Zoho@Zoho: Handling Rebranding Activities with Zoho Creator

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Zoho services are used widely across countries. That means people of different languages and cultures rely on

Zoho
for many of their critical business and personal needs. With that being the case, it became necessary to make our services available in the native language of our users. Even if not in all languages, at least in the widely used ones. This translation process, otherwise known as localization (L10n), is pretty tedious because many factors had to be taken into consideration. For instance, browser locale and default language settings of the computer. Another massive operation is the rebranding of our services to suit the vendors of different countries. Both these operations collectively are called internationalization (i18n). During these processes, many concerns arise, just as during development of the product, from feature request to bug fixes. Tracking all these is what this application is primarily meant for.

 

One developer of every team has access to this application. This developer is the i18n coordinator for that Zoho service. The reseller updates all enhancements and issues in this application. Other elements of the record are priority of the issue, category and the service it corresponds to. Whenever a record is added, the coordinator for that service is notified by an automated email. The coordinator then checks the nature of the request, and based on priority, assigns the ticket to the developer who is responsible for the feature in demand. After implementation, the co-ordinator updates the status of the request for the reseller to verify. File upload field and detailed reporting also play a very vital role in this application. The rebranding of all Zoho services are managed with this application and that shows how scalable this

Zoho Creator
app is.

Though this application stands tall with 14 forms and 160 views, the workflow behind it is not so complex.  All 160 views are handled by simple filters and conditions, thus making data handling much easier. Views are shared to those who are responsible, so that everyone gets to view data that is relevant to their service only.

 

This application has brought together teams in China, Japan and India. All thanks to Zoho Creator’s collaboration capabilities, communication between teams located in different countries is much simplified now. And integration with

Zoho Reports
has made data analysis easier.

Try this application
.

Apps showcased till now:

Rebranding ManagementHall of ShameTweet Stream,  Ad TrackerReseller PortalDownload TrackerIT Asset ManagementSupport Call TrackerNew Employee RecordTravel ManagementCourier ManagementCab Booking


Zoho Recruit – Applicant Tracking System features “Schedule Events” and “Convert Candidate to Employee”

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Today, we are delighted to announce our two new features in Zoho Recruit – Schedule Events and Convert to Employee. Along with this release we are also rolling out our API enhancements – updateRecords and associateJobOpening functionalities.
Schedule Events
The “Events” feature in Zoho Recruit allows you to create and schedule multiple events like Call, Meeting and so on – for you, your client contacts, organization members, etc. This helps you to plan and manage your events in a nice manner. Once an event is scheduled, it is automatically plotted on your Zoho Calendar and Google Calendar, so keeping track of your commitments with Candidates and Client Contacts is no more a difficult task. You can also set a reminder to avoid missing any event.

Convert Candidate to Employee
Once you have chosen the best candidate for a job opening, Zoho Recruit makes Onboarding easy. You can quickly convert the selected candidates to employees and make them productive members of your organization. Once converted, the employee details are automatically added to Zoho People, where you can track the employee’s progress, leave details, training details, etc.
 

Enhancements in Zoho Recruit’s API
Based on our customers’ (your!) feedback, we’ve improved our API with two more functionalities – updateRecords and associateJobOpening.
updateRecords  - You can use updateRecords functionality to update or modify the records in Zoho Recruit.
associateJobOpening - This method helps you to associate Candidates to Job Openings in Zoho Recruit.
We hope you like these new features and enhancements in Zoho RecruitPlease let us know what you think!

New File menu in Zoho Sheet and IE 9 support

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If you are a regular user of

Zoho Sheet
 and you sign in to Zoho Sheet today, the very first thing you will notice is that the sidebar on the left, which lists your files, is closed by default. You will also notice a new File menu on the toolbar. File related operations such as New, Open, Save, Print, Import, Export, Version, etc., can be accessed through this menu. 

There are 2 main reasons for this change. 

  1. You get more space for your spreadsheet. 
  2. We are inching towards a consistent user experience across Writer, Sheet and Show. Zoho Writer already has this File menu.
Here is a video depicting the most common usage of the File menu and the sidebar. More details available at forums.zoho.com/topic/file-menu-in-zoho-sheet.

Another addition in this release is the basic support for the Internet Explorer 9 beta web browser. Except Macros and Pivot Tables, the rest of the spreadsheet functionality is supported on IE 9. The unsupported features will be supported in the upcoming updates.

Let us know what you think about these changes.

We now have an official product page for Zoho Sheet on Facebook. Join us at facebook.com/zohosheet.

You can follow @zohosheet on Twitter as well.

Introducing Zoho Books. Accounting Software for Small & Medium Businesses

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Here’s the new addition to the growing Zoho portfolio: Accounting. We are extremely excited to announce the immediate availability of our online book keeping application,
Zoho Books.



If you follow Zoho closely, you probably saw this coming. ​Over the past 5 years, we added one application after the other to build a comprehensive suite of online collaboration, business and productivity applications. The idea was simple. We want to build a suite of applications for small & medium business, so they can run their entire business on Zoho. If you looked at our portfolio of products, there was one significant missing piece, accounting. Today, we can almost call our suite “complete”. 



What is Zoho Books?



Zoho Books
is an online accounting application that gives you complete visibility of your finances and helps you manage the money moving in and out of your business. Zoho Books can simply be defined as “accounting for rest of us”. You need not be an accountant to manage your business and make informed financial decisions. 




Here are some of the highlights of Zoho Books:


    Money In




    Get a clear picture of how much money your business is generating. Manage your customers and invoice them either online or by mail. Automate recurring invoices, payment reminders and payment thank-you notes. Get paid faster with our online payment gateways.


    Money Out




    Manage and control your expenses and cash outflow. Record invoices and commitments for purchases, services and even for reimbursable expenses like client travel. Keep track of the outstanding balances with each one of your vendors and pay on time.


    Banking and Credit Cards


    Record and monitor your bank and credit card transactions like deposits, fund transfers, checks, expenses, credits and refunds. Easily reconcile them with your bank and credit card statements.


    Take On the World




    Transact globally with our multi-currency capabilities. Record foreign currency invoices and expenses. Plus, Zoho Books goes with you wherever you go, so your business is always one click away from you, regardless where you are.

     


    Real-Time Collaboration




    Share -or delegate- the accounting duties to anyone in your organization, but set different permissions for you and your employees. Get professional help with your accounting by easily sharing your books with your accountant or financial adviser.



    Stay on Top of Your Business


    Glance through the dashboard to know what’s going well with your business and what’s not. Make smart and quick business decisions with the help of our insightful, available-anywhere reports.



The application


offers lot more. It also integrates with other Zoho Apps. For example, you can import your contacts from Zoho CRM, view data from various modules in Zoho Sheet etc. 
A comprehensive integration between CRM and other Zoho Apps is coming down the road. 


In particular, Zoho Invoice customers will be able to seamlessly migrate from Zoho Invoice to Zoho Books – and go beyond invoicing to full-blown accounting without having to start over.





This launch is not just for Zoho users. 


Zoho Books is also immediately available for Google Apps users through the

Google Apps Marketplace
.





Pricing



Zoho Books is priced at $24/month (or $240/year with a 2 month discount). This includes access for 2 users. If you’d like to provide access for additional users, it’ll be an additional $5/user/month. 


We have been working very hard on this app for a while now and we are extremely excited to unveil this today. We hope you’ll like the app and we can’t wait to hear your feedback. 



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Zoho Reports: Create Reports Over Multiple Tables Using Auto-join

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With Zoho Reports, you can create a variety of reports including charts, pivot tables, dashboards, query/summary tables etc. Till recently, all such reports were created over only one table i.e., the columns you used for a report should belong to the same table. If the columns spanned across tables, you had to create a Query Table first and then create reports over it. Not anymore. With the new

Auto-join

feature, you can now create reports easily using columns from multiple tables, in much the same way as you create reports over a single table.

For the Auto-join feature to work, the tables are to be related using the

Lookup column

feature available in Zoho Reports. When you create a new report selecting any of the tables with a lookup relationship defined, columns from all related tables will be listed under the

Columns List

panel in the report designer. You can drag and drop columns from across tables, to create your reports.

Consider this scenario. An

Employee

table containing the

Employee ID

,

Employee Name

&

Department

. And another table

Salary Details

containing the salary info. These two tables will be linked by the

Employee ID

. Let’s say you want a report on employee salaries based on departments or number of years of experience. With the newly introduced Auto-join feature, you can easily create such a report, spanning columns from both the tables.

The below video shows how a report is created using the auto-join feature.

Hope you like this new Auto-join feature. Try this feature in

Zoho Reports

now.


Note

: As a New Year special, we are running a limited-time, special discount offer for Zoho Reports. We are offering 25% off on annual subscriptions and 15% off on half-yearly subscriptions. Our pricing details

here

. Subscribe now and take advantage of this special offer.

Zoho Projects gets a fresh new look, plus many other goodies

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Over the past few months we’ve been working hard on making our

Zoho Projects
 interface flexible and easy-to-use, based on the suggestions sent by our customers. We had announced these changes on our homepage and you might have noticed the preview at http://preprojects.zoho.com. Today we’re delighted to announce the redesigned user interface of Zoho Projects along with some exciting features.

We know that you use Zoho Projects for building your business by connecting with your project teams and clients. Now we want to make your work life easier with a more appealing user interface so that you can plan, communicate and collaborate more efficiently than ever before.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in this release:


Tasks & Milestones
Easy-to-use interface for task management and enhanced task details page with more information – task notes, log hours, dependency, recent updates. In addition, you can have a detailed visual view of your open and closed tasks, task lists and milestones as task reports.


Import your Contacts

Import your contacts and users from your Zoho CRM and Zoho Business
account in few easy steps. From Zoho CRM, you can now import your project as well as client users for your project portal. This way you can quickly add bulk users with ease.

Contextual Reports
We’ve removed the Reports tab. No Worries! Instead, you can instantly view reports contextually in the respective tabs. Like the Gantt View and Task Reports under Tasks and Milestones. And Bug, Timesheet & File upload statistics in the respective tabs.


Custom Filters for Bugs

Start creating your own custom filters based on users, severity, status, priority and create your views based on these filters in the Bugs module of Zoho Projects.

Project Dashboard & Group Chat
Project Dashboard got spiced up with task progress and bug status reports along with the project overview. When you visit the chat tab, you can find chat rooms to select and start your discussions right away.

We’d already received a couple of encouraging tweets on this new release

Annie Tsaisays:“New Zoho UI update looks much better – great job!

John Hondroulissays:WOW! @‘s Projects V3 is amazing. SOOooo much better UX!! Thanks!”

Play around with the new user interface available at http://www.zoho.com/projects and we’d love to hear your views and ideas on the new Zoho Projects. Please let us know what you think either in the comments section or mail us at support@zohoprojects.com.