CHENNAI: Chennai-based enterprise software firm Zoho has thrown down the gauntlet to global competitors like Salesforce with the launch of its Zoho One operating system for businesses.
According to Zoho, the operating system provides a company with most of the applications it needs to “acquire and serve its customers (marketing, sales, and support apps); run its operations (finance, recruiting, and related HR apps); and provide all the tools for its employees to work collaboratively and get their work done (office suite, mail, personal productivity, and collaboration apps). They can even build custom apps for unique business needs and put them under the same umbrella—the single operating system for the entire business.”
Unveiled on Tuesday, with CEO and founder Sridhar Vembu pointing out that the price would be Rs 1,000 per employee per month in India for the suite, which currently clocks 38 applications, the product and the ecosystem it provides is much cheaper than its global peers. Similar software services are provided for around $200 dollars per employee per month in international markets. Zoho, in comparison, is pricing Zoho One at $30 per month per employee for overseas clients.
In fact, Zoho expects a few clients to move over from other service providers, with Zoho One provided only for clients who sign up for their entire organizations. “Zoho One... puts all the software you need to run a business online, and turns it into an accessible business utility,” said chief evangelist, Raju Vegesna. “This comes as a welcome change for a market littered with vendors with bloated business models offering individual, overpriced applications. Zoho One changes the game by offering an all-you-can-eat application suite at an unheard of price.”