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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

Start with a piece of paper

At this point, I would like to engage you a bit. As you know, the case study serves as an example for the information that is presented in each chapter. Therefore, we can take the characteristics of the Lemonade Stand listed above and see if you can find them in your business. Take a piece of paper and a pencil to write down the different departments you have in your business. For example, write down Sales and make a circle around it. Start with Sales on the top left of your paper and arrive at Purchasing at the bottom left. You can use arrows to connect the circles. For example, from Sales to Inventory, Delivery and Purchasing. On the right side of the paper, write down the main functions that each circle performs. For example, next to Sales write down what needs to get done in your business as a part of the sales process. You may have a list such as the following: sales stages, forecast, pipeline, inventory check, proposal, order entry, and so on.

The idea is to establish a circular flow-type representation of your business where one department provides information to the next department.

Now that you have the main components of your business written down, you can identify where the actual data is stored. For example, is all of the data in one system with access for the department that needs the data? You potentially have multiple systems that need to interact and synchronize data. Those will be the aspects that we will target as they hold the greatest potential for improvement.