Cloud storage platforms, like Dropbox, are primarily focused on enabling people to create files, collaborate on those files, and store them in a centralized place. Alternatively, Shelf sits on top of cloud storage platforms, integrating with them and enabling people to easily capture the most important content, organize it in a single place, and quickly find it later.
Dropbox is a leader in cloud storage. It’s elegant, award-winning interface makes it seamless to upload files and folders and share them with anyone, anywhere. Dropbox has one of the best desktop syncing features in the industry, which makes it easy to store a large amount of files both on a desktop and it the cloud.
Dropbox for Business ramps up the security, storage, and permission features of Dropbox making it a great option for a company’s document and digital asset repository.
Use Dropbox for:
Creating online documents with Dropbox Paper
Collaborating on online documents in real-time
Aggregating files in a team document repository
Building a company file repository
Quickly sharing files and folders with clients, customers, partners, and other stakeholders
Making any file or folder easy to access on-the-go through the web app
Leveraging its desktop sync to work on files when internet connection are not available
If you’re a sales manager, product manager, marketing manager, human resources manager, or operations manager who wants a solid, reliable platform for storing all your documents and files in a single place on the cloud, then Dropbox is a great choice.
How to Use Shelf with Dropbox
Shelf is not an alternative to Dropbox or a Dropbox replacement. Shelf is a modern knowledge management tool that helps make important content stored in Dropbox more powerful. Shelf sits on top of cloud storage platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Box to help teams and organizations better assess, capture, organize, find, and connect their most relevant content. Shelf is a Dropbox complement that further improves its end-user experience.
The features in Shelf are designed to build a knowledge base of a team or company’s most important intellectual capital, not all of it. Shelf requires people to actively determine which content has long-term value and capture or sync them into their Shelf. Examples include: final sales presentations, process documents, company manuals, key vendors, lists of consultants, and research reports.
The world class organizing and search features make the content added into Shelf much easier to find later on. Shelf also enables content to connect in a more powerful way by recommending and suggesting content of interest. The content analytics dashboard in the admin panel also helps teams and companies determine which content, folders, and groups are: most active, most viewed, and most commented.