First NetSuite, now SAP Unveils Latest Version of SAP(R) Business One for Small and Midsize Businesses

If you are looking to integrate your business processes to enable your business to be more efficient and connected you have no excuse. There are several, good software and hosted packages available. Yesterday, I shared with you a bit about NetSuite’s latest update – version 10.
Today SAP AG announced the details of the latest version of SAP(R) Business One, adding new capabilities including integrated material requirements planning (MRP) and other enhancements to meet growing demand for its affordable and easy-to-use business management solution for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). To be available in more than 37 countries internationally, the new version of SAP Business One eliminates the need for businesses to manage multiple unrelated applications by providing a single, integrated software solution that delivers a unified view of up-to-the-minute information for greater control and profitability across the entire business. The solution will be offered through SAP’s growing global network of more than 650 channel partners.
This aspect of channel partners is very important as these types of solutions are more often, than not, sold via a channel partner who can analyze the business need and offer a solution.
The new version of SAP Business One expands the product’s reach with material requirements planning capabilities to provide small manufacturers with an effective tool for managing planning as a fully integrated element of their core business processes. It features enhancements to its embedded customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities to ensure seamless integration among sales, service and other customer-facing activities. Other improvements will make it easier for businesses to customize the solution to manage additional or changing areas of the business. The new capabilities provide the core functionality from which SAP solution partners will build future vertical industry extensions and other integrated capabilities.
“SAP Business One allows small and midsize businesses to grow beyond the piecemeal approach to business software, which prevents many businesses from managing effectively across their entire operations,” said Shai Agassi, member of the executive board, SAP. “The new version of the solution delivers on our commitment to customers by providing the key capabilities they need for achieving new levels of control and profitability, and to our partners by providing the flexible and adaptable solution they need to meet market demand.”