Updated: Aug 17, 2020
There are just a handful of places to browse custom NetSuite solutions. However...there are thousands of NetSuite developers and consultants. Most of the solutions they make for their clients are not shared in a single location. If fact, many times, any one particular developer might not come across another client needing that exact solution. Others might! It's difficult for developers to resell their working SuiteScripts, bundles, SuiteCommerce themes, extensions, and other brilliant creations.
That's why Anchor Group, other firms, and independent developers have started to list some of their features on SuiteMarkets. It's a free location for any NetSuite solution to be marketed. The purpose of SuiteMarkets is to unite the NetSuite and SuiteCommerce developer community to bring awareness to the potential of NetSuite, provide pre-built solutions, or to connect NetSuite customers with developers who have made a solution that is similar to what is needed.
Here are the benefits for the NetSuite community to have this platform and why it easily coexists with NetSuite's SuiteApp marketplace.
NetSuite customers can find pre-built solutions
NetSuite developers have a free method to share their customization with others (especially independent developers and consultants)
NetSuite partners can share their unique solutions to potential clients
Oracle NetSuite can have higher retention rates with satisfied customers since their customers can browse methods to optimize their unique NetSuite instance, find SuiteCommerce features, and find smaller customizations that might cost 2X, 3X, or 4X to hire a developer to built it from scratch
NetSuite developers can resell existing code they have made even if it might only be needed 1-2 times a year
NetSuite partners and developers can get additional service requests after their app is purchased
NetSuite customers become more aware of the potential of the NetSuite platform
NetSuite customers can find solutions that fit their growing business
There are even more benefits to having SuiteMarkets in the NetSuite ecosystem. NetSuite's SuiteApp marketplace does a really good job at providing quality control measures to ensure that each bundles listed works with each new update.
That is one of the major downfalls to SuiteMarkets. It doesn't require bundles (for a reason), and doesn't perform quality control to ensure the customization is always working.
The reason for this is because the purpose of SuiteMarkets to to help NetSuite customers find a developer who has built the exact solution they need or find someone who has built something similar. This reduces cost and risk to the NetSuite customer! They know with 100% certainty that the solution can be done. Plus since the developer has done the exact same coding/solution designing prior, they can reuse large pieces of code to deliver results faster.
Not every NetSuite feature should be bundled since some features/solutions need more flexibility with customization.
Plus it takes more effort for a developer to pull together a bundled solution that might only sell 1-2 times a year. Requiring bundles deters them for getting the smaller and lower demand solutions to customers.
NetSuite Add-Ons and Apps?
There are some new initiatives by SuiteMarkets which is a 3rd party app platform that allows you to purchase SuiteCommerce and NetSuite ERP apps/features. It’s a great way to find existing solutions for NetSuite ERP or SuiteCommerce. It’s something to keep in mind as the platform continues to grow and more features get listed. Since it is free to list solutions, there are more smaller applications being listed such as order tracking, blogs, custom themes, customer center add-ons, in addition to software companies.
NetSuite as an Ecommerce Platform
More and more customers are utilizing NetSuite as an ecommerce platform in additional to its reporting, warehouse management, HR, and other ERP features. This expands beyond your traditional ecommerce website and includes integrations to popular ecommerce solutions including Amazon, eBay, and Overstock. Even if a NetSuite customer chose Shopify as their ecommerce platform, a system link NetSuite becomes the foundation for ecommerce data (Compare Shopify vs SuiteCommerce).
As new customers become aware of how powerful NetSuite can be for ecommerce platforms, a platform like SuiteMarkets will be undeniably essential to providing the B2B and B2C customers access to features much faster.