What is NetSuite ERP and SuiteCommerce Advanced?

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What is NetSuite?

Enterprise and mid-market businesses are constantly on the lookout for software that will run the infrastructure of their business. Even small businesses need infrastructure for their data and business processes. Oracle NetSuite is an ERP that helps businesses increase their work process efficiency. Everything from Human Resources to Ecommerce. It has a pre-integrated ecommerce solution as a flagship module called SuiteCommerce Advanced. SuiteCommerce out performs Shopify Plus every day going into a head to head comparison. 

Why Businesses Connect Ecommerce Platforms to NetSuite?

NetSuite as an ecommerce platform is more powerful than a majority of standalone ecommerce solutions since it provides a full business solution. It is not only used to manage the data for an ecommerce website, but it can be used as the source of integrations to other ecommerce companies like Amazon, eBay, Overstock, Sears, Walmart, and other ecommerce powerhouse. These other ecommerce platforms allow for drop shipping, fulfillment, and other services to help you reach more customers. Even though these platforms take a piece of the pie, you will likely want to utilize your own ecommerce website to provide your customers with more flexibility while helping your organization achieve higher margins. 

Where to find a NetSuite Developer?

NetSuite developers are in high demand so it can be challenging to find one in your area. It’s best to contract this type of work and not expect to find one to hire full time. A top NetSuite developer will be able to code all types of SuiteScript including user-event, scheduled, client, and map-reduced. Each of these types of suitescript provide unique properties to your NetSuite instance. In combination with a NetSuite consultant, you’ll be able to strategically use your ERP platform to maximize the benefits. Automations are key to efficiency which is why so many companies choose NetSuite are their ecommerce and ERP platform. It is fully customizable with not limits for developers to implement solutions that resolve your pain points. 

Ecommerce Platforms that Integrate with NetSuite

A majority of the major ecommerce platforms integrate into NetSuite. Since NetSuite is a powerful player as an ecommerce platform, it makes sense that major players that are stand alone ecommerce solutions also integrate into the system. You will be able to find NetSuite ecommerce integrations to ensure that your online presence is connected to your ERP. 

Here are some of the top choices for the majority of organizations utilizing NetSuite.

  1. SuiteCommerce Advanced (SCA)
  2. SuiteCommerce Standard (SC)
    1. read here to learn about the difference
    2. About half the price of SCA
  3. Magento 2.0 (Magento 1.0 is no longer supported by Adobe)
  4. Shopify Plus 
  5. BigCommerce
  6. WooCommerce

NetSuite been pouring more and more resources into the ecommerce platform which means that it will continue to have more features added at a rapid pace. To learn more about SuiteCommerce Advanced vs Shopify Plus, check out this comparison by ecommerce reviews. See why SuiteCommerce was chosen ahead of other ecommerce platforms for NetSuite users. 

NetSuite Add-Ons and Apps?

There are some new initiatives by SuiteMarkets which is a 3rd party app platform that allows you to purchase SuiteCommerce and NetSuite ERP apps/features. It’s a great way to find existing solutions for NetSuite ERP or SuiteCommerce. It’s something to keep in mind as the platform continues to grow and more features get listed. Since it is free to list solutions, there are more smaller applications being listed such as order tracking, blogs, custom themes, customer center add-ons, in addition to software companies.

There is also NetSuite’s app platform which is primarily used to inform NetSuite customers of software that integrates into the platform. Shopify has something similar including applications that help them integrate into the NetSuite platform. More and more customers are utilizing NetSuite as an ecommerce platform in additional to its reporting, warehouse management, HR, and other ERP features. This expands beyond your traditional ecommerce website and includes integrations to popular ecommerce solutions including Amazon, eBay, and Overstock.

About the Author:

This blog was written by Caleb Schmitz, a NetSuite developer and SuiteCommerce Specialist at Anchor Group. Anchor Group is a NetSuite implementation partner that focuses specifically on NetSuite training and NetSuite’s SuiteCommerce. 

To learn more about Anchor Group, visit their website: https://www.anchorgroup.tech/

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