Box previews new machine learning framework

Elizabeth Robinson
By Elizabeth Robinson on 23 October 2017
Box previews new machine learning framework

Cloud content management provider Box has previewed a new machine learning framework that will help enterprise organisations uncover insight from their content.

Box Skills enables users to apply machine learning tools from Microsoft, IBM and Google to content stored in Box.

At its BoxWorks 2017 event, the company demonstrated how Microsoft Cognitive Services can provide transcription from video content, plus topic and people detection, so users can quickly find information they need.

Similar techniques can be applied to audio and image content.

“Box Skills brings together Box’s cloud content management and Microsoft Azure’s industry leading AI services to deliver intelligent insights for customers,” said Scott Guthrie, EVP of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division. “We’re excited to see how the general availability of Box on Azure, that starts November 1st, will help benefit customers in their digital transformation journey.”

“We are in the midst of a revolution in enterprise software driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, and we are making Box the most intelligent cloud content management platform in the world,” said Aaron Levie, cofounder and CEO of Box. “As businesses continue to drive digital transformation, they need to realise more value and intelligence from their content. Box Skills is a first-of-its-kind framework that will make it possible to digitise almost any business process on Box.”

Box also showcased the Box Skills Kit, a set of developer resources for building custom skills. Custom Skills can include chaining together multiple skills to enable intelligent business processes, leveraging third-party machine learning solutions for a specific workflow, or training a skill to handle data unique to a business or industry.

Box Skills Kit will enable an ecosystem of cloud services providers, independent software vendors, systems integrators, and enterprises themselves to create custom Box Skills implementations.

The company also previewed Box Graph, “an intelligent network of content, relationships, and activity that Box will leverage to power new experiences and services for both individual Box users and enterprises.”

“The power of cloud content management is that you have one, centralised and secure place for all your business content in the cloud – no data siloes, no fragmented systems, no shadow IT,” said Jeetu Patel, chief product officer for Box. “Box Skills and Box Graph represent a truly practical application of intelligence for the enterprise, ensuring our customers can realise incredible value from every piece of content they have in Box.”

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