Are you still stuck with spreadsheets to manage your work? Let’s look at a real-time scenario
Imagine your company suddenly receives a significant request, which is a deal breaker for your product. It’s due in 4 days. And your boss just puts you in charge of pulling it all together. You’ve just got a tiny window of time to discuss with Product Expert Tricia whether it’s possible to meet the deadline, to work with UI Designer Eddie for a last-minute interface and get the developers to start coding on this request.
Above all you’re trying to do all this through your company’s default medium – spreadsheets. Yikes!
The real struggles with spreadsheets
- Unfit for agile business: Managing work with spreadsheets makes sense for personal projects but they break when you try to collaborate with a group to get work done faster.
- Lack of visibility: It’s hard to track what part of work is been done and what’s still pending in a project.
- Poor coordination: Teams which are geographically separated can’t work in unison to accomplish a common goal using spreadsheets
We already know the answer. No spreadsheets anymore.
At Zoho, we’ve developed a nice little feature to Import your Tasks from various formats like xls, json and csv files and quickly start collaborating from anywhere, anytime.
How Zoho Projects helps you
- Assign tasks to team members and easily track who’s done what.
- Communicate effectively with your team using feeds, forums, wiki and chat rooms
- Tag files to easily find them later. This means you can quickly locate that Design from three months ago the next time a similar one hits your desk.
But that’s not all a couple of more exciting features are rolled as part of this update
1. From now on start shooting tasks into Zoho Projects with start and end dates, severity via email. Furthermore, if you wish to make an announcement use [announcement] tag and post a forum topic. Learn more about them in detail at Email Collaboration
2. If you are a power user of Chrome browser then this is for you. We’ve built a cool extension for chrome that allows you to see latest updates, create tasks, file bugs, post comments and do more right from within your browser.
Give it a try and let us know what you think as comments here.
We announced Advanced Analytics for Zoho Projects around a month back, and it has been well received. Project managers now tap into their projects data and get good insights of what’s happening in their projects.
The Advanced Analytics package came with a wide range of ready made reports and dashboards. One such report is the Projected Revenue report. We will see how this useful report is derived. Read more
Salesforce.com recently announced that their Do.com project management service is shutting down early next year. Salesforce acquired the Manymoon startup, for which they reportedly paid between $25 and $35 million dollars, just about two years ago and they later renamed it as Do.com. We’re sure this leaves current Do.com customers searching for a place to go. Well, worry no more: we’ve got good news for you.
We just released our Zoho Projects migration tool that lets you bring your current Do.com data and continue working without skipping a beat.
Start Doing More with Zoho Projects
Zoho Projects is a tool that allows you to manages any kind of project from thought to finish. Zoho Projects goes well beyond planning, and helps your team work better together, collaborate and stay on top of what they need to do, even while they’re on the go.
Do.com users can easily migrate in few easy steps without losing the tasks, tasks lists, notes and other items they had already created. And of course, migration is free.
Migration is just the start
Do.com users that come into Zoho projects will primarily be looking to save their important data and work. However, they will soon discover all the additional benefits that Zoho Projects brings over Do.com, like time tracking & billing, gantt charts and resource utilization, advanced analytics and much more.
In addition, Zoho Projects integrates with the Zoho Office suite, works with Google Apps and allows you to bring files from Dropbox, Box.net, Google Drive and even Microsoft SkyDrive into your project.
If you’re a current Do.com customer, we welcome you into the Zoho family. Learn how to migrate your data into Zoho Projects at: https://projects.zoho.com/doit
Till now, project managers using Zoho Projects had access to limited reporting options – Gantt and resource utilization charts. Not anymore. Today, we are glad to announce the Zoho Projects Advanced Analytics Add-on, powered by Zoho Reports. Project managers can use this analytics add-on to know & track their key project metrics, and get lots of insights from their projects data.
Customer feedback is the most essential and valuable for any business. And the most challenging part is how to keep customers happy? What is that significant functionality they really miss or need from your product?
The best way is to ask and listen to customer feedback.
But it doesn’t stop there you need to review all those feedback as it directly influences what changes you are going to bring about for the next update. On this front, we too were getting bombarded with lots of such requests that gave us valuable insights about what needs to be done in Zoho Projects.
See what some of our customers had to say
A couple of months ago we made an announcement that our Zoho Projects Mobile Apps goes FREE for all users – both iPhone and Android Mobile App.
Fast forward now we’re pretty excited with the uptake it has got among our customers and were bombarded with lot of feed backs and suggestions to improve our Mobile Apps. We LISTENED to all your views and delighted to introduce a bunch of enhancements and bug fixes that makes it easier than ever for you to connect from anywhere and get your work done much faster with Zoho Projects.
Here’s the list of all the cool things you can try out on your mobile
Imagine this: You’re working in a ERP based company that has projects running across departments like finance, invoices, and accounts. Now there needs to be a way to categorize these projects as separate groups i,e put all accounts related projects under Accounts group to efficiently manage projects. With this latest update we’re providing this missing bit of functionality : the Project Groups
Starting today you can create projects and categorize them under a single group in Zoho Projects. But it doesn’t stop there, you also edit, delete and reorder project groups. By default projects that are not grouped are listed as Active Projects.
Here’s a snapshot of Project Groups in Zoho Projects
Start dates in project templates
Feedback comes in waves from customers. Project start date option for templates is one of them. With this latest update, you can instantly set project start dates while creating a new project from an existing template. Furthermore, you can specify start dates in days/weeks/months for the tasks.
Learn more about this enhancement at Project Templates
We’ve put together a user guide which helps you to get started with Project Groups
A quick note : The project groups feature is available across all paid plans for Portal Owners and Administrators of Zoho Projects.
Give it a try at http://www.zoho.com/projects/ and let us know your views as comments.