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Likelihood to Recommend

NetSuite CRM+

We keep our customer's information in NetSuite, from contacts to products purchased. It helps us to keep an accurate record of how to get a hold of our customers in addition to the products they've purchased. Everything from the initial quote, to the final purchase order. It's a really good, useful tool.
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Zendesk

Zendesk is a really good ticketing platform, but if one of your primary goals with a support solution is to better understand and connect with our customers, Zendesk may not be the best solution. The difficulty with getting historical context about the tickets that are submitted, and the lack of a customer profile to really provide real-time insight into how customers feel about their support experience or just overall sentiment about the organization, are a few of the reasons you may want to consider a more robust solution.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Sales Force Automation

NetSuite CRM+
7.4
Zendesk
Customer data management / contact management
NetSuite CRM+
8.1
Zendesk
Workflow management
NetSuite CRM+
6.7
Zendesk
Territory management
NetSuite CRM+
6.6
Zendesk
Opportunity management
NetSuite CRM+
7.6
Zendesk
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
NetSuite CRM+
6.5
Zendesk
Contract management
NetSuite CRM+
7.0
Zendesk
Quote & order management
NetSuite CRM+
9.1
Zendesk
Interaction tracking
NetSuite CRM+
7.2
Zendesk
Channel / partner relationship management
NetSuite CRM+
8.1
Zendesk

Customer Service & Support

NetSuite CRM+
6.8
Zendesk
Case management
NetSuite CRM+
6.8
Zendesk
Call center management
NetSuite CRM+
6.1
Zendesk
Help desk management
NetSuite CRM+
7.3
Zendesk

Marketing Automation

NetSuite CRM+
6.3
Zendesk
Lead management
NetSuite CRM+
7.3
Zendesk
Email marketing
NetSuite CRM+
5.2
Zendesk

CRM Project Management

NetSuite CRM+
8.0
Zendesk
Task management
NetSuite CRM+
7.2
Zendesk
Billing and invoicing management
NetSuite CRM+
8.2
Zendesk
Reporting
NetSuite CRM+
8.6
Zendesk

CRM Reporting & Analytics

NetSuite CRM+
6.9
Zendesk
Forecasting
NetSuite CRM+
6.8
Zendesk
Pipeline visualization
NetSuite CRM+
6.9
Zendesk
Customizable reports
NetSuite CRM+
7.0
Zendesk

Customization

NetSuite CRM+
7.4
Zendesk
Custom fields
NetSuite CRM+
7.9
Zendesk
Custom objects
NetSuite CRM+
7.9
Zendesk
Scripting environment
NetSuite CRM+
6.6
Zendesk
API for custom integration
NetSuite CRM+
7.2
Zendesk

Security

NetSuite CRM+
8.5
Zendesk
Single sign-on capability
NetSuite CRM+
8.2
Zendesk
Role-based user permissions
NetSuite CRM+
8.9
Zendesk

Social CRM

NetSuite CRM+
5.4
Zendesk
Social data
NetSuite CRM+
5.0
Zendesk
Social engagement
NetSuite CRM+
5.8
Zendesk

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

NetSuite CRM+
7.0
Zendesk
Marketing automation
NetSuite CRM+
7.1
Zendesk
Compensation management
NetSuite CRM+
6.9
Zendesk

Platform

NetSuite CRM+
5.6
Zendesk
Mobile access
NetSuite CRM+
5.6
Zendesk

Incident and problem management

NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.6
Organize and prioritize service tickets
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
9.0
Expert directory
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
7.9
Subscription-based notifications
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.3
ITSM collaboration and documentation
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.2
Ticket creation and submission
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
9.3
Ticket response
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
9.1

Self Help Community

NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.2
External knowledge base
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.3
Internal knowledge base
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.1

Multi-Channel Help

NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.5
Customer portal
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.5
IVR
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.1
Social integration
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.2
Email support
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
9.1
Help Desk CRM integration
NetSuite CRM+
Zendesk
8.6

Pros

NetSuite CRM+

  • It has a great UI for ERP and provides in-depth reporting and budget planning. NetSuite allows alot of flexibility to build the system out to how your company does business. Our accounting department really likes the Adaptive Planning module as well, as they can provide and quickly turn around presentation-worthy reports.
  • Due to the robust features and functionality of NetSuite, it is easy to customize and put workflows and formulas into practice when necessary to create efficiencies.
  • NetSuite provides the full solution to a business, by tying all systems together for one source of the truth.
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Zendesk

  • Customisable ticketing engine - you can specify what fields should be filled on each ticket, if they are mandatory and customise what type of data needs to be entered. This ensures the right data is captured to assist resolve the query. It also means reports can be run from these fields.
  • Reporting and analytics - you can run reports based on the ticket data. This helps you understand what product features need to be improved or added, what new help content needs to be created, if particular macros need to be setup, efficiency of support team and more.
  • Integrations - Zendesk integrates with billing, CRM and other platforms so customer data is available in-app. This information assists the support team give the right information to the customer.
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Cons

NetSuite CRM+

  • eCommerce - Netsuite is abysmal at websites, and shopping carts. Opensource programs such as Magento, and OScommerce from 2005 are more updated and useful than anything netsuite has to offer in the ecommerce module. It is extremely buggy and slow! You no access to page layout and content other than some basic forms, or if you pay extra for the ability to create custom suitescript pages. Stay away!
  • Integration - Netsuite has the worst API integration I have ever seen from a major web software system. The documentation is horrid it takes months of research to build anything useful. It is also the slowest API I have ever seen you share your servers with other Netsuite Customers, thus all of your requests have to go into a Queue to be processed. Every other web API I have ever used as been nearly instant. Netsuite locks you down to limited accounts that you either have to pay extra or share with a user for API access, and you cannot run multiple requests at the same time! If you do not que a program that has multiple employees making requests they will all collide and fail.
  • You have to pay for Database access, we were never able to test this for usefulness as we were promised the ODBC module for all of our issues and it never happened. That being said without ODBC module you have NO database access what so ever. Due to Netsuite being a web program you have limited to no access to your own content! From an Senior IT perspective I highly recommend a software that you have full access to all of your data!
  • Netsuite is Buggy! The entire netsuite platform runs on very outdated code, especially the output being very very old HTML4 or order.... and JavaScript! I did find out after many years of using SuiteScript and my own JavaScript knowledge I was able to write a lot of work arounds and eventually found a hidden version of jQuery. You can do complex stuff however it requires A LOT of additional code and over head slowing down an already slow system. JavaScript is a great tool for making website more dynamic and fun and useful. However it is a terrible language to run an entire CRM/ERP with... Even google has problems using their advanced JavaScript for stuff like Gmail and their code is lightyears ahead of Netsuite. In addition to SuiteScript being difficult to use, you are also Locked into only using it for certain areas such as the Edit screen of Transactions. If you want to do anything custom outside of the Edit screen, say the order views or list views, you have to do some major work arounds and "code hacking".
  • The reporting system, though robust, is extremely confusing! It takes hours to build simple reports! I am able to open up a raw SQL database and build reports faster than I can on a supposedly "user friendly" report building GUI. Also if you want to do pivot and cross reporting you will have to pay to upgrade to a better reporting module....
  • Terrible Integration! Due to Netsuite being a Browser based program its ability to integrate with any program or devices outside of netsuite is horribly limited and always requires custom SuiteTalk programing code, or a 3rd party vendor program that "hack integrates" by screen scraping or simulation a browser to function. A great example of this is OzLink which does it best to provide Shipping integration with FedEx Manager and Scanning guns, but is extremely buggy due to Netsuite's poor ability to integrate with anything well.
  • *****An unexpected error has occurred***** - this is the most common error you will see in netsuite... For everything and anything.
  • Support is terrible we had the very expensive gold support for 3+ years. They are great and answering simple questions that any seasoned Netsuite Administrator could solve. But when something is broken say Google Checkout, your problem gets filed as a future upgrade and then either ignored or told years later that they are dropping that feature. In all of the years with Netsuite they have never fixed any broken feature for us.
  • Data Transfer. Getting data into netsuite is easy, for a price... Get data out of netsuite is near impossible, I Highly recommend you keep external backups of all your data incase you ever need it for any other systems.
  • Transactions cannot be locked or assigned to employees. Users can easily open the same orders other are working on.
  • Kits are horrible!!! If you do anything with kits you are at a major risk with netsuite as they over complicate everything. If you change a kit that is being processed it will break every transaction attached to it until it is updated. There is a mass update for this but it doesn't work consistently.
  • No per item shipping. Simply put if you want to discounts on a single item for shipping or give free shipping on certain items for only certain shipping methods its not possible.
  • Promotional Codes (Coupons) and Discounts are convoluted and require you to set them up in two separate locations if you want decent reporting. Also the promotional codes are not flexible when trying to target certain products or groups of products, or provide individually free shipping.
  • The system is very slow. Even on a commercial fiber connection Netsuite runs very slow, where as our previous stand alone system was nearly instant with processing orders. You will often be waiting for browser loading on anything and everything, especially during peak operating hours.
  • All external devices are difficult if not impossible to integrate such as POS and Product Scanners.
  • Their email system is prone to being blocked as spam.
  • You will run out of storage space and have to upgrade if you do a lot processing and customer volume.
  • Trying to get simple reports such as "how many Sales Order were shipping by who" has even taken me a Senior Developer days to figure out, even to the point where I would rather use my own Netsuite API that I build to pull the data out and build the report myself.
  • In order to get Netsuite to function the way you would like it will take years of customization, and sometime I wonder if the same efforts applied to something like free SugarCRM would have the same results but for a near fraction of the cost.
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Zendesk

  • They tend to move slowly to integrate new options to the API but overall are pretty responsive.. Understanding the API is a far less used part of their platform as a whole.
  • We were grandfathered into the unlimited light agents.. but I think that access has been limited as of today.
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Likelihood to Renew

NetSuite CRM+

NetSuite CRM+ 6.5
Based on 10 answers
Our company is looking for more advanced ecommerce and internet marketing features that are not currently present in NetSuite. We feel there are too many additional costs to NetSuite to make it "our own" and understand at the same time that no software is perfect out of the box. Not having complete control of our customer data worries us, and the slowness or "lag" in the shopping cart is effecting our checkout flow. For the investment, we would not recommend businesses of our size to migrate to NetSuite but rather build in house.
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Zendesk

Zendesk 10.0
Based on 37 answers
It's the best day-to-day tool for customer care I have used in 16 years of working in the industry.Healthy happy teams get along well with the tool and I know that if I see it in use and being used well I can work with that team.
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Usability

NetSuite CRM+

NetSuite CRM+ 8.0
Based on 1 answer
NetSuite CRM+ is overall very usable once you have had experience and training with the software.
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Zendesk

Zendesk 8.5
Based on 14 answers
The usability is great, but I do have to be honest and say that I still have a little trouble with the user interface sometimes. I have poor ability to differentiate between similar colors and sometimes if I am not directly in front of my screen I have trouble with the text inputs
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Reliability and Availability

NetSuite CRM+

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.6
Based on 13 answers
In all the time I have used it, I have only experienced "down-time" with it once, and guess what. It was during a scheduled downtime that i forgot about which was posted at least a month in advance.
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Performance

NetSuite CRM+

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zendesk

Zendesk 8.0
Based on 10 answers
There has been minor performance degradation on a very few days out of the two years I have been using the product.
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Support

NetSuite CRM+

NetSuite CRM+ 5.3
Based on 2 answers
For simple issues (that can be answered by reading the documentation) NetSuite support seems to have a good ability to resolve our issues. Unfortunately, anything beyond that ability requires escalation into the black hole of their Tier II / Tier III Support.
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Zendesk

Zendesk 8.8
Based on 21 answers
Every time I contacted them they were not only very responsive and knowledgable, but always seemed to have a positive upbeat attitude. It probably helps that we did not have significant service outages or sev 1 level issues, but even my lower severity issues were quickly answered. And the positive and upbeat attitude really made things feel comfortable.
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Online Training

NetSuite CRM+

NetSuite CRM+ 6.7
Based on 2 answers
Netsuite has comprehensive features, allow full customization plus KPI performance matrix. Over the years we have logged more than 15000 cases.
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Zendesk

Zendesk 7.9
Based on 9 answers
Zendesk has tons of available material for training - videos, webinars, articles, etc. The only reason this is not a 10 is because it can be hard to figure out how to navigate to these things and find what you are looking for.
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Implementation

NetSuite CRM+

NetSuite CRM+ 5.9
Based on 3 answers
I feel if we had had NetSuite Services do our implementation, we would have used much more of the out-of-box functionality and had Best Practices instituted sooner. I would not recommend an outside services provider for the initial implementation.
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Zendesk

Zendesk 9.0
Based on 17 answers
If you're looking for a system that can tie all your channels together, allow you to report on just about any metric in regards to customer service, use chat, and build a knowledge base/FAQ all in one, Zendesk is it
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Alternatives Considered

NetSuite CRM+

This year 2015 we will be looking for a new product like Magento. We are still exploring the idea also if we are going to be building our own system or have a consultant to work with us
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Zendesk

We have used HelpSpot for several years prior to the transition to Zendesk. Our biggest gripe was the cost and limitations on what kind of communication channels could be integrated into HelpSpot. Zendesk allows us to have multiple communication channels even for the most basic users and to build on it. With a few changes to the overall system (like better social media support for attachments etc) and inbox enhancements, it can be great.
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Return on Investment

NetSuite CRM+

  • Support can see what services is doing and vice versa. Finance can see both too.
  • Support can provide leads to sales when a power user leaves a current customer and joins the team at a lead.
  • We can see NPS and CSat near time on the account which has increased our ability to mitigate at-risk accounts and increase retention
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Zendesk

  • Zendesk can help large and small companies improve their customer service capabilities. Customer service can drive repeat sales, deflect returns, and increase customer satisfaction in measurable ways.
  • Zendesk can be more expensive than alternatives, however it is a more complete product than many alternatives, so the additional features and integration should be weighed against lower cost.
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Pricing Details

NetSuite CRM+

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

NetSuite CRM+ Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Zendesk

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$5*

* per agent

Zendesk Editions & Modules

Edition
Support Essential$51
Zendesk Suite (Support, Guide, Chat, Talk)$891
Support Team$191
Support Professional$491
Support Enterprise$991
Support Elite$1991
Zendesk Duet (Support + Sell CRM - 40% off)$592
  1. per agent, per month
  2. per user, per month
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