The work group “Business One in Company Groups”

One of the work group’s aims is to exchange their experiences Foto: SAP AG

The work group’s members meet three times a year to look at the software after which it is named and all of the related requirements. One example is ensuring full access to all business processes in the company group. The work group therefore focuses on the integration of SAP Business One with the SAP ERP and SAP R/3 applications and the SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence and SAP NetWeaver Portal components. This is enabled by the central interface SAP Business One Integration for SAP NetWeaver (SAP B1iSN). The work group’s aim is encourage members to exchange their experiences. With 110 participants, the work group is part of the DSAG special interest group “SAP in SMEs,” which is dedicated to SAP’s entire portfolio for small and midsize enterprises. The overwhelming majority of the 70 or so member companies are in the mechanical engineering industry.

Connecting up subsidiaries

One of the core topics of the work group is how to connect up group companies in the group that have less complex business processes, such as subsidiaries abroad. “SAP Business One is a suitable solution for this situation,” says Otto-Max Herbstritt, spokesperson for the work group. Therefore, the members particularly focus on how to install SAP Business One and integrate it with a central enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. They also investigate matters such as implementation, installation of the server, and resolution of technical problems.

The main purpose of integrating SAP Business One is connecting to the company group’s internal business processes. That is why the members of the work group are looking at the process challenges initially. Only after that will they turn to the central interface behind it, SAP B1iSN. The interface enables a small sales subsidiary, for example, to transfer its order data from SAP Business One to SAP ERP or SAP R/3 simultaneously for synchronization with the master data. Another key topic for the work group is the implementation of legal requirements in foreign countries. These mainly affect financials processes.

New release in focus

The meetings of the work group are centered around project reports, enabling members to exchange experiences. They discuss the various topics and challenges that they encounter on a day-to-day basis. SAP sends a contact person to these meetings to take note of suggestions for improvements and pass on information about SAP’s development plans. One current topic is the three releases of SAP Business One available on the market, which SAP wants to combine into one version. The work group is focusing on the challenges of the integration and the requirements for aligning the various versions of SAP Business One, SAP B1iSN, and SAP ERP and SAP R/3 as far as possible to avoid migration problems.

SAP Business One Info Day

A DSAG info day on SAP Business One will take place on October 8, 2008, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Ratingen, Germany. The agenda covers topics such as new features in the 2007 release, integration options, and strategic positioning in company groups. Among the speakers will be Klaus Plagmann of Bauer AG and Otto-Max Herbstritt of C. & E. Fein GmbH. They will talk about centralized and decentralized rollouts, including integration with SAP and SAP Business One Integration for SAP NetWeaver (SAP B1iSN), and will share their experiences. The event is free for DSAG members and trial members. To register, visit DSAG Net at DSAG members and trial members with questions should contact Heinz Schröder by sending an e-mail to