It was a great two days in Vegas attending the SuiteWorld, the largest NetSuite conference of the year. A well-organized expo floor, great keynotes and breakout sessions, plenty of folks on the floor, many creative ideas to make the event engaging, and lots of great learnings. I decided to write this blog with pictures, for reasons known. A picture speaks more than a thousand words – correct? So here goes…
The Suite Gurus
This was a very innovative concept and extremely useful for NetSuite customers. The customers or anyone for that matter could book a 30-minute slot to get all their complex NetSuite questions answered. They could choose from a slew of experts who could help them to get some understanding of the best practices, and/or solve a specific problem. So, a hit in my opinion.
The Expo Floor
Integration with NetSuite (via connectors and API calls) was a massive area of interest and had a lot of coverage here. Fantastic booth presence and demo grounds by Jitterbit, Dell Boomi, Celigo, and several other core integration partners.
There were other integration vendors in shipping, logistics, supply chain, taxes/revenue recognition that had traffic flowing towards them. There were obviously very large consulting services partners also like Deloitte Digital talking about big NetSuite implementations within the SMB and large enterprise. Several NetSuite customers with a significant footprint had breathtaking booths. Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Groupon to name a few for example. Some of these booth setups and swag was an inspiration.
Great keynotes by Evan Goldberg (EVP of Development), Joav Belly (VP Prod Management and Engineering), Hanif Ismail (VP Strategy and Prod Management), Craig Sullivan and Allison Manetakis (GVP of Product Management), talking about NetSuite’s overall product vision and how it fuses with Oracle’s.
A couple of points which stuck:
There was a lot of emphasis on Java and leveraging that to create the ‘next-generation’ SuiteScript, and also a lot of talk about RESTFUL, standard, action based, self-discoverable APIs.
NetSuite was one of the first ones to the cloud, so naturally, it has a strong presence with all SaaS – HCM, ERP, CRM, SCM and more. SuitePeople (HCM SaaS) announced integrations with Oracle’s Taleo for managing recruitment and onboarding. They also announced a beta for SuiteAnalytics, which runs across all their product lines.
The Fun and Learning
The women in business luncheon with Samantha Ettus, the best-selling author, businesswoman, and work-life balance expert to discuss the challenges and triumphs female entrepreneurs face was an amazing experience.
This was one of the very few conferences which were not only content dense but also quite engaging. The photobooths at Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the wheel of fortune at Groupon’s booth, the free aromatic coffee at Philz Coffee, the Starbucks gift card surveys by a few vendors, the autographs and photos by Dennis Rodman at the Steiner Sports booth, the engaging customer spotlight studios, the rock show by Royal Machines were great draws.
Overall, a great show!