Quarterly Innovations for SMEs

June 20, 2012 by Heather McIlvaine 0

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Of all SAP customers around the globe, a decisive 80 percent are small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These companies may have fewer employees and lower revenues compared to much larger businesses, but when it comes to facing the challenges of the day – getting insights from big data and unwiring the enterprise, to name just a few – they are all in the same boat.

SAP Business All-in-One is already the most comprehensive solution SAP offers for SMEs, in terms of country reach, industry function, and scale. And SAP plans to make it even more powerful with new features to help SMEs become more mobile, social, and data-driven.

What does SAP Business All-in-One offer now?

More than 21,700 businesses run SAP Business All-in-One today. The solution is a combination of a core SAP ERP component, rapid-deployment solution components for SAP CRM, SAP PLM, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and analytics, and best practices for fast implementation.

But businesses don’t have to deploy all these applications right away. They can start with ERP, and then add CRM or SCM functionality as they grow. This is what makes SAP Business All-in-One highly scalable. In fact, there are some customers with just 10 users on the solution, but you could scale up to 10,000 users if necessary. SAP Business All-in-One runs on the same proven technology platform that large enterprises use.

A larger portfolio of rapid-deployment solutions also make mobile, analytic, and HANA-based applications available and affordable for SMEs. Some of these include: Sybase Mobile Sales rapid-deployment solution for SAP CRM, SAP SCM rapid-deployment solution for demand planning, and SAP ERP rapid-deployment solution for operational reporting with SAP HANA.

Industry- and country-specific

In addition, the SAP Business All-in-One comes with industry-specific best practices embedded right from the start. SAP’s network of over 11,500 partners worldwide deliver further industry-specific content. For SAP Business All-in-One alone, there are over 600 industry solutions available from partners with deep industry expertise.

This solution is available in over 50 country versions that are localized, not just translated. This means that they are compliant with country-specific legal and fiscal requirements, reducing the need for customization during implementation.

What innovations are planned for SAP Business All-in-One?

The next set of innovations will focus on the immediate needs of users. For example, user interface enhancements are becoming more and more important. In this area, SAP is planning to integrate a new side panel based on SAP NetWeaver Business Client 3.5 software. The side panel will let you put in additional customer details, financial information, and transactional data, delivering extra context-related content directly in your business applications. Other user interface enhancements include new roles for employees and new power lists.

Application scope is another area of innovation. In the future, SAP will ensure that all new innovations delivered in the SAP Business Suite are also made available for midsize companies, taking on a new quarterly innovation schedule for SAP Business All-in-One. There are over 200 of these innovations planned for 2012. Here is a just a sampling of some enhancements planned for Q2, Q3, and Q4:

  • mobile customer briefing app
  • SAP StreamWork collaboration for SRM and CRM
  • new user experience for HCM
  • extended warehouse management
  • manufacturing execution
  • demand signal management based on SAP HANA

Rapid deployment, mobile, analytics

To further extend solution reach, SAP also has 80 new or enhanced rapid-deployment solutions planned and 67 new or enhanced baseline and industry packages planned for SAP Business All-in-One in 2012. These include updating from EHP3, EHP4, and EHP5 to EHP6.

Lastly, SAP is planning to take full advantage of its entire mobile and analytics portfolio to make more of these capabilities available for midsize companies. Current mobile support spans productivity, process, analytics, and consumer apps. Future support will extend to also cover industry and line of business apps.

Today, businesses already have access to dashboards, Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence, and more tools in SAP’s BI suite. Upcoming innovations in this area will expand on embedded BI capabilities, improve Business Warehouse integration, integrate in-memory capabilities, and increase mobile BI functionality. SAP will also fully align its Business All-in-One roadmap with innovations planned for the BI suite.

Further down the road, SAP plans to continue extending geographic and industry reach, improving user experience, and enabling collaboration. Plans are in place to leverage the SAP HANA platform and enable different deployment options for partners.

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