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NetSuite OneWorld powers PropertyGuru Group's Asia Pacific expansion

One of Asia's Leading Property Portals Triples Revenue Since Deployment

Singapore—10 February 2015—NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Singapore-based PropertyGuru Group ("PropertyGuru"), one of Asia's leading online property portals, has deployed cloud-based business management solution NetSuite OneWorld to accelerate its expansion across Asia Pacific. Replacing MYOB, Saleforce.com and numerous Excel spreadsheets, NetSuite OneWorld was deployed in 2012 to support financials, revenue recognition, subsidiary management, workflows to manage lead orders to cash and tax calculations in four currencies (SGD, MYR, IDR and THB) across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Since deploying NetSuite OneWorld, PropertyGuru has grown from 100 to 300 employees and tripled its revenues in the same period. NetSuite OneWorld can also support PropertyGuru's planned IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange later this year, enabling the company to run global auditing and accounting compliance reporting in multiple countries and currencies.

The PropertyGuru network comprises five regional portals that connect buyers, renters, real estate agents and developers in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. It was established in Singapore in 2007 and now supports the needs of 10 million visitors a month across the region. As soon as the company began to expand beyond Singapore, it became clear that its previous software systems were inadequate to support its Asia Pacific growth ambitions. PropertyGuru reviewed Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Sage, which were quickly dismissed as dated on-premise solutions, whilst NetSuite offered a true cloud-based business management solution with financial consolidation across its four subsidiaries, at a fraction of the cost. In addition, NetSuite OneWorld eliminates the need for a dedicated IT department and in-house servers.

"PropertyGuru is growing rapidly and we needed a solution that would scale with us and manage our business operations across multiple countries," said Jani Rautiainen, co-founder and managing director of PropertyGuru Group. "NetSuite OneWorld allows us to consolidate financials from four different currencies in real-time, which has given us unprecedented insight into our operations, wherever and whenever we need it."

NetSuite OneWorld offers PropertyGuru a unified cloud platform that enables the company to manage and run mission-critical business processes in real-time, driving business growth and unprecedented benefits that include:

  • Time savings – By implementing NetSuite OneWorld, PropertyGuru has slashed the time it takes for month-end close reconciliation from over a month to an average of 10 days. NetSuite's financial management solution also offers strong expense management, streamlined and auditable revenue management, as well as full integration with order management, inventory and CRM functions to enable all stakeholders to work from a single source of finance, sales and customer data.
  • Efficiency – NetSuite OneWorld has transformed PropertyGuru's revenue recognition process, which is highly complex due to the range of property listings available to customers and variable sales strategies in each region. It provides the customisation capabilities and flexible options required to streamline this process and ensure revenue transparency and reporting consistency. Since deployment, PropertyGuru's online advertising revenue, which accounts for the majority of its revenue, has tripled.
  • Visibility – PropertyGuru has gained real-time global financial consolidation, including a 360-degree view of customers, data and financials across four countries, in four currencies. NetSuite provides real-time financial dashboards, reporting and analysis, enabling true value-added insights for PropertyGuru to identify issues, trends and opportunities and immediately drill down to the underlying transaction to take action.
  • Scalability – NetSuite OneWorld gives PropertyGuru the agility to expand into a new country with simple and swift in-house deployment, as it is an entirely scalable solution. This gives PropertyGuru the ability to match its business software spend with actual business needs, ensuring both controlled capital expenditure and a single unified platform across all markets.
  • Compliance – NetSuite OneWorld enables PropertyGuru to remain compliant with evolving accounting standards and regulations in the different countries within which it operates. It also has an audit and compliance reporting feature, which provides an always-on audit trail as well as built-in analytics and enhanced compliance support, which will help PropertyGuru as it prepares to IPO in Australia later this year.

"NetSuite has allowed us to fulfil our vision and really grow across the region—our senior management team has much better visibility into the entire business, enabling them to make more informed business decisions," Mr Rautiainen said. "Our finance department has also significantly improved its processes. The real-time insights NetSuite OneWorld affords us from wherever we are across the world, has provided our finance team with much needed predictability and consistency. NetSuite is now core to our operations and we have big plans for how we can utilise it."

PropertyGuru expects to expand its use of NetSuite OneWorld to encompass sales force commission, incentive compensation management and inventory management.

According to Reginald Singh, Vice President and General Manager, NetSuite Asia: "Advertising driven businesses like PropertyGuru that operate in numerous countries with multiple languages, require an agile, intelligent and entirely scalable solution like NetSuite OneWorld to ensure financial transactions and customer data flow seamlessly across functions and country operations. PropertyGuru is realising the efficiencies, insights and reduction in operating costs that deploying NetSuite can afford."

Today, approximately 24,000 companies and subsidiaries depend on NetSuite to run complex, mission-critical business processes globally in the cloud. Since its inception in 1998, NetSuite has established itself as the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud ERP suites for divisions of large enterprises and mid-sized organisations seeking to upgrade their antiquated client/server ERP systems. NetSuite excels at streamlining business operations, as demonstrated by a recent Gartner study naming NetSuite as the fastest growing top 10 financial management systems vendor in the world. NetSuite continues its success in delivering the best cloud ERP/financial suites to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud accelerates.

 

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