Our Experience

Today, cloud computing is at the forefront of the shift to the digital business and enabling companies to adapt to these changing models, both strategically and operationally.

Companies with a cloud-first strategy have learned that the cloud’s real value comes with being able to delegate the Service
Level Agreement (SLA) of an entire solution, from infrastructure to application, instead of components. It is also widely recognized that integrated suites reduce complexity, increase reliability and cost less—it’s just that now, with cloud, the suite includes hardware, security and operations. Most agree that the cloud paradigm has cost and convenience benefits: availability, speed, agility and TCO, enabling faster development processes and providing higher reliability and lower risk. Companies that take an ad hoc approach miss out on many of cloud’s benefits and experience a variety of pitfalls.

In the current state of the market, not all cloud providers can step up to the challenge of providing an integrated offering, and that forces companies to manage more than they want to.

NetSuite Value Proposition

As a leading Cloud ERP company, NetSuite has championed the cause to deliver not only a true cloud platform but also strived continuously to develop a truly integrated suite for our growing global customer base of more than 40,000.

Further, the SuiteSuccess customer engagement model is already helping hundreds of new customers deploy the platform faster and leverage leading business process practices to both create and realize value within their organization much sooner than traditional approaches.

“Enterprises run the risk of getting nasty shocks when the thing they thought they were buying turns out to be something altogether different. Hosting and application management are not synonymous with SaaS.”

— Gartner

In this document we hope to provide you our perspective on the components and scorecard to use to not only evaluate a true cloud solution, but also analyze for yourself how our various platform offerings help you to meet your organization objectives today, adapt to the industry disruptions of tomorrow and realize savings of more than 20%-50% in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) alone1 or incur $64k-$242k annually in hidden or 2 unexpected costs.


  • Multi-tenant
  • Versionless
  • Designed for Internet
  • Flexible
  • Scalable

FAKE CLOUD - aka "private cloud" or "hosted/hybrid"

  • Single tenant
  • Version locked
  • Pre-internet
  • Inflexible
  • Not Scalable

*Reference: HBR – The CIO’s Guide to Cloud Computing

Chapter 1


Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Multi-Tenant Architecture

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

NetSuite is offered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The applications are accessible via a web browser or mobile app. Unlike on-premise software, NetSuite customers do not have to be involved with managing the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, storage and application upgrades. Multi-Tenant Architecture NetSuite has a single instance of the application. Each tenant can make customizations and configurations that are rendered to the views they see and/or invoked when using the application.

Most customers share a common database instance with other customers. In situations where customers need higher performance, NetSuite offers Premium Performance Tiers with dedicated database instances. Some customers start on the shared database and migrate at a later point to their own dedicated database. This last situation (a shared database) would be considered as the highest degree of multi-tenancy. Virtualization would, by definition, then offer the lowest degree of multi-tenancy. Despite what fake cloud vendors will tell you, multi-tenancy matters. For example, with a true cloud provider, all customers typically access the same solution from the same cloud. This gives customers continuous and instantaneous access to the latest product upgrades.

Preserving Your IT Investments

Public Cloud

NetSuite is offered as a public cloud deployment and has a single instance of the application. This is aligned with our strategy to offer SaaS and a multi-tenant architecture that allows both our enterprise as well as small business customers to be on the same version of the application globally, allowing them to reap benefits from economies of scale, less capacity planning, increased agility, scalability and IT costs.

Two-Tier ERP Strategy

Two-tier ERP is a business and technology strategy that enables organizations to keep their investment in existing ERP systems, i.e. SAP or Oracle, while deploying cloud-based ERP, i.e. NetSuite, at newer subsidiaries.

As large enterprise’s expand and restructure through mergers and acquisitions into larger companies, one of the strategies to preserve their existing ERP investments is to adopt a so-called hub and spoke approach to ERP.

There are three hub and spoke models:

  1. All business units (headquarters and subsidiaries) use a single application instance.
  2. Enterprise hub and business unit spoke use same application—but may have more than one instance.
  3. Business units choose from an approved list of spoke solutions which allows the subsidiaries to pick a solution that best suits their requirements. For example, localized business units often need to address specific customer billing and payments practices, and local regulatory requirements.

Application Stack

"NetSuite OneWorld has the flexibility to let us build financial controls over the way we do business, instead of trying to mould our processes to inflexible software." — Bankrate

An Integrated Business Application Suite

Companies in virtually every industry are using sophisticated business software to fuel their growth but many are still struggling to keep up with their growth and manage costs effectively because of a hodge- podge of disconnected functional systems causing process bottlenecks and employee productivity issues. Integrated business software suites are transforming how companies run, and enabling them to transcend growing pains that previously were holding them back from taking their business to the next level of profitable growth.

In an ROI study by independent analyst firm Nucleus Research, customers using NetSuite’s integrated cloud business suite accelerated their financial close times by up to 50%, increase sales productivity by 12.5% and increase inventory turns by 50%, amongst other efficiencies.

"NetSuite is our single source of truth. Our people are very happy with NetSuite and are always looking for different ways to optimize the solution." — Dent Wizard

Cloud business application assessment scorecard – hidden costs of $64k-$242k annually


Large enterprises, SMBs and mid-market enterprises alike need business solutions that help them manage day-to-day operations and processes more efficiently. At the same time, they want insight and intelligence to successfully adapt to a fluid business environment, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. It is then no surprise that some of the strategic business leaders that we engage with evaluate their cloud computing platforms not only on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) criteria alone, but also engage their line of business operational leads to actively participate in the selection process to determine the true return on their investment that is aligned with their business strategy and objectives.

In this section, we present both a typical business need evaluation scorecard and a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) scorecard that can assist, at least at a high level, in aligning business and IT requirements, eliminate siloed platforms and solutions that create spaghetti environments and justify the needs for an integrated platform that is aligned to your business objectives, can drive business process improvements and thus preserve your company valuations.

netsuite value

1 Study of NetSuite customers by SL Associates

"The ROI of cloud ERP can be achieved relatively quickly and this delivery model brings IT cost reductions and increased employee productivity to the broad range of the companies using it. SMBs can also achieve other important benefits from ERP in the cloud, such as increased inventory accuracy, better customer satisfaction and increased sales." — Nucleus Research

Enabling Business Agility and Scalability


* Example analysis of hidden costs for a $10M revenue company, with 35% gross margins. The lower box, details other assumptions used for calculating the hidden cost




"NetSuite is designed for life, just like my Sactionals. They’re both built to last and infinitely adaptable." — Shawn Nelson, CEO and Founder, Lovesac

Performance to Boost Productivity



Benefit analysis assumes that customer evaluates this SLA for all platforms it may be considering. Application performance is key to NetSuite and our customers. NetSuite’s built-in performance monitoring tools provide deep insights into the application’s behaviour and exposes granular details about performance metrics.

"We can do twice as many transactions in the same amount of time."
— Ed McMahon, CEO, EPEC Engineered Technologies


Chapter 3


SuiteSuccess – Time to Value

NetSuite packages the experience gained from tens of thousands of deployments worldwide amassed over two decades into a set of leading practices. These practices pave a clear pathway to success and are proven to deliver rapid business value. Intelligent, staged implementation begins at sales contact and spans the entire customer life cycle so that there is seamless continuity from sales to services to support.

Most ERP vendors have tried to solve the industry solution problem with templates, rapid implementation methodologies,
and custom code. NetSuite took a holistic approach to the problem and productized domain knowledge, leading practices, KPIs and an agile approach to product adoption. The benefits of this are faster time to value, increased business efficiency, flexibility and greater customer success.

Within each industry offering, NetSuite has built unique micro-vertical solutions to address specific market needs. SuiteSuccess has over 300 customers and is available now, expanding globally into more industries and to current NetSuite customers over the course of this year.

"Our team at NetSuite has been nothing short of spectacular. They provided us with a smooth, on-time and rock solid delivery of our new ERP."

— Dave Ullmann, Director of Ecommerce, Lindemann Chimney

Chapter 4


Path towards a strategic partnership; NetSuite is aligned and committed to your transformation initiatives. As a strategic partner we will take this responsibility extremely seriously and are ready to bring our expertise and cloud solutions delivery experience to your organization.

Proposed Next Steps:

  • Plan and schedule a value assessment engagement to confirm and validate the platform value that can be realized with NetSuite solutions.
  • Establish a joint executive sponsorship and governance team to track and monitor our strategic partnership.
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