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In my experience, it is well-suited to basic small low-level accounting. I think if you are a very small business with some basic accounting needs and do not need both cash and accrual reporting this would work. However, I think the price point is well above what a company should pay for basic accounting. If you need more advanced accounting, in my experience it can't keep up well, and it will not provide you with both cash and accrual reports. In my opinion, it is priced for a much more advanced software than what it needs, perhaps because they focus on non-essential upgrades and areas that don't pertain to core financial activities, such as advanced inventory management, Amazon shipping label sync, multiple foreign (non-us) taxes, manufacturing updates - for businesses needing strong financial software that do not need ten country tax rates, manufacturing processes, and advanced inventory tracking, this provides no value while leaving standard accounting functions pretty basic and lacking.
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It's a really great system for small to medium organizations that are willing to spend some time thinking about how their workflow can be improved by designing processes which will allow them to streamline and automate their business. For people who are not serious about making a commitment to bettering their business, Workbooks may not be a correct fit. For instance there are a lot of features which many people think they don't need, but they haven't really spent the time to figure out what the needs of the business are. The nice thing about Workbooks is that you can turn off things you don't need, and then when the business demands, they will be there for you to utilize.
Read full review Pros Inventory control - I find it great to lookup an item and see our current inventory, what we purchased for last time, etc. Account management - I find it very easy to see where my accounts stand in regards to debt collection down to production time frames. Reporting - the reporting is very straight forward and easy to use. Read full review Sales process management from enquiry to delivery of product This was previously on as many as 4 systems using excel and legacy applications such as the written word in log books Automatic reporting for financial compliance: once built, the reporting process reduced the workload on a monthly basis from 2 days to 20 minutes The FD loved it The overall capability of the package enabled the sales force to rapidly pull our pertinent data for a sales call, plus managing time and resources better for increased efficiency Business development and focussed marketing became so much easier, we noted that the process paid for itself many times over Read full review Cons In my experience, when you get beyond the simple reporting it’s fairly cumbersome, too many fields with the same name. When you get beyond simple steps you run into needing professional development quickly. I think roles and workflow are needlessly complex and unintuitive Pricing, since they’re owned by Oracle Larry needs a new yacht and they’ll gouge you once you’re sucked in and stuck Read full review There really isn't all that much, what I would like to see is an app to use on iDevices. Our sales team all have iPads for presentations etc. While Workbooks works rather well with HTML 5, I would still like to see an app. I know it's in the making, but haven't seen anything of this as of yet. I am sure that would increase productivity even further (if it's of the same standard as the main environment). Read full review Likelihood to Renew
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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the product works. support has been good or great so far all has been great and we hope to get more from the product. we purchased for an initial year then renewed for a longer term, we have no regrets with this.
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I would rate the overall usability as a 9. We can perform almost all functions that we need to as a baseball organization. The only areas that are lacking are the reporting and budgeting functions. There was a steep learning curve for some users in the beginning, but once we figured out how to utilize the system and improve our processes within NetSuite most users were happy with the switch to NetSuite.
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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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Workbooks CRM never let me down.
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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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NetSuite offers two levels of support Basic (included with the subscription and for bug-fix questions only) and Premium (an additional add-on that allows for the asking of anything at any time). Support is well versed and quickly moves to higher levels when needed. Tickets are always address promptly, and are never abandoned.
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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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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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Workbooks online trianing does what it needs to; but some training will always be better suited to face to face..
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Executive involvement is critical. Make sure you have a good handle on the metrics you would like to ultimately manage. Work as a team to document your business requirements. Whiteboard often. Understand NetSuite's best practice capabilities.
Have a central person identified to handle all report and analysis requests (ie - don't allow multiple people to create reports; have one person create reports and distribute them to decision makers via the NS dashboard or whatever form). Make sure you understand critical dates and develop the project plan accordingly Read full review Alternatives Considered
NetSuite was the obvious choice in our case because of the enterprise backing of Oracle and the support available for the platform from both the Oracle side as well as on the open market through Consultants and Partner firms. While it's price point is vastly different, considering
has a completely free community offering, and
's very entry-level price point... it was a clear choice for us due to our need for a tried and true solution.
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We felt the high amount of customisation available from Workbooks was much more beneficial to us than the offerings from the larger CRM companies. We also liked the smaller company mentality of Workbooks as it reminded us of ourselves. Ultimately the price also paid a factor as Workbooks was more affordable for what we needed.
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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.
Read full review Return on Investment Through the automation of business processes, NetSuite has allowed the business to focus on other projects in addition to the day to day system administration tasks. As such, the system is providing excellent value in terms of the time saved by the administrative arm of the company. Access to data. The platform has great flexibility in it's "Saved Search" feature, that allows the business to report on pretty much any and all data stored in the database. These can drive user dashboards and make it extremely easy for users to get the information that they need in a matter of seconds. Instead of the CFO requesting a report from the Controller, the CFO can simply refresh their dashboard with a single click and they have the information they require. Transparency. NetSuite allows collaboration across the entire business and maintains an excellent audit trail. Transparency is often lost where business use multiple systems across departments, so having everyone housed within the same financial system allows for greater collaboration and trust in the data. Read full review Allows us easy management of leads and clear visibility of opportunities for the sales team User levels allows us to lock down various parts of the system to only allow them to view or edit certain areas Allows us to manage customers in one piece of software and avoid having to use separate software for support, sales and operations Read full review ScreenShots