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NetSuite vs SAP: Ultimate Comparison Guide

The name SAP has long been synonymous with enterprise business software, one of the original pioneers of ERP software developed back in the 1970's.  ERP software has changed dramatically since those early days and has seen prominence in the last decade with the rise of cloud computing. This major shift in the way software is consumed has allowed other vendors to surpass SAP both in terms of customers and capabilites.  In the last eight years SAP has spent billions acquiring cloud-based software companies in an attempt to play catch up in the cloud ERP space. This post will provide a side-by-side comparison of NetSuite ERP to SAP's cloud-based ERP offering Business ByDesign (ByD). Keep reading to learn more about how SAP (ByD) compares to the #1 cloud-based ERP, NetSuite.

 

Be sure to bookmark this page as a resource during your ERP evaluation and if you want to talk to a NetSuite expert, lets chat.

 

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NetSuite vs SAP (ByD) Overview:

Both SAP (ByD) and NetSuite offer cloud-based ERP software designed to help mid-market companies run their businesses better. 

How are they different...

The key differences between NetSuite and SAP (ByD) center around go-to-market strategy, long term road map and partner ecosystem. One example widely noted among users is that SAP's portfolio is confusing both in the SMB and the midmarket space. SAPs portfolio approach and go-forward strategy is vague at best. With roughly a dozen Value Added Resellers (VAR) partners, the partner ecosystem has struggled to take root. That being said, ByD has very strong capabilities in the manufacturing space, in some areas potentially surpassing NetSuite's native capabilities.

NetSuite on the other hand has been the leading cloud-based ERP for several years now and continues to grow at a brisk pace while receiving tremendous investment from Oracle. NetSuite has a robust, growing global Solution Integrator (SI) and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) ecosystem and claims to have over 50,000 customers to date.  

To identify whether NetSuite or SAP (ByD) is best for your business we've produced this a side-by-side comparison guide below:

 

NetSuite vs SAP (ByD): Product Profiles

Overview:
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ByD is SAP's first attempt at cloud ERP.  After a ~$1.2B+ investment it was released in 2007 only to be pulled back for further re-tooling.  Re-released in 2008 with a focus on Manufacturing, Distribution and Professional Services in the mid-market space.  

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NetSuite ERP is a complete cloud ERP solution, which automates front and back-office processes like financial management, revenue management, fixed assets, order management, billing, and inventory management and more. 


Product Maturity (Years):

11

20


Customers:

~3,500

~50,000


Target Industries:


  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Distribution
  • Professional Services
  • Software and SaaS
  • Retail
  • Ecommerce
  • Financials Services
  • Advertising
  • Media & Publishing
  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences
  • Energy
  • Education
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Nonprofits
  • Social Venture
  • Services
  • Software and SaaS
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Distribution

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NetSuite vs SAP (ByD): Feature Comparison

Financial Management Features:
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  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • General Ledger
  • Multi-Currency
  • Revenue Recognition (limited capabilities)
  • Localization (limited capabilities)
  • Budgeting
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  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • General Ledger
  • Multi-currency/multi-tax,multi-language
  • Fixed Assets
  • Multi-Company & Consolidation
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Subscription Billing
  • Forecasting & Budgeting
  • Financial Planning (PBCS)

Supply Chain Features:
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  • Order Management
  • Production Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Procurement
  • Warehouse & Fulfilment
  • Demand Planning
  • WIP & Routing
  • Work Orders & Assemblies
  • Shop Floor Control & BOM Maintenance
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  • Order Management
  • Production Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Procurement
  • Warehouse & Fulfilment
  • Demand Planning
  • WIP & Routing
  • Work Orders & Assemblies
  • Shop Floor Control & BOM Maintenance

Human Capital Features:
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  • Human Resources Management
  • Payroll
  • Employee Center

Commerce Features:
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  • Point of Sale
  • Ecommerce
  • Order & Inventory Mgt
  • Product Content Mgt
  • Commerce Marketing Automation (Bronto)

Professional Service Automation (PSA) Features:
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  • Project Management
  • Resource Management
  • Timesheet Management
  • Expense Management
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  • Project Management
  • Resource Management
  • Timesheet Management
  • Expense Management

SAP (ByD) vs NetSuite Demo:
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NetSuite Demo By Industry

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NetSuite vs SAP (ByD) Pricing:

Pricing Info:
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  • Standard Enterprise User is $149 per month
  • SCM Enterprise User is $199 per month
  • ByD requires minimum of 10 Enterprise Users.
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  • Base application starts at $999 per month.
  • User Licenses $99 per user per month

Contract Term:

Monthly Subscription often contracted on annual basis; renewed annually

NetSuite requires a year-long contract; renewed annually.


Upfront Cost:

Additional fees apply for professional services such as implementation, integration, customizations, data migration and support.

Additional fees apply for professional services such as implementation, integration, customizations, data migration and support.


Recurring Cost:

Annual recurring fees for the software subscription

Annual recurring fees for the software subscription.


How to License:

Partner

Direct or through Partner

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NetSuite vs SAP (ByD) Reviews:

Software Advice:
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  • 4.5 Stars 22 Reviews
  • Unknown
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  • 4 Stars 91 Reviews
  • Recommended by 78% of users


Gartner Magic Quadrant:

Niche Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises - Download Report

Leader Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises - Download Report


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NetSuite vs (ByD) Support:

Tech Support:
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24/7 toll-free worldwide phone support available

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24/7 toll-free worldwide phone support available


End User Training:

Live and/or online training available by SAP training department and by partners.

Live and/or online training available by NetSuite training department and by partners.


Online Support:

SAP has extensive knowledge base available to all users as well as online user groups.

NetSuite has extensive knowledge base (SuiteAnswers) available to all users as well as online user group.


User Groups:

None exist at this time

Dozens of local user groups across the United States.


Final Thoughts...

The SAP ByD ERP solution has had a shaky start from the very inception. That being said there are two areas where ByD might be a suitable contender. First, in two-tier ERP deployment models with an existing SAP (parent company) at the corporate level and second for clients desiring a cloud-based manufacturing centric ERP solution for a single legal entity (Byd does not support financial consolidation). NetSuite, on the other hand is leading by significant margin in terms of client acquisition, breadth of product footprint & maturity and partner ecosystem. You'd be hard pressed to find a more complete cloud-based ERP product & ecosystem available today. 

Still not sure about what solution makes most sense? Let's talk!

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