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Author's profile photo Richard Duffy

I heard Hasso, Vishal and Jim talk about SAP Business One at Sapphire…but what exactly is it?

SAP Business One is SAP’s most affordable solution for organisations looking for a single integrated business management solution.

It delivers all the core functionality that a small to midsize business needs (and for subsidiaries of large enterprises as well) including Finance, Logistics, Light Manufacturing, CRM, SRM, Service Management with Business Analytics and Reporting included for good measure.

There’s a starter package thats available that can be implemented in as little as 3 to 5 days (and has been multiple times) for businesses as small as a single user (up to 5 with the starter package and beyond with the full SAP Business One). You can learn more about the starter package in detail on my unofficial site here – and on the official SAP site here .

SAP Business One is sold and supported exclusively by qualified and certified SAP partners all around the world – in fact in more than 40+ countries to be exact.

I have put together a library of functional demos on YouTube as well that you can watch to learn more about SAP Business One. The playlist is here .

Theres an official SAP Business One site here and my unofficial one here (of course I have my own –  I wouldn’t be the Product Evangelist without it!).

 Plus you can also access my full unofficial YouTube channel dedicated to all things SAP Business One here.


Finally, if you would like to view an OnDemand Webinar about SAP Business One I have embedded it here (check out the cool customer video from Daves Gourmet halfway through the webinar)

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Richard,

      isn't it after the same market space as ByD? Intuit's Quickbooks have a great integration with tax software, too.



      Author's profile photo Richard Duffy
      Richard Duffy
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      Hi Greg,

      Thanks for your comment - there is some overlap between the solutions in terms of the target market if you use traditional demographic definitions of a small or midsize business but what we are seeing is that customers are making their determination right now between the 2 solutions mainly based a choice of OnDemand or OnPremise because of the deployment model and the pricing model.

      As you probably know, ByD is purely OnDemand and per user per month pricing whereas Business One is designed to be OnPremise/Hybrid with up front purchase of license. Of course we have partners now offering SAP Business One in a subscription based hosted model but its fundamentally different from an architectural perspective.

      The other area is in terms of functionality - ByD has deeper functionality in some areas-although once again we have more than 400 complementary solutions that extend SAP Business One in to specific vertical industry markets and in many cases provides a more functionally rich overall solution.

      At the end of the day though it is about choice and we are providing that to customers...interestingly enough though we dont see a lot of "close competition" between the solutions and many of our biggesst and best SAP Business One partners are also offering Business ByDesign...because of that choice/deployment option difference I mentioned.

      With the starter package which is more aimed at the Intuit Quickbooks market (1 to 5 users) we are seeing our Software Solution Partners starting to provide complementary solutions for that as well - designed to speed up the implementation process and streamline some areas of the day to day operations of a small business.

      I think its a matter of time before we build a strong library of integrated solutions to handle things like small business tax.

      We released the starter package option on May 16th and already we have more than 60 new customers who have chosen the solution so as momentum builds, I think this will to.



      Author's profile photo Singh Davinder
      Singh Davinder
      I think in some market segments (mostly by geography) it would be a simple choice between SAP B1 or SAP ByD.

      For users (or geographical areas with good internet connectivity) ByD would be great.

      For a more 'traditional' user, SAP B1 would do the job. Then again, SAP B1 can be made web-enabled via Terminal Service or Citrix (or even those new cloud solution add-on's that are becoming available by partners now). So in the end you have a 'hybrid' SAP B1 that has the best of both worlds.

      (Bias, because I come from a B1 environment myself).