Implementing a new ERP system for your business is one of the most significant business decisions you may ever make. An ERP system can, after all, make or break your business, and such a feeling is exacerbated for smaller business owners. f you’re a small or medium-sized business looking to implement a new ERP system, your decision will often come down to NetSuite vs. SAP Business One.

Although both ERP systems have their advantages, there are several essential things you need to consider when making one of the most significant decisions of your business’s lifetime.

Read on for the top five things you must consider when comparing and contrasting NetSuite vs. SAP Business One.

Stability of NetSuite vs. SAP Business One

When expanding and scaling to meet your customer’s demands is your ultimate goal, you shouldn’t be forced to integrate new solutions when what you were originally promised does not meet your needs.

Unfortunately, SAP Business One has been in such a state of flux, all in the name of “stability,” that the customer has had to adapt their business to Business One’s limitations.

On the other hand, NetSuite has designed its systems to accommodate surges and usage spikes and scale upward smoothly to address increased volume and transactions.

Related: Using A NetSuite Managed Services Provider to Boost Your ROI


Support Across Multiple Charts of Accounts

Are you prepared to manually integrate, maintain, and monitor additional IT resources?

Back in the day, before ‘global business’ was a household term, it was acceptable to rely on separate databases to support your subsidiaries.

Today, however, we’re at a time of unprecedented global communication—and addressing the complex multinational and multi-company needs of mid-market organizations with data integration and visibility is essential.

True cloud applications solve this dilemma and provide global access to your most important data.

When it comes to multiple COAs, are you willing to settle for anything other than transparent, fluid communication?

NetSuite’s Multi-Book Accounting feature allows one to maintain multiple sets of accounting records based on a single set of real-time financial transactions, enabling businesses to support different managerial and regulatory compliance needs.

NetSuite vs. SAP Business One Winner: Netsuite

Payroll and Time and Expense Management

When it comes to the complexities of payroll and expense management, including filings and deposits for Federal, State, and local jurisdictions, wouldn’t it be nice to leave the paper trail behind?

Suppose you’re considering SAP Business One and want to provide your employees with web-based time and expense management. In that case, you need to look beyond SAP Business One because it doesn’t offer this functionality.

Furthermore, SAP Business One does not offer payroll as part of the solution either. Instead, with both, you’d have to purchase add-on solutions from a third party and continually maintain the ongoing business process integration between the two products.

NetSuite SuitePeople securely weaves people’s data throughout the Suite, giving businesses complete control over their HR processes.

SuitePeople empowers managers and HR professionals to streamline employee information, new hires, employee onboarding, payroll, promotions, and compensation changes from a single Suite.

This means that your HR teams no longer have to spend unnecessary time reconciling information from multiple systems to answer common inquiries or share information with relevant stakeholders.

Furthermore, NetSuite’s SuitePeople provides real-time people analytics and financial analytics- which helps employers quickly identify and reward employees for a job well done.

NetSuite vs. SAP Business One Winner: Netsuite

E-Commerce Functionality and Inventory Management

SAP does not offer an e-commerce solution for SAP Business One.

In 2009, SAP sold the web-based CRM and e-commerce it had previously acquired from Praxis Software Solutions to zedIT Solutions.

With SAP Business One, if you want to increase your sales through web channels or provide better customer and vendor management through self-service, you’ll have to purchase and maintain yet another add-on solution.

If Matrix Management, Bin Management, and streamlining your fulfillment processes with shipper integration to FedEx, UPS, or USPS, be prepared to buy and integrate more add-on solutions.

NetSuite’s native inventory management capabilities—including multi-location tracking, safety stock, re-order points, cycle counts, demand planning, and distribution requirements planning—will help you meet demand and expectations.

SuiteCommerce enables businesses to move from siloed online, in-store, and phone shopping channels to an integrated commerce solution that seamlessly connects e-commerce and in-store POS to order management, inventory, merchandising, marketing, financials, and customer service.

NetSuite vs. SAP Business One Winner: Netsuite

NetSuite vs. SAP Business One CRM: Which tool will your team actually use?

If you’re looking for a CRM solution that sales will actually use and that will drive sales behavior, here are some key questions you need to consider:

  • Is it web-based so the sales and support team can access the application anytime and anywhere?
  • Can the sales team get the sales and customer information they need via their mobile devices?
  • Does the product provide sales commission management, or is it an add-on solution?
  • Are there any upsell management features to recommend additional items for sales to add to a quote?
  • Does it provide marketing automation capabilities to drive revenue with email or web-based marketing?
  • Does the product provide web-based Partner Relationship Management (PRM) to track
    collaborative opportunities?
  • Will your customers be able to log in via the web to submit cases, check statuses, and order items?
  • Are there reference businesses with the same size sales organization as yours?

Additionally, wouldn’t it be nice if there were extended CRM functionality beyond the standard sales and service functionality, all fully integrated into its application?

Things like sales performance management, partner relationship management, customer and vendor self-service marketing automation?

NetSuite vs. SAP Business One: The Story of Camp Chef

For over 25 years, Camp Chef has manufactured and supplied outdoor cooks with pellet grills and cooking systems.

As they distribute to major retail chains, they sought to strengthen their B2C e-commerce division and found its SAP Business One software inventory management could not serve both B2B and B2C channels nor efficiently enable drop-ship for online marketplaces and retailers.

Slowed down by costly upgrades and maintenance, Camp Chef recognized the benefits of the cloud but had reservations around customization.

Realizing they needed to get more efficient, they decided to evaluate options. After meeting with 360 Cloud Solutions and learning of their skills in integration, customization, and depth of industry experience, they choose NetSuite over SAP Business One Software, enlisting the help of 360 Cloud Solutions to bring their new functionality to fruition.

They went live with NetSuite in January to manage 1,500 shipments a day across B2B and B2C channels. Compared to SAP Business One, some customizations took days as compared to minutes with NetSuite. Camp Chef used a handful of NetSuite products to increase their sales:

  • Drop Shipment Automation
  • NetSuite One World Implementation
  • NetSuite Process Automation
  • Purchasing and Inventory Management
  • NetSuite Integrated eCommerce
“NetSuite has helped us become a more efficient company in everything we do. It’s a platform launching us forward.” —Craig McLaughlin, Camp Chef

Camp Chef B2C Sales Skyrocket

Halfway through 2017, Camp Chef exceeded its 2016 B2C sales. With real-time, unified inventory and order data, they can see top-selling SKUs, as well as pinpoint what sales channels those orders are coming through, and adjust resources for superior customer service.

Before 360 Cloud Solutions became involved, Camp Chef spent half of every day preparing orders to be picked, packed, and shipped. Because of the successful NetSuite implementation, Camp Chef was able to reduce production to a reasonable amount to allow for more time to ship a higher number of orders in a more organized manner.

When it comes to NetSuite vs. SAP Business One, the solutions don’t even compare.

If you’re looking for the best solution to meet the growing demands of your business and are struggling to decide between NetSuite vs. SAP Business One, we’ll make it easier.

Schedule a custom demo today to see how NetSuite can take your business to the next level.