Zoholics 2014: Zoho Developer Conference

Zoholics 2014: Zoho Developer Conference

July 12, 2019 0 By Bernardo Ryan



I was looking for a way to develop software as a non programmer and I received estimates of two hundred three hundred thousand dollars to create what I wanted to create so I didn't hear two hundred three hundred thousand dollars and I couldn't get funding for it couldn't didn't have a developer boyfriend I had gone through every option and so I just started using Soho and as I I started about three years ago and the product just keeps evolving and evolving so what originally started was the hope of building a proof-of-concept has turned into building a beta and then at this conference it's turned into actually building my live product we have an inland towing company we have about sixty five boats 150 barges and we needed an application to where we could communicate with the boats and find out what the boats were doing day to day and our boats are connected to the bandwidth via cell phone using my five devices and the company had been looking at at applications and that would have caused some say a million dollars to buy and implement and support and within 30 days we built a a traffic app using Soho crater who had one guy developing it me and and within four months we had all the boats live on the traffic app today it's been live now for be two years in June we have over a million records in the inner system and we've got a support team of one me it's wonderful and its price is right my company is Archer mobile and we do mobile marketing for very large brands internationally companies like Starbucks and FedEx's of what the use our services for sending text messaging and I'm s rich-media message you not to their consumers so we're using zones OA crater for a couple different purposes we are use it right with our clients in terms of customer support so we use that tool they can file cases and things like that with us and then we also use it very integrated with our sales processes so our statement of works and our agreements we work utilize as a whole for that as well used Salesforce and now we've moved over to zone we use we run our entire company so from accounting to HR loss prevention document management everything pretty much and we have you know couple hundred hours worth of code that went in the backend we made the system absolutely smart so it kind of rides itself out so the drivers are employees and staff can just request time off and clock in and out report to work all kinds of different functions accounting can apply payments receive payments from customers we don't even use QuickBooks so it's pretty well we uh work for Integra where a service provider company we work on a large platform rapid prototyping machines you may know as 3d printers before Zoho came along we have all the guys in the field would go out and repair machines and they would come back and fill out a word document and just emailed out to everybody in the company so it's a big mess everybody had to Word documents collections of them as a mess so there's a big need for a database have took it upon myself to find something did a bunch of searches found in Soho and it seemed to do exactly what I wanted to do so it was now the challenge of figuring out how to do it which didn't take that long I have zero programming experience and I was able to get to perform exactly the way we wanted to everybody is enjoying it we've expanded on it quite a bit now we're using it for contract employees to keep track of their time we're starting using it for sales to keep up with them all of our our customer lists on there and and what customers buying what and reporting back different beer tugboat company and we have about 65 tugboats that are entering their daily traffic with Enzo ho creator and that's how we're using that and I've been very happy with its excellent product we're also looking at other products to use while we're here as well so I'm the production manager at Casa studios and at any given time we've probably got 40 projects all going at the same time so it's a real nightmare to keep track of we used to use Excel it was horrible we couldn't do anything with it so now I use Creator and we've got an app that everybody can get into they can look at the project see who's doing what we can assign them the different people and we built the workflow up so that everybody knows exactly where a project is as it goes through it we do a nationwide same-day shipping and currently we're using Zoho creator for a pretty wide range of business applications everything from payroll everything from timekeeping drivers when they go out they have to submit a list of images of different sections of the car any time an order is placed gosh I mean it's really like the entire range of business applications is going through thorough creative we mainly use Zoho to collaborate on the projects and the configuration of assemblies for manufacturing purposes soho is mostly to interface between our sales opportunities and the actual order management to track its progress through our company just use it as a small business tool to do things better and faster you