The Process for Building SuiteApps
All SDN partners are required to complete the Built for NetSuite review process for each of their SuiteApps prior to going to market with their products. The program continues to provide SDN partners with educational advantages through the principles and guidelines published in the "SuiteApp Architectural Fundamentals & Examples", or SAFE, guide. Once obtained, the BFN approval status must be renewed in each new NetSuite product release cycle, which is semi-annual.
The first step to build your application on NetSuite is to join the SuiteCloud Developer Network, a dedicated, end-to-end program geared toward developers who build specialized and complementary solutions to extend the NetSuite platform, and set up your NetSuite account.
Review NetSuite product features, identify how you will enhance NetSuite product offerings and conceptualize your SuiteApp application.
NetSuite offers you a variety of technologies to build your application on the NetSuite SuiteCloud platform. You can build your application on the platform using native tools like SuiteBuilder, SuiteScripts and SuiteFlow, or integrate an existing application with NetSuite using web services.
Once you have decided how you want to build your SuiteApp, the next step is to gain expertise in the technologies you will be using to build your application. You can access the rich help content available under SuiteAnswers and take product training sessions as needed.
Once you have gained NetSuite expertise, build your application using the best practices prescribed by NetSuite.
Once your application is built, the next step is to thoroughly test your application. Make sure it works well with the NetSuite flows and hash out any issues you may encounter while testing.
Once the product is thoroughly tested, you can use SuiteBundler to package the application so that it is ready to be deployed. Our recommendation is to deploy to a limited audience. Sell to a select number of early adopter customers and make them successful, and engage those early adopters as customer references.
Once you have some successful early adopter customers, you are ready to deploy your application and open it up to the entire NetSuite customer base.
SDN offers a variety of marketing programs to help you to promote your SuiteApp to the NetSuite customer base.
With a successful marketing campaign, you are all set to start selling your SuiteApp.