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Social Networking for Companies

Published 07/14/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Canopy is a private social networking tool intended for companies. Businesses can set up their own social network to help improve internal communications and overall efficiency. Canopy supports real time collaboration with conversations and other instantly updated resources. Users can form groups, such as clients, projects, competitors and any other type of group the user can come up with. Private messaging tools give individuals a way to speak one on one without being there in person. Users can build their own Canopy profile, with a photo, status updates and areas of expertise. A people search is included so users can seek out others in their company by interest, name or expertise. Document sharing tools are also provided that enable users to upload, store and share documents. Documents can also be grouped to make them easier to locate. Administrative tools give managers and team leads a way to control permission settings and other settings to suit their specific needs. All accounts are protected by SSL security and hosed on Canopy’s private servers.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Canopy was created by J Media, a software and IT services company found in Cheshire, United Kingdom. J Media was founded in 2000 and has remained focused on assisting businesses by producing effective solutions that fully utilize technology. J Media is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. The company’s past clients include MAKE Architects, Abacus International, Allens Accountants and JM Office Stationary Supplies.

What are the differences to other apps?

Canopy offers business a protected, secure way to improve communications between employees. The application makes it much easier to search for individuals based on expertise as well as name. Private messaging and groups can further bring employees together.

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How does the web app look and feel to use? uses a simple but elegant design that gives it a delightful personality. The homepage features a white background with the stylish Canopy logo in the upper, left hand corner. The user interface is just as clean with a primarily white and black color scheme. Use profiles include photos that appear next to comments, messages and other items completed by the user.

How does the registration process work?

New users can get started with Canopy by clicking the blue and white “See Pricing and Plans” button along the left hand side of the homepage. The user can click the green button that corresponds with their chosen membership plan on the following page. After doing so, the user is asked for a first and last name, email address, password, company name, desired Canopy URL and time zone. A small note at the bottom of the form advises the user that by submitting their information, they are automatically confirming their agreement with the Canopy privacy policies and terms and conditions.

What does it cost to use the application?

All Canopy accounts are given a 14 day free trial. The cheapest option is the Team plan which costs just under $70 per month and includes up to 10 users, 20 groups, 2 GBs of storage space, SSL security and email support. The Plus plan costs just under $130 per month and includes up to 20 users, 50 groups, 10 GBs of storage space and email and phone support. The Premium plan costs around $200 per month and includes up to 50 users, 100 groups and 25 GBs of storage space. Enterprise memberships are available that include unlimited users and groups, company branding, self-hosting options, Bespoke confirmation and priority level support. Users who are interested in an Enterprise account must contact Canopy for a subscription quote.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Canopy is a tool intended for businesses. The application helps employees find effective, fast ways to find one another and collaborate on projects, tasks and anything else that requires attention on a daily or weekly basis.

  • Choose from numerous membership plans
  • Use private messaging for one on one conversations
  • Create a Canopy company profile
  • Search for other employees using expertise or name
  • Form groups

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Canopy pricing

Cheapest plan (per month) : £69.00
(up to 10 users, 20 groups, 2 GB storage)
Most expensive plan (per month) : £199.00
(up to 50 users, 100 groups, 25 GB storage)




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