Every year, CRN names the 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors. The annual list has become the who’s who of innovative cloud companies that support the IT channel.
We’re pleased to announce that Soonr has been named to this year’s coveted list as well as named among only 20 vendors in the Cloud Software Category.
The list, which was announced today, recognizes those companies that have demonstrated the commitment to create the innovative products, services and partner programs that help channel partners through their evolution to true solution providers.
Soonr has long asserted its commitment to the channel with a robust program that gives partners the sales and marketing support that empowers them to deliver the secure file sharing, mobile productivity, enterprise-grade security and comprehensive IT control customers need to achieve a collaborative online work environment.
For customers, that means better service and support to go along with the powerful Soonr Workplace file sharing solution they use to do business faster.
It’s an honor to be named a Cool Cloud Computing Vendor by CRN. But it’s even better to continue to deliver service to over 150,000 businesses worldwide, in 134 countries and counting. Certainly, the cloud is cool. But at Soonr, our customers and partners are even cooler.
The Soonr Team
When you’re managing international projects that touch multiple partners, agents and clients around the world, the last thing you need is more complexity. The simpler you can make your file sharing processes, the more productive you and your partners are – especially when multiple time zones come into play.
This was a challenge faced by Inuktun – one of the world’s leaders in the design and manufacturing of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and modular robotic systems. With projects that span the globe, one of the best ways for Inuktun to engage and collaborated with clients is by sharing video, photo and design files – all of which can be very large.
As the company attempted to tackle its file sharing challenge, it tried a number of products, including both Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox for Business. But these products only added more complexity to the issue. Why? Because they each require very complex tree structures to achieve the level of file sharing security that Inuktun needed to protect its clients’ confidential information.
“We tried limping by with Dropbox, but the features were tremendously limited,” said Colin Dobell, President and CEO, Inuktun. “It forced us into very complex tree structures that became too cumbersome and complex to use. Other products we tried also had limited permissions. We needed something better. While we were stumbling along with other file sharing products, we discovered Soonr at a tradeshow. We were impressed by how flexible it was and its level of permission controls. After a brief trial we validated that it was just what we needed. Even though we were still paying on other file sharing products, we made the switch.”
And that switch has really paid off. With granular permission controls, Inuktun can easily permit or cancel access to content, including shared files, videos and photos. Even more, the flexibility of the Soonr platform easily supports the company’s desired tree structures making file navigation simple and efficient. Finally, with its enterprise-grade geo-redundant servers, uploads speeds using Soonr make file sharing both fast and reliable, regardless of where content is being accessed.
Inuktun has chopped its tree structure complexity down to size and, as a result, has doubled its file sharing efficiency and file uploads speeds for large files are nearly instant compared to minutes with previous solutions.
“You want tools to help you not slow you down,” added Dobell. “With Soonr, we now have a solution that can help us streamline our processes so that we can truly capitalize on our growing international opportunities.”
To see how Inuktun doubled their file sharing efficiency with Soonr Workplace, check out the full customer profile.
The Soonr Team
Fast moving companies need files that can move with them – here, there and everywhere – without a worry or second thought. This is exactly the scenario faced by the busy managed service provider (MSP), Polarverse. Working to support small business customers throughout the Ontario, Canada region, Polarverse needed immediate access to its business files and folders in a secure and controlled way.
At first, the MSP tried Google Drive. But, lack of security and control made using the consumer-oriented file sharing service a concern for the IT-centric business. File sync operations with Google Drive also proved to be unreliable and required log-in hassles and additional complexity. It simply wasn’t up to Polarverse’s standards. That started a quest to find the best solution for both its own company’s use as well as its customers’.
“If I’m going to both use and recommend a file sharing solution, I want it to be completely worry-free with all the security and control that delivers peace of mind,” said Chris Davis, CEO, Polarverse. “It was the need for these features that pointed me to Soonr Workplace. Not only does it cover the bases when it comes to security it also has a very easy-to-use interface and exceptional support. It’s exactly what I look for in a product that I offer for my clients.”
Security and control are top criteria for users of file sharing services. In fact, according to the recent Soonr 2014 Mobility in the Workplace Study, 83% of full-time employees report concerns about the security and privacy of their files. To help, users need to select file sharing solutions, like Soonr Workplace, that offer security features that are baked in, including encryption for data in transit, in session and on device and in all locations where user files are stored. Other features such as two-factor authentication, data leak prevention and device wipe functionality add further layers of security that simply aren’t offered by consumer-grade solutions. Furthermore, granular control features such as control over user groups and share, sync and public link permissions deliver the added layers of confidence business users need to achieve a transparent file sharing experience.
For Polarverse, these features offered by Soonr Workplace have delivered the security, control and seamless usability that has resulted in impressive results. Now, while working on the road, the company is twice as efficient. And, twice is nice, especially when it comes worry-free.
To see how Polarverse doubled their efficiency when working on the road with Soonr Workplace, check out the full customer profile.
The Soonr Team
We’ve enhanced Public Links to provide more control over their use and expiration. Now you can set a specific time and date for a link to expire as well as after a given number of clicks.
Users have asked for more flexibility on choosing the time and date for expiring Public Links to tie them more closely to special promotions, marketing activities or deadlines. We also have users wanting to limit access to a file or folder by the number of clicks and not have to worry about deactivating it manually.
The feature is now live for all users. Just go to the Public Link option for any file, folder or Project and you will see the new options. If you’d like to see it in action, you can request a demo here.
The Soonr Team
CIOs, can you hear us?
Today’s mobile workforce is more frustrated than ever when it comes to file sharing and collaboration. In fact, while 89% of full-time employees access company files remotely, only 22% are aware of a company-approved file sharing system. Even worse, 98% of full-time employees face document collaboration challenges, such as sharing and editing documents and staying up-to-date on company projects.
These are just some of the results of our second annual Mobility in the Workplace Study: The Increasing Challenges of Mobility in the Workplace which finds that collaboration drains on corporate productivity are largely preventable through secure, enterprise-grade file sharing.
Even while employees are frustrated with accessing files while working remotely, they are also worried about the security and privacy of their files. In fact, 83% report file security and privacy concerns and a fourth (25%) have lost data while attempting to download business files.
But security concerns for today’s mobile worker may be overshadowed by productivity frustration. More than nine-in-ten (91%) of employees rate sharing files with customers and coworkers as at least somewhat important, yet nearly half (46%) have had trouble sharing a large file.
The frustration grows among critical business roles including sales, CEOs and even IT. Even though sharing files is critical to their job, 62% of sales professionals find it hard to collaborate with others outside their company. For CEO’s, 40% have missed an important deadline because they were unable to access files remotely from their smart phone or tablet device. Even IT pros are frustrated, as 58% have had trouble downloading large files.
With collaboration frustrations running rampant, up and down today’s organizations, it’s time to classify secure file sharing solutions as a must-have priority to power both productivity and security. With increasing workforce mobility, file management challenges shouldn’t be an impediment to business performance. Tell your CIO that everyone in the business needs access to Soonr Workplace and turn the frustrations into a business advantage.
The Soonr Team
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