Getting Organized – Google Tasks integration with Zoho CRM and Zoho Projects

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We’ve continuously been working on adding more enhancements to Zoho applications in

Google Apps marketplace
. Just last week we announced “Zoho CRM Contacts/Calendar sync with Google Apps” and got great feedback. Today, we’re very excited to announce Google Tasks integration with two of our top products in Google Apps marketplace,

Zoho CRM
and

Zoho Projects
.

This integration provides a unified platform for tracking all your tasks in one place. Usually, users tend to maintain sales related tasks in CRM application, projects related tasks in project management app and personal tasks in another application. The confusion arising out of such multiple platforms can now be avoided with this integration.

Here’s a quick run through on the technical details of the integration:


For most of us, emails are an integral part of our day-to-day activities. With this integration, users can now check their tasks in Zoho CRM or Zoho Projects, right from within their GMail Tasks tab.

In Zoho Projects, you can export task lists to your Google Tasks. Once it is exported you can manage your tasks in the Tasks tab in GMail. We’ve also provided an option to sync the tasks between Zoho Projects with Google tasks. With sync, the newly added/completed tasks will be updated from Zoho Projects to Google and vice-versa.





Similarly we’ve given an option to export the tasks in Zoho CRM to Google Tasks.







If you’re a Google App administrator you need to “Update data access requirements” in Google Apps dashboard page to start using the integration.



We believe the integration of Google Tasks with Zoho CRM/Projects will go a long way in helping you organize your work more efficiently and be a lot more productive. As always we’d love to hear your feedback. Do drop us a line on what you like about this integration and what more would you like to see.


To know more about our other Zoho products integration with Google Apps check



http://zoho.com/google-apps


This integration wouldn’t have been possible without the help from Google team. Thanks to the Google team for inviting us to be a launch partner for 

Google Tasks APIs
and letting us 

showcase our pilot
during Google IO 2011.

Sync Zoho CRM Contacts & Calendar with Google Apps

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Zoho CRM for Google Apps has certainly been a winner in the Google Apps Marketplace, and our customers love us for this! But, we always felt there was something missing. Today, we’re addressing that missing bit, with…

yes, you guessed it right – You can now synchronize both your Contacts and Calendar between Zoho CRM and Google Apps!

Google Contacts Sync

As a Google Apps user, managing your contacts data is a lot more easiernow. And how is that? You can work on a single version of the data in both Zoho CRM and Google. No more duplicate entries and you can also schedule your sync frequency. So, in case you want your contacts to be synchronized on a weekly basis, all you have to do is: select the type of sync as ”Between Zoho CRM and Google (two-way)” and set the frequency to ”Weekly”. Bam! You’re done!


Well, what will happen if there is a conflict while syncing you may ask? Simple. You get to choose which data should take precedence – Zoho CRM Vs Google Apps. More power to you!

So…what happens if you want to periodically push contacts only from Google Apps to Zoho CRM or vice versa? No problems, we give you those options too!

Google Calendar Sync

Now how does the synchronization of calendar work? The options are very similar to the Contacts Synchronization and here you get to sync events between your Zoho CRM and Google Calendars on a periodic basis.

Think of it this way. There’s a business contact of yours who has requested for a product demo the Monday after next. You quickly add this detail to your Google Calendar. The synchronization of this event between your Google Apps and Zoho CRM is taken care of in the background…based on your settings, of course. You also get the option to add reminders from your Google Calendar to Zoho CRM.

These features are available to all Google Apps Users using the Zoho CRM – Enterprise Edition.

So go ahead, collaborate and communicate better with your customers using Zoho CRM for Google Apps.

And don’t forget to share feedback about your experience: Facebook /  Twitter /  Linkedin.

– Sharanya

Zoho Invoice’s iPhone app clinches the deal for Pesav.com

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You would have earlier read the Zoho Invoice customer success stories of M2i3, SAMTEQ Limited, etc.

Today, we are proud to present Mr. Davide Peri, Owner,


pesav.com
, an IT Services and Consulting firm. He would be reminiscing on why he chose

Zoho Invoice
 for his company’s invoicing needs.

Head straight to Mr. Davide Peri:

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The Challenge


Before Zoho Invoice, we invoiced our clients using a software that we created on our own for our internal use. Over time, most of our clients began requesting for an invoicing solution as well. So, our development began to focus on meeting our client’s needs instead of our own. Our goal was to create an invoicing application that was easy to use, simple to configure, required no maintenance and included some basic functionality.
Given
the scope of our business, our fundamental challenge was, finding the
time to develop and refine a consumer-oriented invoicing application.
The project started to take on a life of its own, and began to intrude
on our other projects and development work.


Zoho Solution

At some point during our own development, we found Zoho Invoice through a search on Google.

Simply put,  Zoho Invoice met our design goals and had better prices than we would be able to offer our clients. We shut down our own invoicing application project and migrated to Zoho Invoice (internally) and began recommending Zoho Invoice to our clients who had expressed interest in our invoicing app.

The best features for us, are the mobile access via Zoho’s iPhone app and the integration with Google Apps. The

Zoho Invoice iPhone app
 gives us access to all our accounting information, everywhere we go.

Continue to

read
 on how Zoho Invoice created an impact in his organization.




Already got Google Apps? Want to see invoices in your iPhone? C
lick the button below.


IT company Ondimar uses Zoho CRM + Google Apps to run its business

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The challenge for small business owners has long been finding a CRM application that is both effective and affordable. One such business is Ondimar.com, a Brazilian information technology company owned and
operated by Ondimar Jose de Morais. The company specializes in
demonstrating systems, training users, and presenting IT alternatives to its client base.

Ondimar realized that the effectiveness of any CRM installation depends on the users’ ability to understand the process flow, share knowledge, and understand the utility of CRM as a fundamental business process. Meanwhile, the company’s CRM users were often spread thin engaging a variety of clients and business partners.

Ondimar.com started working with Zoho CRM two years ago and is quite happy with the decision. The company is now taking advantage of Zoho CRM’s integration with Google Apps.

“Zoho CRM has assisted me in tracking tasks,” says Ondimar. “We use Gmail, so I can monitor all requests that come to my team via email. Then, I can email the file after it is resolved. By integrating with Google Apps, Zoho CRM lets me share without difficulty or duplicating effort.”


Continue to read
 on how Zoho CRM’s straightforward interface helped Ondimar.com’s employees.

If you’d like to share your Zoho CRM story too, write in to us at support@zohocrm.com, We look forward to hearing from you!

Zoho: Largest software provider in Google Apps Marketplace

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With 11 Zoho Apps integrated with Google Apps and thousands of companies with tens of thousands of users using our integrated suites, Zoho becomes the largest software provider in Google Apps Marketplace. 

Last month we said we will launch five new integrations with Google Apps. So we did – Zoho Creator, Meeting, Discussions, Wiki & Reports. These five apps join our long list of previously integrated apps – Zoho CRM, Projects, Invoice, Books, Recruit & Creator HelpDesk

These integrations are not just sign-on level integrations. They go deep. An app like CRM, for example, integrates with various Google modules like Contacts, Calendar, Docs, Mail, Sites, Spreadsheets and user provisioning apart from various open social and gmail contextual gadgets. Apart from the breadth of our portfolio, we also bring in the depth in integration as well.

For over a year, we have been stressing the importance of contextual integrations and have been focusing our efforts on both external and internal integrations. This will continue to be a key focus this year as well as next year for Zoho. We’d like to see application boundaries disappear as the data flows freely between the apps. 

Given the number of apps we offer, the possible number of integrations increase. We prioritize based on your requests. If you’d like to see any specific integrations, please drop us a line.

Introducing ‘Zoho Reports for Google Apps’

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Google Apps marketplace celebrated its

first anniversary
last week. And at Zoho, we have had much fun putting our services out there for the past one year. It all started with Zoho CRM and we now have 5 Zoho apps in Google Apps Marketplace. In keeping with the

promise we made last week
, we’re kick starting the unveiling of 5 more Zoho apps for Google Apps marketplace today! The star of today’s announcement is Zoho Reports.

Zoho Reports
is now available for users in Google Apps marketplace.

Zoho Reports is a powerful online reporting and business intelligence service that helps users get new insights on their business information. One can easily create and share powerful reports and dashboards in minutes with no professional help.




Zoho Reports – Google Apps integration points

Zoho Reports has several integration points with Google products. Here are some highlights:


  • Single Sign On (SSO)

    :

    If you’re a domain admin for Google Apps, you’ll now have an option to add Zoho Reports to your domain through

    Shop the marketplace
    link in Google Apps. Once the app gets added to the domain, all the users within the domain will have access to Zoho Reports through Google’s Universal Navigation bar.

    Clicking on the app from the universal navigation bar opens Zoho Reports in a new browser tab. The single sign on lets the users to directly login into Zoho Reports, thereby streamlining the workflow for both Google Apps and Zoho Reports.


  • Import Google Spreadsheets into Zoho Reports for analysis and reporting

    :

    Zoho Reports integrates with Google Docs too. Google Apps users will now be able to analyze the data in their Google spreadsheets using the powerful reporting and analysis features in Zoho Reports.



  • Share the reports to your Google Contacts/Org users

    :

    The users can then go on to share the reports & dashboards created in Zoho Reports to their Google Apps domain users or Google Contacts.


  • Publish Zoho Reports gadget

    :

    And what’s more, it is possible to publish the reports & dashboard you create into iGoogle too.

While the points above summarize the integration in a nutshell, do take a look at the video and the Zoho Show slideshow below that explain this integration in detail between Zoho Reports and Google Apps.

Try Zoho Reports for Google Apps now from Google Apps Marketplace. We love your feedback, keep it coming!
Our special thanks to the Google Apps team for staying with us right through this integration!

To learn more about Zoho Reports for Google Apps, check out http://www.zoho.com/reports/zoho-reports-for-google-apps.html and for our existing Zoho – Google Apps integrations, check out

http://zoho.com/google-apps
. And don’t forget to mark your calendars – there are four more Zoho apps on their way to Google Apps marketplace. Stay tuned till next Tuesday :)

Zoho… one of Google’s 7 “worst enemies”?

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Channel Insider just released an article detailing Google’s Worst Enemies - a list of the top 7 enemies Google has.

The article lists the 6 usual suspects you’d expect: Amazon in the e-books category; Apple and RIM (Blackberry) for phones; Microsoft (search, apps, phone); Mozilla, the makers of Firefox (a browser that competes with Google’s Chrome); And finally (and probably the biggest one) Facebook, who competes with Google in the social space, but most importantly, for online ad dollars.

Now… guess who rounds up the 7 “worst enemies”?

First, we’re flattered to have been put with in such illustrious company. So, thanks for that, Channel Insider team!

That aside, we do want to clarify how we compete and collaborate with Google.

We do compete with Google to an extent. They offer Gmail for businesses – we offer a great business-focused hosted e-mail solution. We started offering an online office suite, and Google followed suit with their Writely acquisition. Needless to say, we like our offerings better!

But that’s about it. Other than those two products, we collaborate with Google in multiple ways and whenever possible. We collaborate with Google far and wide – with their Enterprise division, with the Chrome OS folks and in some other areas.

For example:
When all is said and done, we view ourselves more as a Google partner than a competitor. We love when a customer wants to sign-up for Zoho Mail, our Zoho productivity suite and use Zoho CRM. But if a customers wants to use Google Apps, and sign up for for Zoho CRM for Google Apps, that is perfectly fine with us as well. We’re adding more and more of our products to the Google Apps Marketplace. Right now we have a total of 6 Zoho products in the Google Apps Marketplace (including Zoho Books, Zoho CRM, Zoho Projects and Zoho Invoice) and that is only going to increase going forward. 

That’s the nature of the evolving technology industry these days… even Microsoft and Google are, ahem, “collaborating” on search results!
Now, seriously – it’s not so black-and-white and it might sometimes seem from a distance. Sure, if a customer asks us whether they should sign-up with Z Mail or Gmail, well, we’re going to give them our own, biased, point of view. And I’m sure Google does exactly the same. But when you put that in context of all the things we do, you start seeing the big picture.

And that’s not unique to Google, that’s just part of who we are as a company. We recognize customers have choices, and that it is just impossible that 100% of them will chose to go 100% Zoho, for each and every one of their apps. Likewise, we also integrate some of our products with other leading players in the industry. For example, we released a Quickbooks add-on for our Zoho CRM product, right before we launched our own online accounting solution, Zoho Books.

So… no, I don’t think we’re one of Google’s “worst 7 enemies”. Rather than defining ourselves as enemies, we like to think of ourselves as a business’ best online friend!

Rodrigo