What does a NetSuite consultant do?

This blog explains the practical steps that NetSuite consultants like SuiteSparkle take to help businesses make the most of their investment in NetSuite.

6/27/20244 min read

man standing in front of people sitting beside table with laptop computers
man standing in front of people sitting beside table with laptop computers

Almost all modern business is conducted, based on or derived online.

Staying ahead of the competition means utilising the best technology the business world has to offer. NetSuite, a leading cloud-based ERP system, has emerged as the frontrunner for organisations seeking to integrate and automate their most critical workflows, streamlining operations, enhancing productivity and driving growth.

However, an effective NetSuite implementation requires much more than just the software. It requires expertise, experience and guidance, all tailored to your organisation’s unique needs. And thats where NetSuite consultants, like SuiteSparkle, come into play.

What is a NetSuite consultant?

A NetSuite consultant is the unsung hero behind most successful ERP deployments. They’re seasoned professionals who quite literally make it their job to know the ins and outs of the NetSuite platform. Crucially, they’re equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to navigate the potentially overwhelming complexities, allowing your business to unleash NetSuite’s incredible full potential. The cost of hiring a NetSuite consultant varies based on the project. Still, it’s important to remember that their expertise can lead to significant cost savings in the long run.

The above is the general principle of a NetSuite consultant and their role. For the rest of this blog, we’ll explain the practical steps we take here at SuiteSparkle to help you make the most of your NetSuite investment.

Expertise through strategic partnership

At SuiteSparkle, our friendly NetSuite consultant team isn’t just here for coding and technological puzzles. No, we’ll become your strategic partners, dedicated to empowering your business through transformative, IT-based solutions.

A strategic partnership means that a NetSuite consultant makes your success our success. You become a team, joined at the hip by the same objective. This leads to a healthy, ongoing relationship in which the business and your SuiteSparkle consultant work together to achieve common goals. From inception to ongoing tweaking and optimisation, our consultants play a critical role in every phase of the ERP journey, ensuring that your voice and needs are always heard and valued

Gathering your requirements and analysing them

When a business first reaches out to SuiteSparkle, the journey begins. We take a deep dive into their processes and objectives – by their side and with their permission, of course. We’ll work closely with your stakeholders to understand your unique and department-specific requirements, pain points and things you’d love to see.

Through this meticulous analysis – the most essential phase of the entire process – consultants like us translate your business’s needs into actionable plans, laying the foundation for a unique NetSuite implementation tailored to your enterprise.

System design and configuration

Once we’ve defined a well-defined and clear roadmap, we’ll kickstart the design and configuration phase. Naturally, it’s here that our dedicated experience and unique skills become most apparent as we put these into practice, building an ERP system to match the plan.

Our specialist NetSuite consultants are crucial for all manner of design and operational procedures. For example, we customise modules, configure workflows, implement automation and integrate every relevant module across the system. Every aspect is meticulously crafted to optimise efficiency and scalability.

Data migration and integration

Arguably the most daunting task in ERP deployment is data migration. Migrating data from legacy systems into a new system is complex enough. However, you’ll also likely need to combine multiple data sources in various formats and from a wide range of original applications and files. In addition, most companies have millions upon millions of data points, and the scale of the potential problem becomes more evident.

Thankfully, NetSuite consultants like SuiteSparkle know the best ways to combat this efficiently. We’ll employ proven methodologies and tools to ensure a smooth transition, safeguard data integrity and minimise downtime. Whether you need to import financial records or synchronise client data, we’ll orchestrate it so you don’t have to. Our consultants are well-versed in data migration and integration best practices, ensuring your data is secure and your business operations are uninterrupted during the transition.

Customisation and development

No two businesses are alike. As a result, all ERPs are different. Our NetSuite consultants leverage their expertise in customisation and development to tailor the system to meet specific needs. For example, your organisation might need to regularly create custom reports, build bespoke workflows or integrate unique or little-heard-of third-party applications.

Whatever your requirements, we know how to utilise NetSuite to make it happen. In contrast, detailed customisation is very challenging to implement without formal training and years of experience.

User training and support

Your ERP system is only as good as its users make it. You could have the best setup in the world, but if nobody makes the most of it, there’s no point. As a result, success hinges on user adoption. At SuiteSparkle, our NetSuite consultants recognise the importance of gently explaining the benefits of the new ERP deployment as well as how it works. We offer comprehensive training alongside user support to ensure your staff are confident and capable of using the system. Put together, this gives staff the confidence to embrace the change.

Industry-specific expertise and process improvements

Beyond technical proficiency, our NetSuite consultants bring industry-specific expertise to the table. Thanks to our vast experience, we understand the unique needs of different sectors. We then use this knowledge to identify opportunities for process improvements and operational excellence, using our experience to explain the best ways in which your specific enterprise can tailor NetSuite to meet your objectives. For example, this could include streamlining financial processes, optimising supply chain management or integrating the two.

Ongoing support and optimisation

Even after your ERP system launches, the journey that started with learning about your business needs continues. It’s just the beginning. Our NetSuite consultants provide continuous back-end support, optimising services to ensure the system evolves with the organisation and patching bugs, glitches, and security flaws.

From performance tuning and system updates to driving continuous improvement initiatives, NetSuite consultants like us remain committed to maximising the ROI of your NetSuite investment. We’re in it for the long run with you.

Unlocking value

To sum up, NetSuite consultants are catalysts. We drive change and digital transformation, using our unique skillsets to unlock value that would otherwise remain hidden. Acting as your guide, we help you navigate the complexities of ERP implementation, mitigate risks, accelerate adoption and unleash the full potential of the NetSuite platform.

With a SuiteSparkle consultant by your side, you can confidently embark on this journey, knowing your ERP investment is in safe hands. With over eight years of NetSuite-specific experience, we’re here for all your ERP needs. Don’t delay; contact us today to discover how our NetSuite experts can help transform your business.