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SAP Business One

SAP Business One is an ERP software platform specifically intended for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). SAP Business One (also known as SAP B1) was designed with the idea that smaller companies need ERP software to help manage their business, but not the kind of ERP that large and complex organizations need. It has functional modules for finance, customer relationship management (CRM), warehousing and production management, purchasing and procurement, and reporting and analytics.

SAP B1 was originally developed by TopManage Financial Systems, a company based in Israel, and was acquired and rebranded by SAP in 2002. More functionality has been added to SAP B1 from acquisitions made by SAP. A reporting and budgeting function called XL Reporter was acquired from the iLytix Systems AS, based in Norway, in 2005. SAP acquired Praxis Software Solutions, based in Minneapolis, 2006 and integrated its Web-based CRM and e-commerce functions into SAP B1.

SAP B1 was built on and runs on Microsoft SQL server and now also runs on the SAP HANA in-memory platform. It can be deployed on-premises and in the cloud and can be accessed remotely via a mobile app. SAP sells B1 primarily through a partner network, with about 700 value-added resellers in the network as of 2015. The partner network has also developed more than 500 industry-specific applications, according to SAP. The vendor claims to have more than 48,000 customers in 2015.

This was last updated in November 2015

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Does SAP Business One have serious limitations that would cause you to look elsewhere for a more capable ERP system?
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Our former ERP system was a bit old fashion but quite complete (without any customization) and stable. Now with SAP B1, in my opinion it's very limited in terms of report and not so stable. We need to work with a lot of excel sheets to get all need information.
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