Sridhar Vembu and AdventNet Inc.'s Zoho: Michael Dell of Software Industry



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Code :BSM0046

Year :
2009

Industry : Information Technology and IT Enabled Services

Region : US India

Teaching Note:Available

Structured Assignment :Available

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