Posted by Adrian Bridgwater, Guest Blogger
NetSuite founder and CTO Evan Goldberg took to the circular stage at SuiteWorld today to detail the company’s plans for data center expansion, new mobile capabilities, new procure-to-pay functionality and demo the new SuiteCommerce InStore product.
The enhancements, Goldberg insisted, are responses to feature requests from users.
To warm response from the European contingent, Goldberg announced plans for a new data center.
“If you’re in Europe, you’re going to get a data center or two. Look for that this year,” Goldberg said. “We're scaling because you're scaling.”
Goldberg also detailed new development tools. The SuiteCommerce Advance offering now benefits from a new reference architecture which has been logically re-architected for the mobile world. This means that users should immediately notice how much better e-commerce offerings deploying this software are optimised for touch and scrolling, as well as other aspects of mobile usage.
Additionally, NetSuite today announced new mobile app, allowing NetSuite users to access the application from Android devices.
With a new modularized codebase and logic-less templates, the UI controls and now separated from the data logic making it more flexible from the start
Developers.suitecommerce.com also now launches as a dedicated portal for programmers to use and find visual style guides, best practices for page layouts and technical documentation for performance optimization. Video tutorials, forums and development tools sit alongside SuiteLabs code snippets and more sources of help.
Procure-to-Pay focuses on usability
NetSuite’s revamped procure-to-pay is a strategic set of tools with everything from RFQ capabilities, purchase contract functionality, receipts to billing controls. NetSuite describes the 'commerce-ready' and makes entering employee requisitions easier to deliver with what is a B2C-like shopping experience with an intuitive and simplified purchasing flow and user interface.
Essentially, it allows employees to make intelligent purchases at the right time with spend management knowledge, at the right cost. It allows employees to buy, receive and expense goods at their convenience over a fixed period of time following one single set of negotiations with a vendor, rather than having to repeat the same process again and again.
Firms will be able to use customizable workflows inside the tool and so establish role-based and rule-based limits on purchases, for example, by setting minimum limits on purchases that require management approval or flagging specific suppliers for review based on past order history, credit rating or other factors, which can eliminate cumbersome and redundant negotiations.
According to NetSuite, many companies are held back from realizing efficient, optimized and intelligent procurement because they use a mix of manual processes and antiquated on-premise point solutions or even cloud-based procurement point solutions.
These systems create islands of purchasing data with little or no integration into the rest of any firm's business management software leaving them unable to control, streamline and optimize procure-to-pay processes, realize best business practices and enforce corporate buying policies and rules. These issues become magnified with increasing numbers of companies needing to efficiently and cost-effectively source goods and services on a worldwide basis.