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2020 is coming to an end, and we at Zoho would like to wish you and your business great health and prosperity. We've come a long way together since the beginning of this year, and we hope to continue that journey through 2021 and beyond. In this series, we've gathered a ton of educational material to help you become an expert in using our products. Read on to see what else we've been up to.

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In this issue, we talk about:

Zoho Spark, our new training and certification platform

A roundup of product updates

Understanding public and private surveillance

Awards for Zoho Creator, Zoho Meeting, and more

Become an expert on Zoho products

Introducing Zoho Spark, the long-awaited training and certification platform for Zoho.

Zoho Spark

Currently, we offer product training for Analytics, Assist, Backstage, Books, Campaigns, Creator, CRM, Desk, Expense, Flow, Invoice, Mail, Orchestly, Payroll, People, Recruit, SalesIQ, ShowTime, and Subscriptions. Spark also includes 45 experienced trainers, 25 one-on-one training courses, and 16 products on virtual classroom training (VCRT). Over time, we'll be adding more products to this list and deepening the topics covered.

Ignite your Spark

Surveillance, privacy, and the role of data in the future

Earlier this year, we announced that we were removing every third-party tracker from our site. We achieved this goal a few months ago, and since then we've made it clear that we're committed to protecting our users' privacy.

Surveillance, privacy, and the role of data in the future

Zoho's Chief Evangelist, Raju Vegesna, recently talked with industry analyst Patrick Moorhead about the ever-present role of surveillance in tech. When talking about consumer surveillance, Raju said that "at this point, the tracking that takes place is so prevalent that it is almost impossible not to be surveilled. You pretty much have to go offline." Raju believes that businesses need to draw a line between what's legally acceptable and what's morally acceptable.

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In this 5-part series, Raju and Patrick cover consumer data, business data, adjunct surveillance, sensory surveillance, and the future of data privacy.


All that's new

Zoho Subscription

Zoho Subscription turned 6 recently, and we're proud to continue to support a product that allows businesses to provide reliable service while making their subscription management software truly their own.

Compare build vs buy

Zoho CRM

We've launched a new landing page to celebrate 500+ extensions for Zoho CRM. Explore the page for more details, or get an overview by watching this video.

Browse the marketplace

Zoho WorkDrive

Team Admins can now view and manage their team members' connected devices from the Admin Console. Admins can view all connected devices, set permissions for desktop and mobile apps (at both team and user level), and remotely manage devices.

Manage devices

Zoho Cliq

Cliq has received a handful of updates, including telephony, improved content sharing, and more.

Read up on the latest news

Additionally, Cliq received 10 new integrations, including OneDrive, GoToMeeting, and Twitter.

Click here to integrate

Zoho Vault

Zoho Vault’s new interface is packed with features that help businesses improve user productivity, streamline user access, and make password management effortless for teams.

Stay secure

Zoho People

Among other updates, Zoho People now includes Zia, our AI chatbot. Zia helps employees raise requests, check in and out, apply for leave, and more.

Meet Zia

Zoho Analytics

Zoho Analytics now has extensions for Shopify, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Youtube, as well as 7 other popular apps.

Connect and analyze

Zoho Creator

Two apps built on Zoho Creator are now available for use:

Zoho Creator Supplier Portal

  • Zoho Creator Supplier Portal integrates with ERP vendors, such as Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft, and works with mobile and IoT devices.

Zoho Creator Distributor Portal

  • Zoho Creator Distributor Portal allows distributors to create orders, manage invoices and returns, and keep tabs on current offers and promotions. For manufacturers, it brings advanced analytics on trends across different markets, which SKUs are performing well, and the relative performance of their distributors.
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Resources to help you

CRM admins share secrets on what helps their business grow

Social impact, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability with Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu

GoFloaters empowers teams to work from anywhere with Bigin

HealthServe Singapore ensures optimal support for migrant workers with Zoho Desk

What happens when old-school teaching meets tech?

Stop Retraining and Start Retaining

Featured article by Sridhar Vembu, CEO

Sridhar recently wrote about grassroots capitalism and 'the pleasure of pursuit' for Open magazine's Wealth Issue 2020 cover story. Here's a teaser: 'We need to create the skills and capabilities in our people to be able to lift themselves up from poverty into wealth.'


Partnerships and acknowledgments

Zoho forms a partnership with Tata Consultancy Services

We've announced a strategic alliance with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a trusted consultant and integrator for enterprise businesses. This partnership will drive growth for global organisations through stronger technology alignment with business goals, more transparency across solutions, and greater operational efficiency.

Partnership with Tata Consultancy Services

Gartner's Magic Quadrant recognizes Zoho Creator

Zoho Creator has been named a Leader in Nucleus Research's LCAP Technology Value Matrix 2020 report.

Gartner's Magic Quadrant recognizes Zoho Creator

Zoho named in three of 360Quadrants' Quadrant Ranking categories

  • Zoho Show was placed as a "Visionary Leader" in the presentation software market
  • Zoho ShowTime was placed as an "Innovator" in the presentation software space
  • Zoho Meeting was named a "Visionary Leader" in the webinar software space


Nucleus Research places Zoho Recruit in top-right quadrant

Zoho Recruit was named a Leader in Nucleus Research's Talent Acquisition Technology Value Matrix, 2020.

Nucleus Research places Zoho Recruit

Over to you...

And that's it for our second issue! We hope you enjoyed reading our newsletter today. As we welcome the new year together, we at Zoho will continue to improve our services for you. If you like what you've seen so far, be sure to reply with your thoughts.

Until next time,

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