What is a NetSuite Developer?

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Want to Learn More About NetSuite Development? Let's talk about what NetSuite Developers really do!

NetSuite Developers

A NetSuite developer helps to build automation in NetSuite ERP including SuiteScript of all types. The good NetSuite developers are typically found in NetSuite partners across the United States. The goal of a NetSuite developer is to help NetSuite form around a business to make daily tasks automated while retaining data integrity.

NetSuite Developer Jobs

You have probably heard that NetSuite ERP supports many modules that integrate seamlessly to create a unified business management system for your company. Sounds like a great way to manage a business, right?

A NetSuite developer's job is to take a clients' objectives and turn those ideas into programs and extensions within a NetSuite environment. While NetSuite is highly customizable and can be tailored to meet your business' specific needs, you need a good NetSuite developer to get the job done right and ensure a high-performing system. We make sure that you get the business management experience you are looking for by helping you connect modules, make customizations, and plug-in third-party apps.

Much of a NetSuite developer's job involves working in a developer account or sandbox account to make changes to SuiteScript with the help of NetSuite APIs. Using a base language called “Javascript”, NetSuite developers can introduce “SuiteScript 2.0” and create all of the features to be introduced into their website and NetSuite ERP back office.

The best NetSuite developers have extensive experience and knowledge in all the different types of SuiteScripts to have a tool belt ready for any NetSuite customization. For instance, not all newer NetSuite developers have made a Suitelet which can sometimes be a key ingredient for custom NetSuite tools. SuiteScript goes beyond minor automation, you can create web pages and maneuver data around in almost unlimited ways.

Developer Backgrounds

Many NetSuite Developers have Bachelor’s degrees in one of the following:

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Management Information Systems

However, NetSuite Developers come from a variety of academic backgrounds. To ensure that developers learn the necessary skills and requirements to succeed, they become certified in NetSuite. Visit our 'About' page to learn about the diverse educational backgrounds of our NetSuite implementation team and to discover what NetSuite certifications our team holds. (Spoiler: We collectively hold all available NetSuite Certifications).

Advantages of a Certified NetSuite Developer

The advantages of using a group that is certified in all areas of NetSuite are boundless. NetSuite developers know that working together is one of the best ways to resolve issues. Utilizing a team of NetSuite professionals optimizes the end-to-end NetSuite solution. The functional consultant will be able to understand the native features that might want to be utilized. A NetSuite architect will be able to solve design any project so that all business objectives are met with the most efficient use of developer time. And the NetSuite developer can execute complex customization through SuiteScript.

NetSuite Developer Accounts

With a NetSuite Developer account, NetSuite partners like Anchor Group can make customizations in NetSuite without seeing your sensitive company data. NetSuite developer accounts have all of the same features as your business’ production account, and they do not contain any account customizations or production data. Instead, a developer account can be populated with only the data necessary for developing and testing. Developers also use sandbox accounts and multiple sandbox accounts, which are similar to NetSuite developers accounts, but with added layers of tools for developing and testing customizations within NetSuite. Plus it already has a carbon copy of your production data. Both a developer account and a sandbox account are heavily utilized while coding SuiteScript for your business.

What does a NetSuite Administrator do?

The job of a NetSuite administrator is to manage the NetSuite ERP. This includes managing users, roles, permissions, and knowing how to use functions such as reports, saved searches, workflows, and other UI based tools built inside of NetSuite. While NetSuite Administrators and NetSuite Developers have some control over the website features, the extent and type of feature management is quite different. NetSuite Administrators can turn on and off certain features included within the code of their NetSuite instance. However, if they want more features added to the code of their NetSuite System, they will need to hire NetSuite developers to integrate new NetSuite Modules or NetSuite Apps.


Hopefully, this post gives you something to work with while trying to understand NetSuite and what it can do for your business. If you have any questions and want some free consulting advice, feel free to contact our team at Anchor Group.

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