I continue to share my thoughts and impression from last week SuiteWorld 2019 event. If you missed some of my previous articles, please check it out here – Grow Beyond and Manufacturing Mobile. More to come.
Coming to Oracle NetSuite last week, you might expect to hear a lot of ERP words in the air. While it is still true, I noticed an interesting change. NetSuite is often presented as a “platform”, which is triggered some thoughts on my side. Because I’ve heard this world a few weeks ago back in Solidworks World 2019 – Will Dassault Systemes build a platform for manufacturing. So, the same word is resonating when you watch and hear NetSuite – single platform, business, etc.
The following slide captures some key platform milestones.
Cloud infrastructure is an obvious question and
My favorite feature in cloud infrastructure was about scheduled maintenance. This is a topic that usually raised as one of the biggest disadvantages for SaaS cloud systems compared to hosted and on premise systems. It seems NetSuite is about to find a solution.
What is my conclusion? Can I see NetSuite as a platform for disruption in manufacturing? I think not yet. NetSuite is still lacking many specific manufacturing functions. But, it is a horizontal platform, which gives an opportunity to develop partners solutions – an important element of any successful cloud platforms. This is a characteristic that will drive future success of cloud platforms – ability to incorporate multiple services in a single platform providing business solutions for customers. I want to see some PLM platforms coming to the same stage. It is an interesting time in manufacturing and cloud. Just my thoughts…
Disclosure: Oracle NetSuite paid for my trip to SuiteWorld and some of the meals, but at no way influenced the content of this article.
Disclaimer: I’m co-founder and CEO of OpenBOM developing cloud-based bill of materials and inventory management tool for manufacturing companies, hardware startups and supply chain. My opinion can be unintentionally biased.