NetSuite on Tuesday shared its plans and its vision for expanding its line of interconnected cloud business products, especially those that power e-commerce solutions.
At the SuiteWorld conference in San Jose, Calif., CEO Zach Nelson discussed new e-commerce, content management and online marketing capabilities, as well as the San Mateo, Calif.-based ERP vendor's first partnership with sometime-rival Microsoft.
The strength of those solutions -- especially the e-commerce backbone that is increasingly powering business-to-business transactions -- is in the deep integrations with NetSuite's other back-office products, such as its ERP system, financial management tools and customer relationship management, Nelson told customers and partners.
But before talking about the new products and partnerships, Nelson started his keynote by proclaiming: "The debate about the cloud is over."
Describing NetSuite as "the first cloud company," he told partners that software vendors who don't believe in the cloud will soon be out of business.
"Historically, we haven't found a way to find common ground with Microsoft," Nelson then told attendees. But when Satya Nadella took over as CEO of the world's largest software company, Nelson said, "I could see there was going to be a sea change."