Online file sharing and collaboration vendor Soonr impressed us one year ago when ESG ran its test drive of 13 OFS vendors. Though lesser known than some of the other solutions tested, Soonr had an intuitive interface and was one of the first to offer good native preview, document annotation, and editing. IT found it easy to provision and loved that it was one of the few vendors that offered backup capability. But product release cycles average anywhere from 2-4 weeks in this crowded market and just because you’re on top one minute doesn’t mean you will be the next. Vendors understand this and, over the last year, have been racing to develop functionality beyond sync and share to alleviate IT concerns around data control and security, and to make their solution is as sticky as possible for end-users.
Earlier this year, Soonr announced file locking, document scanning, and mobile device control features, and its latest announcement goes even further to compete for more security conscious seats:
- More granular sharing permissions. With OFS usage expected to expand throughout businesses and across organizational boundaries, DLP functionality is becoming more in demand as IT contends with keeping data secure and ensuring the right people have the right permissions. The new settings will offer more flexibility and thus accuracy around user or document permission levels.
- Project owner reassignment. Projects can now be reassigned to new owners, securing company assets and making it easier for business units to operate continuously in the event an employee changes roles or leaves the company.
- Enterprise reports. Offers canned or custom IT reports/audit trails for more visibility into activity around accounts, devices, projects, or files.
- Control over backup settings and compatibility for Linux users.
These updates keep Soonr competitive in the ever changing OFS landscape. With an emphasis on project management, Soonr has been designed with simplicity and utility in mind. It also refreshed its moble apps to make on-the-go collaboration easier. IT professionals should keep an eye out on this promising solution, as it continues to finetune its offering. The company has flown somewhat under the radar, but with these enhancements, Soonr is poised to make a big marketing push - soon you’ll be hearing more from Soonr!