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.
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
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 aboutZoho
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
Single Sign-on with Google Apps
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.
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
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.
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 ?
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.
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?
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!