SuiteWorld 16 in Review: Being Bold, Transforming Industries

Barney Beal, Former Content Director

July 7, 2016

With 8,000 attendees from over 50 countries and 160 breakout sessions, there was an abundance of insight, best practices and inside tips for everyone involved. For those who couldn’t make the event and for those just couldn’t fit everything in, we’ve assembled all the coverage from the NetSuite blog in one location.

The Keynotes

With two Day One keynotes, and five industry-specific keynotes on Day Two, there was plenty for everyone.

NetSuite: The Cloud is the Last Platform(opens in new tab)

If there was any doubt about the place of cloud computing in the current landscape of business software applications, NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson made his position clear in his keynote at this year’s SuiteWorld 16 conference. “Cloud is the last computing architecture (and also the last business architecture) and it may not be surpassed until, say, the turn of the next millennium.”

SuiteWorld Keynote: The Last Computing Architecture(opens in new tab)

In this video of the opening keynote from SuiteWorld 16, CEO Zach Nelson and President and COO Jim McGeever describe why the cloud is the last cloud computing architecture and discuss the future of business with NetSuite customers Hyperloop, DAQRI, Snapchat, Maclaren Baby, Aspect Software, Ricardo Perez and Cisco.

Evan Goldberg’s 2016 SuiteWorld Keynote: To Boldly Go(opens in new tab)

Evan Goldberg, NetSuite’s Founder, Chief Technology Officer, and Chairman of the Board, spoke at NetSuite's SuiteWorld 16 conference. Watch the video of his in-depth update of NetSuite’s product strategy, including new product announcements and features. Goldberg is joined by NetSuite partners including Anaplan, FloDocs, and Clutch, as well as other NetSuite product experts.

NetSuite’s ‘North Star’ on the Path to Enterprise Evolution(opens in new tab)

NetSuite offered some specifics on its developments for businesses in the software industry on the second day of this year’s SuiteWorld 16 conference and exhibition. In a fast-paced keynote, founder and Chief Technology Officer Evan Goldberg, joined on stage by NetSuite Chief Financial Officer Ron Gill, outlined how NetSuite supports software companies along every step of their evolutionary cycle.

Unlocking Your Potential: SuiteWorld16 Software Industry Keynote(opens in new tab)

In this video of the first SuiteWorld keynote targeted specifically at software companies, Evan Goldberg, Founder, CTO and Chairman of the Board and Ron Gill, Chief Financial Officer, present “From Startup to Global Enterprise: Unlocking Your Software Company's Full Potential.” In this hour-long presentation, they address NetSuite’s product enhancements for software companies, industry trends and are joined onstage by NetSuite product experts as well as representatives from software companies running NetSuite including DocuSign, Genesys and Google.

SuiteWorld 2016 Nonprofit Keynote(opens in new tab)

In the video of the first SuiteWorld keynote address targeted specifically at nonprofit organizations, Harish Mohan, VP, Solution Consulting and David Geilhufe, Sr. Director, Nonprofit Vertical, of NetSuite address "Social Impact, Accelerated: How Your Nonprofit's Back Office Can Change The World."

First-Ever SuiteWorld Services Industry Keynote Highlights How Every Business is Becoming a Service Business(opens in new tab)

What was once a clearly defined industry that centered around traditional professional services such as law and accounting is now a part of pretty much every company. Whether you're in software, healthcare, media or even manufacturing, chances are there's an emerging services component to your business.

Empowering Your Firm for Excellence: SuiteWorld 16 Services Keynote(opens in new tab)

In this video of the first SuiteWorld keynote targeted specifically at services-based companies, NetSuite Executives Jason Maynard, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, and Gary Wiessinger, Executive Vice President, Product Management, present "Best Outcomes: Empowering Your Firm for Excellence Amid Change."

Customers Cite Speed, Functionality for Success with NetSuite in Manufacturing, Distribution(opens in new tab)

Speed, growth, evolving functionality – a trio of NetSuite customers took to the stage at the manufacturing/wholesale distribution industry keynote at SuiteWorld to discuss the importance of these traits in their business and the ways that NetSuite provides them with it. As the first industry NetSuite focused on, it’s perhaps little surprise that wholesale distribution took such a central role on the second day of the conference.

Building the Future: SuiteWorld 16 Manufacturing Keynote(opens in new tab)

In this video of the first-ever manufacturing-focused keynote at NetSuite SuiteWorld, executives Jim McGeever, President and COO, and Paul Farrell, SVP, Product Marketing present "Building the Future: Delivering Competitive Advantage for the Modern Product Company." They discuss NetSuite’s momentum in manufacturing, future plans and customer success.

Enabling Great Customer Experiences: SuiteWorld 2016 Retail Keynote(opens in new tab)

NetSuite’s GM, Commerce Products Andy Lloyd, and Branden Jenkins, GM, Retail Vertical present "The Retailer's Blueprint for Success: Enabling Great Customer Experiences" at SuiteWorld 16. This keynote video also features NetSuite retail customers including Wingtip, Prospect Brands, and Hammitt.

Product News

From new billing features, to enhancements to NetSuite OneWorld, there was no shortage of innovative product announcements.

NetSuite Optimizes Omnichannel Order Orchestration(opens in new tab)

NetSuite took the opportunity at its annual SuiteWorld conference to unveil its new Intelligent Order Management release, essentially a combination of management and automation intelligence technologies, it boasts enhanced functionality to streamline the complexities of omnichannel order orchestration.

NetSuite OneWorld Enhancements Give Enterprises Agility and Lets Startups Operate Like Global Firms(opens in new tab)

As technology makes the world smaller, today's companies are going global sooner than ever. Whether that means a startup making global expansion a part of the business from day one, or an established company being forced to expand into new markets earlier than anticipated, it translates to added complexity.

NetSuite Advanced Revenue Management Helping Companies Contend with Evolving Revenue Recognition Landscape(opens in new tab)

With new, more onerous revenue recognition regulations due to take effect over the next couple of years, revenue management is already a really big deal. Judging from the crowd of SuiteWorld attendees who packed an afternoon session Tuesday, many companies want to get in line with the new regulations before they actually arrive.

‘We Can Bill it’: NetSuite Releases SuiteBilling(opens in new tab)

With technology forcing companies in every industry to adopt new business models, NetSuite is giving them the ability to manage product, service and subscription-based models within a single system. NetSuite's new SuiteBilling solution, announced Tuesday at SuiteWorld 16 in San Jose, Calif. represents the largest investment in man hours NetSuite has ever devoted to a single product, with good reason.

 Customer Sessions

NetSuite customers were again the star of the event and several shared the story of how they’ve used NetSuite to advance their business and disrupt their industry.

Sweeping ERP Changes at Lindemann Chimney(opens in new tab)

Old school services firm depends on new age digital platform, chimney sweeping business abandons Salesforce in favor of NetSuite. In the new digital age, some aspects of life still work in the traditional way. Lindemann Chimney Co. is a firm that specializes in chimney and fireplace materials, supplies and tools.

SmallHD Builds Out Custom Data Capture System on NetSuite(opens in new tab)

For SmallHD, a company that makes high definition field monitors typically used in the film and television industry, a custom-built system to refine its production strategy has led to significant improvements in production amidst rapid growth. SmallHD’s monitors help define depth of field and ensures shoots are executed the right way the first time around without the need for expensive repeats.

NetSuite Plus epaCUBE Equals Better Pricing for Freedom Paper(opens in new tab)

When it comes to maximizing a company's profitability, there are few more powerful levers than pricing. Finding the optimal price for a product—whether that's more or less than has been charged previously—can mean increased sales, more devoted customers and bigger profits. And naturally, NetSuite provides a lot of data that companies can use to optimize their pricing when paired with the right pricing tool.

Social Good, Fun and Games

Beyond the keynotes and breakout sessions, there was ample opportunity for fun and to donate time and effort to nonprofits.

SuiteWorld: It's Much More than Just Another Technology Conference(opens in new tab)

At NetSuite, we understand that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, which is why we made sure to dot SuiteWorld with plenty of things to do during those breaks between sessions. So what can you do when you need a break in all the content and networking?

And the Hackathon 4Good Winners are….(opens in new tab)

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our third Hackathon 4Good! During the pre-conference day at SuiteWorld, the teams spent nearly 12 straight hours brainstorming, white boarding, and coding. At the end of the night, after live presentations and demos, Team ‘GoodFellows’ and Team ‘The Original Timesheets’ were crowned the winners for their creative prototypes of solutions to meet the challenges posed by nonprofit partners Ashoka and Juma Ventures.

NetSuite Blogging Team Engages in Mano-a-Mano-a-Mano URB-E Derby(opens in new tab)

SuiteWorld blogging team faces-off for 10-lap perambulation of fear!

SuiteWorld Attendees Pack 86,000+ Meals for Children in the Developing World(opens in new tab)

For those of us who don’t have to think twice about whether we’ll have enough food to eat, it’s hard to imagine that an estimated one in nine people on the planet go to bed hungry each night. During SuiteWorld, NetSuite’s annual customer conference held at the San Jose Convention Center, attendees came together to ‘make good happen’ by packing meals on behalf of NetSuite customer and nonprofit partner Stop Hunger Now(SHN).


NetSuite Turns to Partners to Help Ensure Customer Success(opens in new tab)

A day before the crowds were to descend on the San Jose McEnery Convention Center for the start of SuiteWorld 16, customers were already the talk of the place. Hundreds of NetSuite partners gathered Monday afternoon for a kickoff event designed to build excitement, and it was clear there was plenty to get psyched about—namely, the growing focus on customer success.

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