Game On! NetSuite CMO Fred Studer To Participate In Disruptive Technology Panel At Fourth Annual Raptor House Forum

Studer to Provide Thought Leadership on Importance of Data Science in Sports and Entertainment

SAN MATEO, Calif., March 13, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Fred Studer, NetSuite's chief marketing officer (CMO), will join leading luminaries in sports and entertainment to discuss the transformational impact of data science on the sports and music industries at Raptor House in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m. CT. Now in its fourth year, Raptor House brings together a highly curated group of cross-industry innovators and disruptors to engage in lively debate on disruptive technologies during two days of high-level panel discussions, networking, deal making and live music.

Taking place this year on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, Raptor House is an oasis away from the downtown crowds and organized by Raptor Group and Roc Nation.  As an exclusive invitation-only event, Raptor House attracts top executives, thought leaders and influencers from a wide variety of industries to explore, discover, learn and connect as well as entertain and be entertained. For example, among last year's panelists and speakers were Chanel President and COO John Galantic; Commissioner of Major League Soccer Don Garber; Skullcandy CEO Hoby Darling; Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham; San Francisco 49ers Chief Operating Officer Al Guido; Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey; Spotify Head of Content Steve Savoca; DreamWorks Animation Head of Digital Marketing Justin Pertschuk; and more. NetSuite is sponsoring Raptor House for the first time this year.

During the Raptor House Saturday panel discussion on how data science is disrupting the sports and music industries, Studer will highlight how leading sports teams and music services providers have transformed their business operations by using NetSuite's unified cloud business management platform. Studer will join fellow luminaries Kevin Cote, Senior Director, Digital, at the Golden State Warriors National Basketball Association team; Anthony Piedmonte, Manager of Bon Jovi, one of the best-selling rock bands of all time; Steve Cross, CTO of Raptor Sports Properties, a sports and entertainment data solution and services provider; and debate moderator Harry DeMott, a general partner with Raptor Ventures.

"I'm really looking forward to participating in Raptor House this year and to debating the impact of disruptive technologies in a sophisticated and welcoming clubhouse environment," said Studer. "At NetSuite, our primary focus is helping our customers successfully transform their businesses so they can take complete advantage of and benefit from all kinds of emerging technologies, including fully embracing data science."

"We're excited that Fred will be on the panel, he's a key thought leader and we anticipate a lively and fascinating debate," said Jennifer Justice, Executive Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Roc Nation. "We've seen so much transformation already within the music industry as wave upon wave of startups like NetSuite customer Shazam enter the market with brand-new services that change the way in which music can be consumed. In order for all of us to respond to such constant industry change, we need greater and greater business insight, which newly arriving technologies like data science, can help provide."

NetSuite Is a Game Changer in Transforming Sports Teams

NetSuite has already helped sports teams around the world to realize their technology vision for their businesses. By using NetSuite's adaptable, flexible and scalable unified cloud business management suite, these teams now have complete access to real-time data so they can gain full insight into their operations and confidently make decisions based on that information. Sport teams running their businesses on NetSuite include:

  • Oakland Athletics

Running on NetSuite, the Oakland A's are able to better target its marketing and sales efforts to fans as well as strengthen relationships with sponsors, thanks to NetSuite's real-time dashboards. Management is able to derive clear analytical insights from the NetSuite dashboards into customer buying habits and preferences, along with generating reports on which specific sponsors are likely targets for future ball club promotions.

  • Oracle Team USA

NetSuite provides premier sailing team Oracle Team USA, winner of the 2010 and 2013 America's Cup, with the cloud financial backbone to manage its international, multi-currency operations with true global reach and instant accessibility, while also providing real-time financial analysis every step of the way from the construction yard right up through race day.

Other sports teams running on NetSuite include Australian rules football club the Geelong Cats Football Club; English Rugby League Football Club the Wigan Warriors; and more.

NetSuite Keeps Music Providers in Tune with Industry Transformation

NetSuite has already helped global organizations focused on the music industry to re-imagine their businesses as music consumption behaviors continue to change dramatically. By using NetSuite, companies involved in all aspects of the music business can ensure that their organizations are future-proofed to quickly adapt as the music industry changes. Having real-time visibility into the business is a necessity to enable companies to gain insights into the business performance in real-time. Music providers running their businesses on NetSuite include:

  • Beggars Group

Beggars Group has selected NetSuite to gain real-time visibility across all of its 22 subsidiaries worldwide and a unified global view of its entire business in order to improve worldwide operational efficiency. With NetSuite, Beggars, a successful independent music label confederacy comprising of 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings and Young Turks, has access to NetSuite dashboards, reporting and analytical tools to monitor, analyze and drill down into overall business performance in real-time.

  • Shazam

Shazam, maker of one of the world's most popular mobile apps that magically connects people to the world around them, is using NetSuite to support its global growth plans and to streamline its financial management process. More than 100 million people use Shazam each month to identify music, connect with artists, TV shows, ads, cinema, radio, and retail environments. With NetSuite, Shazam's management will be able to see summary costs and revenues across multiple subsidiaries and currencies, and drill down on details on an as-needed basis. 

Other music services providers running on NetSuite include the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and recording equipment Guitar Center Pro; performance-based after school music education program franchise School of Rock; multichannel retailer of musical instruments and sound equipment George's Music; and more.

For more information on how to benefit from using NetSuite and achieve transformational business success, please visit the NetSuite case study customer portal. To hear from more disruptive companies like these, please register for NetSuite's SuiteWorld customer event, taking place May 4-7 in San Jose, Calif.

About Raptor Group
Raptor Group is a private investment company backed by the Family Office of Jim Pallotta.  Mr. Pallotta has been a professional and personal investor for over 30 years (formerly Vice Chair of Tudor Investments). Raptor focuses on various industries including:  Sports, Consumer, Technology, Media, Entertainment, and Financial Services.  Some current investments include AS Roma soccer team, Boston Celtics basketball team, Airbnb, Uber, Spotify, Twitter, Ticket Evolution, Signal 360, and Spartan Race.

About Roc Nation
Founded in 2008, Roc Nation is a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist, songwriter, producer and engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; and a music label. It is home to a diverse roster comprised of critically acclaimed recording artists, writers and producers including Rihanna, Shakira, J Cole, Rita Ora, Calvin Harris, NO ID, Timbaland, Santigold, Haim and deadmau5. Roc Nation has a partnership with global management company, Three Six Zero.


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