Dropbox made a number of announcements last week aimed at growing its presence in the enterprise space and streamlining development with its APIs. The new enterprise features target three areas of importance to business users: integration, security and administration. In the developer space, Dropbox unleashed a new version of the Swift SDK to comply with Dropbox API version 2.
Dropbox has extended the Dropbox API for business to streamline and expand the integration capabilities of Dropbox. Data migration, visibility and data loss prevention have posed a consistent problem for integration with Dropbox at the enterprise level. The shared folder API enables enterprises to have visibility and control over content stored in the Dropbox cloud. This provides users with more flexibility and the IT department the peace of mind that content stored in the cloud remains within IT's scope of control.
On the security front, Dropbox became one of the first cloud service providers to achieve its ISO 27018 certification, an emerging global standard addressing data privacy and protection in the cloud. Further, IT groups can now easily require two-step authentication by their users. Admins now have the capacity to automatically force two-step authentication upon users if such users don't proactively include the security step.
Additionally, Dropbox created tiered administration roles that mimic the traditional hierarchy of an enterprise. The three tiers are team admin, user management admin and support admin. Team admins set team-wide sharing permissions. User management admins address tasks such as adding and removing team members, managing groups and viewing a team's activity feed. Support admins manage passwords, account security and the team member activity log. Dropbox envisions the tiered system will enable teams to work more efficiently.
Finally, on the developer front, Dropbox introduced a new Swift SDK version for API v2, SwiftyDropbox v0.2. The updated SDK supports the new serialization format of the Dropbox API v2. A simple change upgrades to the new SDK: change the tag version number in the Podfile. Additionally, Dropbox added a helper class to simplify and clean integrations where an app only expects each user to integrate one Dropbox account.
Dropbox clearly has its eyes on two key players in today's market: the enterprise and developers. Its focus is appropriate as the enterprise is key to revenue growth, and developers are just as important to service adoption.