Announcing Zoho Projects for Google Apps

Some

time ago, a Zoho Projects customer from Australia -who happens to use

Google Apps as his e-mail solution- wanted us to provide an integration

between Zoho Projects and Google Apps so that he could use both

seamlessly. His main concern was that his employees use Google Apps

everyday for email and intranet information, so he wanted to have the

Zoho Projects information easily accessible there.

After

checking with other customers, that seemed like a good scenario for us

to implement, but at the same time we were busy giving our users a

better way to organize their projects and making project management

more social with Zoho Projects 2.0. But even the core Zoho Projects

team was busy, our IAM  (Identity Access Management) team who is

responsible for Single Sign On within Zoho & other federated logins

took this up - and provided our support for signing-in with a Google

Apps account. This really made creating Zoho Projects for Google Apps a lot easier. That is one reason why having small teams distributed works better than having one central team.

Ok, so what is the integration with Google Apps you are talking about

Zoho

Projects for Google Apps allows customers to enjoy the functionality of

Zoho Projects while at the same time having an integrated experience

with their Google Apps account. Currently, Zoho Projects for Google

Apps includes:

Single Sign-on with Google Apps

Customers

can now login to Zoho Projects with the same username and password they

use for Google Apps - no need to keep track of a separate account.


Upload documents from Google Docs
Upload

Google Docs documents to your project in Zoho Projects. This way your

documents stored in Google Docs can be shared with all the members in

your project. Of course, you can still continue to attach documents

from Zoho Docs and directly from your personal desktop.



View your project milestones in Google Calendar

Keeping

track of your projects milestones is now even easier. You can have your

milestones, tasks and meetings from your Zoho Projects appear

automatically on your Google Calendar.



Get Zoho Projects inside Gmail, iGoogle and Google Sites
Finally,

you can also get your Project Stream (the latest activity happening

around your project) inside iGoogle or a Google Sites page by embedding

the Zoho Projects gadget. This makes the whole experience smooth - Zoho Projects updates come to you.



How easy is it to use Zoho Projects into Google Apps ?

Short version: it's dead easy.
Long

version: Here is a short video which explains the different

possibilities for Google Apps customers to manage their project in Zoho

Projects - all it takes is to login with our Google Apps credentials

and off you go.


This

is just the beginning of this integration - users like you will surely

come up with new integration scenarios that we should throw in here. We

keep our ears wide open to listen to our customers and improve our

products accordingly. So please pour your ideas on making this even better.

Wait... are you still competing with Google Apps?

Sure!

The Zoho suite of services now comprises more than 20 different

Software-as-a-Service products. Some of them are bound to overlap

with other someone's products. So yeah, 4 of them do overlap with

products included in Google Apps. And we continue to compete in that

arena (for the record, we do think ours are better, and other people

seem to agree - check the recent award from Infoworld). Some people might call it coopetition.

Anyway - in  the end, customers and their needs come first - and we

have a track record of allowing other competitors to integrate with our

products, so we do the same. And of course, our goal is to reach as many customers as possible and offer then great products at affordable prices.

Other similar products from Zoho will come to Google Apps customers in the future. Stay tuned!


22 Replies to Announcing Zoho Projects for Google Apps

  1. This is great. Zoho projects are so easily available with Google Apps. Thanks for sharing the video it was very helpful.Regards,
    David

  2. This is great. Zoho projects are so easily available with Google Apps. Thanks for sharing the video it was very helpful.Regards,
    David

  3. Wow this one is an amazing feature for sure. I am a new user of Zoho projects so I haven't thought that this one is available together with Google Apps. I think that it was a clever step of your because many people use Google Apps and it is highly comfortable to use them together with your project. Of course there is a little competition between you, but there are various sorts of that competition yeah? Thanks for the great invention and keep up such a great service in the future too.
    Regards, Harry from android development

  4. Wow this one is an amazing feature for sure. I am a new user of Zoho projects so I haven't thought that this one is available together with Google Apps. I think that it was a clever step of your because many people use Google Apps and it is highly comfortable to use them together with your project. Of course there is a little competition between you, but there are various sorts of that competition yeah? Thanks for the great invention and keep up such a great service in the future too.
    Regards, Harry from android development

  5. This sounds fantastic - I love ZoHo and use Google apps and I think you're on the right track here for some great stuff.What you didn't cover was how to connect current projects to Google apps. Is there a way to add these new features to an existing project or user login?Thank you,
    brad

  6. This sounds fantastic - I love ZoHo and use Google apps and I think you're on the right track here for some great stuff.What you didn't cover was how to connect current projects to Google apps. Is there a way to add these new features to an existing project or user login?Thank you,
    brad

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