Tighter Data Integrations With NetSuite’s REST API Support

Improving your ERP’s efficiency and integration is a continuous process. That’s why NetSuite’s most recent update is worth the read. 2020’s first mainline update was rolled out on January 24 and brought a number of changes. Our favorite? REST API support.

NetSuite’s REST API support expands CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) functionalities across multiple record types. This means that this update has multiple ways to improve the efficiency and interconnectivity of your business’s tech stack. From Accounts to Work Orders, NetSuite now offers an alphabet’s worth of record types with improved access and readability. Read on for our take on the most useful improvements!

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Improved Integration

Improved integration opportunities are a welcomed benefit of REST API support. This means that NetSuite has more ways in which to integrate and a lower barrier to entry for those who have not yet leveraged NetSuite’s integration functions.

Rest API is lightweight and faster to develop than the preceding SOAP API function, which means:

  • Development can be completed faster and deployed to more places.
  • Analytics and business intelligence projects are now more flexible and provide a faster response to updated business requirements.
  • Connecting your website and NetSuite to accomplish tasks, like recording a customer email address when a user signs up for your newsletter, is now an easier process.

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Export SuiteAnalytics Workbook results

Additionally, one of the most anticipated aspects of NetSuite’s 2020 update is the ability to export SuiteAnalytics workbook results. Previously, it was quite a difficult process. Users needed to use a custom Saved Search to automate the export of analytics and reporting results.

In most cases, an integration partner was needed. They would need to have all source records and then manually duplicate the results outside NetSuite. Worse yet, they would have to log in and manually download the results regularly.

Now, however, any search you can recreate in a SuiteAnalytics notebook can be easily reported outside NetSuite via the REST API.


SuiteQL Custom Queries

Although still in beta, another exciting function is the ability to execute custom queries in NetSuite’s native query language, SuiteQL. In its current state, it may not provide the full capability of a Saved Search in NetSuite itself, but it does provide another avenue to quickly pull data from NetSuite for reporting in other services like Tableau.

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data IMPORT functionality

On the flip-side, you may be on the other end of integration and want to import data into NetSuite. The Create and Update capabilities of REST APIs allow you to push data back into NetSuite. For example, when a customer registers on a mobile site, REST API can automatically generate a new customer record in NetSuite.


Our experienced team can provide guidance on how to leverage REST API in NetSuite and many other effective NetSuite features to help your business make the most of ERP.

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Additional Resources

NetSuite’s complete list of supported record types

A complete list of supported record types and actions can be found in NetSuite’s new API browser.

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compare previous API capabilities vs REST services vs restlets

The NetSuite API is similar to that of other Oracle products. So, if your business already has deep REST API integration with other Oracle services, adding NetSuite is relatively painless. Oracle has provided a chart to outline the differences between their previous API, REST services, and custom RESTlets.

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