Announcing the New JIRA Migration Tool: 5 Reasons to Make the Jump

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We bring you a tool that lets you easily switch to Zoho Projects, if you’ve been using JIRA. Presenting to you Jira User Migration Program.

blog-jiraBut first, why should you make the JUMP? Here are five good reasons.

1. Do More and Do It Quickly

You can sign up with Zoho Projects and get started in less than two minutes— no training necessary. If you’re not a techie, you don’t have to pump precious man hours into understanding the product. Read more

Mitro is Shutting Down: Switch to Zoho Vault For Free in a Single Click

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Mitro, the open source password manager for individuals and teams, is shutting down on Aug 31, 2015. If you are a Mitro user, you might feel sad to see it go. But you don’t have a choice to keep it alive. Mitro will soon be gone and it’s time for you to move on.

If you are wondering where to move on to, try Zoho Vault:

Zoho Vault, is an online password manager that comes with an extremely easy-to-use interface, advanced team sharing features, cross-platform support, rock-solid security and complete data privacy.

Mitro got off to a flying start but …

Here is the backstory of this poignant moment. Though the shutdown announcement came only a couple of days ago, Mitro had been showing signs of trouble for quite some time. Launched in 2013, Mitro had the backing of institutional investors including Google ventures and Angel investors. Exactly a year ago, Twitter acquired Mitro. Despite the strong backing, there were no major updates or changes to the product during the past year.

We respect Mitro for what they have delivered so far. Mitro enjoyed a great start and delivered a nice product – a little password manager. In the process, got acquired by Twitter and lost steam thereafter. A victim of cloud consolidation? Or yet another case of acquisition failure?

On the other hand, Zoho Vault, which was launched during the same time as Mitro, has been going strong with great feature additions and product upgrades. Today, Zoho Vault, an integral part of the Zoho suite of deeply integrated products, is trusted by thousands of customers – individuals and organizations – across the globe. Zoho suite has been in the market for the past ten years and commands the trust of more than 13 million users.

Whatever be the cause for Mitro’s shutting down, we can assure you one thing: With us, you will not face acquisition fall outs. Private and bootstrapped since our founding – we don’t answer to anyone but you. We never will. We’re here for you, for the long haul.

Switching to Zoho Vault is free, fast, and easy

If you are an individual

Go ahead and sign up directly. You will be enrolled into a 15-day trial. At the end of the trial, your account will be automatically converted to the FREE plan that is valid forever.

If you are a member of an organization

Go ahead and sign up for an account directly. You will be enrolled into a 15-day trial. Then, fill this online form providing proof of your Mitro usage. You may attach a screen capture of the Mitro shutdown announcement email that was sent to you. Once we receive the screen capture, we will enable a one-year, professional subscription license absolutely FREE of cost.

Porting data

We have provided an easy option to quickly import your data from Mitro. Export your data from Mitro as a CSV file. Log in to Zoho Vault, navigate to “Tools,” click “Import,” and select the option “Mitro CSV File” in the drop-down. Your passwords will be imported to Zoho Vault.

If you need any assistance, write to us at (support) (at) (zohovault) (dot) (com).

Zoho Vault – Online Password Manager for Teams

Customer Spotlight: How Incept 3D eliminated productivity killers using Zoho Books

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3D printing is a futuristic technology and is slowly marking its presence in every industry. But even for a such a modern service, the age old need to manage the business finances still remains. The same old debit and credit, generating invoices, getting paid, managing expenses and the like.


Michael Armbruster started Incept 3D with a motive of delivering quick and accurate 3D printing services to industries. To quote Michael, “A difference of 30 minutes can determine whether or not something will make the deadline to ship that day. The speed at which we are able to execute our side of things at Incept 3D is compounded all the way down the line, and whether or not we are able to execute in that 30 minutes might change the course of our customer’s product development by months”.

Working on such tight schedules, they cannot waste time on creating quotes or invoices manually every time they do business with a customer. In short, managing finances the traditional way was slowing them down too much. That’s why they chose Zoho Books to eliminate tasks that were slowing them down and increase productivity.

Learn more about how Incept 3D delivers unmatched 3D printing services to its customers and how Zoho Books was a game changer for Incept 3D.

Zoho Creator : Say it with charts

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Today, the way people consume information has evolved – we look for information that conveys the whole idea in a single step. A study at the University of Minnesota, found that visual aids are 43 percent more effective in persuading your audience than text alone. While compiling large amounts of data in our business reports, there is often a need to answer several questions to arrive at meaningful decisions. Say for an instance, while creating sales reports, you often have to answer questions like – “What are the monthly sales of your stores in the north-east region?” or “What are the highest revenue generating products of your store?”. Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts can help you visualize data and make informed decisions.

Apart from making data collection downright simple, Zoho Creator can help you with your reporting and analytical needs. Pivot Tables from Zoho Creator can help you slice and dice your data in the following ways:

Break down your data
Let’s assume you own ‘Starmark Stationary Company’. You would want to keep a regular check on the products’  performance in the market and the sales  from each of the stores in the East, West and Central regions of the state. Pivot Table swings into action, doing hours worth of work in an instant.

Region-wide Sales Report

Design dynamic layouts
Once you have created your pivot table, you might want to improve the readability of the report and make it more attractive. With pivot tables you can easily move fields around to tell different stories about your data. The following are the different layouts that could be created based on the source data set.

Quarterly Sales report- Layout-1

Yearly Sales Report- Layout-2

Discover trends and patterns
To compare the quarterly sales data of all your stores, select ‘Quarter’ from the drop-down list using the ‘filter‘ option in your pivot table. Based on this report, you could infer that the ‘binder’ is the most fast-selling product across all regions. Using this trend, you could decide to stock more binders in your inventory.

Yearly Sales Report - trend

Visualize data in seconds
Now that you’ve summarized your data using pivot tables, you could use pivot charts to visualise data in a more comprehensive manner.

Regional Sales Report- Charts

Pivot tables come in handy when you are working with large data sets in your applications. So go ahead,and start saying it with charts! Tell us how you’ve used pivots to visualize your data better.

5 Pitfalls to Avoid During CRM Implementation

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pitfalls_crmlaura_blogC-levels and managers  are usually the first to understand the value that comes from having a unified customer view. They’ve developed ways to manage customer relationships by using Rolodexes, spreadsheets, or a pen and paper. But, it wasn’t until the late 1980’s when businesses started moving from a physical Rolodex to a more sophisticated “digital Rolodex.”

Enter CRM systems.

Using a Rolodex or a spreadsheet to manage customer relationships often lacked the strategy needed to build long-term relationships. When CRM systems were introduced, they provided businesses with a long-term strategy to proactively engage and manage customer relationships, close more deals and automate recurring tasks.  

One common misinterpretation of a CRM system implementation is that it’s seen as a one-time event and that upon purchasing the software license, all broken sales processes, lost leads and lack of follow through will be repaired. While a CRM system is designed to support your sales process, it will not, by itself, cause your business to grow. This is why you should treat your CRM implementation as a long-term, company-wide strategy and not as a one time event.

While C-levels and managers have the best intentions, CRM strategies often fail in the beginning of implementation. But why?

Here are 5 pitfalls you can avoid while developing your CRM strategy.   Read more

Zoho Survey – Multiple Feature Updates

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Eagle-eyed users of Zoho Survey would have noticed a few more options popping up over the past couple of weeks. Wondering whether you might have missed any? Here is the whole list:

Transfer your Survey

Have you ever been in a situation where you created the perfect survey, and your friend begged you for a copy? Or you simply wanted to move your survey from one account to another, without losing all the reports you have painstakingly gathered? It’s quite painful to type the whole thing out again.

The ‘Transfer Survey’ feature bypasses these issues. You can now send a ‘Copy’ of your survey (reports excluded) to any account. You could also ‘Move’ your survey (reports included) to another account. Read more

Introducing Zoho Forms: Forms for Mobile Teams

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Forms is all about entries, and entries mean data. Data that you have to study and act on, so why resort to stacking them in your basement — where they collect dust?

Wouldn’t it be easier to create, share and submit forms on mobile devices, and then have the data automatically synced to the cloud?

Introducing Zoho Forms: the smart solution to bulky paper forms. Take a peek at what you can do.

Zoho Forms combines data collection with two of today’s powerful technologies: cloud and mobile. The result is a mobile-friendly form builder with all the data secure on the cloud.

A simple builder and an intuitive interface simplify data collection. Your perfect form is just a drag and drop or a tap away. Distributing it is just as easy; share privately within your organization or as a public link.

It doesn’t stop there.

For additional authentication, add and enable approvers to accept or deny entries; edit, comment and collaborate on form entries. From anywhere you are, to anywhere your team is, assign tasks and receive instant notifications on mobile.

The analytics page graphically represents your form’s activities online. And in just a few clicks, you can create and share reports with your team.

As always, Zoho enables you to keep your work in one place and reach out for anything, anytime. Zoho Forms integrates with other Zoho services like, CRM, Support, Campaigns and Sheet. Third-party integrations include MailChimp and Google Docs. Powerful integrations, just a click away.

Zoho Forms is now available on the Google Apps Marketplace as well. Everything, on your favorite mobile, tablet or the web.

Does it sound like a deal? Try Zoho Forms for free and seamlessly interact with your mobile team.