Sap Business One Implementation Highlights

By: Andrew Karasev

SAP B1 is relatively new ERP and MRP on the US and international accounting application market for small and mid-size businesses. SBO can also serve to large corporation in spoke-and-hub environment where your branch deploys SB1 with upstream integration to mySAP/R3 or in non-SAP ERP. As you probably feel, being IT professional, that technology is a "bottleneck", or at least it should be considered seriously, when you are talking about mid-size business with unique business processes, and making the story more dramatic - all modern mid-size businesses probably see their business processes as unique and proprietary

1.SB1 Sales Demos, Presentations. Sales cycle is simple with SB1 as its interface is very intuitive and such often complex business processes as rentals, warranty contracts, discrete manufacturing, pick and pack in inventory control, CRM, HR, eCommerce - if you see Sap Business One demonstration, you probably feel that you trust this modern ERP

2.SAP Business One Licensing. At this time, 2008 SB1 has full named user, which is just below three thousand dollars, plus it has variations of CRM user licenses: web based only, service and sales, costing eight and nine hundred per named user respectively

3.Installation and Data Conversion. It is relatively simple to install SB1 on your own, however we recommend you to entrust this to professionals, who will also take care about data massage and migration. You should read about SB1 Work Bench module, which allows you to import SBO data in the form of Excel work templates

4.Add-Ons. These are SAP B1 ISV products or also referred as third parties or satellites

5.Analytical or drag-and-relate. This is unique SB1 technology, probably expired by Data Mining and Data warehousing ideas

6.SAP Business One version 2007. It should be released in a matter of weeks, as we are writing these lines. This version, again in our opinion should be crucial to turn around sales in USA and Canada

7.Competition. We think that the closest competitor is Microsoft Dynamics GP and its scaled down version Microsoft Small Business Financials. In essence both are relatively established ERP applications sharing the same technology background - Great Plains Dexterity. SB1 has more encouraging interface, and GP has larger number of installations across the USA and better integration to Microsoft Office, Outlook and Sharepoint

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