NetSuite Implementation Partner
The Preferred Implementation Partner for the United States
NetSuite ERP is arguable the best ERP in the world because it can provide the flexibility any organization needs to have deep access to their data. Advanced Financials, order management, and unparalleled eCommerce connectivity drive the platform to help your business grow all their channels of revenue while effectively maintaining data integrity.
What is NetSuite Implementation?
NetSuite Implementation is the process of building, testing, and launching a customized instance of NetSuite with the features and capabilities that will fit your unique business needs.
NetSuite unifies core business processes including CRM, ecommerce, HR, inventory, manufacturing, and more via a single interface, but the way these processes interact with each other will depend on your business.
During implementation, you will need NetSuite developers to take care of the code customizations, and NetSuite consultants to ensure that all company needs, industry standards, and other requirements are met. The implementation process also involves transferring all of your company data from your current system into NetSuite, and troubleshooting to make sure that there are no missing pieces when you go-live.
Do I need a NetSuite Implementation Partner?
Short answer... it helps to work with one! NetSuite Implementation is a complex process. Working with an implementation partner makes this process go smoothly, and ensures a quick and successful go-live. Trying to tackle this process without either a NetSuite Partner or the best team of in-house consultants and developers in the world will be messy, to say the least. While you could piece together a team of freelance consultants and developers to help you through it, doing so tends to drive up the price and complexity of a NetSuite Implementation.
Here at Anchor Group, we believe we are the perfect balance between freelance developers and large NetSuite firms. At Anchor Group, you get the attention you deserve without having to input dozens of support tickets and wait around for an answer. You also get competitive pricing that often beats independent contractor pricing. You get fast responses to your questions. You get high-quality results.
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Our NetSuite Implementation Methodology
Anchor Group is a Certified NetSuite Partner. Our team is based out of Madison, Wisconsin providing services to the entire United States. Not only does Anchor Group accomplish highly technical NetSuite development projects, but it also implements NetSuite's flagship modules like SuiteCommerce Advanced. Interested in implementing an e-commerce solution? We offer free graphic designs for your potential eCommerce website!
What is the first step?
We will spend some time with you helping you determine which NetSuite products are necessary for your industry and business. It might be worth it to utilize a custom solution rather than a module! If that is the case, you might save yourself thousands of dollars annually by avoiding an unnecessary licensing fee. This first step is where you will get a highly detailed estimate of your NetSuite implementation plan. You can count on our estimates to be incredibly detailed to the hour. Once we have determined the "what" of your NetSuite Implementation, we can iron out the "how".
Kicking Off a Project
We will kick off the NetSuite implementation by pulling all the decision-makers in a single session. There are always things needed by your team. We will do the heavy lifting by guiding you through strategic decisions based on our experience in your industry. In this step, we iron out final details within the NetSuite implementation process, finalizing the "how" of your NetSuite implementation.
This is the fun part, where our developers get to put your unique NetSuite implementation plan into action. We are going to dive into the configuration of every module while automating data using workflows and SuiteScript to keep your employees working on the projects that keep your business profitable. During this phase, you will see the look of the forms, the look of the templates used for invoicing or other customer-facing documents, and finally...you will begin to see the entire product take shape.
User Acceptance Testing and Training
This is a vital stage for every NetSuite implementation. During this phase, every person that will be utilizing NetSuite for their job will have the opportunity to test out the process while giving input on areas that work to make it more effective for their day-to-day lives. This feedback is essential to your employee buy-in of the finished product. We take this feedback to implement any automation that would make their lives easier or place them on the roadmap if it is not necessary for your Go-Live. This stage is the perfect opportunity for our NetSuite consultants to train your employees on how to utilize NetSuite.
Test. Test. Test.
Finally, our team will test the heck out of the product to ensure that there is no stone left unturned.
On the designated date, we turn the switch and your company is live on NetSuite. In this part of the project, our team of NetSuite consultants is often on-site with you to help any employees that are having a difficult time understanding what to do.
Wait... We are done, right?
We wish that was the case, but realistically there will be things you want to add onto the NetSuite ERP to make it be even more efficient for you. Your business will always be changing and you may have decided to place other modules on the roadmap for after your initial go-live. If you haven't already, this is a great time to add more channels of revenue through a SuiteCommerce website, integrations to Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Overstock, or any other eCommerce platform. Maybe you want the customer center portal to look like an eCommerce website. We can do that too!
There are many options on how to modify NetSuite as your business grows. We will be there every step of the way to implement solutions or to identify strategic methods to be more effective with the ERP.
Services Commonly Part of the ERP Implementation:
This is a partial list of our NetSuite development services. If you have a question on a pain point you are experiencing in the ERP system, book an appointment here.
Our team is flexible and has several common engagement models that are common for our customers. If one of these models does not work for you, then reach out and tell us about your preference!
NetSuite Implementation Problems
Before you begin your NetSuite implementation, it's important that you understand some common problems that you may encounter. We want you to know what these problems are so that you can quickly identify them if they occur. But, more importantly, we want you to know how to avoid these problems in the first place, and what you can do if you do happen to encounter any of these problems during your NetSuite implementation.
Now that you know what NetSuite implementation problems to watch out for, you are ready to avoid them in the future or to repair any damage that is already done. If you have any questions about NetSuite implementation problems that you are currently facing, we would love to answer them!
1. Choosing the wrong NetSuite Partner
One of the biggest NetSuite implementation problems that companies encounter is choosing the wrong NetSuite Partner. There are many reasons why a NetSuite Partner might be the wrong one. Maybe they aren't as skilled or knowledgable as they said they were with regards to certain aspects of NetSuite. Maybe they are perfectly knowledgeable and skilled, but they are difficult to work with and they don't put you, the customer, first. Fortunately, choosing the wrong NetSuite Partner is avoidable.
How to avoid choosing the wrong NetSuite Partner
The best thing you can do to avoid this problem is to do your research on a NetSuite Partner. Spend some time on their website, then give them a call to get to know them better. Although the following list is not exhaustive, if you can answer "yes" to the following questions about a NetSuite Partner, you're in good hands!
Do they have the 6 major NetSuite certifications?
Do they have NetSuite add on module experience?
Do they have in-house developers?
Do they have senior functional consultants?
Do they have the heart of a teacher?
Do they truly put you, their customer, first?
Do they provide high-quality and budget-friendly NetSuite Implementation?
What to do if you already chose the wrong NetSuite Partner
It happens. Everything is going to be okay. The best advice we can give you here is to switch NetSuite Partners. That might sound drastic if you are still in the middle of the implementation, but, if you know it's going to be a disaster, you might as well find a solution as quickly as possible. If you have a botched NetSuite implementation that needs fixing, our team of consultants and developers can assess the damage, make repairs, and build the high-quality NetSuite experience that your company deserves.
2. Forgetting to clean up disorganized data
The second biggest problem that you might face is a data nightmare. If you are working to implement NetSuite you likely outgrew or were dissatisfied with your previous ERP system. Regardless of your reason for switching to NetSuite, there is a good chance that data is disorganized somewhere. Unfortunately, you might not realize that your data is disorganized until you are in the middle of an implementation.
How to avoid disorganized data
The first thing you can do to prevent this situation is to switch to NetSuite when you realize that you will soon outgrow your current ERP program(s), rather than waiting until after you outgrow the system. While you might think that your current system will last you a few more years if you just purchase one more management tool, waiting until the last minute to switch can lead to messier data spread across multiple programs. While this data can be mapped and imported to NetSuite during implementation, the whole process is smoother if data is well organized in the first place.
The second thing you can do to avoid disorganized data is to check in with each department and inquire about their data management in the time leading up to your NetSuite implementation. Each department should spend time finding and resolving any missing or unsorted data. Not only does this make the implementation process go smoothly, but it can help each department learn what features they want available to them within NetSuite, and it can even increase employee buy-in once you go-live.
What to do if you didn't catch the disorganized data
Once again, it happens. Everything is going to be okay. Fortunately, NetSuite has safeguards against some of the consequences of messy data, so you don't have to lose sleep over things like sending a marketing email out in duplicate. If your data is messy when it is imported into NetSuite, you will just have to clean it within NetSuite rather than in your previous programs. We recommend cleaning the data beforehand because employees will find it easier to clean data in a program they know, rather than trying to clean data and learn a new program at the same time. As we said before, clean data also helps the data import part of the NetSuite implementation process go smoothly.