Talking with Silicon Valley’s NetSuite Community Organizer, Josh Meiri

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What inspires Josh Meiri to organize NetSuite community meetups in Silicon Valley?

We at OdeCloud take a great deal of pride in our work involving our NetSuite community. After all, our greatest aspiration is still to become the most renowned NetSuite group in the world!

As part of that ongoing mission, we constantly take a look at other NetSuite communities around the world, looking at works (and what doesn’t) and attempting to emulate the best practices.

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One NetSuite community that we know and love is the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley NetSuite User Group, which was founded by local IT veteran Joshua Meiri back in February 2015.

Currently working as the senior director of federal and financial systems at a local IT security company, Josh utilizes his 15+ years of experience working with NetSuite to help organize user group meetups right in Oracle’s backyard.

“I would say I started working on Netsuite in 2006-2007 when I worked for a small private security company that was looking to replace their accounting system, and that’s how it started basically,” Josh said.

“First deployment around 2006-2007. We started off by doing ERP, basically — financials. And then I would say, oddly enough, we also did CRM eventually — which, back then, it was kind of unheard of to also do CRM on NetSuite.”

Josh also has a background in Salesforce, having once acted as the co-chair of a San Francisco/Silicon Valley Salesforce user group around 2006-2007. He left the Bay Area some time after that, returning in 2012.

It was upon his return to the Bay Area that Josh opted to look for a NetSuite community to join, finding no such thing existed. Realizing a need, he opted to create the SF Bay Area/Silicon Valley NetSuite User Group we know today, which now lists a whopping 408 members via Meetup.

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The longtime NetSuite developer tries to organize at least three meetups a year, but it’s no secret that it can be difficult to secure a venue, food and drinks — with most of the costs coming out of his own pocket.

As a matter of fact, OdeCloud’s Osar Iyamu is actually responsible for helping with one of the 2018 meetups, allowing the group to host the event at Bespoke SF. Osar had previously met Meiri at SuiteWorld in 2017, where the latter had served as a vendor panelist.

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Though perfectly capable of presenting his own technical expertise as content, Josh does an excellent job at encouraging the rest of the community to provide topics to discuss, understanding just how fast the tech world changes day-to-day.

And as much as he enjoys helping NetSuite users grow their respective networks and share their knowledge, he primarily appreciates how his community meetups allow him the opportunity to experience NetSuite through another user’s eyes.

“What I find is that because I go to work everyday for a company, I look at the world through the set of problems that are presented to me at my day job.”

“But I’m sure that every other company…has a different set of problems. They have a different filter that they see the world through, and I want to experience and see what other companies have to deal with.

“And I find that hosting a NetSuite user group is by far the easiest way to get experience or exposure to other people’s problems….”

What inspires Josh Meiri to organize NetSuite community meetups in Silicon Valley?

What exactly does it take to successfully run a NetSuite community?

We OdeCloud take a great deal of pride in our work involving our community, and much of that requires us to take a look at other communities in order to pinpoint the best practices to emulate.

One NetSuite community that we absolutely enjoy having in such close proximity is the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley NetSuite User Group, which was founded by local IT veteran Joshua Meiri back in February 2015.

Currently working as the senior director of federal and financial systems at a local IT security company, Josh utilizes his 15+ years of experience working with NetSuite to help organize user group meetups right in Oracle’s backyard.

"I would say I started working on Netsuite in 2006-2007 when I worked for a small private security company that was looking to replace their accounting system, and that's how it started basically," Josh said.

"First deployment around 2006-2007. We started off by doing ERP, basically -- financials. And then I would say, oddly enough, we also did CRM eventually -- which, back then, it was kind of unheard of to also do CRM on NetSuite."

Josh also has a background in Salesforce, having once acted as the co-chair of a San Francisco/Silicon Valley Salesforce user group around 2006-2007. He left the Bay Area some time after that, returning in 2012.

It was upon his return to the Bay Area that Josh opted to look for a NetSuite community to join, finding no such thing existed. Realizing a need, he opted to create the SF Bay Area/Silicon Valley NetSuite User Group we know today, which now lists a whopping 408 members via Meetup.

The longtime NetSuite developer tries to organize at least three meetups a year, but it’s no secret that it can be difficult to secure a venue, food and drinks — with most of the costs coming out of his own pocket.

As a matter of fact, OdeCloud’s Osar Iyamu is actually responsible for helping with one of the 2018 meetups, allowing the group to host the event at Bespoke SF. Osar had previously met Meiri at SuiteWorld in 2017, where the latter had served as a vendor panelist.

Though perfectly capable of presenting his own technical expertise as content, Josh does an excellent job at encouraging the rest of the community to provide topics to discuss, understanding just how fast the tech world changes day-to-day.

And as much as he enjoys helping NetSuite users grow their respective networks and share their knowledge, he primarily appreciates how his community meetups allow him the opportunity to experience NetSuite through another user’s eyes.

"What I find is that because I go to work everyday for a company, I look at the world through the set of problems that are presented to me at my day job."

"But I'm sure that every other company...has a different set of problems. They have a different filter that they see the world through, and I want to experience and see what other companies have to deal with.

"And I find that hosting a NetSuite user group is by far the easiest way to get experience or exposure to other people's problems...."

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4 months ago

Thanks Angelo for this interview. I am a big fan of what Josh has started. Very much looking to forward to support and be in more involved in hosting this SF/ Bay Area meetup group in 2020

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