The SOS Partner Beta Group: Bringing Democracy to Software Development

October 5, 2012

SOS Online Backup is a company built by software developers and propelled by them. Another important feature that sets SOS apart from other online backup and cloud storage companies is its partner program. SOS has been paving the way for years with helpful features like the Partner Resource Center and the Web Integration Package – we create these things to help our partners be successful in selling online backup.

Now, we’ve introduced something even better: the SOS Partner Beta Group. This is a vote-based crowdsourcing community for our Managed Service Providers. SOS founder and CEO, Ken Shaw, refers to the SOS Partner Beta Group platform as “American Idol style product feature development.” Every partner in the group gets one vote, and every vote counts towards declaring a specific feature a winner. These votes and comments shape the upcoming product development plans.

SOS Online Backup’s partners are invigorated by the new approach to crowdsourcing. Clayton Reeves, Operations Manager at Utah Tech Solutions is involved on a daily basis. “The discussion with other partners is probably the most valuable piece that I get out of it.” Reeves also notes that his knowledge of technology gives him a special appreciation for the SOS Partner Beta group, “Being someone who writes software, the ability to help shape the future of such an iconic piece is amazing.”

Michael Papazachariou of Ominous Technology Solutions has been involved in the SOS Partner Beta Group from the beginning. “MSPs and resellers rarely have the opportunity to be so directly involved in the product’s lifecycle. SOS is doing a remarkable job by allowing this via the SOS Partner Beta Group.” Papazachariou added, “The SOS Partner Beta Group is an excellent idea, bringing partners face-to-face with the product development team.”

SOS is moving quickly to introduce software updates and enhancements to the market. Just this week we introduced the private cloud deployment option to our Managed Service Providers. Click here to learn more about this new option for selling online backup that can be hosted in your own network or data center.

 


The SOS Partner Beta Group Launches First Beta of Collaboration Software

September 11, 2012

Let the crowdsourcing begin!

Our online backup reseller partners are taking place in our first ever crowdsourced beta test. This particular product is something revolutionary for our partners: it is a collaboration and groupware solution created for use by MSPs and IT consultants. In our forums, SOS and our partners are now making this web-based file sharing and project management solution the best it can possibly be!

The members of the SOS Partner Beta Group taking part in this test are equipped with a fully functioning free account.

  • Participants will test drive the software
  • Report bugs
  • Offer feature enhancement suggestions

Who can take part in this beta?

Any current SOS wholesale partner can take part in this first-of-its-kind beta!

Are you curious about the product, but not an SOS partner? 

That’s okay. You’ll be updated when we do release the product. There will certainly be ways to try it for free!

 


Private Cloud for Enterprise – SOS Online Backup Announces SOS Collaborate Private Cloud

January 30, 2012

SOS Online Backup is proud to announce SOS Collaborate Private Cloud. Visit the website and learn more here – SOSCollaborate.com.

SOS Collaborate Private Cloud is an enterprise-grade groupware solution for deployment inside a firm’s private network. The private cloud deployment enables IT managers and company officers to use administrative controls included in SOS Collaborate that monitor and control user behavior. These administrative features go a long way to enhancing security of a firm’s online collaboration activities.

Click here to view the entire SOS Collaborate Private Cloud press release.

On January 30th, SOS Online Backup’s CEO Ken Shaw discussed SOS Collaborate Private Cloud bringing an enhanced level of security to document management solutions:

“Consider an employee of a defense contractor using something like Dropbox.  What happens to those files when the employee leaves the company?  That’s enough to give any CIO or CTO heartburn,” said Ken Shaw, CEO of SOS Online Backup. “Think of SOS Collaborate as a secure, enterprise-friendly Dropbox that a company can host on their own infrastructure.  I can put a file in the SOS Collaborate folder on my desktop, and immediately have it in the cloud. Then I can share it, edit it,  access it from all my devices, and without realizing it as a user, I’m doing it all over my company’s own secure infrastructure.”

SOS Collaborate brings multiple document management features to organizations of any size.

  • Sync
  • Large file sharing
  • Web-based document editing, commenting, and group notifications
  • Share secure links to files and folders
  • Flexible administrative controls
  • Audit trail reporting

Pay a visit to SOSCollaborate.com and let us know what you think!

UPDATE: On February 7th, 2012, Sharon Fish at Network Computing released this article on SOS Collaborate. Click here to take a look!


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