Zoho partners with Business Network International to digitally enable local businesses in the GCC countries

Dubai–October 18, 2020—Zoho Corporation, a global technology company that offers the most comprehensive suite of business applications in the industry, has entered into a strategic partnership with Business Network International (BNI) to support GCC companies in their digital transformation journey. The initiative was announced by Sridhar Vembu, CEO and Co-founder, Zoho Corp, at the BNI GCC Conference 2020—RISE, a three-day virtual event conducted by BNI UAE on October 15-17, 2020.

As BNI’s technology partner, Zoho provides local businesses easy access to robust enterprise tools and technologies at affordable prices in order to help them digitally scale their operations. Through this partnership, active BNI members in the GCC can avail access to Zoho One, the Operating System for Business with over 45 pplus web and mobile applications for sales, marketing, finance (Zoho’s accounting software, Books is VAT-compliant and FTA-approved), HR, and back-end processes all integrated in a single platform and strongly inter-linked using integrations and services.

This will allow business owners to leverage Zoho One’s fully customizable, cloud-based platform to run an entire business from anywhere through a single console, without having to worry about data silos or integrating disparate applications.

“A smart digital transformation plan that can strategically upgrade core business processes has become indispensable for business continuity today, no matter the size of an organization. Digital adoption, when executed properly, empowers a business on all fronts such as streamlined operations, enhanced employee collaboration and effective client outreach,” said Sridhar Vembu. “Through our joint initiative with BNI UAE, we believe we can create a platform where local business owners can converge, learn from industry experts about their experience of going digital, and eventually transition to a well-rounded digital operating system using Zoho One’s suite of apps.”

Commenting on the partnership, Bijay Rajnikant Shah, National BNI Director (UAE), said, “BNI UAE is leveraging its scale of 270,000 Members in 70 countries to lead a global movement to help small and medium sized businesses restart and get back on the path to growth. This partnership with Zoho demonstrates our core values of supporting small businesses through collaboration.”

Highlights of the partnership:

* Wallet Credits: Eligible businesses will receive free Zoho Wallet credits worth $1000, which can be used to sign up for new Zoho One subscriptions.

* Digital Awareness Initiatives: Zoho and BNI UAE will collaborate on various educational projects to create an interactive knowledge sharing network that drives enterprise technology adoption among businesses in the region. The BNI member network will get access to exclusive webinars, immersive workshops and training sessions by Zoho executives and industry experts.

* Privacy Commitment: Zoho does not allow any third-party trackers to monitor usage behaviour and never sells any data to ad-based companies. Because Zoho has built its entire technology stack, the company is able to offer the most secure experience to its users without any compromise on data privacy. Users have the assurance that their data is confidential and protected, and only users themselves maintain the ownership of the data.

* Operating System for Business: All of Zoho’s business applications are built using the same technology stack to offer contextual integration, customization, and extensibility. This helps break down departmental silos, enabling a seamless convergence of data between apps as opposed to multi-vendor integration hassles. Business owners will have a bird’s eye view of all the operations critical to their business under a single panel. The built-in AI-powered analytics further provides actionable business insights for smarter decision-making.

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About Zoho

With 45+ apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration tools, Zoho Corporation is one of the world’s most prolific software companies. Zoho is privately held and profitable with more than 9,000 employees. Zoho is headquartered in Austin, Texas with international headquarters in Chennai, India. Additional offices are in the United States, India, Japan, China, Singapore, Mexico, Australia, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates. Zoho respects user privacy and does not have an ad-revenue model in any part of its business, including its free products. More than 50 million users around the world, across hundreds of thousands of companies, rely on Zoho every day to run their businesses, including Zoho itself. For more information, please visit http://www.zoho.com.

About BNI

BNI is a 35-year-old business and professional networking organization that allows only one person from each trade or profession to join a chapter. BNI has over 270,000 members worldwide, in 74 different countries, from over 300 different types of professions, all of whom have benefited from increased referral business as a result of BNI. In the Gulf Countries, there are over 700 members who have generated over US$65 Million in the year 2020 to date. Belonging to BNI is like having dozens of salespeople working for you! Because every single company and entrepreneur out there needs more sales. BNI provides a structured referral networking system to help generate referrals by sharing business connections. The philosophy of this organization is built upon the idea of “Givers Gain®”: By giving business to others, you will get business in return. This is predicated on the age-old idea of “What goes around, comes around.” Visit http://www.bni.com and www.bni.ae for more details.