NetSuite Finds Cloud Manufacturing Following Down Under

NetSuite has announced that several Australian manufacturers are turning to its cloud manufacturing solution for building and expanding their businesses. Australian manufacturers enjoy the benefits of a solid cloud manufacturing solution that provides capabilities to more efficiently manufacture, forecast, price, track, and schedule products, with a focus on design and a single platform for both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce and distribution.

Modern manufacturers require a system that helps them reduce costs during the design process and innovation, efficiently manage multichannel distribution, and leverage a dynamic supply network, while adapting to mobile-empowered customers blurring the lines between B2B and B2C and demanding a modern e-commerce experience.

For example, Headland has for more than 60 years been supplying metal working machinery equipment to the manufacturing and engineering sectors within Australia and New Zealand. The company is using NetSuite OneWorld in eight different currencies in two countries for financials, inventory management, fulfillment, customer relationship management (CRM), process workflow, project costing, and reporting, as well as other core processes. As part of the solution, Headland even developed its own service management system, NextService Software, within NetSuite, which uses a mobile application to view active tasks, record travel time, and status per service technician.

Precision Mechatronics and its stable of companies in Australia, Taiwan, and the U.S. provide custom-designed, built, and fully installed equipment solutions for many industries and environments. It turned to NetSuite OneWorld in August 2010 to replace MYOB for accounting, which was no longer supporting the manufacturer as it embarked on expansion into Asia Pacific.

Finally, BA Equipment Group supplies rock-breaking hammers and fixed hydraulic boom systems to the civil construction, demolition, quarrying, and mining industries in Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory. The company replaced Microsoft Dynamics NAV with NetSuite to help it separate from its parent business and deploy enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems across multiple offices with no hardware required.

The aforementioned examples indicate that midmarket ERP vendors should consider NetSuite as a serious competitor for manufacturing. It no longer suffices to claim NetSuite is immature.
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