The Dubai government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chennai-based technology company Zoho to help businesses adopt enterprise-level technology and undergo digital transformation.
The partnership will also help the department of economic development of the Dubai government, dubbed Dubai Economy, fulfill UAE’s 2021 agenda to promote innovation and R&D in the country, a statement said.
Local businesses that have registered with the Dubai Economy will have free one-year access to Zoho One, a unified cloud-based suite of over 45 applications that connect diverse functions of businesses, the statement said.
The Chennai-based SaaS company said that it would help businesses that use legacy software, have data silos and multiple vendor contracts streamline operations. Businesses will also benefit from lowered costs, and be able to run sales, marketing, collaboration, HR management and finance functions on a single platform.
Additionally, using Zoho’s cloud-based apps, companies can run operations from anywhere, and implement artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies at scale, the statement said.
“Having our MEA regional headquarters in Dubai and an ever-growing partner network in the country allows us to serve our customers here better. As we have built every app on the same technology stack, they work together seamlessly, and when the apps run together, business runs better," Sridhar Vembu, CEO and co-founder of Zoho, said.
In terms of privacy, Zoho said it does not allow any third-party trackers to monitor usage behaviour and does not sell data to ad-based companies. “Users have the assurance that their data is confidential and protected, and only users themselves maintain ownership of that data,” it said.