For a small company – one with maybe 10 to 250 employees – the search for an integrated IT solution can be intimidating. Where do you look? Who can you trust? How do you even find out what it is you really need? And how can you get it without emptying your wallet?
New business software geared to SMB must be quick to implement, easy to use, able to make the best use of legacy systems, powerful enough to deal with future growth, yet affordable.
SAP Business One is specifically designed for smaller companies looking for an intuitive, quickly implemented solution that takes in all their standard business needs. And a locally based SAP Business Partner implements, supports, and extends the system as the company grows.
SAP Business One is sold exclusively through channel partners certified by SAP for each major geographical region. These partners, in turn, have the full support of SAP throughout the extended customer life cycle, because SAP recognizes that partners are essential to strengthening its position in the midsize market.
To assist partners in the customer engagement life cycle, SAP offers a comprehensive partner program that includes marketing and sales support; sales, product, and management training; and continuing support for both partners and their customers.
Inside the SAP Business One package
SAP Business One features innovative navigation in a familiar Microsoft Windows environment. It works as a central ERP (enterprise resource planning) application and includes standard interfaces to internal and external data sources, handheld computers, customer relationship management applications, and reporting programs. A robust database supports a high number of simultaneous user transactions.
SAP Business One opens up fast and easy access to all corporate data – in real time – and offers a full rage of common business functions, including multi-currency accounting (with Euro compliance), banking, controlling, purchasing, sales force automation, warehouse management, and business partner management.
Analytic tools give senior and middle management control of company information and activities. A query assistant makes it easy to compile information from all divisions for customer-specific reports. And because of the dynamic links to Microsoft Office, every report can be converted into a personalized letter or Excel spreadsheet and sent as e-mail.
Delivered in a package that can be up and running quickly – implementation time in most cases is less than four weeks – SAP Business One meets your needs both today and as your business grows. With the continuing help and support of an SAP Channel Partner, it provides high performance, full scalability, and robust security. The SAP Business One Data Transfer Workbench assists in migrating master and transactional data from legacy systems.
Integration, now and in the future
Through drill-down and Drag&Relate capabilities, SAP Business One improves usability and simplifies access to information. Its open-standards architecture also integrates with both the mySAP Business Suite and third-party solutions. This tight integration opens up new dimensions to other business management systems and also smoothes the learning curve.
For larger companies with multiple subsidiaries, SAP provides ready-to-use integration packages for mySAP Enterprise Portal, SAP Exchange Infrastructure, and SAP Business Information Warehouse to link SAP Business One with mySAP Business Suite. mySAP Enterprise Portal serves as a central access point to joint business tasks and distributes information to the extended business community – employees, partners, customers.
When the growth of the company’s business demands a higher level of IT sophistication, SAP offers a preconfigured package for full migration from SAP Business One to mySAP Business Suite.
Additional power packages that complement SAP Business One include Payroll Processing, which provides an open interface between SAP Business One and mySAP Human Resources; and SAP Internet Sales for SAP Business One, an e-selling solution focused on core sales processes and based on an open Java standard.
For its business partners, SAP provides such tools as business plans, marketing plans, a lead management system, an awards program, a SMB Partner Portal, success stories, and various public relations activities.