[Web4lib] Zoho Anyone?

Ryan Hess mhess8 at depaul.edu
Fri Sep 9 11:18:36 EDT 2011

Thanks for everyone's replies. I've been looking closer at Zoho this week
and actually think Zoho Creator will meet our needs best...mainly because we
need something that can be adaptable to many situations. The fact that it
can be enhanced with scripting and has some APIs was a big plus.

Actually, the more I look at it, the more interested I am in its potential
for serving up relational database web services for our library site. My
main concern with this is whether or not Zoho would be able to handle the
traffic effectively (especially if we're building our hours database in it,
which can get busy around finals).

Anyone have insights into using Zoho as a relational database for their
library's public site?


On 9/8/11 5:07 PM, "Dugas" <Dugas> wrote:

> I have recently tried many different (free) project management platforms and
> Zoho Projects made the short list. However, for the ease of use and different
> possibilities it offered, our final choice has been Central Desktop
> (www.centraldesktop.com/). We are very satisfied so far (we have used it for 7
> months). The task lists, milestones and calendar features are one of the best
> I've seen. Zoho Projects is interesting in many ways and a very powerful tool,
> but might be a bit less user friendly than CD. The only thing about CD is the
> free version is very limited for the number of users (5) and storage (1GB),
> which wasn't an issue for us.
> As for Zoho Creator, I use it on a daily basis, mainly to maintain a
> spreadsheet-style list of different things I need to share with co-workers
> (not task or project-related). It is way more powerful than Google docs. The
> customization possibilities are amazing, you can use forms to fill in the
> spreadsheet, you can export in different formats, create different views, etc.
> So I would say it is a very interesting and powerful tool, but you can easily
> get lost in all the possibilities it offers.
> If you want more info, don't hesitate to contact me directly.
> Cheers,
> Marie-Eve Dugas
> Bibliothécaire, responsable du centre de documentation
> INRS - Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
> Courriel et MSN : marie-eve.dugas at ucs.inrs.ca
> Téléphone : 514 499-4098
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> -----Message d'origine-----
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> De la part de Ryan Hess
> Envoyé : 7 septembre 2011 17:05
> À : web4lib at webjunction.org
> Objet : [Web4lib] Zoho Anyone?
> Hi all,
> I¹m investigating Zoho as a solution for surfacing the statuses of our
> multiple digitization projects to our stakeholders. Zoho looks like a good
> solution so far, but I have to say that I¹m a little perplexed by their array
> of products, especially when it comes to Zoho Reports vs. Creator.
> Anyone have experience working with Zoho? Any recommendations for which Zoho
> product would work best for creating a dashboard of project statuses?
> M Ryan Hess
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