Victoria's Port of Portland Opts for NetSuite [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NetSuite Inc., a provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced that Victoria's Port of Portland has gone live with NetSuite.
According to a release, Port of Portland replaced Epicor for financials; Astea International for shipping, accounts payable and receivable; HR3 for payroll; and MEX for maintenance, projects and operations, with a single instance of NetSuite for financials, payroll, project management, asset management and shipping.
Port of Portland is a deep-water bulk port located between the ports of Melbourne and Adelaide and is the international gateway for the Green Triangle Region, responsible for nearly two-thirds of Australia's wood production. The Port specialises in the import and export of bulk commodities, particularly agricultural, forestry and mining products, as well as aluminium and fertiliser. It has approximately five million tonnes in annual throughput, which is expected to grow to seven million tonnes over the next few years.
"As we are a small-to-medium business with only 55 employees and 20 operational maintenance staff, NetSuite's cloud-based solution was very appealing to us it means we can be cutting edge with the latest advancements in technology, without having to manage and upgrade it ourselves," said Kara King, company accountant for Port of Portland. "We don't have a full-time IT person and we are in a remote location, so having NetSuite helpdesk at our fingertips is a big thing."
In conjunction with NetSuite's cloud-based business management solution, Port of Portland is also able to use NetSuite's SuiteCloud Developer Network Partners i-Seaports for shipping and Infinet Cloud for payroll - which have built SuiteApp's on the NetSuite SuiteCloud Computing Platform and have achieved Built for NetSuite verification. Built for NetSuite is a program for SDN partners that provides them with information, resources and a method to verify that their applications and integrations meet new NetSuite standards and best practices, giving NetSuite customers additional confidence.
"We now have a ship reservation system in place with the ability to book a ship into the port and track it all the way through to invoicing and hitting our general ledger," said King. "This has significantly improved our commercial enterprise and transformed the efficiency, accuracy and insights of our day-to-day operation.
"Our CEO and senior management team now have complete and real- time visibility of all the information they require to make swift and effective business decisions. The introduction of NetSuite has also streamlined our data gathering and insight capabilities, saving us considerable time at month end with reporting. We can now run reports whenever we want and that has freed up about 30 percent of our time that we can now focus on other core functions."
"Port of Portland's executives and employees now have the functionality, information and tools they need to manage key aspects of their business better and streamline operations," said Mark Troselj, managing director of APAC and Japan for NetSuite. "NetSuite now supports Port of Portland's financial and operational efficiency, delivers real-time visibility and consolidation, and also provides flexibility for customisation to fulfil its unique needs within the shipping industry."
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