Software-as-a-service (SaaS) major Zoho Corp plans to expand globally and in India by hiring at least 2,000 people in engineering, technology, and product development.
“We have already started hiring locally and plan to start upskilling programmes such as Zoho Schools of Learning in these locations as we scale our operations,” said Prashant Ganti, head of products, tax, accounting & payroll, Zoho.
Zoho intends to hire more software developers, quality assessment engineers, web developers, designers, product marketers, writers, technical support engineers, and sales executives.
Ganti continued by saying that the business intended to grow organically and expand into other geographies.
“We have been following the transnational localism approach, where our global expansion is happening by hiring locally in the countries where we are setting up operations,” he said.
Zoho, which has a presence across India and the US, recently entered geographies such as Egypt, Jeddah, and Cape Town.
According to the company, it is also attempting to find talent in rural India. Currently, it has about 10,800 employees worldwide.
“Most of the talent in urban areas comes from villages and smaller towns. Companies need to take opportunities to where the talent is, and invest in upskilling,” Ganti said.
“We are also investing in enhancing our audio/video capabilities, which have become crucial for all business functions. In India, we are also investing in rural revival initiatives, and in creating a deep-tech ecosystem in the country,” he added.
The SaaS provider provides financial management through Zoho Books, HR solutions through Zoho People, and additional products, including Zoho Inventory, Zoho CRM, and Zoho Site. It also intends to enter the market for financial management suites, which Quickbooks by Intuit previously served.
“It throws up a huge market opportunity for Zoho. We want to help many businesses that are looking for a good alternative and help them transition smoothly,” Ganti said.
Ganti stated that Zoho would continue to invest in a vertically integrated tech stack when speaking of the company’s goals for the upcoming fiscal year 2023.