ERP and PLM: A Powerful Team

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, like NetSuite, can address a great deal of business operations. NetSuite is perfectly designed to manage financials, for example:

  • To coordinate purchasing and accounting; 
  • To control inventory;
  • To schedule production activities;
  • To track sales;
  • To organize shipping.

When it comes to managing product data, ERP systems do not have the full capabilities to handle product requirements, concept to detailed design, introduction of new products, bill of materials and change throughout the product development and production stages. Have you ever tried to control change for your BOMs in an ERP? If the answer is yes, you know the issues that may go along with those types of changes.

This is why ERP Guru made the decision to leverage the cloud to introduce a new Product Lifecycle Management(PLM) solution by becoming an Autodesk PLM 360 Advisor. With a highly flexible and agile cloud-based PLM solution, Autodesk revolutionized traditional systems. What used to be massive to implement and exclusive to big enterprises from the automotive, aerospace and military industries is now accessible to manufacturing companies of all sizes. No more heavy infrastructure to install and to maintain. No more endless implementation to fear. No more new releases to test for months before installation.


Autodesk PLM 360 and NetSuite address specific business needs and complete each other.  

Over the past few years, Autodesk and NetSuite have become great partners that work more and more hand in hand. Since data is shared between ERP and PLM, it may quickly become confusing to tell what should drive what. As a simplistic line of demarcation, we could say that NetSuite is the system of financial records while PLM 360 is the system of product records. While transactions are performed in NetSuite, cyclical processes (revisioning  changes, …) take place in PLM 360.


To connect both systems, an integration middleware comes in handy. Both PLM PLM 360 and NetSuite being so configurable, Jitterbit, another key player in the industry, facilitates data transfer and manages processes between both systems.


  • You manage your BOM with all related changes in PLM 360 and push your BOM to NetSuite when it is ready to be built (one push, when the BOM is ready).
BOM with ERP and PLM
  • You manage your inventory and costs in NetSuite and push that information to PLM 360 to provide your Engineering Department with tools and data for better decision making (scheduled pushes, to provide real time information).
Costs with ERP and PLM

ERP Guru consultants can assist your business by helping to define its strategic integration needs and evolving toward a powerful implementation of both NetSuite and PLM 360.

Your company has integrated an ERP system with a PLM? Go ahead and share your stories, challenges and lessons learned right here!

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