“We saw very strong enterprise growth in the last quarter,” says Box CEO Aaron Levie. “We grew our number of big deals, which we measure as deals above $100,000 in transaction value, by 60 from Q1 to Q2 of this year. We’re happy about the momentum that we’re seeing in the business. Right now we are all hands on deck on supporting our customers and their digital transformation strategies and hopefully really enabling them to have a more secure and more seamless way to work in this environment.”
Driving Better Balance Between Growth And Profitability
We’re very happy about the quarter that we just put up. We are stabilizing the growth rate with 11 percent revenue growth. We had nearly a 16 percent operating margin for the quarter. That’s been a trend that we’ve obviously been driving for the past year or so around really driving a better balance between growth and profitability. We improved our guidance on both revenue growth and profitability for the rest of the year. We guided to about 12 to 13 percent operating margin for the full year (FY21) and so we do think these results are sustainable.
Obviously, we want to be able to continue to drive them going into next year and beyond. We’re very happy about the efficiency of the business right now as well as our ability to go out and serve customers and help them power a new way to work in this very very you know dynamic landscape.
All Hands On Deck With Digital Transformation
The first couple quarters of the year we had to step back and figure out in this economy and in this market what could we do to best serve our customer base. In some segments, we had to lean in to make sure that we were better supporting our customers. In other segments, we saw more growth because in spaces like financial services, healthcare, life sciences, and the tech sector there’s still a tremendous amount of economic growth occurring. So we had to do a little bit of a reset in some of our segments, especially the SMB segment. and we’re seeing really healthy pipeline for the second half of the year.
At the same time, we saw very strong enterprise growth among these customers. We grew our number of big deals, which we measure as deals above $100,000 in transaction value, by 60 from Q1 to Q2 of this year. We’re happy about the momentum that we’re seeing in the business. We do expect that we’re going to continue to drive growth coming into the second half of the year. Right now we are all hands on deck on supporting our customers and their digital transformation strategies and hopefully really enabling them to have a more secure and more seamless way to work in this environment.
Need Better Interoperability Between Technologies
In the enterprise segment, you deal with similar questions (as consumer-facing companies do with anti-trust). How do we ensure long-term that you have interoperability between our technologies? If I put my data into one cloud platform will I have the ability to make that data work with other applications from other cloud technologies? Whether or not there needs to be oversight that’s obviously going to be a big question for the government.
What I do think across the industry we do need to continue to work on better standards. We need to drive better interoperability between our technologies. I can say confidently that companies like Microsoft and Google and others are working on making sure that we have greater interoperability between our technology stack. We work with companies like Slack, Zoom, Salesforce, and others to make sure that we have that interoperability as well. But there’s still a long way to go to really create a seamless experience for the broader customer base out there.
No Precedent For The Type of TikTok Deals Playing Out
This is obviously a very strange environment (in reference to TikTok deal rumors). I don’t think there’s been a precedent for this type of acquisition playing out ever. Especially in the back of the antitrust element, you don’t have the logical acquirers of this type of social media technology at play. All you really have are these interesting configurations of maybe not the most classic acquirers of a social tool. This is causing a lot of questions on what is the long-term strategic nature of these deals.
This is especially true for companies that don’t have a strong advertising business model or might not have some of the same demographic within their customer base. That being said, all of the players, whether it’s Larry Ellison or Satya or Doug at Walmart, these are all incredibly smart and savvy business people. I’m sure that behind the scenes there’s quite a deal of strategy going on but it’s certainly fun to watch play out.