Edit your presentations with the new and updated Zoho Docs App

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As more employees work away from traditional workplaces, it’s important to empower them with office documents they can access on mobile devices. A sales executive who is always on the move will find it easier to build slide decks using his or her iPad than a laptop. Similarly, it makes life simpler for a CXO to fire up presentations on a tablet while at the airport than to wait to get back to the office.

The new era of presentation tools are ones that are equally compatible and powerful on a smaller screen as they are on a larger desktop or laptop screen. And that’s exactly what we’ve given you with the new and improved Zoho Docs Presentation Editor App for iPad and other tablets!

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5 Reasons to automate your HR

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Behind every successful business is an effective Human Resource department. They ensure that your goals are reached by engaging your company’s most important asset – your People!

The HR staff is responsible for hiring the right candidate, managing employee details, tracking time, handling employee benefits, measuring employee performance and much much more. If you run a small or medium sized business, the use of an HR software for these activities might seem expensive. In reality, it’s not!
Automating your HR can help you save time and money in a lot of ways.

1. Make your first impression count

Recent research indicates that an employee decides to stay or leave an organization in the first 90 days. In Fortune 500 companies alone it has been estimated that close to 50% of the outside hires quit in less than 2 years.

Onboarding ensures minimal attrition. However, it includes many forms, induction programs, salary contracts, IT system allocations and new hire training. With automation, you can structure workflows to trigger multiple actions. For instance, automatically send out requests for IT equipment, ID cards and provide employees access to directly add or edit their personal data. This streamlines new hire onboarding and reduces the time taken to induct a new employee.

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Customer Spotlight: How Visual BI Used Zoho People to Empower Employees

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“We were looking for a one-stop solution for managing our HR processes and we are glad we found Zoho People,” said Brinda Jayaram, HR Manager at Visual BI.

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Visual BI is a leading consulting firm in business intelligence and analytics, driving high-touch customer engagements through an agile delivery model. The company enables big data analytics and visualization for its customers, on the cloud.

Their World Before Zoho People
Towards the end of 2013, Visual BI decided to put in place a human resource management system. Defining work flows and other HR processes was becoming complicated due to their rapid growth. Manual processes inundated their small HR team. Their agile delivery model called for quick and accurate customer response.

“We wanted to move towards a web-based system, rather than use manual methods and email typically used by smaller companies,” recalls Brinda. “We faced great difficulty in managing employee needs with regard to attendance, time-off, approvals and expense reimbursements.”

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Announcing Zoho People Webhooks for Real-time Callbacks.

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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!

Get Instant HR Alerts and Live Feeds with Zoho People.

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Jack, an executive, applies for a travel approval through his company’s HR portal. His manager misses the request amongst other important emails. The approval is delayed and Jack is left uncertain about his forthcoming travel.

Now, lets assume Jack’s travel gets approved eventually. He plans his lodging and other expenses for his trip, keeping the existing HR policy in mind. Upon returning, he attempts to have his expenses reimbursed, only to realize the HR policy had been changed well before his departure. This leads to unforeseen confusion.


Approvals, reviews and announcements will be effective only if they’re made at the right time. The situations detailed above are just two of many such instances employees encounter on a regular basis. It could also apply to job completion notifications, leave approvals, timesheet requests, office holidays or any other announcements. Yes, you could always receive alerts and discuss approvals through email. However, too many emails back and forth would result in flooding your inbox.

How can this be solved? It’s simple: Notifications!

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Zoho People – Multiple Criteria. Simple Approvals.

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Approvals are required to ensure smooth workflow in an organization – be it for project submissions, timesheets, billing, leave or any other forms. The standard approval process involves a reporting manager approving his employees’ forms.
However, what if different forms required different levels of approvals to satisfy different criteria?

Bill, the HR Manager of Falcon Enterprises, wants to streamline his time-off approval process. It seems like he has too many conditions:
(a) The approval has to be triggered only if an employee is on leave for 3 days.
(b) This to be the case just for casual leaves and not any other.
(c) It is exclusive to certain designations in his organization and not for all the employees.
(d) Finally, the records are to be subjected to multi-level approvals.

Clearly, primitive approval processes cannot handle any such requirements.
That’s why Zoho People lets you configure unlimited approvals. This is how its done:

1. Select the Form for Approval


Zoho People lets you configure your approvals based on individual forms and modules. Different forms like leave applications, timesheets, employee details, exit details, etc., can have specific settings. All you have to do is select the ‘form type’ from the drop down menu and the required criteria can be set.
Yes, it’s that simple!

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