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How we made it to 25 years as a company

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What a ride it has been! Zoho is now a quarter-century corporation. We started our journey in 1996 as AdventNet Inc, with a focus on network management. In 2005, we announced a name change that represented the evolution of the company. We became Zoho Corp and designated three divisions of the company:, ManageEngine, and WebNMS. Over the years, their purposes remained largely the same, but the breadth and depth of each have expanded, in large part due to the people we've employed.

Today, we have nearly 100 employees who've been with us for over 20 years, and a large number of employees who are younger than the company itself. Additionally, 10% of Zoho employees are graduates of Zoho Schools, our in-house alternative to college education that has been around for 15 years. At Zoho, we embrace talent over credentials, and creating opportunities is an important step to help identify talents in under-served communities.

For this, we have set up hub offices in rural towns with smaller 'spokes' in neighbouring villages, and recruiting talent out of cities to bring their expertise and skills into local hubs to train local talent and support rural revival.

In today's context, more companies are embracing a distributed workforce. Going forward, remote tools will be an important asset to leverage for business success, in tandem with a company culture that puts people at its core, preparing them to be digital-ready.

Here is what our CEO, Sridhar Vembu, has to say about our 25-year journey.

Quarter Century

When we talk about being people-centric, it also points to the usability of our products, particularly how it facilitates work and improves the experience of users in remote locations. In these environments, the readiness to connect online via calls at anytime and anywhere is valuable.

Recently, we launched our business telephony system, Zoho Voice, to assign and make calls to connect with customers, teams, and other stakeholders, where it captures the collaborative aspects needed to establish business context before a call.

Likewise, understanding customers via a contact-less environment these days requires having a good sense of their interests and web experience, all while retrieving valuable online feedback to help businesses personalise their interaction with customers. Read more in our next segment.


What's new

Zoho Voice

Introducing Zoho Voice, our new cloud-based business phone system for companies of all sizes. Zoho Voice makes it easy to use any device for local and international calls. Want to make high-quality phone calls to customers, colleagues, and partners? Just get yourself a local or toll-free phone number from any country and begin dialing!

Zoho PageSense

Zoho PageSense introduces a breadth of new features, like Web Analytics, Personalisation, Push Notification, Polls, and Pop-Ups. With these additions, PageSense has all the tools—both quantitative and qualitative—to help marketers make more-informed decisions and increase their website conversion rates. Start making sense

Zoho Social

Say hello to the new Zoho Social!

There's a lot to unpack in this update to help you expand your social media marketing horizons. Whether you're a marketing agency or a one-person team, there's bound to be something useful for you here.

Zoho Writer

Zoho Writer's newest update removed unnecessary error lines while improving language skills. These changes include custom dictionaries for organizations, the ability to understand broken or incomplete phrases, a better-defined spell check for people and places, and more. Type away

Zoho Sheet

Zoho Sheet has a list of new, in-demand features, including images in cells, spell check, dark mode, text rotation, indent, and wrap options. Additionally, we've included some new functions in this update. See the spread


Awards and acknowledgments

  • Zoho Creator was positioned as a Leader in the "Nucleus Research for LCAP Technology Value Matrix, 2020"
  • Zoho Recruit has officially been listed under the “Top 50 Products for HR,” “Top 100 Software Products,” and “Top 50 Small Business Products” for 2021 by G2, the world’s largest tech marketplace
  • Zoho Analytics was named one of the "2021 Business Intelligence Data Quadrant Gold Medalists" by SoftwareReviews
  • Zoho Social was shortlisted by Constellation Research under the category "Shortlist for Social Listening and Engagement Platform" for Q1 of 2021

Over to you...

People matter to us, and they should to you too. How are you using technology to improve the experience of your team and customers?

Also, do you have any fond Zoho memories? What stands out as your favourite parts of Zoho? Hit reply and let me know your thoughts.

Nicholas Koh at Zoho

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