I've been reading and hearing quite a bit about Zoho in the news recently, and so when I received a piece of marketing mail that said Zoho just celebrated its second birthday, I decided it was time to find out more about this suite of productivity tools.
I e-mailed the contact person listed on the marketing mail, who in turn set up an interview with Raju Vegesna, Zoho's evangelist. During our conversation, I asked Raju what milestones Zoho has achieved in the past two years, how Zoho is unique and even better than products developed by major players in the productivity suite market (such as Microsoft and Google), and what's in store for Zoho over the course of the next two years.
Here's a snippet about Raju and Zoho from the interview confirmation e-mail that I received:
Background on Raju Vegesna
Raju is an evangelist for Zoho and has been revered by the media as one of the key players in the Office 2.0 revolution. He has worked for Zoho from its inception, and wears multiple hats stemming from manager of customer/community relations to technology visionary. Raju is one of the key people responsible for developing the strategic direction of the Zoho Office Suite. He is an avid blogger (see: blogs.zoho.com), and users of Zoho are encouraged to contact him directly.Overview of Zoho
Zoho is creating one of the most comprehensive suites of affordable, online productivity tools for today's knowledge workers. Nearly 120 developers (it's now over 150) 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 fourteen different applications and more are in the works.
Zoho is a division of AdventNet, in business since 1996 providing innovative software tools worldwide.
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