NetLedger focuses on ERP

NetLedger Tuesday added the back office to its line of hosted front-office enterprise software with the introduction of NetERP, which supports supply chain management and the deployment of e-commerce Web sites.

NetERP is the first dedicated enterprise resource planning application available from NetLedger. It ties together procurement, inventory, order management and billing processes into a single hosted application.

The software is built on the accounting features of the company’s NetSuite product. NetERP then adds specific functionality to support wholesalers and distributors, and deployment of Web-based e-commerce. The application also features a customizable "dashboard" to provide insight into supply chain information for internal and external users.

The NetERP back-office software will be offered as a separate product or as an upgrade to NetSuite, which includes NetLedger’s NetCRM offering for the front office.

The software is aimed squarely at small to medium-sized companies, the same market that Microsoft is targeting with its Great Plains software. The difference is that NetLedger believes smaller companies will want to tap into its hosted model rather than deploying the software on their own.

"Our notion is to create a single integrated solution," says Zach Nelson, CEO of NetLedger. "We’ve built a database architecture where you can do such things as inventory management, accounting management, customer portals and vendor portals. Now you can manage the entire supply chain with one product. We think it streamlines everything much more than Great Plains."

One of the highlights of NetERP is inclusion of features targeted at product distribution companies, including serialized inventory, bar coding, pick/pack/ship capabilities, units of measure, quantity pricing, UPS integration and matrix item management.

The hosted software also will give users tools to create e-commerce portals on the Web, including personalized sites for customers, vendors or employees. The Web support includes a secure customer portal that provides data on order status, open invoices, and supports online payments.

The dashboard interface provides such data as best-selling items, top customers, bank balances, and reminders for such tasks as orders to approve, orders to fulfill, purchase orders to bill, bills to pay, and returns to authorize.

The hosted software starts at US$4,800 per year and includes a license for one user. Additional users are $75 per user per month. NetERP will ship in late August as an upgrade to NetSuite. The standalone version of NetERP will ship in September.

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