PLEASANTON, Calif. — April 30, 2007 — Zoho, a leading provider of Web-based applications for collaborative business, has been named a finalist for the 2007 Steppin’ Out Awards, Vendor category. CRM guru Paul Greenberg presents Steppin’ Out Awards to companies with the potential to significantly impact the direction of business within their marketplace. Zoho’s nomination is based on its customer-centric focus, constant innovation, and comprehensive and “remarkably inexpensive” Office 2.0 suite.
“These guys are poised to provide an entire small business ecosystem that involves collaborative tools for customer/small business collaboration,” said Greenberg, referring to Zoho in his CRM blog. “In other words – a platform and an environment all within a remarkably inexpensive model that works for the small business market with certainty. They get the 2.0 world that we're dealing with now, so they get how to handle the new generations of customers and business people – which puts them ahead of most of the companies that vie for the small business space. They are constantly innovating with new ideas for products and services.”
Zoho evangelist Raju Vegesna said,
“Our product innovation is motivated by customer feedback, which has led to an excellent community of Zoho users.
Our teams strive to earn our customers’ business and their trust, so they'll keep coming back to us. This nomination is great because as a CRM industry thought leader, Paul brings another level of recognition and validation to our efforts by making us a Steppin’ Out Award finalist.”
Other finalists, in alphabetical order, include: Microsoft, Neighborhood America, NetSuite, Rearden Commerce and salesforce.com. The winner will be announced May 3, 2007.
About the Steppin’ Out Awards
The Steppin’ Out Awards recognize companies that have a highly significant impact on the direction of business in the customer ecosystem. They could help transform a marketplace. In one way or another, big or small, new or old, established or emerging, these companies understand that the customer is at the hub of the business ecosystem and that the corporate ecosystem is now intertwined with the customer.
Paul Greenberg is the author of the best-selling “CRM at the Speed of Light: Essential Customer Strategies for the 21st Century.” He is president of The 56 Group, LLC, a company that develops customer engagement strategies, and the Chief Customer Officer of BPT Partners, LLC, the number one CRM certification training company in the industry. His award winning blog is PGreenblog at http://the56group.typepad.com.
Finalists, 2007 Steppin Out Awards, Vendor category
Zoho is creating the most comprehensive suite of affordable, online productivity tools for today's knowledge workers. Nearly 120 developers work on the Zoho suite, often implementing new features just days after customers request them and responding to customer queries within minutes of their posting. To date, Zoho has launched 15 different applications and more are in the works. For more information on Zoho, please visit www.zoho.com.
Zoho is a division of AdventNet, in business since 1996 providing innovative software tools and serving more than 10,000 customers worldwide. For more information on AdventNet, please visit www.adventnet.com.
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