Centenary Institute

"NetSuite is a shining light of how to do business in the cloud, and the difference between NetSuite and its competitors is really quite striking." Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology



  • Cloud-based architecture with anywhere, anytime access and strong financial management were key drivers for selecting NetSuite over TechnologyOne, SAP and Sage.
  • NetSuite ease of use and intuitive interface helped smooth adoption among five fully licensed and 65 employee users.
  • NetSuite flexibility for access over Mac and Windows devices was ideal for Centenary Institute’s mixed-desktop environment.

Customer Successes

  • Leading Australian medical research institution has gained breakthrough financial visibility and speed since upgrading from a legacy DOS-based green-screen application.
  • Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology finance team has doubled its productivity in managing and reporting on key business information.
  • Not-for-profit institution has gained new flexibility and insight for data-driven strategic and tactical programmatic decisions and future organizational growth.
  • Centenary Institute has strengthened accountability in managing between 100 and 150 state and federal funding grants.
  • On-demand reporting at the detailed grant level enables snapshots of budget vs. actuals with drill-down to transactions.
  • Reports that took hours to assemble can now be generated in minutes, improving Centenary Institute’s effectiveness as a medical research institution.
  • Payroll processing time has been reduced from two days to a half day, while fixed asset management time has been reduced from a day to a few hours.
  • Accounting staff has eliminated reliance on IT for reporting, monthly financial close and application maintenance.
  • Replacing FileMaker Pro system with NetSuite for purchasing by researchers and department heads has eliminated double data-entry and streamlined processes.
  • Easy-to-use NetSuite interface has made key financial information readily accessible to executives.


  • Highly manual processes with 20-year-old legacy financials application resulted in inefficiencies, delays and risk of error.
  • Lack of reporting functionality required tedious and time-consuming data transfers into Excel spreadsheets.
  • Finance was heavily dependent on IT support for the legacy application, introducing delays and driving up overall cost.


NetSuite ERP
Fixed Assets Management

Company at a glance



Newtown, NSW, Australia


Medical research

Applications Replaced:

DOS-based legacy application, FileMaker Pro