In conjunction with NetSuite's cloud-based business management solution, Port of Portland is also able to leverage NetSuite'sSuiteCloud Developer Network (SDN) 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.
The ability for NetSuite to fully integrate with i-Seaports' advanced shipping capabilities, was another key driver for Port of Portland's decision to select NetSuite. The integration provides the port with a traffic management centre to manage all aspects of a vessel call from reservations to departure, as well as a communications co-ordination centre to coordinate notifications, updates and communications at every point of a vessel call. All of this shipping functionality is fully integrated with NetSuite's financial capabilities, further streamlining the entire process for Port of Portland.
"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 Ms. King. "This has significantly improved our commercial enterprise and transformed the efficiency, accuracy and insights of our day-to-day operation."
The Infinet Cloud Payroll SuiteApp was specifically designed for Australian businesses looking to streamline payroll services and provides all the functionality Port of Portland needs to fulfill its payroll responsibilities -- from tax and superannuation calculations, through to employee payment and leave accrual. It requires no external integration to provide a complete and seamless payroll solution for the port. The result is a simple, highly featured payroll system enriched by NetSuite's core functionality.
Since implementing NetSuite, Port of Portland now has complete visibility into its entire business, with all components now automated and fully integrated with each other in real-time, from ship scheduling and project management, all the way through to finance. This has significantly improved the reliability, accuracy and integrity of its data, which it can now better manage moving forward. With most staff having access to NetSuite, they now have access to the data they need to do their jobs efficiently and help grow the business.
"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," said Ms King. "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."