Danielle Tarp

Oracle NetSuite Corporate Communications

Yellow Brick Road chooses NetSuite to support business growth

Australian Wealth Management and Financial Services Challenger Supports Rapid Growth with NetSuite Cloud

Sydney—21 July 2014—NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that wealth management and financial services company Yellow Brick Road (ASX:YBR), has gone live on NetSuite as its business management software platform to support its rapid growth throughout Australia. Yellow Brick Road replaced existing systems with NetSuite to streamline its core business processes, including financial management, financial planning, customer relationship management (CRM), and analytics and reporting.

Yellow Brick Road offers financial products and services in the areas of home loans, financial planning, superannuation, insurance and savings. Combined with a program of planned acquisitions, Yellow Brick Road needed a scalable, flexible and easy-to-deploy business management solution in its Sydney head office, which supports its national network of branches. After reviewing a number of on-premise solutions, Yellow Brick Road turned to NetSuite’s fully integrated cloud-based business management solution to future-proof its business, as it was the only solution that met all of its requirements and had the ability to keep pace with its steep growth trajectory.

"NetSuite allows us to easily extend our business management capabilities organically as we grow, as well as more effectively incorporate any new businesses that we may acquire in the future," said Richard Shaw, Chief Financial Officer of Yellow Brick Road. "We now have a solution that has the capacity to adapt to our changing needs over the next ten plus years, not just a stopgap measure to get us through the next couple of years—which the other options we considered would have potentially provided. Whilst we initially deployed NetSuite as a general ledger to meet our reporting requirements, it has quickly evolved to become the go-to system for the majority of our business information, creating consistent data and real-time visibility across the entire business. Because the business is not reliant on long established legacy systems, the transition to NetSuite has been a non-disruptive process."

NetSuite now provides Yellow Brick Road with the following key features and benefits:

  • Analytics and reporting—Yellow Brick Road has gained the capability for faster, richer data analysis, focusing more often on individual products and balancing out its data management at the insurance, lending and wealth management divisional level. This creates opportunities for Yellow Brick Road to be more agile and provide even more reliable information to its branches. It has also gained better insights into how individual products are performing and which geographic areas are performing the best.
  • Time savings—Since implementing NetSuite, Yellow Brick Road’s finance team has saved a significant amount of time spent on accounting procedures. According to Mr Shaw, "We have reduced focus on data management to increase our focus on analysis and managing products and effectively free us up to support and respond to growth opportunities."
  • Acquisition support—As Yellow Brick Road embarks on its acquisition strategy, it now has the peace of mind to know that while it does not expect the acquired companies to change their business management systems, NetSuite can easily incorporate the financial management of these acquired companies as appropriate.

"It is exciting to think about what our NetSuite solution can do to help us grow our business," added Mr Shaw. We know we've made a smart technology decision, without having to invest big money in infrastructure that we would probably have to change again in a few years. It was a manageable investment and it is the right technology for our expanding business."

According to Mark Troselj, managing director of APAC and Japan for NetSuite: "Financial services companies face no shortage of challenges—managing risk, maintaining regulatory compliance and exercising strong governance and control have all become more difficult in our fast-changing world. NetSuite's cloud business management suite enables financial institutions like Yellow Brick Road to meet their unique needs with a single, powerful application and proactively balance risk and opportunity across business processes."

Today, more than 20,000 companies and subsidiaries depend on NetSuite to run complex, mission-critical business processes globally in the cloud. Since its inception in 1998, NetSuite has established itself as the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud ERP suites for divisions of large enterprises and mid-sized organisations seeking to upgrade their antiquated client/server ERP systems. NetSuite excels at streamlining business operations, as demonstrated by a recent Gartner study naming NetSuite as the fastest growing top 10 financial management systems vendor in the world. NetSuite continues its success in delivering the best cloud ERP/financial suites to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud accelerates.

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