SAN FRANCISCO — Box today introduced Box Workflow, a set of tools that can help employees act on all the files floating around in the cloud.

“We think it’s business process made better,” Box chief executive Aaron Levie said at the company’s BoxWorks conference.

Coming next year, the service will let managers set rules about certain kinds of files. Box can share different documents with users based on qualities in the files. And users can get notifications in email and their smartphones when certain rules are triggered.

And thanks to its acquisition of machine-learning startup dLoop last year, Box can also determine when to upload sensitive documents to Box and to give them the same rules as similar files. The service is “taking the guessing work out of hands of individuals to classify your most valuable content,” said Annie Pearl, senior product manager of the enterprise team who’s leading up Workflow.

Ultimately, Box Workflow could add value to Box by making files more actionable so that key bits of information won’t get lost.

Box Workflow won’t operate alone. It will integrate with tools many companies already use, including Microsoft SharePoint, NetSuite, SAP, Jive, the Oracle Marketing Cloud, as well as custom iOS and Android apps.


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