Leading Universities Take Higher Education to the Cloud

Thirteen university accounting programs in North America opt out of on-premise software to teach NetSuite

San Mateo, Ca.—Sept. 15, 2011—NetSuite Inc., a provider of cloud-based financials/ERP software suites, announced that 13 North American university accounting programs have made the move to the cloud by adopting NetSuite as a key component of their degree curricula.

Purdue University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Toronto; Arizona State University; Indiana University; Marietta College; University of Hawaii at Manoa; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Santa Barbara City College; The Citadel; Bellevue University; Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and North Georgia College & State University are among the institutions that have embraced NetSuite for many of the same reasons thousands of companies worldwide have switched from on-premise software to the NetSuite cloud—to keep pace with 21st century business and computing trends.

The NetSuite cloud business solution is predominantly introduced in the third and fourth year of degree programs, meaning that the next generation of managers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals can come to the job market with a stronger understanding of business operations and a clear understanding of the power of cloud computing.

Higher education accounting programs are increasingly recognizing that the same trends affecting the global business community are reflected in the classroom environment. As the demand for cloud-based business management solutions grows, tomorrow's business leaders must be ready to hit the ground running with an understanding of the cloud computing revolution. "Cloud-based business systems like NetSuite are the future of business, and we are excited that so many universities interested in preparing their students for a modern workplace have moved their curriculum to NetSuite,” said Marty Réaume, NetSuite Chief People Officer.

Feedback from universities that have already included NetSuite in coursework indicates that the world's leading cloud business solution has enhanced the learning experience for students by providing more practical experience and a better understanding of process flows and revenue cycles throughout an entire organization. Because NetSuite is delivered through the cloud, it can be accessed from anywhere on campus, rather than tied to a crowded computer lab which requires special IT attention.

"There is no substitute for hands-on experience. NetSuite is a great software service. Utilizing it for sharing with the higher education community provides a great opportunity for effective teaching and student learning,” said Professor Robert Sorensen, Purdue University. “My students can now go to job interviews and say they have experience using NetSuite.”

For more information, please visit www.netsuite.com.