO announcement that it’s associated, the very fact is the partnership has been within the works for a while. Maybe the corporate needed to place it on the market to reinforce their enterprise road cred previous to the IPO, but when that had been the case, they weren’t saying throughout the legally required quiet interval previous to going public.
It’s value noting that this isn’t the primary time that Google has teamed up with one other firm to supply third-party storage. In truth, Diane Greene, who’s head of Google Cloud, introduced a partnership to make Field a third-party storage associate for Google content material on the 2016 Boxworks buyer convention.
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