He’ll have to stand in line though as NetSuite decides which of its 14,000 international customers make the cut to be selected as one of the first 100 users of the CaaS system. While NetSuite hasn’t revealed the criteria for selecting the first 100 users, it isn’t going to restrict the trials to the US.
According to Dean Stockwell, vice president for professional services for NetSuite in Asia Pacific, a large technology company in Japan is one of the first ten pioneers of the CaaS service, and the system being developed with that company will help shape the final form of the SuiteCommerce services.
Mr Stockwell acknowledged that NetSuite was deliberately “Drip-feeding the product out” in order to ensure that not only did the service work properly, but NetSuite’s back end data centres would be able to meet demand. As to when the service might be available generally Mr Stockwell said “when it’s ready.”
Speaking during the SuiteWorld conference in San Francisco, the Commerce as a Service offering unveiled yesterday by CEO Zach Nelson today won plaudits from NetSuite users keen to push more of their business into the cloud. A series of further announcements about the NetSuite product roadmap were also made today by the company’s founder and chief technology officer Evan Goldberg.
One of the most warmly received announcements was about an upgraded dashboard scheduled for release in 2013 which will provide more streamlined reporting of a company’s performance based on the real time data in the ERP systems. Mr Macaulay from Kitchenware said that; “At the moment you can almost get information overload with the dashboard.”
The redesigned dashboard with the ability to drill down through charts and graphs on the fly would be more useful he said, and also avoid the need for managers to feed transactional data into a separate repository for later analysis.