ZOHO – should salesforce.com be concerned – itsReal

I just signed up recently for the free CRM – hmmm

If you’ve heard of Zoho, you probably think of Zoho Office, its suite of Web-based productivity software (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation). But Zoho Office is primarily as a marketing exercise. Zoho’s real business is in offering a series of Web-based enterprise apps that it started introducing last September—CRM, Project Management, Web conferencing, an online database. And today it is adding Zoho People in beta.

zoho-recruit-small.pngZoho People is a Web-based enterprise app for managing human resources—recruiting, org charts, HR forms, an employee self-service portal. Here are some screenshots and an online demo.

Zoho People is targeted at small businesses with 50 or more employees—companies that cannot afford PeopleSoft, but cannot manage their business on Excel spreadsheets anymore. More directly, Zoho is going after WorkDay (started by PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield), Salesforce.com, and smaller online HR apps such as Vemo’s. To get businesses to try it, the software will be free for the beta period. The pricing is yet to be determined, but will probably be in the range of $50/month for HR administrators and $4/month for other employees. It will also be available as part of Zoho’s suite of enterprise apps under blended pricing. Maybe Salesforce should just buy Zoho. Oh yeah, it already tried that.

Read more at Techcrunch

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2 responses to “ZOHO – should salesforce.com be concerned – itsReal

  1. doyouneedawebsite

    That is interesting, I’ve actually been a big fan of salesforce since using it at my last job. Glad to hear there is a cheaper alternative.

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  2. Janne Mikku

    The core of my business is project management and therefore, first of all I needed a suitable project management tool. I looked at Zoho, but couldn’t find some essential features, that I found in Wrike – http://www.wrike.com/, which I now use for my projects. Now I’m using Wrike even for simple HR management. My advice to Zoho guys would be to work more on the existing tools and make them better first, and then release new ones.

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