SAP improves Business One

SAP has unveiled the latest version of its SAP Business One business management software platform for SMEs.

SAP has unveiled the latest version of its SAP Business One business management software platform for SMEs.

The new version of the platform that manages and connects operations including sales, finance, purchasing, inventory and manufacturing, is designed to enable faster installation and deliver more intuitive user interface.

“We are delivering an even more robust set of business management tools that enable our customers to grow through higher productivity, global trade and better business information analysis,” said Gadi Shamia, SAP vice president of small business solutions management.

Enhancements include a more customisable and intuitive interface, allowing users to filter information and access the data they need to run their businesses.

Tool tips have been added for better navigation and other improvements make it easier to work with attachments and facilitate access to online help.

The solution’s new implementation tool, Copy Express, allows SAP integrators to easily copy custom reports, queries, user settings and other configurations from one installation to another.

These configurations can then be easily deployed at customer sites, reducing set-up time and deployment errors.

A function offers multi-language support of trade documents (such as invoices, quotes and purchase orders) allows users to speak to their business partners in their own tongue by assigning a specific language to each customer or vendor when trade documents are printed or displayed.

And a new XL Reporter tool embedded in SAP Business One uses a familiar Microsoft Excel-style interface to handle live data drawn from a variety of sources, including general ledger, receivables, payables, sales, purchasing and inventory software.

“Many small businesses start with accounting software as they develop and implement their IT strategy, but this can complicate life as point solutions are added to meet different needs,” said Raymond Boggs, an analyst at IDC.

“Having an integrated business management solution can help small businesses benefit from a consolidated view of different operations, giving them the information they need to make informed decisions, rather than having just the rear view mirror to track past results.”

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