NetSuite Integration: A Need To Enhance Your Ecommerce Business

NetSuite Integration

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Why Business Need NetSuite Integration?

Enterprises are typically comprised of several customized applications, acquired from a third-party, keeping the legacy system safe, operating on multiple tiers different operating system platforms. An enterprise may have multiple different websites, multiple separate ERP instances, and countless departmental solutions.

Though the ERP vendors have had some success in designing & developing larger-than-ever business applications, however, in reality, the heavyweight ERPs like SAP, Dynamics AX, and Oracle can execute a fraction of the business-specific functions, required as per the changing needs of the organization.

It is evident from this fact that ERP systems are one of the popular integration points in the enterprises.

The second factor why business uses multiple applications and platforms to be integrated because spreading business functions across multiple applications provide them the flexibility to choose the “best” application package, the “best” CRM or the order processing system, suiting to respective business needs. One-stop-solution for enterprise applications is usually not what IT organizations are interested in.

NetSuite provides three main Integration options. They are as follows:

Option #1:

SuiteTalk: This platform provides a programmatic access to NetSuite data and business processes via an XML-based API (Application Programming Interface).

Option #2:

SuiteLets: This is an extension of the SuiteScript API that permit you to build custom NetSuite pages and backend logic. Suitelets are mainly server-side scripts that operate in a request-response model and are get invoked by HTTP GET or POST requests of system generated URLs

Option #3:

Restlets: These are server side scripts which interact with NetSuite data following RESTful principles. RESTlets extend the SuiteScript API, allow you to create custom integrations with NetSuite

 Restlets Vs SuiteTalk

Given below are the characteristics of RESTlets in comparison to SuiteTalk’s SOAP-based web services.

Properties Supported RESTlets SuiteTalk
Operations   search, get, add, update (heterogeneous) search, get, add, update (homogenous)
Authentication Yes Yes
HTTP Methods  PUT, GET, POST, DELETE POST
Login Details in the authorization header in the body (SOAP)
Passing of Parameters GET parameters on URL all parameters in body (SOAP)
Content Types  text/xml (explicit),JSON text/xml (explicit)
Environment Suitable for mobile devices, lightweight, bundleable heavy programming and deployment environment (C#, Java)
URL Clarity Yes

https://rest.netsuite.com/app/site/hosting/restlet.nl?… (For those clients hosted by NetSuite,  use the relative URL that do not include the domain.)

 Nohttps://webservices. netsuite.   com/ services/ NetSuitePort_ 2011_ 1

Restlets Vs SuiteLets

The given below table compares the functionalities of RESTlets with those of Suitelets.

Properties Supported RESTlets Suitelets
Operations get, search, update, add, get, search, update, add
Authentication Yes No , when available without login and executed as admin programing Yes, when viewed from a browser via a logged-in NetSuite user
Script Functions and HTTP Methods individual script function for respective HTTP method Single script function applicable for all HTTP method
Content Handling in-built handling of JSON input and output should code to convert JSON input and output
Governance 5,000 usage limit units per script 1,000 usage limit units per script
URL Clarity Yes
https://rest. netsuite. com/ app/ site/ hosting/ restlet. nl?….. (For those clients hosted by NetSuite,  use the relative URL which does not include the domain.)
No
https://forms/ netsuite. com/ app/ site/ hosting/ scriptlet. nl……

The Conclusion

Selecting methodology for NetSuite integration is based on several factors like, scalability, robustness, portability, security, the operations required to be performed on the amount of data, the authentication requirements on the data, provision of data recovery and backups, the amount of data that need to be transported from the external systems to NetSuite and vice versa. All these factors are deciding factors and need to be considered before opting an integration approach.

About The Author

The author is a NetSuite Technical Consultant at SuiteStation. SuiteStation provides an end to end customize development services for NetSuite integration, from SuiteCommerce implementation to ERP customization and deployment, NetSuite integration connectors and NetSuite mobility solutions. To know more Visit : http://www.suitestation.com

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