NetSuite Inc. gave itself another challenge by educating the next generation of business professionals in cloud computing to prepare them for the fast-evolving enterprise.
Through SuiteAcademy and in partnership with educational institutions around the world to provide industry standard instruction on cloud computing, primarily using NetSuite solutions. The Academy addresses the growing need for enterprise-class applications and infrastructure.
“SuiteAcademy is a global program of NetSuite in partnership with more than 90 universities around the world,” said James Dantow, NetSuite VP for Worldwide Support and General Manager for the Philippines. “It provides hands-on experience on how jobs like accountancy or engineering are applied to the cloud.”
“Betting on someone who has a clear idea on how cloud computing works, over someone who only knows bookkeeping or programming is definitely a no-brainer,” Dantow said. “When a candidate is interviewed, wouldn’t he or she be more attractive to the employer if they had customization experience in the cloud or previous work using ERP-Financials on a Software-as-a-Service platform?”
The idea for SuiteAcademy originated in the Philippines, Mr. Dantow said.
“We started the program here and rolled it out internationally and while the program is way bigger in the Philippines, we have 90 plus universities in the six-year program,” he said. However, Mr. Dantow would not take credit for its establishment, saying the whole idea was borne out of a “collaboration with a lot of people within the company,” including key executives from NetSuite’s San Mateo headquarters.
The program started at De La Salle University in 2008, where it was integrated into the school’s Accountancy curriculum. Then the University of San Carlos in Cebu, Mapua Institute of Technology, Far Eastern University University of Calapan in Mindoro and University of Mindanao adapted the same.