Working 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.
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The 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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Portable 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.
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Like every major market around the world, Europe is clamoring for the business productivity enabled by secure file sharing. Soonr should know because we have been operating geo-redundant and local data centers in Europe since 2007. Since that time, customers in every country throughout the European region continue to embrace cloud file sharing as the secret ingredient to their success.
Take the environmental consultancy, LITEHAUZ, for example. LITEHAUZ’s Senior Environmental Consultant Svend Boes Overgaard says, “Soonr is very reliable. It’s consistently faster than email and much more secure. It delivers everything we needed in a file sharing solution – availability, security, control, stability and performance giving us greater productivity as a team and as a company.”
Or, consider the Stockholm-based staffing firm Placera Personal. Its Vice CEO Pär Ola Wiberg states, “What we needed was a simple yet feature-rich cloud-based file sharing solution for our company and Soonr Workplace Enterprise edition delivered. It’s user friendly and fits nicely into our overall business process.”
With such high value, it’s no wonder European businesses are rapidly embracing cloud file sharing as a new business productivity paradigm. In fact, the growth is so strong that Soonr has again seen high growth throughout the region during its latest quarter. The Company’s European region Q2 results – 112% growth over same quarter last year, along with 51% growth in the number of business accounts – make a strong case. Europe’s demand for the productive file sharing and collaboration delivered by Soonr Workplace is undeniably booming.
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“It’s like going from driving a Ford Pinto to a Lamborghini.”
That’s how Calamar Construction’s Jennifer DeFalco put it when asked how having Soonr Workplace compared to her old file sharing practices. Like any construction firm, Calamar has mountains of large files that need to be shared both internally and externally with their hundreds of construction partners and subcontractors. Historically, the company had tried to use email to share these files but upload times were slow, and they were never certain if all the emails had been received by everyone that needed to see them. Not to mention the complexity of version control.
That’s when Calamar discovered Soonr Workplace. Since deploying it for their large file sharing processes the company has seen a 90% improvement in office productivity. Plus, with Soonr’s detailed controls, it’s been seamless and easy to distribute and manage new documents, ensuring that everyone who needs them truly gets them.
“Once the pre-construction plans are in Soonr and there are updates, all I need to do is remove the old ones and put in the new,” said DeFalco. “Then I can send out a group email with the link for the subs to provide their pre-bids. Because I often need to update files two to three times a week, this can save me hours compared to our old email process.”
Transformational productivity improvements like this can be game changers for a business like Calamar, especially when large files are at the core of their daily operations. From the time savings found uploading large files, to searching for the most current version of a file, to making sure that all those that need access to key documents can access them easily, Soonr’s productivity enhancements can simply be life changing for the office staff in busy construction firms.
These are just some of the reasons file sharing is quickly becoming one of the most critical applications for business. In fact, according to the independent analyst research Osterman Research, file sharing and synchronization tools will represent a total available market of $106 billion by 2017. It’s one of the most rapidly growing business productivity applications on the market.
By empowering workers with secure file sharing at record-breaking speeds, Soonr Workplace is the productivity accelerator behind business success.
For more on Calamar Construction’s deployment of Soonr Workplace, you can read the Customer Profile here.
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