A large enterprise may have multiple locations in numerous countries and teams of people doing what might be a part-time role in a small business or subsidiary operation. But just because a business is small doesn’t mean it can’t be complex – it just means it has different needs and priorities.
One of those needs is software; small businesses need software that’s designed, implemented, and integrated differently from that of large enterprises. SAP understood this when they purchased Top Manage in 2002 and continue to embrace the idea as they enhance SAP Business One.
SAP Business One was originally a multi-national product for small businesses. The original designers (and SAP today) understood the needs for multi-lingual, multi-currency functionality, effortless data extraction, and ease of use.
Since the release of the rebranded product in 2003, SAP Business One has undergone eleven notable new version releases, resulting in a product that can be deployed (implemented) in a timeframe and at a cost reasonable for small and growing businesses.
SAP released several products over the years for the SMB market. Some were pre-packaged versions of the “big” SAP product; some were designed
as brand new products for mid-sized companies only. Only SAP Business One can claim:
Companies that expand operations to penetrate new markets and drive revenue face unique software requirements. The software must meet corporate needs for standardisation and control while enabling autonomy and responsiveness at business entities like subsidiaries, divisions, suppliers, and partners.
SAP Business One offers the best of both worlds. You can quickly and affordably integrate operations with subsidiary or remote corporate offices for consistency and visibility while maintaining agility and staying responsive to new market opportunities.
Organisations strive to balance the software needs of their extended enterprise. For example, the headquarters requires software that establishes uniformity, business process efficiency, and compliance while meeting its need for transparency and visibility – which is why enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that institutes a standard template is so vital for corporate operations.
Subsidiaries must be nimble to fulfil their strategic purpose, whether it’s to grow the organisation, penetrate a market, or reduce costs through global sourcing or manufacturing. They also still need to be efficient and in control, but too much standardisation can block innovation – they need room for flexibility while still fitting into the overall corporate structure.
SAP Business One effectively powers a two-tier ERP model that allows businesses to preserve ERP investments while equipping subsidiaries with an agile business management system.
Tier-one software, like the SAP ERP application, runs at your larger operations, whereas tier-two software, like SAP Business One, runs at your smaller locations. The two software solutions are then integrated into one coordinated operation, bringing together your processes, applications, and data.