Danielle Tarp

Oracle NetSuite Corporate Communications

Microsoft Dynamics GP customers go from great pains to great gains with NetSuite cloud

NetSuite Cloud ERP Replaces Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) and Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) at Growing Number of Organisations

SAN MATEO, Calif.—April 9, 2013—NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today announced several customer wins that are among the growing number of organisations upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) and Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) to NetSuite's cloud-based business software suite. Organisations that abandon Microsoft's on-premise ERP products are realizing greater efficiency, visibility, scalability and the business growth made possible by business management in the cloud.

Executives of former Microsoft Dynamics GP user Louisiana Advocacy Center, a non-profit agency that serves individuals with physical and mental disabilities and senior citizens, will share insights into the challenges they faced running Microsoft ERP software and the benefits they have gained by upgrading to NetSuite at a Tuesday, April 16 webinar, "Why Companies Like Yours Are Abandoning Microsoft Dynamics GP for the NetSuite Cloud." Click here to register for the webinar, and to learn more about moving from Microsoft ERP to NetSuite, please visit

NetSuite's flexible, cloud-based business software suite allows former Microsoft ERP customers now running on NetSuite to focus on growing their business and serving customers, while avoiding the time and costs requirements associated with maintaining and upgrading an on-premise system. With NetSuite's single, unified cloud-based business software suite, these organisations have also eliminated the need to run separate on-premise software packages supporting such processes as accounting, CRM, Ecommerce, service management, inventory and more, avoiding the unproductive manual work and risk of data inaccuracy inherent with disparate business applications.

Hundreds of companies have abandoned Microsoft Dynamics GP's antiquated architecture and bloated cost structure for NetSuite, the world's leading cloud ERP suite solution, gaining a scalable platform for rapid growth in a modern, integrated, web-native and cloud-based solution that provides:

Integration across a single suite. NetSuite integrates ERP, CRM, Ecommerce and more into a single cloud application, eliminating the integration issues and manual data re-entry typically required in multi-application environments centered around Microsoft ERP.

Real-time financial and operational visibility. NetSuite holds all corporate data in a single database, giving users on-demand access to critical business data and metrics, while Microsoft ERP systems typically lack real-time financials and operational visibility

Lower total cost of ownership. NetSuite's simple and straightforward licensing structure eliminates expensive upgrade projects, uncertainty over unexpected costs, the need for a large in-house IT staff and the high capital costs of initial deployment, inherent in Microsoft ERP systems, typically resulting in lower TCO.

Ease of implementation, customisation, maintenance and use. With NetSuite, implementations are both faster and less expensive than with Microsoft Dynamics GP, while advanced customisation capabilities allow users to tailor NetSuite to business practices and migrate easily with upgrades.

Built-in multi-subsidiary management and financial consolidation. Microsoft ERP can consolidate multinational financial information for month-end reporting if users run separate Great Plains accounts and use external reporting tools, while NetSuite enables real-time global business management and financial consolidation for multinational, multi-subsidiary companies, needing only a web browser and an Internet connection.

Customers that have upgraded from Microsoft ERP include the Louisiana Advocacy Center and Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions.

The Louisiana Advocacy Center (, a non-profit organisation headquartered in New Orleans that provides advocacy and protection for senior citizens and individuals with physical and mental disabilities, selected NetSuite to replace Microsoft Dynamics GP shortly after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 exposed the inherent weaknesses of on-premise software and servers in ensuring business continuity in the face of disaster. Besides eliminating the risk of losing access to critical data during a disaster, NetSuite has given the 60-person Advocacy Center a unified, efficient platform for accounting, financial reporting, time and expense management, purchasing and CRM customised for fund-raising, with NetSuite SuiteCommerce enabling online donations with automated reconciliation to back-end financials. Previously struggling with problematic reporting on out-of-date data in Great Plains, the Advocacy Center now has real-time consolidated visibility across every aspect of its operations. Financial statements that took hours to generate with a cumbersome hybrid of Great Plains and spreadsheets can now be produced in minutes. With NetSuite, the Advocacy Center eliminated a "big knot" of disjointed processes around an old and unsupported version of Great Plains that would have been costly and time-consuming to update, freeing staff to better focus on the agency's core mission. "Compared to the version of Great Plains we were running, NetSuite is better in every way," said John Felt, Advocacy Center CIO. "The NetSuite interface is far superior and easier to use and reports look better and are easier to create. The NetSuite system is faster and my small staff no longer has to worry about back-end server issues."

Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions (, an Oakville, Ontario, Canada-based fully integrated human capital company that works with organisations to strengthen their most valuable asset, their people, launched NetSuite in February 2010. Its integrated teams of specialists help clients seamlessly find, develop, and optimise their talent to create competitive advantage and execute their strategy. With 300 employees in Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership & Talent Development, Career Management and Workforce Management, as well strategic alliances with Career Star Group for career transition and Amrop for executive search, we serve clients across North American and around the world. Since implementing NetSuite, the company has experienced improved access to business information enabling it to manage operations more efficiently. The company previously used Microsoft's Dynamics NAV system, but had outgrown its capabilities. The NetSuite OneWorld global business management solution allows Knightsbridge to track financial information for four legal entities with operations in Canada, the United States, Australia and the U.K. in their local currencies and perform monthly conversions and consolidations in an automated platform, completely eliminating the need to use Excel spreadsheets. With NetSuite CRM and Advanced Projects, Knightsbridge mobile employees have a unified real-time web system to cultivate customers and track services performed. NetSuite reporting allows management to track revenues and review reports on-line as opposed to periodic Excel reports that were previously provided.  Built-in revenue recognition capabilities, and drill-down reporting from high-level metrics to transactional detail has streamlined financial processes and provided greater visibility of business metrics. Since going live with NetSuite, Knightsbridge has enjoyed year-over-year double digit revenue growth, while keeping back office costs constant. "With NetSuite, we now have real-time information anytime we need it instead of getting the numbers once a month in Excel spreadsheets," said Doug Muir, Knightsbridge's Controller. "We looked at other offerings, but NetSuite by far provided us the best solution in terms of scalability and secure remote access as a cloud-based system."

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