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8 Things Fabrication Shops Need To Know Before Buying Metal Fabrication Software

By Eric Smith on Apr 15, 2021 11:28:51 AM

Metal fabrication isn’t the same business it was a decade ago, or really even five years ago. With customers demanding that everything be faster, cheaper, and more complex, the only way to succeed is to have deep knowledge and analysis of every single thing happening in your shop-- in real-time. Not an easy task.

Today’s fabricators have to coordinate all the moving parts at a moment’s notice: supplies and suppliers, in-house operations, job runs, machines and scheduling, maintenance, quality inspections, tool maintenance, labor, inventory, work-in-process (WIP), client requirements, and delivery schedules. And that’s just for starters.

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The Ultimate NetSuite Competitors Guide [Updated for 2022]

By Eric Smith on Jan 1, 2021 10:27:00 AM

Let me guess, your organization has embarked on a ERP initiative and NetSuite is at the top of your list.

Am I right? 

If you said yes, you're in good company! 

Topics: NetSuite vs Competitor
9 min read

Manufacturing ERP Must Haves: Top 15 Things to Consider Before Buying New ERP Software

By Eric Smith on Nov 13, 2020 12:30:35 PM

Is your manufacturing company looking for a way to streamline operations, boost productivity, and reduce costs? If so, a centralized Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform can help you achieve those aims, among others. Yet, before partnering with just any vendor, it helps to understand your industry's unique needs.

Topics: manufacturing manufacturing erp
9 min read

Top 8 Requirements to Look for in a Food and Beverage ERP System?

By Eric Smith on Feb 25, 2020 11:06:43 AM

Arguably no industry requires end-to-end traceability as much as the Food and Beverage (F&B) sector.

With safety, sanitation, and satisfaction hinging on transparency and visibility at every level, F&B leaders around the world are looking for ways to streamline operations across the supply chain.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, like NetSuite can get them there. Yet, the market is seemingly flooded with vendors promising best-of-breed solutions. How can leaders in this space know which Food and Beverage ERP system will be the best one for their needs?

Topics: Food & Beverage
7 min read

NetSuite vs Intacct: (Ultimate Insiders Guide)

By Eric Smith on Feb 3, 2020 2:39:00 PM

This is the most comprehensive comparison guide featuring NetSuite vs Intacct available.

I'm going to compare and contrast NetSuite against Intacct in great detail, in areas that are often overlooked during the sales process.   

In short: if you want a single online resource to help you during your ERP evaluation this should be the one.

Let's get started.

Topics: NetSuite vs Competitor NetSuite vs Intacct
26 min read

Considering NetSuite ERP Software? Stop! Read This NetSuite Pricing Guide First.

By Eric Smith on Jan 6, 2020 8:00:00 AM

This is the most comprehensive NetSuite pricing & licensing guide on the planet.

The best part?

I'm going to show you everything you need to know to secure an amazing NetSuite license contract and quite possibly save you tens of thousands of dollars.  

In short: if you want a single online resource to help you answer all your NetSuite pricing related questions this should be the one to bookmark for future reference. 

Don't have time to read, watch the short video instead.

Lastly, want get right to the numbers?  Click the chat bot bottom right hand corner to calculate your NetSuite price in real time.

Topics: NetSuite netsuite licensing
12 min read

The Ultimate Comparison: NetSuite vs Salesforce.com [Updated for 2022]

By Eric Smith on Jan 1, 2020 10:40:00 AM

This is the most comprehensive NetSuite vs Salesforce.com comparison guide on the web.

The best part?

I'm going to show you everything you need to consider when comparing NetSuite and Salesforce from a platform, application and ecosystem perspective.    

In short: if you want a single online resource to help you during your CRM or ERP evaluation this should be the one to bookmark for future reference. 

Let's get started.

4 min read

Industrial Manufacturing Case Study: Southern Rebar & Supplies

By Eric Smith on Dec 13, 2019 12:09:37 PM

One industrial manufacturer reduced its inventory levels by 40% within a few months of working with Cumula 3 Group to implement the NetSuite cloud enterprise resource planning solution.

Topics: Case Study
2 min read

10 Tips for Complying with Sales Tax Regulations

By Eric Smith on Jun 14, 2019 11:24:28 AM

Repost from Avalara

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Insider Advice Ahead Of Your NetSuite Implementation

By Kevin Ovalle on May 13, 2019 5:06:33 PM

By Kevin Ovalle, Vice President of Anderson Frank.

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NetSuite vs Great Plains: Which is best?

By Eric Smith on Apr 29, 2019 2:11:31 PM

The ERP selection process is tedious—and rightfully so. The system you choose will inevitably become the backbone of your business processes for years to come.

Select the right one, and you’ll be well on your way to being a more efficient business; choose the wrong one, and you’ll find yourself wrestling with all kinds of bottlenecks and complications. Worst case, you might run your business processes to a grinding halt.

Below we compare two well-known ERP providers: NetSuite vs Great Plains (Microsoft Dynamics GP). Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, with different competencies depending on business use-cases and implementation.

At the end of this article, you will gain better perspective on the NetSuite vs Great Plains debate and, hopefully, get one step closer to finding the right ERP software for your business.



Topics: NetSuite vs Competitor
7 min read

Ultimate Guide: Acumatica vs NetSuite: Which is best?

By Eric Smith on Apr 29, 2019 12:45:55 PM

Finding a suitable ERP solution is an important choice for emerging businesses—you’ll likely be married to the solution of your choice for a long time. There’s no going back without incurring high costs and time-consuming tasks of re-creating workflows, system integrations, training, and more. In other words, choose wisely the first time around,

When choosing an ERP system, you need to figure out where your business is now and where you envision it in the next five to ten years. Going through this mental exercise will help you decide whether to invest for the long term or simply go with the most affordable choice that passes your minimum requirements today.

Here we compare NetSuite vs Acumatica. These two ERP solutions have both been well received by their respective customer bases, but each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The objective of this article is to help you figure out which works best for your business.

Topics: NetSuite vs Competitor
6 min read

NetSuite vs. Epicor: Which is best?

By Eric Smith on Apr 24, 2019 7:02:02 PM

Choosing the right ERP software is a bit like shopping for the right shoe: there isn’t really a “single best choice”, but some options are guaranteed to fit your needs better than others.

In this article, we've created a head-to-head comparison between Oracle NetSuite vs Epicor, two immensely popular ERP solutions, both with significant pedigree and history. The former is a do-it-all cloud-based solution, and the latter is an extremely specialized platform that performs well in specific industries and deployment modes.

Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will be able to get a clear picture of which ERP solution meets your company’s needs.

Topics: NetSuite vs Competitor
2 min read

What is NetSuite?

By Eric Smith on Mar 22, 2019 10:13:01 AM

If you are a business owner/executive looking to move beyond accounting software to an all-inclusive solution, you are likely to come across Netsuite as one of the most well-known potential solutions for you to consider.

Topics: NetSuite NetSuite vs Competitor
1 min read

Another Successful NetSuite Implementation: Create Music Group

By Eric Smith on Jan 8, 2019 12:45:50 PM

Pleasanton, Calif.—January, 2019—Cumula 3 Group, a leading 5-Star NetSuite Solution Provider, announced its most recent NetSuite go-live success with Create Music Group, based in Los Angeles, CA.

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Another Successful NetSuite Implementation: Southern Rebar and Supplies

By Eric Smith on Nov 8, 2018 2:15:46 PM

Pleasanton, Calif.—November 8, 2018—Cumula 3 Group, a leading 5-Star NetSuite Solution Provider, announced its most recent NetSuite go-live success with Southern Rebar and Supplies (SRS), based in Knoxville, TN.

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Another Successful QuickBooks to NetSuite Migration: Xpansiv's Story

By Eric Smith on Oct 25, 2018 11:33:59 AM

Pleasanton, Calif.—October 23, 2018—Cumula 3 Group, a leading 5-Star NetSuite Solution Provider, announced its most recent NetSuite go-live success with Xpansiv, an emerging data analytics provider designed for commodity producers and consumers based in San Francisco, CA.

Topics: QuickBooks vs NetSuite
3 min read

Benefits from Integrated Restaurant Inventory Management Software

By Jamie Bucciarelli on Oct 4, 2018 11:04:31 AM

What does the ideal restaurant management system look like?

Imagine an ideal restaurant management business system.  In your perfect world what would this look like?

  • Does it include many systems each running separately?
  • Are integrations hard to maintain?
  • Does each department have a distinct (and defensible) version of the ‘truth’?
  • Is it difficult to consolidate information across stores and across multiple brands quickly to support executive decision making?  
  • Do you spend a bunch of time managing  systems instead of growing your business?

Restaurants have so many systems there are now companies with the sole purpose of tying legacy systems together!  That doesn’t feel like a step in the right direction.

Topics: NetSuite For Retail
2 min read

NetSuite OpenAir Pricing [Updated for '19]

By Eric Smith on Oct 4, 2018 11:00:47 AM

If you're looking for NetSuite OpenAir pricing information for 2019, you've come to the right place! 

NetSuite OpenAir is a powerful Professional Software Automation (PSA) application for service based companies desiring a feature rich, cloud based project management solution.

Topics: netsuite pricing
4 min read

Trends in Restaurant Management Software For Chains & Franchises

By Eric Smith on Jul 17, 2018 3:05:25 PM

Americans are eating out more than ever according to a recent Nielsen report. New research suggest Americans on average spend around $70,000 on takeout and delivery alone during their lifetime. This data, combined with a strong customer price index, suggest 2018 will be a strong year for the restaurant industry. This is great news for restaurant executives. Especially true for large restaurants chains and franchises who have the right mix of technology and software at their fingertips to make critical business decisions backed by sound data.

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The True Cost of Not Investing in Warehouse Management Software

By George Gulliford on Oct 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Any new investment has a price, but most often, it’s the cost of not implementing the right solution that has the largest impact on an organization.

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A Comprehensive Guide to NetSuite Add On Modules

By Eric Smith on Oct 11, 2017 3:46:38 PM

One of the best parts about being a NetSuite customer is the ability to make the platform your own, based on your business needs, processes and goals.

One of the ways that you can achieve this is by leveraging the NetSuite add on modules available for license (beyond the standard ERP and CRM functionality). But first let’s review what comes standard when you license NetSuite.

Topics: NetSuite netsuite licensing
3 min read

NetSuite Partners: Working with One Can Make or Break your Implementation

By Eric Smith on Sep 7, 2017 3:06:20 PM

When it comes to an ERP implementation, you have several important decisions to make. Not only will you decide which ERP system is the best fit for your company, you will also decide whether or not to work with a solution provider/Value Added Reseller (VAR) and if so, which one. If you are considering the purchase of a NetSuite license, the good news for you is that there is an extensive network of NetSuite Solution Providers. In this post, we’ll explore how working with NetSuite partners can shape the outcome of your NetSuite initiative and how to go beyond the software to find the right partner for long-term success.

Topics: NetSuite netsuite implementation NetSuite Partners
2 min read

Distroller Accelerates Growth With NetSuite For Retail

By Eric Smith on Sep 1, 2017 11:07:03 AM

Unless you have young children and have recently lived in Mexico, chances are you have never heard of Distroller. Thats about to change, founded in Mexico City, Distroller has disrupted the retail market in Mexico with over 60 locations and is poised to do the same in United States, with the recent opening of a flagship location in San Diego and additional location in Houston, Texas.

Topics: NetSuite NetSuite Retail
4 min read

Cloud-Based Financial Management Systems Featured in Gartner's Magic Quadrant - NetSuite Review

By Eric Smith on Aug 28, 2017 1:06:02 PM

Recently, Gartner published a first-of-its-kind analysis on  “Cloud Core Financial Management Suites” as part of its Magic Quadrant series. In case you aren’t familiar with Gartner's Magic Quadrant it's a series of market research reports that demonstrate market trends, direction maturity and participating vendors.  

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NetSuite Financial Planning with PBCS

By Eric Smith on Aug 23, 2017 7:38:59 AM

For those that have been in the NetSuite ecosystem for a few years you may recall a time where NetSuite partnered with Adaptive Insights to create a module known as NetSuite Financial Planning to offer clients a cloud-based planning and forecasting solution that was imbedded in NetSuite. Since the recent acquisition by Oracle, the NetSuite Financial Planning module is no longer available, however Oracle has created a connector to tightly integrate NetSuite with Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, also known as PBCS.  

Topics: PBCS Oracle
2 min read

5 Things To Expect When Working with NetSuite Partners

By Eric Smith on Jul 26, 2017 7:01:00 AM

If you are entertaining the idea of working with NetSuite Partners for your ERP implementation and beyond, you might be wondering exactly what you should expect from the relationship. What’s it like to work with an organization that handles everything from negotiating your NetSuite license, implementing the solution to providing ongoing support and training?

Topics: NetSuite Partners
3 min read

How to Find the Right Netsuite Partners

By Eric Smith on Jul 17, 2017 12:30:14 PM

How will you identify the right NetSuite partners for your NetSuite initiative? Are you looking for assistance with NetSuite licensing, NetSuite implementation services, NetSuite integration services or perhaps a NetSuite Partner with SuiteCommerce experience?

Topics: NetSuite Partners
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NetSuite Conference Recap - Suite World 2017

By Eric Smith on May 4, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Several clients and prospective NetSuite customers have asked various questions about this year’s NetSuite conference that took place on April 24th - 27th. This blog post will hopefully highlight and summarize the main points and themes presented during the 3 day event and some of my personal takeaways.

Topics: SuiteWorld
3 min read

Making Sense of ASC 606 & NetSuite's New Revenue Recognition Module

By Eric Smith on Apr 4, 2017 4:29:34 PM

There’s been a lot of questions and uncertainty around how revenue is recognized under the new ASC 606 standard that was first released in May 2014 but finally being required to implement effectively beginning after Dec 15, 2017 for public entities and certain non-profits and for private entities with a 2019 fiscal year.  This change will have a substantial impact on all accounting and ERP systems but for the purpose of this blog we’ll focus on existing and future NetSuite customers.

Topics: NetSuite ASC 606
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Quick Reference Guide: NetSuite Partner List

By Eric Smith on Mar 8, 2017 11:39:51 AM

A few weeks ago we had a prospective client reach out to discuss their NetSuite initiative because she was leaning towards working with a NetSuite Solution Provider Partner on their implementation (instead of working directly with NetSuite's professional services team).

Topics: NetSuite Partners
2 min read

QuickBooks vs NetSuite: Compare Solutions Based on Your Goals

By Eric Smith on Feb 10, 2017 7:15:00 AM

If you are using QuickBooks today and experiencing limitations that are causing duplicate work, an overwhelm of spreadsheets, and a patchwork of loosely integrated systems, do not despair!

Topics: NetSuite QuickBooks vs NetSuite
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NetSuite For Retail: A CFO's Perspective on NetSuite

By David Reid on Oct 27, 2016 3:12:48 PM

The retail paradigm has shifted toward unified commerce and if you’re a retailer you should be taking a long serious look at NetSuite and its capabilities. NetSuite offers retail omnichannel software solutions that are cost effective to acquire and can be deployed quickly and scale as your business needs evolve and grow.

Topics: NetSuite Retail
3 min read

Generate more Revenue with NetSuite POS solutions

By David Reid on Oct 10, 2016 9:46:49 AM

Did you know that according to the Database Marketing Institute that a customer’s email is worth $19.36 annually to a retailer. Imagine if you could collect the emails of just a fraction your in-store traffic. That could substantially benefit your bottom-line. Frustratingly, I see these revenues squandered through poorly integrated legacy systems or worse yet, retailers using NetSuite with a poorly integrated point of sale solution.

Topics: NetSuite POS NetSuite For Retail
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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on NetSuite Partners

By Eric Smith on Oct 4, 2016 12:01:27 PM

It would be wise of ERP buyers to consider the health of its partner community when choosing new ERP software. In the NetSuite ecosystem in particular, roughly 50% of all new NetSuite customers choose to license and implement through NetSuite Partners, referred to as NetSuite Solution Providers. 

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10 Signs Your Business is Ready For A QuickBooks Alternative

By Eric Smith on Apr 5, 2016 1:21:33 PM

For US based startups QuickBooks is the de facto standard for accounting software with over 5 million SMB's to prove it.  QuickBooks contains many of the bells and whistles new companies require at an attractive price point and requires little setup.  

However, after a few years of significant growth QuickBooks lacks the capabilities that an emerging business requires which generally prompts business executives to begin searching for a QuickBooks alternative Throwing headcount and spreadsheets at the problem is just not feasible any longer.  

Topics: NetSuite QuickBooks vs NetSuite
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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On NetSuite Implementation Cost

By Eric Smith on Apr 4, 2016 2:46:01 PM

If you're reading this, chances are high you are considering NetSuite for your growing company. For many potential NetSuite buyers it can be difficult to find high quality, up to date information on how much does NetSuite cost to implement and all the factors that go into a successful NetSuite implementation. As well as, how does one find NetSuite implementation partners to work with? The aim of this post is to answer these questions and many more!

Topics: netsuite implementation
3 min read

5 Questions To Ask: Before Tackling a Netsuite Integration Project

By Eric Smith on Dec 21, 2015 6:00:17 PM

As more companies embrace “the Cloud” new application vendors continue to emerge and extend functionality to core application providers thereby enabling customers to build their "own suite" of best of breed applications.   In this blog, we’ll tackle key information that you need to know in order to successfully integrate NetSuite with other applications as well as some of the ramifications you should be aware of as you plan your NetSuite integration project.

Topics: Integration NetSuite