This article is the final article in the What is NetSuite series. We have covered a lot of material from a high level and hopefully we have given you a good start to understanding what NetSuite is and what some of its capabilities are. With a product this big we cannot possibly cover every piece […]
This article is the final article in the What is NetSuite series. We have covered a lot of material from a high level and hopefully we have given you a good start to understanding what NetSuite is and what some of its capabilities are. With a product this big we cannot possibly cover every piece of it in a series of articles like this, nor can we go into each piece in depth. If you want to get more information on NetSuite the following resources can help. Books: There are not a lot of books written about NetSuite yet, though I suspect more will be coming as the product continues to grow. As of the time of this writing, there are actually only two books available specifically about the system.
As an alternative you can sign up for a free developer account. (As of 2016 the free developer accounts were no longer available.) This account will come prepopulated with sample data and a typical setup. It is worth noting that the account will be deleted if you ever fail to use if for a period of time, currently about 3 months. For these reasons and a number of others you will not want to use this account for your business and transactional data, but that does not mean you cannot put transactions into the system and test their flow through it. The developer account can also act as a rudimentary sandbox (or test) account if your company is already using NetSuite. If you do not already have a developer account you can navigate to http://www.netsuite.com/portal/developers/sdn.shtml and sign up for one (the link is toward the bottom of the page). They do take about a week to provision so do not be disappointed if you cannot get access immediately, and you do sometimes need to try a couple of times to get the account before it is setup for you.
ERP Professor Website: In addition to the links provided on this page, we also have a quite a few videos covering NetSuite Usage Basics, Common Useful Bundles, and out Regular Series - Ask The Professor. We are also adding new content all the time so check back often.
Online NetSuite User Forums: Aside from the forums we hope to provide soon on this site, NetSuite also offers a user forum where you can post questions that other community members can help answer. The user forum is a very powerful tool if you want to get a feel for how users of the system view it. I would also keep in mind that many users of the forum are there because of a problem with a system that otherwise works, so you can get a bad taste in your mouth and come out thinking NetSuite sucks which it most certainly does not, though as with any system that is this complex there are bound to be some shortcomings. You do need to sign up for access to the forums, if you are interested navigate to https://usergroup.netsuite.com/ and sign up for a free account. (As of 2017 you must be a NetSuite customer to register for this user group forum.)
Local NetSuite User Groups: Want to talk to other NetSuite users and see what they have to say about the system? If so one of the best resources is your local or regional NetSuite User Group or NSUG for short. The NSUG’s are independent groups of NetSuite users, who get together in a sometimes formal and sometimes informal setting to talk about NetSuite. User groups sometimes include training, sometimes include more informal round tables, almost always include some networking, and often mix in a variety of other topics, events or information. Joining a user group and regularly attending the meetings is one of the best things you can do if you use or support NetSuite on a regular basis. Unfortunately I have yet to find a listing of the various user groups, however a quick google search should point you in the right direction; try something like “New York NetSuite User Group” of course substituting where you are from. There is typically a charge to join, however the charge is usually pretty minimal as it is mostly the cost to cover the groups expenses.
SuiteWorld Keynotes: If you want to get an idea of where NetSuite is going as a company or as a product, or where they thought they were going a few years ago, one of the best places to look is at their company executives’ keynote presentations from their SuiteWorld conference. SuiteWorld is the annual convention that NetSuite sponsors, which has been around since 2011. During each of the conventions three keynotes are given by NetSuite’s executive team, on three consecutive days, about NetSuite and where NetSuite is going. Links to those keynotes can be found below:
- First is “NetSuite for Dummies” by Julie Kelly, Luke Braud and Malin Huffman. While I am not generally a fan of the For Dummies series, I did find the book to provide a lot of groundwork for understanding NetSuite. For the business user, this book covers some of the technical aspects of the system, which will allow you to work with it more easily, and also understand common terms and settings in how the system is setup. For the technical user, the book also covers many business topics about how and why NetSuite operates the way it does. This book is now about four years old though, and therefore some of the functionality in the system has changed, and there are certain aspects to the system which are not covered since they were not around when the book was written.
- Second is “NetSuite OneWorld Implementation 2011 R2” by Thomas Foydel. The purpose of this book is to walk you through a typical new implementation of NetSuite OneWorld. Just because it is intended to walk you through an implementation does not mean that there is not a lot of useful information in the book if you have already implemented. In fact quite the contrary is true since this book simply takes the organizational approach of a new implementation in an effort to cover all the main areas of the system. I really do not like the fact that OneWorld is in the title of this book, since most of the subject matter it covers is applicable to the standard edition of NetSuite and some of it applicable to the CRM edition. It is true that there are certain areas of the book that are not applicable if you are not using OneWorld, such as setting up subsidiaries, but most of the subject matter is applicable. This book is also good for both the business user and NetSuite administrator, and there is an overlap of information in the book.
- “NetSuite for Dummies” by Julie Kelly, Luke Braud and Mailin Huffman.
- “NetSuite OneWorld Implementation 2011 R2” by Thomas Foydel.
- 2011 – Zach Nelson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUdBWZegQeA
- 2011 – Evan Goldberg - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtleDhyCGbw
- 2011 – Tim Dilley - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK-hHaT4X78
- 2012 – Zach Nelson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUrbgib9KB0
- 2012 – Evan Goldberg - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPnhDoda_X4
- 2012 – Jim McGeever – This is the only keynote I cannot seem to find a video link to, if you have one and would like to paste it below in the comments or send it to me I will post it here.
- 2013 – Zach Nelson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK0sCYVxeWY
- 2013 – Evan Goldberg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24dX64uHXhE
- 2013 – Jim McGeever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auzqXPm4-L0
- 2014 – Zach Nelson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbOkgHklkVM
- 2014 – Evan Goldberg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEsxmc1pkzs
- 2014 – Jim McGeever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2VCssEYPyA
- 2015 – Zach Nelson – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuZA-X6VEgI
- 2015 – Evan Goldberg – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJuAJ4D_RZE
- 2015 – Fred Studer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc2Kpfil2Zg