Tech support and Updates Service Level Agreement (SLA) describes the minimum guaranteed service levels provided to SOFPRO customers.

1. General regulations


1.1 SOFPRO provides support services to the company's partners and users of SOFPRO products.

The SOFPRO technical support service helps to settle problems outlined in this document according to the established Service Level Agreement.

1.2 Before you address your questions to the technical support service, please study all online reference information including online documentation and knowledge base .

1.3 The technical support cannot resolve problems that concern the maintenance of a third party companies and their products.

1.4 Technical support requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. SOFPRO reserves right to assign different priority level for each support request.

1.5 The problem resolving period depends on problem complexity and the potential need to handle the request over to the development department.

1.5.1 Problems that cannot be resolved in the context of the current software version are sent to the SOFPRO development department, which means that the fix will be included in the subsequent update. The planned term of the software update release is defined during the problem diagnostics respecting the general software development plan. The technical support service cannot guarantee the fixed problem solving period.

1.6 Maximum response time for users with valid Subscription is 24 hours on business days.
 

2. Technical support procedure


2.1 Tech support request can be created in any of the following ways:

- by using the Contact us form at the site.
- by sending an e-mail to support department (support @ sofpro.com)

2.2 Assistance will normally be available from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM GMT+1, Monday through Friday. Phone coverage may not be available at all times. Requests can be submitted online or by e-mail 24/7.

2.3 Tech support request should include:

- Correct registered user information (customer id)
- Product name and full version number.
- Detailed problem description and if possible, step-by-step procedure to reproduce the problem.
- When sending a support request by e-mail, you can include screenshots and other images that can help us to identify and resolve the problem.

Tech support staff could ask for additional information like protection report or project settings.

2.4 The following reasons can delay or abort consultancy:

- A problem cannot be reproduced using similar hardware configuration.
- A user cannot give enough information required to resolve the problem.
- The problem requires custom improvements or unplanned update.
- A user carries out actions that break end user license agreement (EULA) or technical requirements for installation and use of SOFPRO products; exceeds the allowed number of software installations, etc.
- Usage of unlicensed copies of SOFPRO products.
- The question is beyond the support service scope.

2.5 The following issues are beyond the technical support scope:

- We do not consult on general principles of programming.
- We do not implement custom, user defined logics and algorithms.
- We do not diagnose user or other third party software components.
- We do not develop custom components.
- We do not make customized versions of software components.
- We never modify the existing code to adopt them for specific business tasks, unless such modifications are in some way connected with essential bug fixes or we find them useful for most users.
 

3. Technical support and software updates subscription


3.1 Technical support and updates subscription ("Subscription") includes:

Tech support
Receive free technical support during the course of Subscription.
Product updates
Receive free product updates released during Subscription period.
License replacement
Receive free replacement license in case of computer loss or similar accident.
24x7 Activation center
Reactivate, remove or transfer your licenses 24x7 in our online activation center.

3.1.1 In case of total computer loss as a result of theft, fire or any other similar incident free license replacement will be issued only if valid Subscription is available and if appropriate document which describes this incident is provided.

3.1.2 In case user is not able to provide valid removal code for previously activated license nor new site/mid codes from original computer or in case too many locking parameters are different (activation center is not able to identify original computer) for license reactivation, replacement activation code will be provided only in case valid Subscription is available for appropriate order.

3.2 Subscription period begins after purchase order is processed and includes the current shipping version of purchased product.

3.3 Each user is entitled to free Subscription for a limited period of time from the date of purchase.

The length of initial period of free Subscription is defined in ordering terms and conditions.

3.4 Subscription is not mandatory. When Subscription expires, User can further extend Subscription or let Subscription lapse.

3.4.1 User may continue to use current version after Subscription lapses. However, he will no longer be entitled to Subscription benefits listed in 3.1

3.4.2 Subscription can be extended at any time.

Default validity period for Subscription is one year. Subscription can also be extend for multiple years.

3.4.3 Subscription pricing is based on Subscription extension timing. Special prices are available if Subscription is extended before expiration or within 30 days from expiration.

Before expiration
Price (% of product price)
50%
New subscription
one year from expiration date
Within 30 days from expiration
Price (% of product price)
50%
New subscription
one year from expiration date
After 30 days from expiration
Price (% of product price)
75%
New subscription
one year from subscription purchase date

3.5 Users are notified about new updates and fixes via SOFPRO newsletter.

3.5.1 By default, each user will be offered to subscribe to SOFPRO newsletter and notifications. User can unsubscribe at any time in SOFPRO online activation center.

3.6 Unique copy of SOFPRO product is compiled for each user. SOFPRO is not keeping backup copies of builds delivered to users.

3.6.1 The latest build (version) is always the most stable and compatible version.

3.6.2 Only the latest build is used for compilation of unique copies. Users should always make a backup copy of SOFPRO product as SOFPRO will not be able to provide old versions of the product on request.

3.6.3 New builds are not always fully compatible with previous releases. This is why all changes are listed in appropriate document which should be closely reviewed before installing and using latest build.

3.6.4 Latest build can be requested in SOFPRO activation center. Valid tech support subscription for appropriate product is required in this case.

SOFPRO reserves the right to modify, add or remove any terms or conditions of this SLA without notice or liability. Any changes to this SLA shall be effective immediately following the posting of such changes on SOFPRO website.