This week, Zoho announced that it was expanding its portfolio of mobile applications including Zoho Docs, OpenText extended the reach of its enterprise CMS for SAP, we took a look at whether Office 365 is good for your business, Cabinet NG releases WebSync and NovoDynamics launches NovoDocufier.

Zoho Brings Docs Mobile

Zoho has expanded its portfolio of mobile applications to include its project management, customer relationship management and document management solutions.

The new Zoho Docs and Zoho CRM for Android are both available now. 

Zoho Docs for Android is a dedicated Android app that provides access to your documents on the go. Highlights of the Android version of Zoho Docs include the ability to:

  • Have access to your private and shared documents on your mobile device
  • Upload images to Zoho Docs from your mobile device

The soon-to-be-released Zoho Projects for iPhone is a dedicated iPhone app that offers mobile access to project activities, to-do and time sheet information for projects in Zoho Projects, the company's online project management software with collaboration features. Highlights of Zoho Projects for iPhone include the ability to:

  • Create, edit and close tasks on the go
  • Start/stop timers for multiple tasks to record hours worked while on the go and later log those hours into the project time sheet for billing purposes
  • Record text and voice notes for tasks to capture events and status on the move

Zoho Projects for iPhone will be available soon, free of charge. Users must be existing Zoho Projects users to use Zoho Projects for iPhone and must subscribe to the Zoho Projects Mobile Edition for US$ 3 per user, per month.

OpenText Extends SAP Relationship

Also this week, SAP and OpenText extended their relationship. Since SAP and OpenText signed reseller agreements to sell OpenText document management and enterprise CMS under the SAP brand name, they’ve been steadily building the product portfolio and adding new functionality. Now they have released v10 with support for SAP CRM and Supplier Relationship Management (SRM).

Just to go back to 2009, in October of that year, SAP and OpenText signed a reseller agreement. In a nutshell, the agreement meant that SAP would resell OpenText Enterprise CMS under SAP branding.

Cabinet NG Releases CNG-WebSync

Meanwhile, Cabinet NG has released CNG-WebSync, a desktop application that integrates its CNG-SAFE document management system with third-party web applications to synchronize data and manage documents from one interface.

When using other web-based applications, CNG-WebSync accelerates user productivity by retrieving information from documents filed in CNG-SAFE.

Integrating with CNG-WebSync helps users by retrieving documents filed in CNG-SAFE based on data presented in a third-party web application such as an online CRM like Salesforce.com.

By gaining access to a contact or account data on the Salesforce website, CNG-WebSync allows the user to open a document list for that specific contact or account. The application can also extract additional data from the third-party applications and create a folder in CNG-SAFE if one does not already exist.

CNG-WebSync for CNG-SAFE is now available and priced at US$ 495 (installed) or US$ 50 per month (online).

Is Office 365 for Your Company?

This week we also looked at the business case for moving to Office 365. You may recall earlier in the month that Microsoft announced that it was making Office 365 cheaper by up to 20%.

With low-level entry barriers for its competitors such as Google and Zoho, it’s not unlikely that those prices will drop again, especially as Microsoft says it is cutting internal costs. But even with the reduced pricing, we asked whether Office 365 -- and, in particular, SharePoint Online -- was really for you.

A paper from AvePoint released at the end of September, just as Office 365 was beginning to make traction in the enterprise, examines whether SharePoint Online through Office 365 is suitable for your company.

Entitled Office 365 SharePoint Online — what does it mean to my organization as a CIO?, the paper argues that, while there is a lot of competition in the market, the biggest challenge is reluctance of organizations to move data and applications from on-premises servers and clients to the cloud, and, in this case, the Microsoft cloud.

NovoDynamics Launches NovoDocufier

OCR vendor NovoDynamics this week announced the release of NovoDocufier, its Intelligent Document Recognition (IDR) software solution, which uses intelligent image and text recognition technologies to provide a document classification and data extraction solution.

In contrast to older IDR products on the market, NovoDocufier eliminates the need for costly professional services and IT specialists to create and maintain complex models, page templates and page recognition rules.

NovoDocufier is built on the NovoDynamics Automated Classification Engine, which uses advanced artificial intelligence, page pixel analytics and topographical technologies. It's available now.