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Young Dubai entrepreneur offers unique software solutions to serve MENA businesses

Thu 04 May 2023    
| 3 min read
  • ‘Software Democratisation’ service by Aayushman Dalmia’s Zoftware can help avoid the wastage of resources

Dubai: Dubai-bred young serial entrepreneur Aayushman Dalmia is disrupting the local Software as a Service market with a unique AI-driven platform for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Zoftware, Dalmia says, is “Software Democratisation as a Service, where software products of the people (companies) are recommended by our people (the team), for the people (B2B clients) for any problems they face in their businesses,” Dalmia, 29, says. “Avoiding wastage of resources by reducing the gap between the capability knowledge of any software’s offerings and the solving the problems of the end users is core to Zoftware’s mission.”

Within the first quarter of operations, Zoftware already has arrangements with a growing list of over 6,000 companies – including the Microsoft and Zoho suites, Google, Adobe, and others.

“You can find a packed suite of software just with a generic search, but do you require everything in that or can you customize it? Maybe not. Zoftware is free for the customers while we work with them to understand their needs and even do the work for them in customizing solutions from the software companies. Consider us as the Zomato or Tripadvisor for the software industry.

“Zoftware is about marrying software with the best customer experience. We make it easy for customers to navigate the ocean of software to find the right tools for their business and purpose. We offer deep insights on software and match organizations to the right product, be it for accounting, customer relationship management (CRM), project management, IT, payroll, and many more,” says Dalmia, who is confident his idea will revolutionize the convenience of running a business. 

Zoftware is a unique startup offering a choice of business tools in software with a personalized touch, using Open AI’s ChatGPT, for SME owners and companies. There are plans to take this to India, a huge market for SaaS providers and consumers.

“We have raised 500,000 dollars as a convertible note. And there are plans to raise another $1.5 million in the next round,” he says. “We are aiming for a revenue of $1.5 million by the end of 2023.”

The rise of ChatGPT has only become an enabler for the Zoftware team. “Our technical analysts have been nimble to stay ahead on the transformation curve. We are in the process of setting up an AI bot with whom people can converse, we understand what the customers want from the platform and give them the relevant output data while connecting with the vendors.

“If they want, we can also onboard it for them. With ChatGPT, it can give you the names, but it cannot do comparisons and the prices that are out there. It cannot help you come to a decision, but we can help find the best value for the clients. 

“According to studies, 75 percent of businesses fail in their software implementation. We want to make it to zero because it wastes capital and resources such as time and labor. In the SME section, that is not one can afford. We want to reduce the wastage cycle as much as possible. And we want to build the trust of our customers.”

Zoftware is Dalmia’s latest fruit of labor, coming from his own personal experiences when he saw a gap in the market. He set up Yalla Referral, a referral and benefits platform, is co-founder of an online diamond-purchasing platform Carat Finder, and Director of Growth and Innovation at multi-vertical Data Direct Group, run by his father Rajiv.

“I remember, in 2018, when I wanted to implement CRM for my sales team, I ended up putting so much effort and money only to realize a year later that I had a complex CRM that wasn’t needed at all. Several dollars went to waste apart from the time and effort. Many startups and SMEs may be unable to come out of a wrong direction taken.”

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