Gavin Davidson of NetSuite summarizes a major contrast I will see between SapphireNow in Orlando on Monday and SuiteWorld in San Francisco on Tuesday.
"Normally when you attend a user conference hosted by a major ERP vendor, it’s quite a daunting task. Users, employees and partners are encouraged to wear numerous colored ribbons as an adornment to their conference badge to identify not only the industry vertical within which they operate but which solution(s) they might use or support….With NetSuite, every single user (and we are talking thousands) who attends SuiteWorld will be on the same base version..."
The other big difference is in the show floor and partner flavor. Sapphire is about high-falutin’ concepts and massive SI booths. SuiteWorld is much more grounded with a focus on customer projects and practitioners.
Another big difference is in the customer base. Sapphire is usually dominated by big multinationals. SuiteWorld is about their subs. NetSuite has also become the choice of some of the fastest growing and recently public companies like CornerstoneOnDemand, Eloqua, FinancialEngines, Groupon, Jive, Solarwinds, Splunk and others.
Finally my friends at NetSuite, Mei Li and Mini Peiris, are lethal about feeding us all kinds of rich food. I see a French bistro and a Brazilian Churrascaria on the agenda. Thankfully I am hungrier in the mornings when I go West, so the big difference should be in the Florida and California greens I devour.
BTW – The Dictator comes out Thursday. By then, I should have enough conference ribbons to be at 2% of what his costume boasts in photo above!