Software as a service (SaaS) vendor, NetSuite today announced a tie-up with Apple that allows customers to run business operations using the iPhone.

The on-demand software maker offers integrated business management application suites that provide enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and e-commerce functionality through a web browser for small and medium-sized businesses and divisions of large companies.

Now, the introduction of this new ‘SuitePhone’ capability provides native support for the iPhone and Safari Mac browser. NetSuite said this would allow its advanced, AJAX-based user interface technologies such as drop-down menus, drag-and drop portlets and in-line editing, to be supported. This will enable users to log into their NetSuite accounts with their iPhones and manage their businesses while they are away from their offices.

“With my new iPhone I have so much of the functionality of NetSuite right in my pocket – with no additional cost, other than internet access time, and without having to install any additional layers,” said Brian Keare, chief operating officer of US-based kids bath products retailer, Circle of Friends. “I am particularly impressed with the ability to dynamically resize web pages and use dropdowns. I have already used it successfully to enter and approve sales orders, make deposits, and check inventory. Especially while travelling or on holiday, the iPhone and SuitePhone allow me to keep in touch with my business through NetSuite at no additional charge.”

“With the iPhone, I have access to all my critical business information in my NetSuite account just as if I were at my computer,” added Mort O’Sullivan, president of cash handling technology provider, ArcaTech Systems. “I have tried other mobile solutions in the past and been frustrated. The iPhone is the first device that has a user interface that makes it a pleasure to work with web pages as sophisticated as NetSuite’s.”

In addition, the ERP, CRM and e-commerce functionality of NetSuite has now also been made available to Apple users, bringing them an on-demand, integrated business management application designed for the Apple platform.

The new SuitePhone capability and native Safari Browser support are available at no additional charge in NetSuite’s new NetSuite 2007.0 release, which is currently rolling out to existing customers. It will be available to new customers in August 2007 and more information is available on NetSuite’s website.