Enterprise software company Zoho Corporation is opening an Australian office, hiring a full go-to-market team and launching cloud data centres in Sydney and Melbourne to accelerate its growth in the region.

Located in Byron Bay, NSW the office will support Zoho’s existing customers and raise the brand’s profile in Australia.

Zoho was founded 23 years ago, has never taken outside investment and is still privately held. This dynamic has meant the company can take riskier moves, its executives say, as it competes against the likes of Salesforce, Google and Microsoft.

The company cites its speed of deployment and pricing structure as key competitive differentiators.

Zoho’s technology stack is used by over 45 million users across 180 countries. Its marquee clients include Tesla, BHP, Qantas, and Amazon.

The company says it has experienced huge organic traction in Australia and New Zealand with zero local investment.

Timothy Kasbe, a former CIO and Zoho customer, will lead the local operations as managing director for A/NZ and global large enterprise.

An experienced technology leader, Kasbe was most recently the CIO of New Zealand retailer The Warehouse Group and has held positions as chief information and digital officer at several Fortune 50 companies including IBM, Reliance Industries LTD, and Sears Holdings.

“Zoho has democratised enterprise-grade technology to make it affordable and accessible for businesses of all sizes in all geographies,” Kasbe said.

“We have far more products across business functional areas than even the largest titans of the industry, which means we can solve more problems and create more value. This has resonated with Australian users, with strong organic growth making them one of our top four performing markets in the world. It is time for the company to put roots Down Under to take service and support for our customers to the next level.”

Kasbe said the company would create jobs in regional NSW and partner with local universities to find its new recruits.

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