NetSuite has begun rolling out its Business Operating System, a software-as-a-service application development system for software developers, independent software vendors and value-added resellers

"This is a culmination of pieces we've been building over the last three years," said Mini Peiris, NetSuite's vice president of product management.

To help launch NS-BOS, NetSuite has appointed former Oracle executive Michael Ni as vice president of industry solutions and ecosystems. His responsibilities will revolve around the company's partners, including formalizing programs, recruiting partners and marketing their systems.

NS-BOS delivers a system for customization and vertical application creation that includes a SaaS infrastructure. Applications developed by third parties on NS-BOS will be hosted on NetSuite's multi-tenant, Web-based architecture.

NS-BOS includes several elements. SuiteFlex provides the NetSuite technology platform for customer, partner and ISV development, customization, verticalization, integration and business process automation. With SuiteFlex, entirely new applications can be developed that run within the NetSuite environment. It includes everything from point-and-click tools to Web services to the SuiteScript programming language, which is based on JavaScript.

SuiteBundler allows for the delivery of ISV-built vertical solutions to SaaS customers in a packaged, repeatable manner.

SuiteScript D-Bug provides a real-time, interactive debugger to allow code validation and testing as third-party applications run on the application server. SuiteScript D-Bug enables third-party applications to be tested in an actual server environment against live data, allowing developers to see and correct the behavior exhibited by the application in real-world conditions.

"If you think about it, you can't have a robust development platform without an environment to debug your code, and when you're going through the development of your applications that's a pretty key aspect," Peiris said.

NS-BOS is available at no extra cost, but NetSuite receives its normal license revenue from the core NetSuite application. For more information, visit www.netsuite.com.

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