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Archive for August 2012

Effective ERP on tablets with NetSuite

16th August 2012

ERP vendors failed to understand

In an interview with Spandas Lui from ZDNet published on 10 August 2012, Gartner enterprise software research director Nigel Montgomery has voiced the opinion that ERP vendors and tablet manufacturers have failed to understand how to effectively bring ERP onto mobile devices.

Gartner failing to understand?

This criticism seems tied to the fact that many ERP suites are designed as on-premise solutions. Such solutions often require local resources or client software to run the application. Taking an on-premise ERP application and porting it to mobile users on tablet devices does not lend itself easily to providing a consistent user experience.

ERP systems are complex multi-functional software applications. Switching between a client application and browser tends to offer users inconsistent experiences. This may create confusion and cause users to make errors.

It may be that reportage is limited or the comments taken out of context, but it seems that Gartner is failing to understand NetSuite is not an on-premise solution ported to mobile.

NetSuite is mobile native

NetSuite is truly mobile native in two respects:

  • NetSuite is easy to use on a touch screen tablet because full functionality is accessed through a standard browser, independent of operating system or browser preference. Users never have to switch between a client application and a browser interface. It is always accessed through a browser.
  • NetSuite is perfectly suited for use on browser enabled mobile computing platforms because it is cloud-based. The application is available whenever users have an internet connection. There are no on-premise infrastructure costs or management overheads.

This means NetSuite makes for an excellent mobile user experience while providing the flexibility that today’s mid-market wholesale distribution businesses need to operate efficiently.

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To see the report ‘Mobile ERP misses the mark: Gartner’ by Spandas Lui from ZDNet published on 10 August 2012 click this link.

SaaS businesses like to ‘eat’ NetSuite cloud-based ERP

3rd August 2012

Dog food has never tasted so good!

Unsavoury as it may sound, it seems that dog food has never tasted so good. ‘Eating your own dog food’ - AKA ‘dogfooding’ - is a term used to describe the practice where a business uses its own products within its operations and processes. The product must be used within the business to truly qualify; if the people at Pedigree Chum banned the consumption of Winalot products in its offices, it would not count as dogfooding!

Compelling reasons why SaaS businesses like to eat each other’s dog food

Many SaaS (software as a service) companies, those that host and deliver software services to customers from the cloud, seem to have developed a preference for NetSuite ERP. Now it’s true that many SaaS companies share similar business models, similar software expertise and perhaps revel in the superior value that their customers derive compared with equivalent on-premise solutions.

In some ways it may seem that they are ‘kindred spirits’ on some level. However it would be wrong to think that a sense of loyalty is driving this preference; the fact is that there are compelling business reasons why SaaS companies eat each other’s dog food.

Advantages of NetSuite are well suited to SaaS businesses

Firstly SaaS businesses are well tuned to the benefits of SaaS software so will tend to look at other SaaS providers over traditional on premise solutions.

Before you even consider the efficiency advantages of NetSuite as an ERP solution over its on-premise competitors, there are some critical advantages that it shares with other SaaS solutions. Three of these include:

  • Supports no bricks companies or those with a small footprint HQ that have remote workers
  • Supports operations and expansion into international territories by minimising the need for local infrastructure and services
  • 24/7 service with better than 99.9% availability lets employees work anywhere in the world connected to the internet at anytime

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