SAP Business One

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SAP Business One is a business management solution that automates key business functions in financials, operations, and human resources. The application has over 40,000 customers.[1]

This solution is designed for small businesses that want to fully integrate their end-to-end business and grow. This is best for companies that have outgrown packaged, accounting-only software and need to replace multiple, non-integrated applications.

SAP Business One is SAP's most affordable entry-level ERP solution. The product is sold, implemented, and supported through a global network of SAP Business One Partners. Depending on project scope, pricing from SAP Business One partners can start as low as $7,000 for one user - varying from country to country.

Solution overview[edit]

SAP(System Application & Products) Business One provides essential business functions out-of-the-box, including:[2]

  • Financial management: automate financial and accounting processes. Includes support for multiple currencies, budgeting, and bank reconciliation
  • Warehouse and production management: manage inventory across multiple warehouses, track stock, and manage production orders based on material requirements planning
  • Customer relationship management: offers sales and opportunity management, and after-sales support
  • Purchasing: automate procurement – from purchase order through vendor invoice
  • Mobility: for iOS and Android, SAP releases the app through the respective marketplaces. The app is free with the each user licence and interact's with SAP Business One in the backend
  • Reporting and Business Intelligence: provides access to data in order to create new reports and customize existing ones with integration with Crystal Reports
  • Analytics Powered by SAP HANA: using in-memory computing technology / SAP HANA database for instant access to real-time insights[3]

SAP Business One is delivered with 41 country localizations, and supports 26 languages.

History[edit]

SAP Business One development center in Israel

In March 2002, SAP purchased TopManage Financial Systems, an Israeli developer of business applications and branded their system as SAP Business One. TopManage was founded by Reuven Agassi and Gadi Shamia, both took key executive positions at SAP following the acquisition. A year earlier TopManage's sister company TopTier, was also acquired by SAP. TopTier was founded by Reuven Agassi's son Shai Agassi.[4]

The acquisition allowed SAP to reach out to the midmarket through its partners and also to gain additional business from the smaller subsidiaries of its enterprise customers.[4]

In December 2004, SAP acquired the technology and assets of iLytix Systems AS, a privately held software company based in Oslo, Norway. As a result SAP introduced new reporting and budgeting capabilities in SAP Business One called XL Reporter.[citation needed]

In July 2006, SAP acquired Praxis Software Solutions and planned to integrate the company's Web-based CRM and e-commerce capabilities into SAP Business One. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Minneapolis-based Praxis, a private software company, had previously been a SAP Business One partner.[citation needed]

In 2009, SAP sold the Web-based CRM and eCommerce components that comprised the former Praxis Software Solutions. Currently SAP does not offer an eCommerce solution for SAP Business One. This functionality is provided by the VAR (Value Added Re-sellers) program along with +350 other industry specific solutions.[citation needed]

In 2011, SAP partnered with CitiXsys to use their business consolidation solution to extend reach for SAP Business One intercompany integration. The solution enables businesses to manage intercompany transactions for more than one company by automatically replicating corresponding transactions across multiple company databases.[citation needed]

At last recorded count, SAP has 88,000 SME's worldwide using B1, which represents 70% of their user base. If we calculate backwards, the remaining 30% of enterprise users will count as 45,000. We are not sure if this includes clients from newly procured companies such as Sybase.[citation needed]

Integration[edit]

Integration needs are present SAP Business One customers that include small businesses, as well as divisions and subsidiaries of larger corporations. In addition, many of these companies require integration of their existing websites, consolidation of multiple ERP systems and other integration solutions. SAP Business One provides integration technologies for these purposes and more.

Integration can be achieved using the SDK component DI API, DI API Server and UIAPI. The DI API provides COM based interface to the business objects & business logic of SAP Business One. The DI API Server is similar to DI API except it provides SOAP based protocol.UIAPI, which based on COM too, focus on SAP Business One User Interface.

As those are APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), using them requires software development skills. A simpler way to achieve integration is by using the SAP Business One integration framework. The integration framework enables simple (XML based) definition of integration scenarios. Instead of complex, high-cost implementation, it enables strong low-cost, reliable integration solutions with minimal requirements to resources and skills.

Business One integration framework[edit]

The Business One integration framework is an integral part SAP Business One. It is used to enable integrated functionality such as dashboards, the Business One mobile solution, or Datev-HR integration. As an option, it allows the customer to implement individual integration to business partners

InterCompany Integration Solution for SAP Business One[edit]

The InterCompany Integration Solution for SAP Business One is an out-of-the-box solution for customers that are running multiple SAP Business One systems connected together across a network of group companies or subsidiaries. It automatically synchronizes the business data and provides financial consolidation. The solution enables businesses to manage intercompany transactions for more than one company within a group of companies by replicating corresponding transactions across multiple company databases. Automating the replication of such transactions significantly reduces the amount of end user effort and manual rekeying of data to maintain intercompany trading financial statements.

Business One subsidiary integration solution[edit]

The Business One subsidiary integration solution (also known as integration for SAP NetWeaver/B1iSN) is a special solution for customers, running SAP NetWeaver components in their headquarters and SAP Business One in their subsidiaries. Subsidiary integration runs centrally in the HQ and integrates the subsidiaries into the enterprise business processes. It provides:

  • Standardization and unification of business processes with the subsidiaries
  • Centralized control of subsidiary interactions
  • A single solution for all subsidiaries
  • Rapid integration
  • Subsidiary independence with the ability to leverage parent company processes

Business One integration with mobile devices and content[edit]

The Business One integration with mobile devices and content enables the connection of SAP Business One to mobile devices (currently only available obn iOS and Android devices) and to non-SAP and SAP information and services. Integration is achieved with the connectivity technology that comes standard with SAP Business One.

Business One SDK[edit]

The Business One SDK provides components that allow development of addons to the Business One Application. Developers that use the SDK can share their knowledge and experience on the SAP Development Network.[5]

Resellers and partners[edit]

In order to become a SAP Business One reseller, a company must be part of SAP's PartnerEdge Program. Partnership starts at the Certified level, and as higher standards of knowledge and support can be shown, it can progress through Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Competitors[edit]

SAP Business One competes with Microsoft Dynamics globally, and with a variety of national packages such as those sold by Sage in many countries around the world.

Recently, companies such as DynaWare (EOS the evolution of ERP), NetSuite (CRM & ERP), and Salesforce.com (CRM only) have offered similar functionality in web based applications.

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