Microsoft Dynamics versus Netsuite is a common question.
This much is true. NetSuite is what I refer to as a “pure” cloud solution. It is really in the cloud in the sense that all you need to do to access NetSuite is open a browser, type in a user name and password, and you are in. Compare that with Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics SL which are not really in the cloud; they’re hosted solutions. To get to the cloud, you need a vehicle like Microsoft Terminal Server. And to get additional functionality, you need Citrix on top of that.
I don’t want to get too technical about the difference, but it boils down to this: NetSuite is a subscription model. It’s SaaS (Software as a Service). You pay per user per month and all of your upgrades and maintenance are included in that cost. You don’t purchase the software and you don’t need any hardware at all.
The Microsoft Dynamics model is more traditional. First of all, you purchase the software. Then you pay an annual maintenance fee based on a percentage or your original software cost. And, you pay for upgrades. But, you only pay for the software once, not monthly.
Total Cost of Ownership - ERP
So in the first year, a Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution is probably going to be more costly than NetSuite. But in the long term, the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) is going to get much closer.
In terms of cost, it also depends on functionality. NetSuite starts as low as $99 per user per month. But if you want the full financial suite, that will run around $1,200 per user per month. And if you want to add the project suite, that’s another $1,200 per user per month.
Because the pricing models are so different, any attempt to compare Microsoft Dynamics vs NetSuite from a cost perspective is like comparing apples and oranges. Not that it can’t be done. There are just a lot of different factors to consider to arrive a true comparison.
And now the question on everyone’s mind is: How will
NetSuite CRM vs Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Another issue to consider is CRM (Customer Relationship Management). On the one hand, NetSuite is awesome because it is a true unified solution, meaning that it includes everything from the front office (CRM) to the back office (Accounting/ERP) and even e-commerce. You just subscribe to the pieces you want. With Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics SL, you can get CRM but it’s not natively integrated. You’d have to use an integration tool like Scribe. Or if you want e-commerce, as another example, you’d have to use an integration tool like e-connect or integrate to a solution like k-eCommerce.
On the other hand, NetSuite CRM is not nearly as intuitive as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, nor does it offer the same level of functionality. On the
NetSuite vs Dynamics for Mobile
In a word, since NetSuite is a pure cloud solution, it’s completely available on any device, whether it’s a tablet like an iPad from Apple or a Surface from Microsoft, or your phone. That’s not to say that you can’t deploy Dynamics GP or SL on a mobile device. You can. It’s just not as seamless.
Caveat emptor! Let the buyer beware! Evaluating accounting, ERP and CRM systems can be confusing at best. What’s true is that in some cases, based on a company’s requirements, NetSuite is the best fit while in other cases Microsoft Dynamics is the best fit. Therefore, there is no single correct answer. Take the time to calculate the long-term vs the short-term costs of each product.
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