Spiceworks Brings Together Companies, Beta Testers

If you're a company developing an IT product, and need customer feedback, the latest offering from Spiceworks is meant for you. The Austin-based IT community and software firm said that it has launched a new service, SpicePanels, which links together technology vendors and beta testers in its network of 2.4 million IT professionals. Spiceworks said the offering brings together virtual focus and testing groups, hand-picked to fit a vendor's profile of customer size, industry, technology expertise, and more. Spiceworks said its panels can provide real-time community feedback, wither as a focus group, beta test, or product trial--and range from one hour or several weeks. Pricing and other details of the offering were not announced.