COMMCO Latest Company to Switch from SAP R/3 to NetSuite OneWorld; NetSuite Named Enterprise Accounting Software of the Year


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Cloud Business Suites Leader Earns Another SAP Convert and Enables COMMCO to
Run Core Business Functions Easier and at Much Lower Cost

COMMCO Saves in Excess of $1 Million with NetSuite OneWorld

SAN MATEO, Calif. – November 4, 2009 – NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), a leading
vendor of cloud computing business management software suites, today
announced that COMMCO LLC (, a Kansas City-based distribution
and light manufacturing company and a leading home improvement millwork
distributor, is the latest company to successfully switch from SAP R/3 to
NetSuite OneWorld, going live on time and on budget, and providing the
Kansas City-based company substantial savings.

In an effort to modernize its business operations and eliminate the high
cost of maintaining and upgrading SAP’s complex, on-premise software, COMMCO
transitioned to NetSuite and now relies on NetSuite’s cloud computing
platform for its core operational needs, including Enterprise Resource
Planning (ERP) functionality such as inventory management, ordering,
fulfillment, EDI communications, corporate financials, and reporting; and
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) functionality such as sales and
customer service management.

Franklin Christopher, President and CEO of COMMCO, provides an insightful
overview of his company’s move from SAP R/3 to the NetSuite Cloud in a
recently recorded webinar accessible here:

According to Christopher, SAP’s offerings fell far short of the NetSuite
cloud solution and Christopher calculated it had only 30 percent the
functionality of NetSuite: “NetSuite Professional Services provided us with
a smooth transition that included teaching us how to create our own
reporting so that the average employee could customize their own role-based
dashboards and reports going forward,” Christopher said. “SAP wanted our
business, but our knowing that NetSuite’s entire focus is on SaaS and the
depth of functionality they offered compared to SAP Business ByDesign made
the choice easy.”

COMMCO, based in Kansas City, Missouri, distributes moulding to the home
improvement market, including high-profile nationwide retailers such as
Lowe’s. The eight-year-old company’s 120 employees account for $45 million
in annual revenue. Previously, COMMCO was owned by another company, which
ran its business on SAP R/3. After being sold to new owners some years back,
COMMCO was grandfathered in to its former parent’s instance of the SAP
operating system. But with COMMCO’s prior parent company considering new
options, COMMCO was forced to choose between continuing its own instance of
SAP and managing it with a smaller staff, or selecting a next-generation
enterprise solution.

NetSuite OneWorld proved to be the right choice for COMMCO. The company
could not justify continuing to use SAP R/3 which would have cost in excess
of $1 million, so COMMCO looked for SaaS options which could be implemented
quickly, allowing a prompt transition off of its former ERP system. COMMCO
considered SAP’s SaaS product Business ByDesign, but declared NetSuite
OneWorld the superior solution and the one more easily tailored for a
remotely located, growing business like COMMCO.

NetSuite OneWorld provides COMMCO management with instant access to
customizable analytics, with no need for consulting fees to prepare new
reports. Because NetSuite OneWorld is cloud-based, COMMCO does not need to
manage and maintain complex software on desktops and laptops, nor does it
need to build a server room with all the associated costs and resources.
NetSuite helps COMMCO maintain its critical customer relationships with home
improvement powerhouses such as Lowe’s, at a cost far less than that of a
new SAP implementation.

As a SaaS pioneer, NetSuite has perfected the delivery model for today’s
always-on, business-anywhere enterprise. Anytime, anywhere access enables
companies to run lean, without a need for centralized facilities, while
providing instant scalability for enterprises expanding into new markets and

Unlike an SAP implementation, which can drag on for months or even years and
cost millions up-front, NetSuite solutions can be deployed worldwide in a
matter of weeks. Because upgrades are carefully and centrally managed,
business no longer need be disrupted while technologists try to adapt
yesterday’s customizations to today’s feature patch. And for those companies
already deeply reliant on SAP solutions looking to embrace the advantages
offered by SaaS, NetSuite OneWorld for SAP offers seamless integration for
subsidiaries and corporate divisions which need their own enterprise-grade
capabilities while maintaining transparency with the central system of
record. For more information about NetSuite OneWorld for SAP, please visit

For more information about NetSuite, please visit

NOTE: NetSuite and the NetSuite logo are registered service marks of
NetSuite Inc.

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