Most of the time when I talk to my prospects looking to automate their professional services organization the dilemma is the choice between NetSuite SRP or Openair PSA. These two are not just set of applications with a few overlapping functionality but also integrate with each other.

So what’s at offer?

NetSuite SRP

NetSuite SRP provides a comprehensive, end-to-end Services Resource Planning (SRP) solution that supports an entire services business. From Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Professional Services Automation (PSA), to accounting/Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), NetSuite SRP supports the complete bid-to-bill lifecycle with a powerful Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) suite.

OpenAir PSA

From resource management and project management, to time and expense tracking, project accounting and advanced billing and invoicing, NetSuite OpenAir supports the entire professional services delivery lifecycle with a powerful Software-as-a-Services (SaaS) suite.

What is the difference?

NetSuite comes from its legacy of being a strong financial management solution which has added functionality of Project management and later Resource management and project accounting but OpenAir was born to perform these functions. OpenAir being Lasor focused on project management, Resource management, Time tracking, Project Accounting and expense management integrates with most of the Financial accounting software, CRM tools and HR tools.

Who Scores Where?

Netsuite or NetSuite OpenAir

Still Confused what to go for ?

Ask these questions and you should be clear.

1. What’s driving your requirement for automation? Project Management or an Integrated solution?

2. How big is your Professional services organisation?

3. Do you have a Financial management system in place and you are satisfied with it?

4. How important is skill management and resource management for projects?

If the requirement is driven from your Professional Services team and you are a organisation with more than 100 project members and are not planning to replace your existing financial management solution then OpenAir becomes a natural choice. On the other side if the requirement is driven from the finance team then you are possibly looking at replacing your ERP / financial management system with NetSuite SRP.

Whenever you have overlapping functionalities it is quite natural to get confused, however if we are clear on what is driving the requirement, we definitely can zero down on the right solution. Openair today boasts of the best of professional services organisations using it integrated with NetSuite or any other financials, whereas NetSuite today boasts of larger services and software organisations either integrated with Openair or other PSA tools as well if needed.

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Amit Prabhu, as General manager, drives and oversees the services business portfolio at Aarialife which is focused on Oracle NetSuite and Zoho. A business strategist with keen interest in Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and IOT, Amit brings with him an extensive experience of consulting over cloud technology across industries for nearly a decade.

Amit’s strength has always been in recommending the right solution to resolve complex business problems by demonstrating the right solution.

A double post graduate in technology and management, Amit enjoys playing sport’s and is a gym enthusiast.

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