Migrating off Netsuite - The hidden cost of Clouds..
Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 9 March 4000.Article originally from rooJSolutions blog
One of the more interesting projects I have ongoing is a migration and deployment of an ERP system. For a bit of background, our customer was persuaded about 3-4 years ago that moving their accounting and Stock management into Netsuite would be a good idea.
For those who have not heard of Netsuite, it's a Cloud based ERP system, that from my understanding runs on an oracle backend and is totally web based. All the users log into the website, enter the various stock activity (Purchase Orders, Item Receipt, Bills, Sales orders, Invoices, Item Fulfilments and Various Credit Memos), along with the standard accounting features like Journal entries. etc.... The system keeps track of your stock and should give you a value of stock on hand, along with doing your audit-able reports.
Well, I'm guessing anyone who has worked with ERP systems, probably knows that the devil is in the details for this. The company I have been working with have been using this for over 2 years now, and are beginning to see the ugly side of cloud based system (which is why we are trying to migrate off of it.), Let's have a look through the issues.