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NetSuite announces 2013 “HERO Award” winners

Fourth Annual NetSuite Awards Recognise Professionals That Have Lead NetSuite Initiatives Providing Savings, Innovation, Increased Productivity With the Cloud

NETSUITE SUITEWORLD 2013, SAN JOSE, Calif.—May 16, 2013—NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today announced the winners of the annual HERO Awards, given to leaders at companies running NetSuite software that have lead initiatives at their organisations to achieve increased productivity, reduced costs and powered rapid growth with cloud computing. The awards were presented May 16 at SuiteWorld, NetSuite’s annual user, partner and developer conference being held at the San Jose Convention Center.

The fourth year of NetSuite customer awards, the HERO Awards recognise professionals in varied business roles that have transformed operations at their organisations, achieving major cost savings and productivity gains after implementing NetSuite to replace costly and complex on-premise ERP systems and disparate standalone applications. NetSuite HEROs were evaluated across a wide range of criteria and the winners distinguished themselves for the concrete business gains they achieved in using NetSuite to help their company achieve its business vision.

The winners by category are as follows:

CFO HERO—Cory Douglas, CFO, Medidata Solutions

Douglas and his team overhauled Medidata’s contract entry process with the NetSuite workflow function. By the end of Q2, Medidata is expected to have transitioned the entire contract entry process into NetSuite, allowing the company to continue to scale while reducing time to close. Suiteflow, NetSuite’s integrated workflow solution, has helped Douglas and team transition from manual and paper driven processes to automated and scalable processes, allowing them to manage key operational metrics.

Controller HERO—Stephany Zamora, Controller, Hortonworks

Hortonworks continued to grow to meet the demand for big data processing on Apache Hadoop in the large enterprise market and required a scalable, real-time ERP solution. With Zamora driving the NetSuite implementation, Hortonworks was able to handle the mounting transaction volume and complexity. Yet, Zamora and Hortonworkscontinue to reduce the financial close time. Month end went from weeks to three days and year end was recently closed in seven days. The services team now generates timely, accurate billings to customers, accelerating cash flow. Meanwhile, Hortonworks continues to expand its NetSuite footprint to support subsidiaries in U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, France and India.

Operations HERO—Vanita Wells, Vice President of Customer Operations, LYTRO

Wells used a combination of tools and processes to build LYTRO’s supply chain into a world-class solution. LYTRO’s NetSuite system is at the center of this complex model that interacts with partners in the LYTRO supply chain and includes Contract Manufacturers, Component Suppliers, Fulfillment Partners, Merchant Banks, and Value Added Resellers. This complex supply chain fulfills customer demand, handles returns, payments, refunds, and service, all with speed and efficiency that gives LYTRO a competitive advantage in its market segment.

IT HERO—Mike Macrie, Vice President of IT, Land O’Lakes

Macrie spearheaded the NetSuite OneWorld deployment across several Land O’Lakes subsidiaries and joint ventures in the U.S., Mexico and China. Since joining Land O’ Lakes, Macrie has been instrumental in leading Land O’ Lakes’ $100M Bedrock Applications Upgrade Program as well as aiding in developing unique and market leading solutions in the areas of Prescription Agriculture and Industry Analytics. Macrie has played a key role in adopting a two-tier ERP strategy at Land O’ Lakes by deploying cloud business software for subsidiaries and syncing it with their Oracle ERP system at corporate headquarters.

Business HERO—Mark Magel, Director Business Transformation, Mitchell International

In keeping with Mitchell International’s philosophy of continued improvement, Magel deployed NetSuite OneWorld at the company to make the back office a point of competitive advantage. Magel’s work helped to transform both the internal and external customer experience by making data transparent via improved reporting and removal of data silos, giving employees clear insight into business operations and providing better, faster service to customers. By consolidating 24 disparate legacy systems all of Mitchell International’s business systems are now cloud-based and tightly connected. 

Today, more than 16,000 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 financials/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 in a recent Gartner study naming NetSuite as the fastest growing financial management software vendor on a global basis. NetSuite continues its success in delivering the best cloud ERP/financials suites to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud is accelerating.


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