We have made available a free version of NewsGator Enterprise Server for up to 20 users. This is not a timed version, it’s free… zero, zip, nada.
This is a pretty rich product, much more than a proxy for RSS feeds. If you are evaluating enterprise RSS you can take advantage of this download to setup a test environment.
This has been a very successful product for us, but the fact remains that we’ve been selling it into the global 2000 segment and not really paying attention to the SME market. It’s not likely that we will ramp up a dedicated SME initiative any time so making the 20 user version available gives smaller companies something they can use and as their requirements and users expand we can upsell them.
Our enterprise customers have a full range of support options, for the free version we are limiting support to forums and our knowledge base.
I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while. Here’s some updates from people I respect:
When I was at SAP Craig became one of my heroes when he put out a PHP toolkit not because someone told him to but because he thought it was a good idea. He has a can-do attitude and despite having a young family he displays boundless energy and optimism about new things, which is a rarity in big tech companies. I was super happy to see that he was asked to become an SAP Ventures Fellow. This is a neat program that is similar to an EIR position in traditional venture firms, and I know that Craig’s contributions will be both substantial and thoughtful.
Also an SAP alum, my good friend Etay Gafni is now the VP Products at Veodia. Etay is, like Craig, one of those guys you want to search out when you are in a big tech company. I always enjoyed my interactions with him while there and stayed in touch with him after I left, usually bumping into him at various conferences and events. He will do well and Veodia and they are lucky to have him.
When I joined NewsGator one of first people to poke his head into my office and say hello was Kevin Cawley, so it made me really sad to learn he was leaving the company. I don’t think I have ever seen Kevin without a smile on his face, the kind of smile that comes from deep down inside when you really mean it. Kevin is a very talented technologist and will continue to be my go-to person for anything mobile, among many other topics. Kevin is starting a new company that is on the cutting edge of leveraging social networks for business… but I’ll leave it to him to tell the world what it’s about, and will continue to wish him much success and good fortune not just in business but also in life.
We put up a video for the Enterprise 2.0 Launchpad featuring our Social Sites app and 2 real use cases that we all struggle with. Vote for us.
Well this is certainly disturbing.