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Edit Your Documents Online with Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft OneDrive

Online EditingWe recently announced support for editing and creating Microsoft Office documents directly from within Soonr Workplace Online. Now you can edit or create a document within Google Docs, Microsoft OneDrive or Microsoft Office365 and save it directly to your Soonr Workplace Project. This is great news for users who don’t have Microsoft Office installed locally, like Chromebook users, for instance.

This feature is immediately available to both Pro and Enterprise users, but you have to be an Admin to enable it in Enterprise. Users have to have an account for those online editors associated with their email address.

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It works by opening the document within the editor of your choice. When you close the editor, Soonr lets you save that document in any Soonr Workplace Project or folder.

To learn more about how to use and implement these features, please see this Knowledgebase Solution on our Support page.

There are additional features for local editing, too, described here.

Cheers!
The Soonr Team

Oct
13

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Elevating a Jurisdictional Advantage: New Data Centers in the UK

Elevating a Jurisdictional AdvantageEurope is on the file sharing fast track. Organizations across the region are clamoring to take advantage of the business productivity benefits for secure collaboration, mobile device syncing and simplified file sharing so that they can achieve more when working from anywhere.

Soonr has seen this first hand. In our most recent quarter we saw growth of 112% year over year in the European region. In response, we’re enhancing our regional presence with plans to open new data centers in the UK. This will mark Soonr’s fifth international jurisdiction where data is stored, transmitted and manage locally. Why? So that we can continue to deliver superior services that meet business concerns over data privacy and security.

The new UK data centers, which will be online by the first calendar quarter of 2015, will join Soonr’s additional data center operations which are located in the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Australia. Each of these data centers are configured geo-redundantly, guaranteeing that all customers’ data is confined at all times to the jurisdiction. Mirroring of data is performed in physically separated alternate data centers that are also within the same jurisdiction, so customers can have the confidence that their data always remains local.

According to industry analyst Alan Pelz-Sharpe, Research Director at the 451 Group, this focus on locally retained data is a high priority for business. “By recognizing the value of regional data retention and transmission, vendors elevate their value to European customers,” said Pelz-Sharpe. “Customers want to know that their data is contained locally in a data center that has also been validated for strict security compliance. With the opening of UK-based data centers, this should help Soonr elevate its jurisdictional advantage over other file sharing providers.”

So, as European businesses continue to adopt secure file sharing solutions, Soonr will be right there with them, delivering the most robust, enterprise-class file sharing solution available that also includes support for their jurisdictional privacy requirements. The result? Soonr will be one of the only enterprise-grade file sharing services to recognize the distinct data security and privacy requirements of European customers. Now that’s an advantage you can truly benefit from.

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The Soonr Team

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Essential Mobility Made Easy

Essential Mobility Made EasyWorking on the road, at the jobsite or at home has become the new paradigm of today’s workforce. No longer are we chained to a desk – unless that’s they only way to access critical business files.

To cut the tethers, however, requires consistent and reliable document syncing between all of the computers and devices we use every day. Add to that the need to efficiently share documents and collaborate with team members, and the need for file sharing becomes vital to business productivity.

This was exactly the scenario experienced by the team at SALT Landscape Architects. They, just like most professionals in job site-related industries, have the need to work from nearly anywhere. Yet, keeping files in sync and across all of its systems – from office computers and iPads, to home laptops and smartphones – was a constant struggle. They needed a secure way to be sure that all of their computing devices always had the most current files.

The landscaping firm attempted to use the software embedded in its external hard drives. But sluggish performance and a number of syncing failures drove them to find something better. That’s when they discovered Soonr Workplace. Now working from anywhere has never been easier and they have access to their business files that’s twice as efficient as before.

“I now use my Soonr app on my iPhone regularly to send files, links or look up project information,” said Allen Compton, ASLA, Principal, SALT Landscape Architects. “It’s very valuable in the field when on a construction site or reviewing projects with a client. I now have the ability to access my business files with twice the efficiency.”

With the need to work dynamically and the expectation to remain just as productive as you are in the office when on the road, secure file sharing solutions have never before been more necessary to business productivity. That’s the magic of Soonr Workplace.

For more on SALT Landscape Architecture’s deployment of Soonr Workplace, you can read the Customer Profile here.

Cheers,
The Soonr Team

Sep
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Might and Mobility for the Midmarket

Might and Mobility for the MidmarketThe technology demands of the midsize enterprise are just as great as large enterprises, and yet, they must be met while expending fewer resources, including staff and budget.

For a midsize enterprise to be competitive with larger organizations in its industry, it must have the same – if not better – technology resources at its fingertips. From an empowered mobile workforce to stringent data security, midmarket companies must leverage equally advanced technology as their big company counterparts to compete on an even playing field.

It’s true, midsized businesses don’t have the same amount of resources or staff as larger enterprises do, so they don’t have the time to research, implement or manage very complex solutions. At the same time, they do still need many of the same controls and features enterprise environments require, including secure policies and access management. With Soonr Workplace, the enterprise-grade features don’t come with enterprise-typical complexity.

But, what if midmarket companies could achieve even more than enterprise organizations? A more productive mobile workforce? More secure file sharing with internal and external parties? Better and more flexible collaboration? That’s exactly what hundreds of midmarket companies find when using Soonr Workplace.

With Soonr, midsize businesses find that their file sharing and collaboration is often more effective than their large company counterparts. Soonr focuses on what really matters – the control and management IT needs with the usability and productivity mobile workers demand. With it they are able to balance mobile workforce enablement and the increasing needs for data security, protection and access with requirements for budgetary efficiency and easy of management.

Evidence of Soonr’s success can be seen throughout its broad roster of customers, across multiple industries including construction, finance, education, legal, healthcare, media and advertising and more. It can also be seen in the recent recognition of Soonr CEO Ahmet Tuncay as a Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive for 2014 by Midsize Enterprise Summit. Ahmet was named among the industry’s most influential leaders, underscoring Soonr’s strong voice for empowering unprecedented might and mobility for the midmarket.

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The Soonr Team

Sep
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Breaking Free from “Portable” Hard Drive Baggage

Youth Frameworks Customer ProfilePortable hard drives. They are still a very popular way to tote around large files when you’re on the road. But, just how convenient and secure are they really? If you’re on the road a great deal and have volumes of large files, you may be lugging around more than one portable hard drive. So, what’s the risk that you may not grab the right one – the one that has that presentation you need, or has those photo images you want to work with?

Even worse, what if you lose that critical external drive or it becomes damaged or corrupted as you jaunt around. What then? Or, what if you don’t want to carry your laptop and simply want to access files from your smart phone?

These were among the common challenges faced by the highly mobile staff of Youth Frameworks. They travel around the world providing Youth Leader training and curriculum to help churches and mission programs reach young people. Their program publishes volumes of materials that is produced by an extended and remote team that needed to share content and large files no matter where they were travelling. They used portable hard drives to carry necessary documents on the road and to backup materials while working remotely, but the hard drives didn’t solve the real problem – multi-user, multi-system data access and collaboration.

“We either never had enough space on the portable drives or didn’t have them with us when we needed to access files,” said Robert Wallace, President of Youth Frameworks. “But our biggest challenge was the need to access files on various computers. We needed an automated solution that would sync content with all of our computers and allow us to easily collaborate no matter where we were working.”

For Youth Frameworks, Soonr Workplace was the solution. Using Soonr, Youth Frameworks can share content seamlessly during curriculum publishing processes, even when files are exceptionally large. It’s now become one of the most critical productivity tools the organization relies on every day.

“We always have access to all of the most up-to-date versions of our files with Soonr,” said Wallace. “It’s truly hassle free and easy to use.”

Like Youth Frameworks, organizations everywhere are discovering how secure file sharing, in the cloud, can help them break free from their portable hard drives headaches, so that they can achieve protection, collaboration and true mobile access all without the added baggage.

For more on Youth Framework’s deployment of Soonr Workplace, you can read the Customer Profile here.

Cheers,
The Soonr Team

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