One of the most important things to consider is the cost of the platform coupled with the cost of the integration. Now that we have understood what NetSuite integration is, some of the drawbacks, and why you should consider an integration, we are going to delve into how to do the integration itself. The approach you are going to take to do the integration is determined by the technical expertise if any, the application to be connected with NetSuite, and your budget.

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Table of Contents

  1. What is a NetSuite Integration?
  2. How is a NetSuite Integration possible? 
  3. Key Benefits of SuiteTalk
  4. Key Features of SuiteTalk
  5. Why Should you Integrate NetSuite?
  6. When Should you Consider a NetSuite Integration? 
  7. What are some of the Challenges of NetSuite Integration?
  8. How do you Integrate NetSuite?
  9. How can you Maintain your NetSuite Integrations?
  10. In Conclusion

What is a NetSuite Integration?

It’s a continuous flow of information between NetSuite and other systems or databases. This means that whenever there is new data input into the system, it reflects automatically without the need to touch a button. The integration can either be one way or two way.

How is a NetSuite Integration Possible?

The seamless NetSuite Integration is made possible by several APIs. SuiteTalk Webservices makes NetSuite’s integration secure and coding can be done using any programming language.SuiteTalk also supports REST functions which enable the exchange of messages over the internet.

Moreover, NetSuite also supports the SuiteScript language which makes it easier to customize NetSuite to suit different needs. With SuiteScipt, users can direct SuiteTalk when to ask for data, from where to call the data, and what happens to the data once it reaches NetSuite.

Key Benefits of SuiteTalk

  • Has in-built support for NetSuite’s ERP, CRM, and eCommerce products
  • Enables real-time integration of data
  • Does not need any additional skills to integrate
  • Provides advanced security and error handling

Key Features of SuiteTalk

Standard-based integration

 Makes it easy to access records from NetSuite by other systems using APIs.

  •  Allows customization of accounts based on business needs
  • SOAP web services make it easy to integrate to NetSuite using your preferred programming language
  •  REST web services support integration of NetSuite from another platform that supports the REST function

Comprehensive Error Handling

  •  Helps ensure the security of the integrations
  • Built-in support for custom fields thanks to automatic validation
  • Records errors on a case-by-case basis
  • Powered by a Robust Security Model
  • Access to services allowed only via privileges
  • Web Services only role ensures that only authorized users can access the services

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Why Should you Integrate NetSuite?

NetSuite Integration allows automation of all processes within an organization. This makes it easy to share data and other IT resources. Moreover, it also enables tracking of orders from when they are ordered to when they are delivered to the customer’s doorstep. Integration also reduces or eliminates errors. This helps organizations to save thousands of dollars.

NetSuite automation also opens up lines of communication between an organization and its partners and or customers. Integration can help you view such things as the catalog price, product shipments, and order status. It can also allow you to set automatic order restocking from your vendor.

Integration also makes it easy to make decisions. By pooling all your business information in one place, you can view the health of your business in real-time and make decisions as you go which can be vital to business survival or keeping up with the competition.

When Should you Consider a NetSuite Integration?

A NetSuite integration should be planned for well in advance most suitably when deciding to purchase a new platform. One of the most important things to consider is the cost of the platform coupled with the cost of the integration. Setting these two together can help save on time and money.

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What are Some of the Challenges of NetSuite Integration?

As with all systems, it’s not uncommon to encounter some challenges when integrating NetSuite. They include:

NetSuite concurrency Governance

NetSuite limits the number of connections per license. This means that if you are running several NetSuite connections at once, you may encounter an error. A possible solution to this is purchasing more licenses or using a delicate integration architecture.

Relatively slow data transfer rates

This is especially true if you're used to larger databases that process data relatively fast. NetSuite's slow transfer rates mean it may take longer to transfer files between databases or systems and may slow down decision-making.

Large and Complex API

NetSuite API which allows for SOAP and Rest opens up a lot of possibilities but this does not mean that all of them are understood straight away or that they are beneficial. It's therefore important to exercise patience before, during, and after the integration and make a deliberate effort to learn NetSuite in detail.

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How do you Integrate NetSuite?

Now that we’ve understood what NetSuite integration is, some of the drawbacks, and why you should consider an integration, we’re going to delve into how to do the integration itself. The approach you’re going to take to do the integration is determined by the technical expertise if any, the application to be connected with NetSuite, and your budget.

Scratch Code

Integrating NetSuite from scratch requires a deep understanding of its various APIs, SuiteScript, and XML.

If you have a pool of able architects, then doing an integration from scratch is a suitable option because you’ll not incur subscription costs down the road. On the other hand, you’ll need to do regular maintenance.

Find a “Connector"

This is one of the easiest ways to achieve integration. It involves acquiring a pre-built integration application to solve your integration needs.

Connectors are easy to find on SuiteApp or NetSuite partners. One of the most popular connectors is Celigo. However, it’s important to do due diligence because all connectors don’t work the same especially ones that have not been vetted by NetSuite.

Purchase an integration Platform (PaaS)

An integration platform is a SaaS application whose main job is to build integration platforms. They differ slightly from connectors in that unlike the former, the latter is used to build multiple integrations and can have more than one use-case. Integration platforms have taken off recently and one of the reasons could be that they don’t require technical expertise. Instead, code is replaced with graphical interfaces which are easy to implement using a step-by-step guide.

How can you Maintain Your NetSuite Integrations?

One of the most effective ways to ensure that integrations work optimally is ensuring timely maintenance. Missing updates can change security protocols and lead to system failure. Start your journey by contacting us today!

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In Conclusion

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A NetSuite integration has several advantages when done well. As with any system, it comes with its challenges. Based on the three factors outlined above that determine what type of integration you're going to do, you'll be able to plan for the integration. If you lack the technical expertise to do it yourself, you should consider hiring qualified personnel.