Implementing Sap Business One - Overview for Consultant

By: Andrew Karasev

SAP ERP family of products includes SAP B1, which is oriented to small and mid-size companies. It is definitely a SAP brand and SAP itself plans aggressive expansion in US, including its SAP BO product. Each ERP platform has its own features and it is important to make your homework in accounting application selection. We'll try to give you SAP Business One highlights in this publication:

1.Simple functionality. SAP B1 interface is very intuitive and its functionality is pretty self explanatory, or if you know other accounting applications, let's say with reasonable self discovery you can begin setting up and using application on your own

2.Broad ERP functionality coverage. You should not expect this application to have very deep and advanced functionality as we already mentioned above, however in its simplicity SAP B1 covers such features as Production (light manufacturing), Service (including field service), Customer Relation Management or CRM, eCommerce. Imagine, if your company has really simple manufacturing and warehouse management operations, this ERP could be great discovery for you

3.Flexibility to customizations, integrations, data conversion, reporting. If you are in the dilemma of switching from Quick Books to something more advanced, and one of your criteria is system modification or custom programmability, then again you should include SAP B1 into the list of your potential candidates. Such thing as SAP Business One SDK or Software Development Kit opens the gateway to SB1 objects to Microsoft Visual Studio C# or VB developer

4.SAP MRP Brand. SAP is leader on ERP market and it is wise to just increase the value of your business in mounting its accounting on SB1 platform. If you plan to sell your business in the future, you probably know that one of the first things evaluators will review is your IT infrastructure and ERP

5.Competition. Among the leaders we recommend you to review Microsoft Dynamics small and midsize products: Small Business Financials and Microsoft Dynamics GP. Microsoft ERP products are more technology-oriented and their interface reminds Microsoft Outlook. If your company depends on the majority of Microsoft applications: Sharepoint, Exchange, Active Directory, BizTalk, Microsoft Dynamics is very good fit

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