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SAP overhauls small business app

1/07/2016 by Usha Tyagi


SAP, one of the world leaders in enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, has revealed a completely redeveloped application that small businesses can utilise to leverage themselves against larger market competition. A variety of new features, including improved predictive analytics capabilities, mean that many small firms will be able to gain better forecasts that could offer the chance of increased success. Using the tools, they should be able to optimise operations and boost decision-making efficiency.

It is becoming increasingly important for businesses, regardless of their size, to take digital transformation seriously. Being equipped to handle and meet the demands of the modern digital age is crucial if firms want to stand any chance of success. Now, it seems as if SAP wants to support small firms in their endeavours, with the technology firm updating its small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) app with enriched analytics and other features to promote and support good business practice.

SAP Business One 9.2 was originally announced in 2015. The tool is now readily available to SMEs, both in an on-premises and a cloud format. Developed to run on the successful Hana database platform, the upgrade includes numerous new features that will be of great benefit to small firms. For example, better forecasting capabilities are offered because of the latest predictive analytics inclusion. By using these correctly, businesses will be able to better plan future demand for their products and services. This, in turn, will help optimise inventories and material requirements planning, whilst offering a way to better prioritise operations.

In addition to the analytics, Business One 9.2 will include a project management module. This will provide support to monitor progress on an ongoing basis, allowing employees to see key milestones easily and keep track of a project’s journey. Important project-related data, including documents, transactions and resources, can all be monitored. Version 9.2 also contains a way to access SAP’s ERP offering via a browser. This will spare many users the requirement of a remote desktop, allowing them to access data when they’re on the road regardless of the device they’re using.

Business One is currently used by around 50,000 companies worldwide. SAP’s solution supports Microsoft SQL Server 2014, and is also available as a mobile app powered by the Hana platform. By utilising the new upgrade, SMEs will be better placed than ever to take on larger rivals and compete on the global stage. 





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