When I first heard of NetLedger in an internal Oracle e-mail around the turn of the
century, it was one of those 'aha' moments that we all have in life. There was, at this
time, a fledgling industry of Application Service Providers (ASPs), who offered to
host enterprise software at a data center. But I was skeptical, since I could not see an
economy of scale in the ASP model, and no economy of scale meant no competitive
advantage. NetLedger, I believed, had the right technical and business model: Run
multiple customer accounts or tenants on a single instance of the software. The
model, now known as Software as a Service (SaaS), was scalable, reliable, and most
importantly, competitively disruptive. Over the years, while NetLedger thrived, the
ASP model all but disappeared.
NetLedger evolved into NetSuite, and at about the same time, I was ready to make a
move out of Oracle Consulting, too. This was 2005, and the past six years have been
challenging, successful, and a lot of fun. NetSuite not only continues to update its
NetCRM+ and NetSuite offerings, but has added OneWorld to its stable of business
management software, allowing it to serve organizations with multiple legal entities.
When the opportunity arose to write a book on OneWorld implementation, I jumped
at the chance. I consider it an honor to have a title in the Packt Publishing house,
and authorship seems a natural progression for me. I probably have two books this
length in my blog articles over the years.
What I hope to accomplish in NetSuite OneWorld Implementation R2 is to provide
the business and IT managers at small and medium enterprises with the answers to
critical questions about OneWorld: What it is, how it works, and how to implement
it from a new account through configuration, testing, customization, data migration,