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  • Manufacturing the Cloud: Objects in the Rearview Mirror

    “Objects in the rearview mirror may appear closer than they are.” – Jim Steinman I grew up listening to the music of my older brother and sister, which in the Davidson household in ’70s Glasgow, Scotland, meant a steady diet of what we now call classic rock but in particular AC/DC, Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, Meat Loaf and UFO (who by the way recorded the best live album ever, “Strangers in the Night,” but that’s another story), to name a few. Then the 1980s came around and as everything got ...

  • The Power of Ecommerce

    I can hear you thinking, "With a headline like that, what’s next… is he going to tell us about the power of the Internet and the magic of jet airplanes?" Actually, the headline is only half the story. The other half is, “…when connected to underlying business applications.” Imagine ecommerce as part and core of your ERP, CRM and even supply chain management applications and processes. Imagine being able to see the full customer lifecycle and ecommerce seamlessly triggering order and fulfillment,...

  • Manufacturing the Cloud: It’s a SuiteWorld After All…

    Anyone who has taken their children to Disney will probably have also taken them to the “it’s a small world” ride. The theme song has become one of the most well-known tunes of all time and was originally written and composed in 1964 by the Academy Award-winning team of brothers Richard and Robert Sherman at the request of Walt Disney, who wanted a simple song that could be easily translated into many languages. So excuse the artistic license in replacing “Small World” with “SuiteWorld,” but aft...

  • SuiteWorld 2012: A Focus on Manufacturing, Wholesale Distribution and Software Verticals

    The verticalization of cloud ERP is one of the hottest trends in the industry, and it’s in the spotlight at SuiteWorld 2012, May 14–17 in San Francisco. If you’re a NetSuite customer or partner in manufacturing, wholesale distribution or the software industry, SuiteWorld is your best opportunity of the year to build your knowledge, network with industry experts and peers, and learn what’s new (and in the pipeline) for NetSuite industry solutions. We’ve put together in-depth sessions for manufact...

  • 2012 Is the Year that Manufacturing Gets SaaS-y

    Over the last three years, NetSuite has been conducting benchmark surveys on the state of the business within the mid-market manufacturing industry. This year’s survey was conducted in January 2012 to understand how manufacturers were feeling about the outlook for their business for 2012. The exciting news is that the majority of respondents reported significant optimism for growth in the future.

  • Modern Business Dilemma: When Is Now Now?

    I’m a big fan of Mel Brooks and his schticky parodies, such as the 1987 cult film “Spaceballs.” In one classic scene, the Spaceballs character Dark Helmet gets comically hung up trying to understand when is “now now.” Every time I see that clip, I’m reminded how it parallels the challenges of business decision-making and how you could replace the parody with a typical business meeting. Instead of Dark Helmet and his rambling confusion over “now” and “then” (check out the YouTube clip), you can i...

  • Manufacturing the Cloud: Location, Location, Location

    With changes in the global economy making it increasingly difficult to plan anything long term with any certainty, the ability to be agile and to change plans quickly and cost-effectively becomes all the more important. NetSuite is inherently agile and not just because of our configurability (as covered in my last blog) but because your company information is centrally managed with reduced infrastructure. Ownership of data is a question often raised by prospects during a sales cycle.

  • Manufacturing the Cloud: Platform 9 ¾

    One of my favorite pieces of creative writing has been the outrageously popular Harry Potter series. In particular, I’ve always appreciated how the author managed to weave little pieces of realism into the story by referencing common elements of modern society to offset the wild and wonderful world of wizardry. Take for example the concept of taking a train to Hogwarts, and only being able to access that train from a special platform — platform 9 ¾.

  • Manufacturing the Cloud: The Air Conditioned Server Room

    So it looks like cloud computing is here to stay after all. Like most innovations, there are a few early adopters while the majority sit back and look on with interest to see where it’s all going to go. Evolution is a pretty cool thing—just ask Darwin.