NetSuite offers a comprehensive suite of business solutions covering ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), accounting software and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and is used by more than 1 million users today.
In addition to this, NetSuite has an open ecosystem, SuiteCloud. SuiteCloud allows certified developers to build further enhanced capabilities with the NetSuite platform. Because Netsuite is ‘true cloud’ with the same core software, these apps work across easily across all NetSuite instances.
NetSuite Apps can be divided into three categories:
1) NetSuite Apps. We list below four of the best NetSuite apps, that are available that are included in license fees for all NetSuite us;
2) Cloud Doing Good apps. Our apps are available at https://www.cloudoingood.com/netsuite-apps/;
3) Certified Developer integrations into third party products. Cloud Doing Good integrates any other software quickly and easily into NetSuite. We don’t view such integrations as just a IT task: with our systems accountants, we work with clients to ensure the data architecture aligns and there is low/no maintenance approach to exchanging data.
App 1 – Subsidiary Navigator (25k+ installs)
Bundle ID: 44281
The Subsidiary Navigator SuiteApp allows you to quickly filter key reports and metrics to specific NetSuite subsidiaries or groups of subsidiaries. And with a single click on a dashboard, it will change the entire dashboard to focus on just one entity, or a consolidated view.
Imagine a single click that will filter all reports to reference data only for a given subsidiary vs having to modify the subsidiary filter on every report.
And the Subsidiary Navigator SuiteApp also includes a group structure chart, which provides a great, up to date visual representation of group structure.
Cloud Doing Good Suite Tip: Subsidiary Navigator is a great tool for taking advantage of real time consolidation aspect of NetSuite across multiple entities. Use it with consideration for the features that can be added to dashboards, to take full advantage.
App 2 – Application Performance Management (20k+ installs)
Bundle ID: 67350
The Application Performance Management SuiteApp is a must have for any NetSuite administrator wishing to better understand their NetSuite environment as it relates to system performance.
In a matter of seconds, the SuiteApp will summarize which NetSuite records and processes are taking the longest to execute. Better yet, you can then drill down into each of those records to understand which specific scripts and workflows are the root cause of any performance issues.
Having this SuiteApp in your tool kit allows for immediate value-add initiatives. Once scripts and workflows have been identified as causing performance issues, they can be targeted for thorough review to either make them operate more efficiently or deprecate if the functionality is no longer required.
Further, if you receive pushback on making any changes, you can speak to the specific performance impact of that customization to allow business users to assess if it is still necessary—perhaps that additional 5 seconds to save every sales order isn’t worth the customized behavior that was implemented (for example).
App 3 – International Tax Reports (15k+ installs)
Bundle ID: 43003
The International Tax Reports SuiteApp is another App that can be very useful when using NetSuite OneWorld. Once installed, the App allows you to report on country specific VAT and GST filing requirements (e.g., VAT Returns), in addition to generating cross-border reports (think EU Sales and Intrastat).
More and more countries are moving toward “Making Tax Digital”. The UK is a great example.
NetSuite allows you to establish online filing to report on VAT requirements, sourced directly from your ERP. Other countries such as Austria, Belgium, and Germany are also available.
Make sure to review the release notes for each NetSuite release, as this is an area NetSuite continues to expand upon with each release.
Another benefit of installing this App is that NetSuite will automatically generate new preconfigured tax codes for new tax jurisdictions (nexuses) added to the system.
This will typically happen when a new subsidiary is created and has a unique country assigned.
These tax codes are configured to meet the filing requirements for each country, so if you’re not sure which check boxes to check on a given tax code, you might try leveraging this SuiteApp instead. Note tax codes are not created retroactively.
App 4 – File Drag and Drop (15k+ installs)
Bundle ID: 41309
The File Drag and Drop SuiteApp is pretty self-explanatory in that it allows you to drag and drop files to specific NetSuite records vs manually adding them via the communication subtab on each record.
This could save considerable time, especially in NetSuite environments working with large volumes of transactions on a daily basis.
You are able to configure the App to allow drag and drop functionality for all record types or sets of specific record types.
Further, you can designate the folder in the file cabinet that files are stored in for each given record type and apply security permissions to that folder if access to the underlying files should be restricted.
App 5 – Navigation Portlet (30k+ installs)
Bundle ID: 186103
The Navigation Portlet SuiteApp is an enhancement of the “Shortcuts” dashboard portlet.
Navigating NetSuite can be challenging even for more well-versed users, so it is always recommended to set up shortcuts to pages you frequent often.
The challenge then becomes how to navigate your shortcuts portlet when you only have a single text reference. This is manageable if you have less than 20 shortcuts, but anything more can lead to challenges finding the appropriate shortcut.
This SuiteApp allows you to create shortcuts in a hierarchy of categories, groups and shortcuts. In addition, you can add icons to each shortcut to easily distinguish one shortcut from another.
The other key benefit to the App is that these shortcuts can be shared across multiple roles, without the need for a complete dashboard refresh (needed when publishing dashboards).
In summary, NetSuite SuiteApps can significantly enhance the capabilities of your ERP system, providing tailored solutions to meet your organization's unique requirements.
By carefully considering your needs, evaluating compatibility and scalability, and choosing reputable vendors, you can maximize the value of SuiteApps within your NetSuite environment.