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Breathing Open Air at NetSuite
It has been almost two years since NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N) went public and my analysis of that blockbuster initial public offering (IPO) event. Needless to

air blog  Open Air at NetSuite It has been almost two years since NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N) went public and my  analysis of that blockbuster initial public offering (IPO) event . Needless to say, much has happened at the bullish software company since.   NetSuite  positions itself as “a leading vendor of on-demand (or  cloud computing ) integrated business management  software suites  for midsized businesses and divisions of large companies.” In other words, contrary to its  software as a service

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