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Zoho Catalyst & What It Makes Possible with Serverless Development

Posted on February 8, 2023

By Kyle David

June 17, 2024

The fast-paced digital world calls for businesses to launch their applications rapidly, and we’ve seen an increase in serverless development as a result. There are several serverless solutions on the market, but none are as efficient, affordable, and powerful as Zoho Catalyst.

Catalyst is a serverless development platform that allows businesses to create custom-built applications without servers or infrastructure. This powerful tool makes it possible to build and deploy applications quickly and easily, with minimal upfront costs and ongoing maintenance. Also known as a backend-as-a-service platform, the primary benefit of Zoho Catalyst is its ability to help developers build world-class solutions, including prediction models and complex workflows, on time and budget.

The Benefits of Zoho Catalyst

Zoho Catalyst is a powerful serverless development platform that offers a wide range of benefits, from cost savings and rapid deployment times to AI integrations and seamless add-ons.

Cost Effectiveness: One of the main benefits of Zoho Catalyst is its cost-effectiveness. Because it is a serverless platform, businesses are not required to invest in expensive infrastructure or IT staff to manage it, reducing their overall development costs and allowing them to focus their resources on other areas of their operations.

Scalability: Businesses can scale their applications to accommodate increased traffic and usage without additional servers or infrastructure. This means that businesses can grow and expand their operations without worrying about the limitations of their IT infrastructure.

Built-in Features: These built-ins make it easy for developers to create and deploy applications. These features include a visual editor, pre-built templates, and a wide variety of integrations with other Zoho products and third-party services. These features make it easy for developers to use serverless development, even if they have little to no experience with the technology.

Security: Zoho’s promise of privacy extends to Catalyst, meaning data isn’t tracked by third parties or sold to advertisers.

Machine Learning: Zoho Catalyst’s automated machine learning with Zia allows you to build applications that can analyze data and perform predictive analytics. For example, an e-commerce app that recommends products to shoppers, an inventory app that predicts when stock is low, or a banking app that can predict fraud based on purchase history.

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Zoho Catalyst: Use Cases

With the endless possibilities that serverless development with Zoho Catalyst makes possible, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. You can build CRMs, BPAs, ticketing systems, inventory management apps, marketing automation tools, and more with Catalyst. With so much to choose from, where should you start? Below are just some of the use cases Catalyst can solve for:

Do manual errors from repetitive tasks slow down your workflow?

Circuits within Catalyst allow you to develop an application that automates sequential workflows. No matter how complex your workflow may be, Catalyst makes it easy to configure and automate. Catalyst functions can even trigger multiple steps simultaneously. No more manual report generation, order fulfillment, or user management.

Want to streamline collaboration and communication among teams?

Build a CRM tool that sends push notifications to team members when tasks are complete or when approvals are needed. Circuits also help you develop functions and workflows that ensure the right workload is getting assigned to the right people.

Struggling to track customer feedback and monitor engagement?

With Catalyst’s sentiment analysis features, you can build a customer feedback or support application that monitors feedback, identifies negative interactions, and delivers actionable data based on trends so your team can address concerns before they turn critical.

Want to send more personalized messages to customers?

Build a marketing automation tool with Catalyst and employ event listening to track user activity. When users click on CTAs with event listening in the background, valuable information about their interests is passed to your team and customized into automated promotional emails on similar services, events, or products.

And there’s so much more to Zoho Catalyst. The platform can also help you develop applications that:

  • Manage and track sales, leads, and deals.
  • Monitor and manage projects and tasks effectively.
  • Maintain and organize data in a centralized repository.
  • Improve employee performance tracking and management.
  • Automate marketing processes, such as lead generation and nurturing.
  • Provide better visibility into key performance indicators and business metrics.
  • Improve data security and compliance with regulatory requirements.

Discover Catalyst Development with KDG

With Catalyst by Zoho and development by the premium Zoho development partners at KDG, launch your own serverless web apps, mobile apps, microservices, and REST APIs efficiently and affordably with zero infrastructure management. There are no month-to-month payments for Catalyst like traditional IaaS and PaaS services. Instead, you get access to a free, full-featured sandbox and 125 million free invocations. And if you work with our expert developers, you can choose from three cost-effective SLAs that cover development time, testing, and training.

Interested in learning more about Zoho Catalyst and its capabilities? Contact our team today!

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Kyle David is the President and CEO of KDG. He has navigated the dynamic intersection of technology and business, advising both leaders and organizations, from Fortune 25 companies and professional sports leagues to innovative technology startups.

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