Customer Spotlight: From “A La Carte” Experience to a Zoho Buffet

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A1A1 Energy, an energy consulting firm, first opened its doors just over a decade ago. “We were selling energy efficiency before it was cool to be energy efficient,” Jon Porreca said.

Porreca is one member of a small, family-centric staff that manages the day-to-day administrative operations in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a town roughly 80 miles west of Philadelphia. A1 Energy partners with contractors to assist governmental agencies, industrial, and commercial clients in maximizing their energy efficiency.

“When the go-green movement hit that really helped the energy industry, and it helped our business grow,” he said. “We got our start with coordinating the installation of high-bay industrial lighting systems, and to this day, lighting is still a lot of what we do.”

For a lot of small, family-owned businesses, effective communication and streamlined project management are vital to success. Every penny spent on a time-saving office suite or on CRM technology needs to generate healthy return and aid in the overall growth of the business.

“We weren’t the most tech savvy back when we started,”  Porreca said.”We didn’t even have something as simple as Excel spreadsheets to track anything. Each person had their own system that they used, but there was no repository to keep and to share information.  Eventually our business grew to the point where we needed to make a change in our processes. Read more

Dear Zoho. Thank you for the redesign.

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A few weeks ago we opened up the brand new version of Zoho Mail for preview. Since then, we’ve had a whirlwind of messages flooding our inboxes with feedback, suggestions, congratulations, and even some disapproval. First, thank you all so much for taking the time to write to us.

Before I delve further into the details of this update, let me tell you why we’ve spent years developing this latest edition. What was the problem in the first place?

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5 Ways You Can Immediately Improve the Hiring Manager Experience

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If you’re anything like the recruiters I’ve spoken with, it’s a fair assumption that you and your hiring managers don’t always see eye to eye.

Okay maybe not every hiring manager—I’m sure there are ones you’re in sync with like too-good-to-be-true-sitcom-friendships—but whether you work with one, five or 50, there are moments you’re both frustrated.

That’s because the partnership is often a strange and cruel paradox. Maintaining a strong relationship with hiring managers is the most influential factor in talent acquisition performance, but these relationships are also a top culprit of stress for recruiting professionals.

It doesn’t have to be this way. The two of you can work in harmony.

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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).

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Zoho Vault – Online Password Manager for Teams

What Uber’s New Mobile Game Gets Right About Recruiting

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Over the past five years, the popular (and recently notorious) ride-sharing app Uber has grown from an idea to a juggernaut valued at an estimated $50 billion with drivers in 300 cities across 57 countries.

And along with its somewhat polarizing public image of acting more like a frat house than a company, Uber has one universal dilemma: drivers don’t always know how to get where you want to go.

Last week, Uber took a step toward remedying this problem by launching a mobile iOS game called UberDRIVE. The purpose of the game is for players to navigate a real city map (currently San Francisco only) earning more points to unlock new cars and new parts of the city by taking more efficient routes.

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Why the Right Applicant Tracking System Will Instantly Improve Your Company’s Candidate Experience

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In the expanse of the Hotel Irvine grand ballroom—nestled in the heart of sunny Southern California—recruiters move from booth to booth like tourists along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They’re laughing and shaking hands and telling stories; formalities and rituals before business begins.

It isn’t long before the conversations shift from small talk to real talk. The, how have you been’s?” and so great to see you’s,” become, I need to enrich my pipeline and reach more candidates…show me your applicant tracking system…can you parse resumes with it?”

One thing you deduce at a staffing and recruiting conference is the air of excitement when recruiters talk about their career field. They want to stay current and understand how software solutions benefit them. They want to go home better than when they arrived.

And it is here where our journey ends. Not California like some Steinbeck-cliche or Manifest Destiny creed of the American West, but realizing that when recruiters gather together, their ambition is contagious.

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