Zoho Launches Zoho Desk, First-Ever Software Built In Rural India
Posted OnNovember 19, 2016 by Geeta Priya
Zoho launched Zoho Desk, the industry's first context-aware help desk software, which was built in Tenkasi by a team of 150.
Zoho Desk uses customer data from past interactions and from other Zoho products, like Zoho CRM and Zoho Projects, to organise tickets and intelligently present information to agents so that they can better understand a customer's problem and resolve it efficiently.
"Zoho has challenged conventional wisdom so many times in its history. We built the first software products from India when IT services were the rage and established them in the global market. We are now showcasing something that has never been done before: the first software product created in rural India, world-class in its refinement, competing with the best," said Sridhar Vembu, CEO, Zoho Corp.
"What started out five years ago as a small team of three engineers has blossomed into a team of over 150 people, located in beautiful rural surroundings near Tenkasi. In an industry where companies have come to believe that the only location that matters in the cloud is few square miles of downtown San Francisco, we are proving that a determined and sincere group of people can build path-breaking products anywhere," Vembu said.
“We believe rural talent should not have to leave home to find opportunity. Our broken urbanisation model creates severely overcrowded and polluted megacities and denudes rural areas of talent. That is why what Zoho Tenkasi is doing matters.”
Zoho Desk is the sixth product that the company has launched in 2016. Zoho Desk helps companies deliver the right solution at the right time. Its clean user interface packs innovations like Work Modes that help agents send context-aware responses, the Headquarters dashboard that provides the visibility managers need to make better decisions, and the Team Feed to help the entire company participate in customer service.
Highlights of Zoho Desk include:
Work Modes— Work Modes prioritize customer interactions in real-time on the basis of response due-time, priority, and customer type. This helps agents identify the tickets that need their attention right away.
Unified Response Editor— Inside a ticket, Zoho Desk provides contextual intelligence like customer information from Zoho CRM, past conversations with the customer, and suggestions on possible solutions for the issue at hand, helping agents respond
Headquarters— With this feature, customer service managers can monitor broad trends like volumes of interactions and customer happiness ratings, as well as finer details such as long interaction threads and recent negative feedback, all from a single screen.
Agent Scorecard— Agent Scorecard is a dashboard that shows each agent their own average response and resolution time, number of open and closed tickets, and happiness ratings earned. It helps create a culture of self-management in customer service teams by allowing agents to monitor their own performance.
Team Feed— Users can mention their colleagues from other departments in a social-network-style feed within tickets to provide them the complete context of the issue raised and collaborate with them to resolve it quickly. They can also follow specific tickets or customers to get real-time updates on both the web and their mobile phones.
"When companies started providing online customer support, they did so through email. As a result, even today, most help desk products look like personal email inboxes. Customers have evolved from just needing their problems resolved to expecting more transparency and quicker responses, but software hasn't kept up," said Vembu. “Every interaction with a customer is an opportunity for the company to grow. With Zoho Desk, we aim to provide companies with the context, understanding and tools to focus on customer happiness in every opportunity.”
Tenkasi is a small town located in the foothills of Western Ghats, and is part of Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. 'Tenkasi' means 'Kasi of the south'.
Attractions include Courtallam, known for its waterfalls, which is 6km away from Tenkasi.
Pricing and Availability
Zoho Desk is available immediately and is free up to 10 users. Paid plans begin at ?720/user/month for the Professional Edition and increase to ?1,500/user/month for the Enterprise
Edition. For more information on Zoho Desk, please visit www.zoho.com/desk.
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