SAP Business One Software


 

SAP Business One is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite which primarily serves small to medium-sized businesses with up to one hundred employees and less than $75 million in annual revenue. SAP Business One was originally developed by Israel-based TopManage Financial Systems, which was acquired by SAP in 2002. This move was a bold signal that SAP intends to serve businesses well downmarket and an acknowledgement that a new, specialized product was needed to address the requirements of those companies. SAP Business One has been well-received within the manufacturing, retail, service, and distribution industries, and can address other vertical market needs as well.

SAP Business One Financials Management offers applications for general ledger, journal entries, project cost accounting, budget management, financial reporting, multi-currency support, and other functions. Business One is a single system which only requires one installation. Through a growing network of partners, there are now over 450 third-party applications available to extend the capabilities of SAP Business One.

SAP Business One is deployed on-site and runs on Windows operating systems. It is designed for deployments with between one and thirty users. The system offers a remote support platform that can perform automatic system health checks, scheduled database maintenance operations, upgrade eligibility checks, and automatic fixes for detected issues. In addition, the Business One Software Development Kit gives programmers the ability to interface external applications with Business One or add custom functionality.

 

SAP Business One - SAP Business One
 
  • SAP Business One - SAP Business One
    SAP Business One
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, Web browser (OS agnostic)

10 Reviews of SAP Business One

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from National Energy & Light, Inc.
Specialty: Other goods

A well rounded distribution software

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This product comes with a lot of different tools for manufacturing, inventory management and accounting. It offers a lot of information about your business. My favorite part is that you can select an item and diver deeper into details about that item. SAP is a powerful tool for data capturing and offers reports from Crystal Reports

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I did notice that while using this product there were a number of instances where we had to call an IT specialist in order to correct issues with the program. 19 times out of 20 the software will behave as expected but every so often something wont update or the software behaves unexpectedly. I am not sure what the specialist did to correct this but it did not seem to be an operator error.

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This is a really great all in one product for inventory, manufacturing and accounting. Be sure to take advantage of any training available for this product as it can be tough to learn at first because the screen is busy with massive amounts of information. Limitations can be set on users to keep them from seeing information that they shouldn't.

 
 

from Zafar Projects, Inc
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Great fit for a small business

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I love that SAP Business One communicates with so many other software and freight carriers. We needed a sofware to have all in One such as accounting, logistics, manufacturing ect and Business One has it ALL!!! Recommend!

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I love the product fully, however I think for most people is a little hard to learn it, it does take time because of so many functions it has but other than that I love the software!

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I recommend to purchase technical support option and those guys will be there for you whenever you need help.

 
 

from digad solutions
Specialty: Distribution
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Integrated Supply Chain to Omni-Channel Sales ERP

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Wholesale trade companies need a global product to expand operations with minimal in-house costs. SAP's continued investment in the Business One ERP product extends functionality across 60+ countries, developing a best of breed product for companies of many sizes.

SAP Business One is designed to be affordable for both small companies and global subsidiaries who need real-time visibility across sourcing, manufacturing and distribution locations. The way the system handles lite production (especially kitting), connects Sales Orders to relevant Purchase Orders, facilitates dynamic Demand Planning and manages multiple warehouses simultaneously; it is the most affordable concept-to-cash solution of its class. Integration to industry specific apps and company websites maximize the usability and adaptation of the system. Allowing for a complex software package to be just the right fit; not too complex, not too large (or small!) and not too expensive.

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If you like cloud applications with simple URL logins, this couldn't be any further from that. Business One ERP is a traditional software installation product which has been proven in a hosted environment however, its best installed on the company's onsite server. Remote desktop allows for off-site users to access the system but again, it's not your easy-peasy SaaS experience.

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Split your evaluation into two parts. First consider the functional requirements that the platform offers your inventory, order management and integrated financials.

Separately, evaluate your revenue streams and plans for growth. Do you need to integrate to your website and/or remote sales teams? The APIs and add on partners have created some robust options here. Will you need to implement additional offices in other countries?

Picking the right implementation partner is more critical than the software itself! You'll want a partner that has knowledge and experience in your industry so they can recommend best practices. If you're going to need global resources to repeat your implementation using HQ installation as a template, then confirm the partner's resources by talking to them. The ability to provide a hybrid installation (some cloud, some on premise and consolidation at HQ) is a competitive advantage to companies using this product.

 
 

from ECL (UK) Ltd
Specialty: Utilities
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

SAP Business One - Ideal for SMEs

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We were lucky enough to select an exceptional partner to implement SAP B1. They assisted us from ID& Assess phase and helped achieve our timeline objectives for the entire duration of the implementation.
We adopted a virtualised environment with IBM brand new server array with was matched very well to the performance required by SAP B1.
In B1, I personally liked the opportunity to customise the product to our requirements. Although it is not a complete bespoke solution it has flexibility designed it to allow a vaster customisation compared to other COTS out there.

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Prices were higher than competition, both for the vendor and the software. I feel in the end it was money well spent so no regrets.

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I think it is imperative to do your homework BEFORE choosing a system/ hardware.
The MOSCOW exercise (Must Have, Could Have, Should Have) to properly identify functionalities and requirements is of paramount importance to avoid pain and expenses at a later stage. Many a projects I have seen have run into trouble because the full set of requirements were not clearly mapped out from the beginning, and recursive modifications made the final financially tally balloon.

 
 

from Mascidon
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

12 year SAP Business One veteran

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SAP pours a lot of R&D into this product. I have worked with it for 12 years - as an implementation consultant. Its capabilities, performance and reliability has changed dramatically during this period. Technologically, it is head and shoulders above the crowd. The capability to tailor the product and features to meet a customer's requirements is outstanding.
The ERP functionality is complete - from accounting to service functions, to distribution and manufacturing functions. It comes with mobile apps available as part of the system. Dashboards are included with the system. Functions such as email alerts, approvals and workflows are embedded in the product.
I also develop add-ons for SAP Business One. The software development kit (SDK) provided by SAP makes 'add-on' functionality 100% transparent to the user - they don't know which screens or popups are SAP's and which are the add-ons. And there are hundreds of programmers available to produce add-ons.

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SAP Business is complex to install. It takes a staff of people with up to date IT experience to perform the install. It's not a long process (8 - 10 hours), just complex.

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Buy software the way I like to sell it. Let's say you agree that SAP Business One looks like a good fit for your business. Pay the consultant to show you exactly how it will work for your critical business functions. For instance, if you are a distributor, your lifeblood is sales and inventory. Have the consultant show you 'a day in the life of the sales person' - when on premise and when mobile. Also have them show you a day in the life of the warehouse manager. Out of the box, most apps handle this. When you see the 'out of the box' demo you will ask questions - about pricing, about bin control functions, outside warehouse management, etc. Having the consultant spend a day with your staff to tailor the demo to your exact needs will point out the holes (either in your processes or in the software's ability to meet your needs). For instance, pricing is often a sticking point in the sales process. Detailed discussions about 2 key points: what options are available, and how much work does it take to maintain the prices?
Spending an extra day or two up front on the critical aspects of your business is well worth the expense. By 'critical' I mean the lifeblood of your company. It's not the accounting unless your sole use of the system is for financials. It how you manufacture or distribute or provide customer services using the ERP system that are important. Make certain these functions are known in detail before you buy.

 
 

from Saint Vincent College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

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SAP Business One is a very user-friendly ERP system for small to medium sized organizations. SAP continues to enhance the product and add more robust functionality with each new release. New users will be surprised at how easy the system is to learn!

There is also a very large add-on base for additional functionality not currently offered in SAP Business One. Many organizations will find SAP Business One, with a few add-ons, will meet their requirements.

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Overall, it's very strong. However, SAP Business One is not yet robust enough for a large or complex manufacturing organization!

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When evaluating SAP Business One, make certain you understand what is base functionality of SAP and what is an add-on product. There is a very large add-on community supporting Business One. Additional licensing and support may be required!

 
 

from Your Part Yime CFO
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Sap Business One

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SAP does a lot. It's good software and has good functionality overall.

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SAP is complicated and requires a lot of hands on deck to get going and keep going.

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Make sure you have staff that will adapt and help available to get the software to do what you need done.

 
 

from FH accessories
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Don't love sap, too complicated

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They want you to call them or hire consultants.

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It's too complicated. I like to solve problems and not rely on others

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Do you need help to maintain, and can you afford that cost? Do I need customization and does it meet all my needs?

 
 

from Logans Country Attire
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

A full business system from the ground up

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Business One is an excellent offering to small and medium-sized businesses. Yes, you have to learn how to use it, but once you have the basics, the system runs itself because it is fully integrated. Finance, VAT reporting, Sales, Stock Management & Purchasing (and many more areas) are fully active out of the box. I know this system will cope with our demands for years if not decades to come!

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Visibility of everything in the business is perfect for any business owner or management team. 1 Dash 1 and SAP provide excellent support and training.

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Ensure that the system you are researching is scalable and fits your business.

 
 

from SkinResource.MD
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

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It's a very comprehensive system. They have used best demonstrated practices from many larger clients to build a product that does about everything. I really like their partnership with Navigator SAP.

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It is not intuitive and can be confounding, especially for folks used to using a patchwork system or none at all.

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I would employee Navigator SAP to help build out your system and do regularly scheduled ongoing training well after you have implemented. You might need to find a new outside accountant/CPA who works with SAP B1.

 
 
 
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