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SuiteWorld 2013 Keynotes

Last month, we saw what the future holds for us at SuiteWorld 2013. Now you can watch for yourself in these three entertaining keynotes.

Operations Transformed, Visions Realized
Zach Nelson, CEO NetSuite

May 14, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PST

Transforming Technology to Transform Your Business
Evan Goldberg, Founder, CTO & Chairman of the Board

May 15, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PST

ERP Inside Out: What’s New and Relevant to Your Business Success
Jim McGeever, COO, NetSuite

May 16, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. PST

(First Hosted’s very own Andrew Peddie appears at 50:49).

Cloud SIs do it differently

19th May 2013

Phil Wainewright writes about how businesses tend to choose Cloud systems in their need for speed of deployment.

Last week at SuiteWorld, I met with Andrew Peddie, managing director of FirstHosted, the most experienced NetSuite partner in EMEA, with eighty deployments under its belt since it was founded in April 2006. A representative customer is document management software vendor Alfresco, which is growing at between 35-50% a year and already preparing for an IPO. Peddie said that FirstHosted generally begins a NetSuite deployment with out-of-the-box functionality so that the client can get up-and-running quickly.

“You can do that very, very rapidly,” he said. “We don’t want to lose that strength by getting the whole project bogged down. We go for a bare-bones implementation and then we stack additional functionality afterwards.” What then happens is that the SI continues to work with the client as they grow into the product and adapt it more closely to their needs. “Generally speaking there is an ongoing relationship over a number of years,” said Peddie. So the engagement is still multi-year, even if the deployment happens early on in a matter of weeks.

Read more at Diginomica…

Gartner Names NetSuite The Fastest Growing Financial Management Software Vendor Globally

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today announced that it is has been named the fastest growing financial management software vendor globally in 2012, according to the latest research on Financial Management Software (FMS) from Gartner Inc., Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2012, published on March 29, 2013. NetSuite has been named the fastest growing financial management software vendor in North America for the last four years and in 2012, became the fastest growing vendor on a global basis, according to the leading industry analyst firm.

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World Options launches scalable cost-efficient franchise model through FranchiseSuite

Publication: Franchise Focus
Date: September 2012
Circulation: Online

Parcel delivery and courier service comparison site World Options has launched a franchise model which eliminates many of the associated accounting costs for franchises, using cloud technology.

World Options, which has been running the successful comparison and booking site since it was established in 2004, is using First Hosted’s FranchiseSuite to provide global payment processing and financial management, sales tracking and marketing, multi-currency and language capabilities across its entire franchise network. This means that franchisees will have a complete toolset to manage their franchise anywhere in Europe via the internet, and will assist World Options with its objective of recruiting 30 franchisees over the next year.

Stewart Butler, managing director of World Options explains, “Our innovative site has proven an industry hit since its launch back in 2004 and as a result we are keen to grow the business across the UK and into Europe. The problem with many traditional franchise models is that once franchisees have paid their fee to operate their part of the business, they have additional costs thrown into the mix like accounting support, IT infrastructure and website design.

“By implementing FranchiseSuite, we can view and share accurate real-time financial data and can scale rapidly to accommodate new franchise partners. The cost is minimal as they pay on a Software as a Service (SaaS) basis.”

Andrew Peddie, managing director of cloud specialist First Hosted and creator of FranchiseSuite adds, “We are very pleased to be working with World Options to enable the business’s expansion in this way. FranchiseSuite is set to create a revolution in the way franchisors and franchisees build their businesses. World class functionality, security, and scalability offers rapid expansion without ever losing sight of vital business intelligence and provides them with the peace to focus on building their franchise business with having to be reliant on an IT team or hardware and infrastructure.”

Raspberry Pi (Open)

Running Your Business on a Raspberry Pi

Unless you work for Apple, it takes a lot for a piece of hardware to make the headlines these days. We take it for granted that smaller and faster computers will continue to be developed for the mass market with the promise to help you work faster and smarter – there’s nothing new there.

Since August 2011 when fifty small integrated circuit boards were produced, hype has been built up around these tiny PCs that aim to inspire children in an educational IT revolution not seen since the days of Acorn’s BBC Micro back in 1981.

This week, First Hosted got their hands on a new Raspberry Pi Model B. Initially, the ‘inner-geek’ was itching to push this tiny computer to its physical limitations, but more importantly we were curious to see whether it would be possible to manage a business with it.
Our very own project manager gave his son the task of building a case for it, and produced a stylish piece out of Lego (as shown).

Out of the box, our Raspberry Pi came with the following spec:

OS: Debian Linux
Power: 3.5W
CPU: ARM1176JZF-S (amrv6k) 700MHz
Storage: MMC/SD/SDHC Card Slot
Memory: 256MB SDRAM (shared with GPU)
Graphics: Broadcom VideoCore IV
Network: 10/100 Ethernet
Connectors: HDMI, RCA, DSI, 3.5mm Audio Jack, RJ45, 2x USB2.0

The Raspberry Pi is capable of running any of its approved Linux operating systems with various applications for different purposes. However, we wanted to review what comes out of the box, without any modifications.

After plugging in our HDMI monitor, ethernet cable, wireless keyboard & mouse and micro-USB power lead, the Raspberry Pi instantly begins to boot up. Within seconds, the login prompt appears, enabling us to identify ourselves (using the ‘root’ user for now) and get the graphical user interface started. On-screen we have a nice image of the Raspberry Pi logo and a toolbar at the bottom similar to the taskbar found in Windows 95 – Windows 7.

After clicking the button resembling a blue starfish in the bottom-left corner, we can navigate all the pre-installed applications. Surprisingly, there are 3 web browsers to play with – Dillo, Midori and NetSurf.

We initially tried Dillo and went to http://netsuite.com. The web page loaded, however, the rendering was very primitive, making the web site look like a big, long list. Needless to say, we quickly abandoned any attempts to log in to our NetSuite account.

Second on the list was NetSurf. This time on netsuite.com there was a glimmer of hope, as the page rendered very similarly to how we have seen it in more popular web browsers. We were able to get to the login page this time, but upon logging in, a message told us that we needed to enable JavaScript to continue using NetSuite. After failing to find any support of JavaScript, we went back to the drawing board.

We couldn’t find a way to produce a screenshot out-of-the-box, so we took this photo

Last of all was Midori. This browser uses the WebKit engine, utilised by web browsers such as Safari and Google Chrome.
Visiting netsuite.com, all seems well. The page was rendered as expected and we could get to the login page. This time, we were “cooking on JavaScript” and were taken to our account’s dashboard in no time. The portlets loaded a little slower than on other machines, but they did render correctly. As this was the first time NetSuite had loaded, there was obviously some caching to do. That said, when we navigated to other pages in our account there was little extra lag, and with no nasty surprises or warnings. The only thing that was slightly off was the “Go” button next to the global search feature, but this is just a tiny blemish and was still a fully functioning feature.

After a little research, we found that Chromium (the open source version of Google Chrome) can be installed on Raspberry Pi by issuing the following command via the root terminal:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Chromium may be more familiar to some people, however may run slower than Midori due to having more advanced features.

In conclusion, we think it is possible to take Cloud Computing further and manage your business using NetSuite and the very small, minimal hardware of a Raspberry Pi. In conjunction with all the SuiteApps available for NetSuite users, this is a very versatile platform that has a world of possibilities.


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