With so many survey solutions to choose from, opinions abound as to which one is best. Yet, out of all those opinions, only one voice emerges as a credible and authoritative voice to help inform your decision.
In an op-ed article published on our website, we highlight the importance of knowing who to listen to (and who not to listen to) when it comes to forming an opinion about a particular survey solution. Sharing insights observed from SurveyGold users in their natural habitat, we present their perspective to help guide you on your journey of choosing the right survey solution for you.
Here is a profile of buyer criteria for institutions considering SurveyGold.
Regarding our reputation, we have been serving a global customer base since 1999. We received a 9.5 out of 10 rating for three years in a row from the independent review site TopTenReviews and also have high ratings from CNET/Download.com where over 50,000 users have downloaded and used our SurveyGold application.
We manage our support services pro-actively and have a high response rate to inquiries, with approximately 50% being responded to in one hour or less. To give you a lens into how widely used our SurveyGold application is, take a look at this representative sample of our customer list.
Regarding our right to change the terms at any time, we have gone on record regarding our view of the data ownership and sacred trust. Simply said, if we blow that promise, we blow our brand. Trust is an essential part of our brand promise.
We also have published website notices specific to SurveyGold software, documents and links as well as general legal notices.
What is the exit strategy for disengaging from the vendor or service to fully delete all data from their service including distributed or back-up copies? How will we be able to recover our data from the vendor, especially in cases where the vendor shuts down.
The SurveyGold solution delivers the data to the SurveyGold application which records it in the SurveyGold database application...all of which reside on the survey author's computer. SurveyGold application users have access to this data forever, even if Golden Hills Software goes out of business. SurveyGold application licenses are perpetual, which means that they never expire, so you will never be locked out of the SurveyGold application.
As part of normal practice, the SurveyGold application provides the ability to backup and restore the SurveyGold database using your own data storage solution (e.g., network folder, USB drive).
So, the bottom line is that the SurveyGold solution puts you in possession of your data.
Proportionality of Safeguards and Encryption of Data
Vendor statement on: privileged user access, data location, data segregation, data ownership, recovery/data availability, return of data, change management, user provisioning and de-provisioning, personnel practices, incident response plans, and investigative/management support.
Statement on encryption. Transmission of data to the vendor site must be encrypted. The data must also be encrypted at the vendor.
Our SurveyGold Online Services services manage, process and track your SurveyGold data. These services are built upon the world-class data center operating environment of our web hosting partner, HostingSource.com.
All of our servers are actively monitored and regularly scanned to be compliant with PCI Security Standards.
Please provide a system architectural diagram as to how your software works. For example, you mention the SurveyGold software on our computer. We need to know more details about any impact of your software on our computer devices and if it interacts with your cloud hosted app, etc.
This conceptual diagram of the SurveyGold solution describes the relevant details:
SurveyGold application - (surveygold.exe) A Windows application that installs on the survey author's computer. It is a stand-alone application that uses HTTP (Port 80) and HTTPS (Port 443) to interact with SurveyGold Online Services. SurveyGold interacts with Microsoft Word, if it is detected on the computer, for the purposes of publishing reports and producing surveys in Word format. There are no other interactions with the SurveyGold application except for the following:
SurveyGold database application - (rteng9.exe) Sybase SQL Anywhere (SSA) is the database application that installs as part of the SurveyGold setup program. SurveyGold employs SSA for the purposes of securely and efficiently managing and tracking survey data.
SurveyGold updater application - (update.exe) This application installs as part of the SurveyGold setup program. SurveyGold uses it to provide software updates.
SurveyGold online services - A set of online services employed by the SurveyGold application and accessible via surveygold.com (IP address: 126.96.36.199), surveygoldcloud.com (IP address: 188.8.131.52) and legacy website surveygoldplus.com (IP address: 184.108.40.206) for the purposes of publishing web surveys, collecting responses, acquiring SurveyGold application updates and other online features.
As the author of SurveyGold, it's my pleasure to serve and collaborate with the diverse community of SurveyGold survey authors, surveyors and respondents.