We know what you're thinking, “I am on the Fishbowl website. Of course it's going to suggest Fishbowl over NetSuite.” And, in some cases, you are right about that. Let's be honest, sometimes NetSuite might be a better option for you, especially if you have enough money to pay for a full ERP. However, if your budget is modest, Fishbowl will likely be a better option, but we'll get into that more in the comparison chart below. We will even link to comparisons by a bunch of impartial third-party companies at the end of this page if you don't trust our opinion.
NetSuite and Fishbowl both have their strengths and weaknesses. Fishbowl's primary focus is on your inventory, from advanced purchasing, robust manufacturing, and warehousing your items all the way to picking, packing, and shipping those items. We have all the reporting and business intelligence tools you need to make better business decisions. We try to make these processes as simple as possible while maintaining all the features you will need and some features you might not even know you wanted. We offer integrations with dozens of popular applications to help fit Fishbowl into your business, like QuickBooks, Amazon, Shopify, Salesforce, Dropbox, Magento, and SolidWorks just to name a few.
We have been at it for 20 years, but guess what, NetSuite has, too. NetSuite offers a full ERP solution, which replaces your accounting program, and it also has marketing automation and HR features. Fishbowl adds on to, and enhances, your existing solutions while NetSuite replaces them. If you are looking for all those features, and price isn't a concern, then NetSuite might be for you.
Let's talk about the inventory and manufacturing features you'll get with Fishbowl and NetSuite. Here is a fancy checklist to help you visualize them:
|Bill of Materials|
|Supply Chain Management|
|Reporting and Business Intelligence|
|Ease of Use|
There are some differences within those categories, but the main point is that both solutions will get the job done. What it really comes down to is cost, flexibility, and ease of use. So if you are looking to save money and find something that isn't overly complicated, but at the same time provides you with all the features and inventory flow control that you want and need, then (surprise, surprise) we suggest Fishbowl.
But don't just take our word for it. As promised, here are some impartial websites that also did a comparison of Fishbowl and NetSuite. They don't have every feature correct, but you get the idea (for instance, Fishbowl has lots of reporting and analytics tools).