An SAP Solution Map looks at first sight like an everyday brochure. But the concept has a great deal more to offer – the “maps” are actually communication and planning instruments that enable SAP business partners and customers to review and formulate their business processes and associated IT requirements. The maps are a typical example of how SAP develops its IT and industry expertise in close cooperation with customers, partners and industry experts.
Solution Maps represent business processes graphically and therefore facilitate a company’s decision-making and planning processes. They also highlight the operational benefits that partners and customers can expect from the implementation of a SAP solution. The aim is to make a company’s core processes and functions more competitive and to improve their relationship with solution provider SAP.
Visualization for partners and customers
SAP Business One is aimed at small and midsize businesses with less complex software requirements. These are often sales-oriented dealers and service providers who tend to rely less on customized solutions or specific industry functionality. Standard software solutions with their broad scope of functions therefore tend to cover a company’s core areas ranging from accounting and purchasing to administration and banking. SAP Business One also functions as a central ERP application with standard interfaces to business partner applications.
The Solution Map for SAP Business One comes in the form of a self-contained plan covering several levels and mapping in-house workflows. The Solution Map provides SAP business partners, customers and other interested parties with an overview of existing functions and functions planned by SAP and SAP business partners. An extensive package of solutions can thus be put together for targeting customers. And the SAP Solution Composer enables SAP business partners to modify the contents of the Solution Map according to their own requirements. Customers can use the Solution Map to check whether SAP Business One and the package offered by SAP business partners meet their expectations.
Like many practical ideas, the Solution Map for SAP Business One has a clear and simple structure. Based on a logical function hierarchy, the Solution Map is divided into core business processes like bookkeeping. The individual business functions such as the profit and loss account, preliminary postings or the accounting journal are created one level lower in the function pyramid. Customers can choose the modules relevant to their business from this pool of functions. Any functions required that are not contained in the standard version of SAP Business One can be added through a partner solution depending on availability. Special interfaces have been defined with this in mind.
Solution Maps are therefore a useful productivity tool that can benefit partners and customers alike. Partners and customers are also invited to take an active part in the development of SAP solutions in order to make them more suitable for the needs of the industry in question. More information on Solution Maps for SAP Business One is available at http://www.sap.com/solutions/businessmaps/. Click on Cross-Industry Business Maps, Small and Midsize Businesses.