NetSuite ERP vs. SAP Business ByDesign

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
NetSuite ERP
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
NetSuite is a suite of ERP and accounting modules which is sold in various editions aimed at different size customers. The multi-country, multi-currency version is an additional module called OneWorld. Netsuite is a SaaS system and is not offered in an on-premise edition.N/A
SAP Business ByDesign
Score 7.5 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
SAP Business ByDesign is SAP's cloud ERP suite offering, launched in 2007, designed for the SMB market. The product includes a broad range of capabilities including financials, human resources, sales, procurement, customer service, and supply chain. Business ByDesign is a new platform, delivered entirely through a SaaS model, with functionality that overlaps somewhat with BusinessOne, which is also an SMB product, although not a true SaaS product.N/A
Pricing
NetSuite ERPSAP Business ByDesign
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NetSuite ERPSAP Business ByDesign
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsUsers subscribe to NetSuite for an annual license fee. The license is made up of three main components: core platform, optional modules and the number of users. There is also a one-time implementation fee for initial setup. New modules and users and can be added as a business grows.SAP Business ByDesign is available for a monthly software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscription, based on a base package, user types, and number of users.
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NetSuite ERPSAP Business ByDesign
Considered Both Products
NetSuite ERP

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SAP Business ByDesign
Chose SAP Business ByDesign
ByDesign stacks up well against the competition. Companies that do multiple things are usually the best fit (manufacturing, distribution, and service). The more 'modules' used, the fewer competitors will be able to meet the company's needs. It is not inexpensive, but if the …
Chose SAP Business ByDesign
By Design was selected before I joined the company. Recently I have started working with NetSuite, which has its strengths and weaknesses as well, but is easier to customize to your business needs.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
NetSuite ERPSAP Business ByDesign
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
1.1
15 Ratings
147% below category average
SAP Business ByDesign
8.4
2 Ratings
15% above category average
Pay calculation1.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration1.010 Ratings4.51 Ratings
Direct deposit files1.39 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
9.1
74 Ratings
23% above category average
SAP Business ByDesign
9.2
5 Ratings
24% above category average
API for custom integration9.264 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Plug-ins9.547 Ratings9.25 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
9.2
81 Ratings
12% above category average
SAP Business ByDesign
9.3
5 Ratings
13% above category average
Single sign-on capability9.262 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Role-based user permissions9.280 Ratings9.65 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
9.2
72 Ratings
28% above category average
SAP Business ByDesign
9.2
5 Ratings
28% above category average
Dashboards9.271 Ratings8.85 Ratings
Standard reports9.270 Ratings9.25 Ratings
Custom reports9.270 Ratings9.65 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
7.7
257 Ratings
1% above category average
SAP Business ByDesign
8.7
5 Ratings
13% above category average
Accounts payable8.3251 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Accounts receivable8.3232 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Global Financial Support9.526 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers9.528 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations9.141 Ratings8.82 Ratings
Configurable Accounting9.535 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Standardized Processes9.437 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
8.8
48 Ratings
11% above category average
SAP Business ByDesign
9.1
4 Ratings
15% above category average
Inventory tracking9.847 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Automatic reordering8.628 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Location management9.335 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
8.8
206 Ratings
12% above category average
SAP Business ByDesign
8.5
4 Ratings
9% above category average
Pricing9.253 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Order entry8.1202 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Credit card processing8.537 Ratings4.51 Ratings
Cost of goods sold8.848 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Order Orchestration9.521 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
7.4
198 Ratings
0% below category average
SAP Business ByDesign
9.2
3 Ratings
22% above category average
Billing Management8.3187 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management9.427 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management8.631 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting8.527 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Period Close9.435 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
6.4
32 Ratings
17% below category average
SAP Business ByDesign
9.2
2 Ratings
19% above category average
Budgeting and Forecasting5.926 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Project Costing5.923 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Cost Capture5.922 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Capital Project Management4.014 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance9.513 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition6.722 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
4.1
17 Ratings
50% below category average
SAP Business ByDesign
8.3
3 Ratings
19% above category average
Project Planning and Scheduling8.614 Ratings9.23 Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers3.311 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality3.010 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Definable Resource Pools3.68 Ratings00 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
3.1
12 Ratings
84% below category average
SAP Business ByDesign
10.0
1 Ratings
28% above category average
Award Lifecycle Management3.57 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
3.3
19 Ratings
71% below category average
SAP Business ByDesign
8.0
1 Ratings
14% above category average
Bids Analyzed and Compared3.58 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Contract Authoring2.010 Ratings00 Ratings
Contract Repository3.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated3.613 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Supplier Management9.513 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Risk Management
Comparison of Risk Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
3.1
11 Ratings
71% below category average
SAP Business ByDesign
-
Ratings
Risk Repository3.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Management2.011 Ratings00 Ratings
Control Efficiency Assessments3.57 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue Detection3.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Remediation and Certification3.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Logistics
Comparison of Logistics features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
3.0
17 Ratings
78% below category average
SAP Business ByDesign
9.2
3 Ratings
29% above category average
Transportation Planning and Optimization2.89 Ratings00 Ratings
Transportation Execution Management2.88 Ratings00 Ratings
Trade and Customs Management2.88 Ratings00 Ratings
Fulfillment Management9.514 Ratings00 Ratings
Warehouse Workforce Management2.511 Ratings9.22 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
9.0
16 Ratings
18% above category average
SAP Business ByDesign
9.0
3 Ratings
18% above category average
Production Process Design8.612 Ratings9.23 Ratings
Production Management8.614 Ratings9.23 Ratings
Configuration Management9.510 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Work Execution9.512 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Manufacturing Costs8.614 Ratings9.23 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
7.9
132 Ratings
9% above category average
SAP Business ByDesign
8.6
3 Ratings
17% above category average
Forecasting7.817 Ratings9.23 Ratings
Inventory Planning7.3129 Ratings9.23 Ratings
Performance Monitoring8.614 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Product Lifecycle Management
Comparison of Product Lifecycle Management features of Product A and Product B
NetSuite ERP
3.8
13 Ratings
63% below category average
SAP Business ByDesign
-
Ratings
Proposal Management2.610 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Master Data Management3.29 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
NetSuite ERPSAP Business ByDesign
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(355 ratings)
9.6
(7 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(49 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(231 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(16 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.0
(15 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.1
(215 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
In-Person Training
7.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
6.4
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.4
(17 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
8.7
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.3
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
4.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
5.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
NetSuite ERPSAP Business ByDesign
Likelihood to Recommend
NetSuite
Really in this hybrid environment, being up in the cloud and being able to securely access the data and work from anywhere, I think it's a real game changer for my team. So I really like the fact that NetSuite keeps up with security features and allows users to access it from anywhere.
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SAP
Do you plan on going public at some point? If so, this may not be the best solution for you
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Pros
NetSuite
  • NetSuite does analytics very well.
  • They do reporting very well. I love the ability to have control over how the information flows through my NetSuite, my user roles, and my responsibilities. I can assign certain tasks to certain people, and they do that and then also have the control to approve that and make sure it's done correctly.
  • Just being able to drill down into a particular GL account or into a particular line item and see what really makes that up and what's driving our certain costs.
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SAP
  • I like the ease of use and the implementation methodology.
  • With SAP Business ByDesign you can integrate other systems with Web Services, and data technology to get information easy and fast.
  • SAP Business ByDesign includes an Analytics Module to create new reports in regards to your needs.
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Cons
NetSuite
  • Honestly, right now, my biggest pain point is kind of our own doing, but I would appreciate a little bit more support and help in the area of performance management and kind of understanding how our application is built, what are the best choices for customizing or solving a problem in terms of performance, because our company is rather large, we have a lot of data coming in and out, and that has been an issue for us recently.
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SAP
  • Time off request could be better. Right now, there is no option for sick time
  • It crashes often
  • Customization could be better
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Likelihood to Renew
NetSuite
NetSuite is able to cover all of our needs, spanning multiple departments and managerial levels. We use it daily for a multitude of functions, including creating promotions, estimating inventory, pulling historical reports, forecasting sales, and more. Overall, we're very satisfied with NetSuite as an ERP solution and recommend it to medium to large businesses.
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SAP
SAP BYD work centers are consistent and easy to navigate once you understand one work center. The document flow tab that is in each window allows one to see all related transactions. Document flow is important because one is able to see the flow of transactions and can therefore reverse transactions by following the document flow in reverse. It is possible to group items in each overview screen to see what items are open. The system is working as hoped.
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Usability
NetSuite
I have given this rating due to below use cases: - Order Management - Advanced Revenue Management - Invoicing - Automated Billing - Inbound and Outbound Integrations with applications such as Salesforce, Zip, Stripe, Mavenlink, Avalara, Floquast - Project management and billing - Training -Customer Support - Knowledge Article Support
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SAP
Because SAP Business ByDesign allows us to improve our work, reduce the operational steps, implement audit controls, allows us found standard reports or it allows us to create new ones if you need more than the exists are enough for your work or your needs. Overall, SAP Business ByDesign allows us to standardize our operations, enhance our work, improve our skills, work over a web environment or mobile interface.
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Reliability and Availability
NetSuite
It has been very reliable. I can only think of 1-2 times in 4.5 years that we have had issues getting in, and in each case were able to get back in within 1 hour. There has not been a major downtime
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SAP
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Performance
NetSuite
Most of the time the performance is very good. Pages load in a few seconds; financial reports take less than 5 seconds; basic searches take a few seconds. But performance can be sporadic throughout the day and cause the run time to triple.
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SAP
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Support Rating
NetSuite
The account rep changes quite often, which requires restarting. Suite Answers is a very good tool but can be hard to use for somebody who is not fully confident with Netsuite. Asking questions that are not already answered in Suite Answers can be rough. Training is readily available, but most of the time stays on the surface and doesn't answer medium to more advanced questions.
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SAP
The Business ByDesign support is stablished since you contract the service with SAP. SAP resolves according to the service level agreement. Currently, we continue with the service and we are using the support channels available. We are receiving the support. The SAP support gets an incident and after that, they contact us to resolve the incident, if necessary, they set the meeting to understand it or we explain the incident
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In-Person Training
NetSuite
I had in person training for a day when first got the software. The training was good. The challenge was that there was a large gap between training and when we went live so we forgot quite a lot
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SAP
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Online Training
NetSuite
Online training is quite strong. I have used for specific pieces of functionality.However it is not sufficient in all areas.
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SAP
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Implementation Rating
NetSuite
I felt NetSuite Professional Services did an excellent job of guiding us in the implementation. I also felt our internal teams were a little resistant to the change and engagement of new software. Had we performed better engaging and buying into the new software, I would be able to rate the implementation better. Therefore, the lower number should not be viewed as a deficiency with the software or the professional services teams, but as an reminder of how important complete buy-in from the local users is.
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SAP
I recommend implementing all workshops during the ERP selection that you need to know very well about the ERP software. It allows us to gather information to accurate the plan of the project implementation. Additionally, we must reach the high-level commitment to achieve the main goals, to define the RACI matrix and communicate to all project stakeholders.
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Alternatives Considered
NetSuite
Well, the reason why I'm with NetSuite is because obviously it beats out those other options quite considerably. It gave us the whole ecosystem that gave us everything we needed. I didn't need a dedicated administrator whose full-time job is to deal with it like our current system would need to really be useful. I can find people or train people how to use it right away. So for us, that really beats it out compared to the Sage and QuickBooks where we were looking at it from a perspective of, yeah, we can find people who are experts in those fields. They don't scale up to the size that we need as we're going to really quickly go from R&D company into doing tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue and activities. So that's where it beats us out over say Sage or QuickBooks is it's got that complete scalability. We can go to multiple subsidiaries, foreign currency, not a problem. It's got that full functionality.
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SAP
ByDesign stacks up well against the competition. Companies that do multiple things are usually the best fit (manufacturing, distribution, and service). The more 'modules' used, the fewer competitors will be able to meet the company's needs. It is not inexpensive, but if the needs of the company have the complexity from either a global perspective and need localizations and foreign currency, or a volume perspective and need resources greater than what can be easily housed on-premise, ByDesign should be a top consideration.
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Scalability
NetSuite
We have been able to scale our business 25X without any major overhaul with Netsuite. Its dashboard setup makes onboarding new employees very easy and allows data to be shared across multiple offices. Its cloud setup does not put any pressure on IT to scale servers or other infrastructure. We have been able to become much more efficient in all aspects of the business.
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SAP
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Return on Investment
NetSuite
  • Positive impact, again, it's our source of truth, so we are able to not have questions about how much money we have in the bank or do we have enough material to build this job. Being able to know those things immediately is super valuable.
  • I mean it's the grease that skids the wheels that gets us to accomplish the things that we do in our business.
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SAP
  • Positive - Access to the real-time reporting allowing for faster decision making especially when fixed price projects are heading into an over budget position.
  • Positive - Complex KPI can now be tracked and as a consequence intensive plans can be made to capitalise on this level of reporting. Staff also have clear visibility over their own performance.
  • Negative - We are a bit on the small side at 30 employees for a ByD solution so it was relatively expensive for us. It would be a much better value preposition above 50 employees.
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ScreenShots

NetSuite ERP Screenshots

Screenshot of one view into the most critical business processes.Screenshot of Mobile-friendly design

SAP Business ByDesign Screenshots

Screenshot of With the embedded analytics of SAP Business ByDesign this is easily possible for key users or end users to define dashboards that contain tailored reports and KPIs for their roleScreenshot of Screenshot of SAP Business ByDesign comes with many reports pre-delivered by SAP. Customers can easily create additional reports or KPIsScreenshot of For each business document in ByDesign you can open the document flow, which shows you in a graphical the predecessor and successor business docuemnts as well as any associated accounting documents. This shows at what point you are in the entire business process.Screenshot of SAP Business ByDesign includes a Project Management module that is integrated with CRM to sell and bill projects, with HR to staff projects, and with SCM and SRM for procurement.Screenshot of The Financial Closing business scenario helps you to perform financial period-end closing activities to ensure correct financial statements, such as Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Cash Flow Statement. The Closing Cockpit helps to minimize the risk of missing important steps or incorrect timing.