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SAP Business ONE Implementation

By : Wolfgang Niefert
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SAP Business ONE Implementation

By: Wolfgang Niefert

Overview of this book

SAP Business ONE brings the power of the SAP ERP platform to small and mid-size companies. It offers fast-growing companies the same ERP capabilities used in world-wide conglomerates and major corporations. SAP Business ONE is powerful, and to fully harness it takes careful planning. This book will provide you with a guide to install and implement SAP B1 in your business. It starts with the basic tasks of installing and configuring, but moves at a fast pace and goes on to cover topics such as advanced CRM, e-commerce, and modern Distribution Center configurations for inventory optimization and Warehouse Management. The book is divided into two main sections. The case study starts out in section one with an ad-hoc implementation of a simple Lemonade Stand business. This section is focused on getting SAP B1 up and running quickly. In the second section the Ad-Hoc Implementation is taken to the next level , and we professionally expand this idea and develop a Beverage Distribution Center with outsourced production. This includes advanced inventory optimization. The workflow is optimized using existing functionality and also using Add-Ons to expand the standard functionality and transform the generic SAP Business ONE business engine into an Industry Solution. The book is full of examples with detailed step-by-step explanations. We will be implementing a complete SAP Business System including add-ons as part of a case study. Finally we connect SAP to the Web and introduce a solution that presents SAP features in a web interface with real-time integration. The book is completed with a chapter focusing on growth. Franchise architecture for SAP Business ONE is introduced and applied to the case study to help you learn how to get started with this. Each chapter has a section that assists you with applying knowledge for your own project. You will have your business set up and ready to go by the time you complete this book.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
SAP Business ONE Implementation
About the author
About the reviewers

Toolbox for your business

Maybe you have a toolbox in your garage which is filled with many different tools. You never use most of them. However, once you need a tool, you are likely to find the right one in there. In order to establish a toolbox for your business, we first need to identify the required tasks that need to be completed. Based on the tasks at hand, the tools will be designed. Basically, we will follow this sequence:

  1. Identify the problem areas – Asking the right questions

  2. Solutions for problem areas – Paper and pencil

  3. Proven examples – Case study

  4. Fix It – Project plan and tips

Based on the previously mentioned observer effect, I would like to call this concept the Business Observer Toolbox for Operational Xcellence—in short, BOTOX. Many successful businesses are already using it. However, nobody will admit to it.

Identify the problem areas—asking the right questions

Before we can fix a problem, we first need to identify it. It sounds obvious. However, it's easier said than done if it's your own business. You may be tangled up in a series of competing interests that need to be balanced. Or, maybe you are just blind. Asking the right questions is the key element to bring problem areas to light. Therefore, the first element in our BOTOX system is a set of questions. Please review the questions I asked in the beginning of the chapter. They are focused on identifying a potential disconnect. As you go through the questions, make a note every time you have to access more than one system. Be aware of the repetitive steps and synchronizations that you need. You need to be demanding! Demand a solution that can do it all in a simple workflow.

Solutions for problem areas—paper and pencil

Based on the questions asked, you may find surprising answers that will reveal the problem areas. How do you think these problems can be solved? As a business owner, you are the expert. Write down your ideas. The second element in our toolbox is a piece of paper and a pencil. Your goal should be a simple, integrated solution. That's why you should document all the different systems you are using. Make a circle for each system and create an arrow connecting it to the next system. For example, create a circle for your web site, CRM, finance system, email, newsletters, and so on. I will help you a bit more later in this chapter.

Proven examples—case study

Using the example provided in this book, you can select proven techniques and workflows that will help you achieve end-to-end processes. End-to-end essentially means that all the information is integrated and transparent. The case study serves as a platform to present how you use the tools and techniques introduced in each chapter. Therefore, an important aspect of our toolbox is a structured set of examples. Alongside the case study, I will also provide some tips and tricks which you can use for your own project.

Fix It—project plan and tips

The final elements in our toolbox will help you translate the concepts and ideas into action. Namely, a template-style project plan is used as a step-by-step instrument to move forward with the implementation. As the implementation is organized into sections that represent common departments, the project plan is also structured into sections. Therefore, you can take the parts you need for your own project.