If there’s one feature we had to pick in Zoho Creator that could help you achieve the most, with the least amount of effort, it’s Form Automation.
Form automation is a time-saving addition to Zoho Creator that can make your everyday work easier. It allows you to define your business rules and workflows. The best part is you can do this without any coding.
With this feature, your app can now show/hide fields or sub-forms or complete a set of tasks when a form rule is met while the user fills, submits or modifies a form. You can trigger actions such as displaying custom confirmation messages, redirecting users to different web pages, sending predefined email/SMS notifications based on different rules that are met.
API (Application Programming Interface) has always been the most preferred means of integration between two systems. For instance, an HR software and payroll. This is most convenient when data needs to be exchanged every time a requirement arises. However, what if instant notifications need to be sent and received the very second an event is triggered? That’s precisely what a webhook does.
A webhook is an http call back that sends data to the third party system whenever an event is triggered. For example, when a travel expense record is approved, a webhook instantly notifies the accounting system by invoking its API to process the reimbursement. Alternatively, if a webhook isn’t used, the API will only be called periodically (end of day, week, or month) to find out pending reimbursements and hence delay the payment process.
A Webhook is certainly a better way to integrate with third party systems and your own custom applications, ensuring data synchronization at all times. That’s why Zoho People has now adopted Webhooks!
Mobile apps are becoming more critical for businesses. This is evident from the fact that Zoho’s apps recently clocked 1,000,000+ downloads. Launching today, is the iPad app for Zoho Reports.
With an increasingly mobile workforce, there are often situations where business data needs to be accessed and analyzed instantly. It’s easily done with a mobile device like an iPad.
Our new mobile business intelligence app complements the web/browser view offered by Zoho Reports. It helps you track key business metrics on the go, spot trends quickly, collaborate with colleagues and arrive at informed business decisions. It lets you easily interact with the reports, as well as share and analyze data from a wide range of sources, all from your iPad.
Presentations are canvases that narrate rich stories. The presenter now resembles a story teller with a script or a broader idea from which a captivating story is told. Unlike a narrator holding a book though, presenters have traditionally relied on slides projected on the screen to guide the audience. Unfortunately, there is very little access to content beyond the brief script on the slide – a major headache for presenters who deliver long presentations.
This is where the Presenter View benefits speakers. Presenter view enables you to see what the audience is viewing on the screen, while also having an extended version of the presentation open on your laptop. This means, as a presenter you no longer have to depend on the same slides duplicated on two screens. You also have access to elaborate slide content and a set of other tools that makes presentations effortless. Read more
We all know that guy.
When he first burst on your social circle’s scene, he was a refreshing change of pace. He was cool. He shared great stories. He whisked you to awesome, hidden spots for the best tacos. It felt like he unlocked an unmatched freedom to do, to be, to explore.
But it didn’t stop there.
He kept pushing, insisting on himself, inserting himself into the center…of everything. He inflated his own ego to a point where he artificially increased his own gravity.
Then he starts hijacking every conversation, ensuring everyone within earshot knows he has actually been to [insert exotic location you dream about visiting] and it wasn’t as awesome as [insert obscure location]. When your friends will get together, it must be on his terms. Everything is required to revolve around him.
Where once your social circle was built around relationships, over time it will all become about him.
Thankfully, as quickly as he appeared he will be gone. Having outgrown your social scene, he will find a new, bigger, better, more connected, wealthier group to commandeer. Read more
Innovation doesn’t end with a product roll out. At Zoho, we believe it to be a continual strive to keep our customers happy by pushing boundaries to improve ourselves.
Formatted/Branded resume was one of our success stories in the recent past. It enabled staffing agencies to brand resumes and remove candidate contact information before forwarding it to clients. Now, after evaluating the feedback from our customers, we have decided to add a new feature to Formatted/Branded resume – Formatted/Branded resume template.
Most small businesses today do not have the huge budget for promoting their businesses. They cannot afford a dedicated team for marketing or branding when they have to be focused on supporting their current business. That’s when a firm like Alpom Designs comes to the rescue.
Marjorie Yarrow is the CEO and founder of Alpom Designs, a marketing and graphics designs firm dedicated to helping small businesses get noticed. Alpom Designs helps small businesses with their branding, marketing, graphics design and web development.
Throughout her professional career, Marjorie has always preferred having a unique identity for her work. She believes that working with small businesses provides invaluable experience and makes a difference in the clients’ growth.
When she started Alpom Designs, Marjorie needed a complete accounting software for her business. As a freelancer, Marjorie had used Zoho Invoice to invoice her clients. When she started Alpom Designs, it was only natural for her to switch to Zoho’s online accounting software, Zoho Books, to manage her business finance.
“Zoho Invoice is a wonderful software application and it was so easy for me to switch to
Zoho Books which had the same interface. A few of my friends were like – Choose QuickBooks, Try QuickBooks, but I felt like I needed more options and I really didn’t want to follow the herd. So that’s when I decided to go with Zoho Books.” she exclaimed.
While Alpom Designs helps businesses with marketing and branding, Zoho Books helps manage Alpom Design’s business finance.
Read more about Marjorie’s story for useful lessons for budding entrepreneurs.