Did you know that ORACLE NetSuite provides robust customization capabilities within the SuiteCloud Development Platform? The flexibility and power of this toolset allow organizations to tailor their ERP system solution to closely fit their unique organizational requirements.
Customization requests can differ wildly, depending upon the size of an organization and its specific business needs. In general, however, we have seen three areas where businesses are most likely to utilize NetSuite Development services to customize their ERP operation. These three areas include the creation of custom interfaces, tailored schedule processing, and the development of advanced system outputs.
In this article, we dive into these areas at length and explore how customization can help organizations get even more robust support from their powerful NetSuite solution.
1. Custom interfaces
NetSuite provides a robust platform for business success, and its standard modules give many businesses all of the tools they need to manage their financials, inventory, orders, and customer relationships, among other business processes. However, every organization has its own unique needs and challenges, and NetSuite aims to address these, too, through the SuiteCloud platform.
SuiteCloud provides developers with a feature-rich set of APIs that give them the tools to build custom NetSuite interfaces of any flavor. When done right, NetSuite development services can deliver an interface that looks and functions no differently than native NetSuite interfaces but provide companies with a range of new capabilities.
So many great solutions can be accomplished with a custom user interface on the NetSuite platform. 360 Cloud Solutions has helped organizations with custom billing interfaces that provide the flexibility to select and consolidate invoices down to the sub-customer level. Another popular option is sales configuration tools that help companies choose the correct mixture of products and services to insert into their sales order. We also frequently are asked to provide batch processing interfaces that support synchronizing data between other platforms or data sources.
2. Scheduled processing
NetSuite is all about boosting organizations’ efficiency, but schedule processing can take this efficiency to the next level. Schedule processing provides a mechanism by which organizations can trigger a particular business function to occur at a specific time or when a specific event occurs. Organizations can further streamline and add value to their operations by automating specific business logic.
NetSuite’s scheduling options already accommodate numerous combinations to deliver maximum flexibility for companies. With the NetSuite API, single- and multi-thread architectures support massive data processing or perfectly timed interactions.
360 Cloud Solutions’ NetSuite development services have delivered custom EDI solutions, time-of-day integrations, and schedule interactions between other systems. Data conversion, transformation, and exchange capabilities are expedient and near limitless when architecture is performed efficiently.
On a recent project, a 360s client requested an EDI solution that could support multiple data formats from various third-party vendors. Vendors would email an inventory status report to the client daily, and the client wanted a way to update those reports to Netsuite inventory item statuses. When the vendor did not send a report, the custom solution could also email the vendor a reminder. The result was a solution that captured inventory data from vendors in various formats via email and updated NetSuite inventory item status in a near real-time model with little user intervention, saving time and reducing errors.
3. Advanced system outputs
NetSuite gives developers the tools to create custom outputs from any NetSuite native or custom record. The underlying FreeMarker templating engine makes it reasonably simple to inject custom business logic via the FreeMarker language.
With this capability, 360 Cloud Solutions has built various custom outputs that include a mixture of external assets (images, spreadsheets, etc.) and chains of various custom templates. We’ve seen clients use advanced outputs to incorporate check details that include the details of applied vendor credits, invoices that conditionally show certain items or group items into logical categories, and output mandatory third-party shipping documents like NAFTA and certificates of origin documents required for inclusion with certain shipments of goods. Our NetSuite development services can translate most designs to the appropriate HTML, CSS, or FreeMarker code to meet client requirements.
What can you customize?
Thanks to NetSuite's robust SuiteCloud Development framework, our experience is that very little cannot be accomplished on the NetSuite SuiteCloud Development platform.
If you are interested in discussing NetSuite customizations on behalf of your organization, we’d love to be a part of the conversation. Reach out today, and we’ll determine how best to help you attain the most out of your NetSuite investment.