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Why should you build a core system?

The decision to build a core system stems from its potential benefits. A core system can enhance coordination among different processes, improve efficiency, and offer a holistic view of operations. Such a system can provide valuable insights for strategic decision-making and enable businesses to adapt quickly to changes.

Customization and flexibility

Off-the-shelf software often comes with limitations in terms of customization—it might not fully cater to your specific business needs or workflows. With a custom-built system, you have the flexibility to design and implement features that are crucial to your operations. You can easily adapt and upgrade the system as your business grows and evolves, ensuring long-term viability.

Cost efficiency

Building a custom core system can result in reduced development costs, as you're creating a solution tailored specifically to your requirements, eliminating the need for unnecessary features. There are no maintenance costs associated with third-party solutions, and the deployment is quicker due to the system's bespoke nature, resulting in, less money and time spent on development, adjustments, and troubleshooting, making it a cost-effective choice in the long run.

Competitive advantage

A custom core system gives you a unique set of tools designed to support your specific business processes. This can provide a competitive edge, enabling you to deliver services more efficiently and effectively than competitors using generic systems. User adoption improves significantly when leveraging custom-built core systems, providing a decisive edge over the competiton.

Building a core system

Defining the scope

This involves identifying the business functions that the system will cover. The scope can vary widely depending on the organization's needs and may evolve as the business grows.

Designing the architecture

This step involves creating a blueprint for how the system will be structured. This includes defining how different modules will interact with each other and with external systems.

Developing the system

This involves creating the system based on the defined architecture. This step may also include integrating the system with existing software and setting up data migration processes.

Testing and deployment

Before the system goes live, it undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it functions as intended. Once testing is done, the system is deployed and becomes available for use.

Maintenance and upgrades

Once the system is live, it requires ongoing maintenance to ensure it continues to operate smoothly. This may include fixing bugs, adding new features, and upgrading the system to keep up with changing business needs.

Types of core systems that can be built on Zoho Creator

Zoho Creator is a platform that provides the tools for constructing various core systems. These can range across many operational areas, such as customer relationship management, supply chain management, human resources, and enterprise resource planning. The key feature is its ability to allow customization according to distinct business needs.

  • Custom ERP
  • Custom CRM
  • Custom HRMS
  • Supply chain management
  • Field service management
  • Fleet management

Custom ERP

With Zoho Creator, you can build a custom ERP system that serves as the backbone of your business operations. This could include modules for financial management, inventory management, manufacturing, and logistics, etc. The low-code nature of Zoho Creator allows for rapid development and iteration, so you can continuously refine your ERP to serve your business needs better. Furthermore, Zoho Creator's robust integration capabilities ensure your ERP can seamlessly connect with other systems in your tech stack, providing a unified view of your business.

Custom ERP

Custom CRM

A CRM built with Zoho Creator can go beyond just managing customer data, allowing you to create custom workflows to automate various sales and customer service processes. Features such as real-time dashboards can give you instant insights into sales performance, customer behavior, and more. Plus, thanks to Zoho Creator' mobile capabilities, your sales team can access the CRM at any time, from anywhere, improving their productivity.

Custom CRM

Custom HRMS

An HRMS developed on Zoho Creator can centralize all employee data, making it easier to manage HR processes like recruitment, onboarding, performance management, and offboarding. You can also build self-service apps for employees to update their details, apply for leave, submit expenses, and more. This not only improves efficiency but also enhances the employee experience.

Custom HRMS

Supply chain management

With Zoho Creator, you can build a supply chain management system that provides real-time visibility into your supply chain. This could include tracking inventory levels, monitoring supplier performance, managing logistics, and more. By automating these processes, you can reduce manual errors, improve efficiency, and make better-informed decisions.

Supply chain management

Field service management

Low-code platforms like Zoho Creator can help you create a field service management system that optimizes your service delivery. This could include features like scheduling and dispatching, work order management, mobile access for field technicians, and customer portals for service requests. With real-time data and analytics, you can improve resource allocation, reduce downtime, and increase customer satisfaction.

Field service management

Fleet management

A fleet management system built with Zoho Creator can give you control over your fleet operations. You can track vehicle locations in real time, maintain time tables, manage fuel consumption, and more. Plus, with Zoho Creator's advanced analytics capabilities, you can identify trends, predict issues, and make data-driven decisions to optimize your fleet operations.

Fleet management

How can Zoho Creator help you build your custom core system?

With an emphasis on user-friendly design, powerful functionalities, and data security, it allows users to create applications, streamline workflows, generate custom reports, and integrate with other services. Even without extensive technical expertise, one can utilize Zoho Creator to build a tailored system while ensuring data protection.

  • Rapid application development

    Zoho Creator is a low-code platform, allowing for rapid application development. You can quickly build, test, and deploy applications, significantly reducing time to market compared to traditional development methodologies.

  • Integration

    Zoho Creator' robust integration capabilities ensure your custom system can communicate seamlessly with other systems in your tech stack. This improves data accuracy and consistency while enhancing operational efficiency by eliminating data silos.

  • Data governance & privacy

    Zoho Creator provides tools for implementing strong data governance policies and maintaining compliance with privacy regulations. For instance, you can easily set up role-based access controls to ensure that only authorized users can access sensitive data.

  • SSO

    Single sign-on (SSO) functionality enhances security and user convenience. Accessing multiple applications is made easier and more secure, as users can use a single set of credentials, minimizing the chances of security breaches related to passwords.

  • Custom workflows

    With Zoho Creator, you can design custom workflows that mirror your business processes. This improves operational efficiency and ensures consistent execution of tasks.

  • Multi-device access

    Zoho Creator supports responsive design, allowing your system to be accessible across various devices. This ensures a consistent user experience, whether your employees are accessing the system from a desktop at the office or a mobile device in the field.

  • ADLM

    With application development lifecycle management (ADLM) in Zoho Creator, you can manage every stage of the application development process. This includes planning, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance, ensuring that your custom system is always up to date and delivering maximum value.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Zoho Creator?

Zoho Creator is a low-code platform that allows users to build applications, streamline workflows, generate custom reports, and integrate with other services. It's designed for ease of use, powerful functionalities, and data security.

What is a core system?

A core system is a custom-built system that enhances coordination among different processes, improves efficiency, and offers a holistic view of operations. It also provides valuable insights for strategic decision-making and enables businesses to adapt quickly to changes.

What are the benefits of a custom core system?

Custom core systems offer customization and flexibility, cost efficiency, and competitive advantage. They can be designed and implemented to cater to specific business needs and, over the long-term, are often more cost-effective than off-the-shelf software. Also, they can provide a unique competitive edge, supporting specific business processes more efficiently and effectively.

How can Zoho Creator help build custom core systems?

Zoho Creator helps by simplifying the task of building a core system. It allows for rapid application development, robust system integration, strong data governance policy implementation, top-notch privacy regulation compliance, easy single sign-on (SSO) functionality setup, custom workflow design, and universal multi-device access.

What data governance and privacy tools does Zoho Creator provide?

Zoho Creator provides tools for implementing strong data governance policies and maintaining compliance with privacy regulations. You can set up role-based access controls to ensure that only authorized users can access sensitive data.

What is SSO functionality?

Single sign-on (SSO) functionality in Zoho Creator allows users to access multiple applications using a single set of credentials. This reduces the risk of password-related security breaches and enhances user convenience.

Does Zoho Creator scale to handle enterprise-level workloads?

Yes, Creator is built to scale and can handle the needs of both small businesses and large enterprises. It enables businesses to build applications quickly and adjust their processes as their requirements evolve.

How does Zoho Creator ensure data security?

Zoho Creator provides robust security features, including SSL encryption, role-based access control, IP restrictions, and audit trails. Additionally, it complies with international security standards, such as ISO 27001 and SOC 2 Type II.

What kind of support services does Zoho Creator offer?

Creator provides 24/5 technical support, as well as comprehensive documentation, webinars, and an online community forum for users to discuss and find solutions to questions or issues.

Is there a trial version of Zoho Creator available for businesses?

Yes, Creator offers a 15-day free trial that allows businesses to explore the platform's features and functionalities before committing to a subscription plan.