SAP Business One provides key advantages over NetSuite – advantages that address the critical ERP needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) today. This page highlights those advantages and details the benefits SMEs realize from them.
The Clear Leader for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
With over 60,000 customers and one million users, SAP Business One is the preferred ERP solution for SMEs. Businesses can serve their customers better and run more efficiently because SAP Business One provides complete and fully integrated functionality around financials, operations, CRM, inventory, and payroll. NetSuite cannot. It’s no wonder SAP is number one in global ERP market share.
SAP Business One outpaces NetSuite in multiple areas that affect the way you do business. At the highest level, SAP Business One puts you in control and makes ERP work for you in ways NetSuite cannot. Only with SAP Business One can you:
- Maintain complete control over how you run your business.
- Gain enterprise-level performance at SME prices by managing data how and where you choose.
- Seamlessly evolve your ERP deployment in line with business changes, growth, and expansion.
SAP Business One has a large ecosystem of industry customizations specific to your business, unlike NetSuite's pre-configured structures that force you to work their way.
You decide when to upgrade SAP Business One for your benefit, whereas NetSuite dictates customer upgrades, whether it helps or not, potentially disrupting operations.
Maximize Data Performance
Access and analyze data at will when using SAP Business One vs. paying NetSuite’s added fees to export data out of their environment.
SAP HANA in-memory computing for SAP Business One supercharges application performance and allows for real-time analysis of massive data volumes. NetSuite’s platform has no equivalent.
Optimize the Deployment
SAP Business One offers flexible deployment models for cloud, on-premises, and hybrid cloud, whereas NetSuite enforces a rigid ‘cloud-only’ stance.
You can easily add features, functionality, and customizations over time with a local SAP Business One partner who knows your business – far superior to NetSuite’s remote-only interactions from an overseas support center.
SAP Business One powered by SAP HANA eliminates the layers of complexities common in cloud-based ERP solutions like NetSuite by providing in-memory computing power and high levels of real-time data accessibility. NetSuite relies on numerous third-party applications to cobble together the feature set required to support business processes. That’s a problem because every web application added to the base NetSuite solution increases information requests to and from NetSuite. Add NetSuite’s nagging performance issues around workflows and custom scripts, and your employees’ work slows too often when accessing records or running a report. In the end, NetSuite drains productivity and demotivates your staff.
“SAP Business One has streamlined our processes and helped us become one of the fastest shippers in the industry. Whereas the competition can take several weeks to deliver an order, VIETRI can do it within 2 to 3 business days, on average.”
Jody Davis, Customer Service and IT Manager, VIETRI
SAP Business One Gives You More Deployment Options than NetSuite
How you deploy ERP is as important as its features and functions. Unlike NetSuite’s cloud-only stance, SAP Business One offers cloud, on-premises, and hybrid cloud deployment options. You choose based on what makes the most sense for your business.
The Hidden Costs of NetSuite Cloud ERP
NetSuite can't compete with SAP Business One in the areas of on-premises and hybrid cloud deployment. NetSuite's cloud offering is an incomplete product. Costly add-ons, solution changes, and integration issues make the entry price of NetSuite Cloud higher as well as slow and interrupt your vital operations.
Audeze Doubles Revenue by Selecting SAP Business One Cloud
Audeze chose SAP Business One Cloud over NetSuite and doubled their revenue in the first year. The Los Angeles-based company manufactures in the U.S. and competes globally, thanks to new levels of operational efficiency and high-quality products.
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SAP Business One is ideal for a range of industries and provides extensive functionality for every industry it addresses. In addition, SAP’s software development kit, or SDK, has given software developers expanded integration points with every new product release since 2004. This enables you to customize your SAP Business One deployment with numerous industry-specific innovations from a long list of software solution providers. The result is broad and deep solutions for the following industries:
The global food and beverage market is constantly changing and relies on a complex supply chain. Add new customer demands and regulations regarding traceability, quality management, and inventory control, and your business needs to access and report on an array of data in real-time.
SAP Business One customers are winning in the food and beverage industry because they use SAP Business One to:
- Comply with strict industry standards and GMP guidelines, including FDA, EMA, BRC, IFRA, and GHS
- Manage shelf life and expiry dates by tracking byproducts, co-products, yield, wastage, shelf life, expiry date, FIFO, and FEFO
- Track materials backward and forward from vendor to customer
- Calculate costs with flexible, multilevel margin calculations per article, production order, and batch
- Eliminate waste and minimize delays with advanced quality controls on raw materials and components
- Improve planning, communication, and responsiveness with advanced scheduling and production controls
- Make faster, more informed decisions with real-time reporting, dashboards, and alerts
- Easily integrate with subsystems such as SCADA and LIMS
Effective inventory controls, warehouse management, and recall features are built into SAP Business One, not bolted on as an afterthought. SAP continuously incorporates these features and functions into the product because SAP Business One was developed as a comprehensive business management software solution that handles all forms of operational data.
Huy Fong Foods Automates Distribution Operations with SAP Business One
California-based Huy Fong Foods simplified end-to-end supply chain operations by consolidating five systems into just one: SAP Business One. The intuitive nature of the software enabled the company to implement its ERP using only non-technical staff.
SAP Business One can manage your entire life sciences business, from inventory control to production and customer relationship management. The system can automate processes and bring sales transactions, supply chain logistics, warehouse management, and accounting capabilities under one platform. You also gain reporting capabilities specific to medical device companies, as you can access real-time information and view all operations in one place.
Meeting FDA Requirements
Regulators want to know your business has the proper controls, particularly for CAPA collection, analysis, resolution, reporting, and trending. With SAP Business One, your medical device company can produce documents and evidence to prove you’re following standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Your medical device company must provide quality management for class I, II, III, and IV medical devices, including quality standards compliance (i.e., TS14485 and ISO 9001). SAP Business One configures workflows and provides quality check procedures; after measurements are defined, the system sets up the acceptable quality level at each production checkpoint to ensure components don’t proceed until they meet that checkpoint’s criteria.
Traceability and Product Recalls
SAP Business One includes serial number traceability to help companies ensure products are tracked accurately through all stages. The system can manage UDIs, guarantee traceability, and enable your company to properly and efficiently manage recalls.
Avinger Transforms an Entire Business
Medical device company Avinger implemented SAP Business One to transform their business and prepare for growth. Today, they manage everything better with their finance, supply chain, logistics, and warehouse management under one platform.
SAP Business One is an all-in-one solution that provides accurate, real-time information for managing your end-to-end operations. The platform integrates features unique to discrete, process, and project manufacturing, including:
- Profitability measures
- Supply chain management
- Shipping logistics
- Advanced manufacturing capabilities
Because SAP Business One maintains a full, 360-degree view of your operations, it delivers the broadest set of features and functions on the market:
- Opportunity management
- Advanced inventory management
- Project-based purchasing
- Comprehensive project management
- Partner updates and news
- Real-time, cross-functional reporting
- Time and materials management with a built-in MRP system
- Process-oriented bill of materials (BOM)
- Centralized sales order entry
- Change order management
- Customized quality controls
- Production management, including planning and scheduling
SAP Business One simplifies BOM management. The platform’s advanced real-time reporting lets you control user rights and offer BOM reporting views that display only the information employees need to do their jobs. Because SAP Business One stores all its information in a single database, all product data is captured in a single record. This centralizes the information from your engineering, manufacturing, and purchasing BOMs along with data for packaging, quality inspection, and identification labels. This ensures you produce and ship products exactly as specified.
Advance Adapters Exceeds Revenue Doubling
The highly complex products of Advance Adapters require detailed information-sharing with customers and prospects. The manufacturer switched to SAP Business One and more than doubled its revenue by streamlining customer views and feedback on project-specific data.
The supply chain network is becoming more complex. Customers want more choices, faster fulfillment, and lower prices. To meet expectations, SAP Business One gives you a single, transparent view of all your warehouse and distribution operations, which helps you deliver goods on time, boosts customer satisfaction, and optimizes inventory.
Greater Inventory and Supply Chain Management
SAP Business One provides real-time information about inbound and outbound shipments and inventory data. Whether you stock and ship hard or soft goods, food, or other items with complex serialization and lot tracking, or your services are a mix of drop ship, 3PL, and stock and ship, SAP Business One will smooth your operations and improve your operating margin. With integrated solutions for EDI, shipping logistics, and supply and inventory management, Vision33 can automate your warehouse so everything happens automatically based on a single transaction.
EDI enables wholesale distributors to electronically exchange order information with a supply chain partner without manual data entry and re-entry, which results in fewer errors and faster order completion. SAP Business One integrates your backend data (e.g., sales, invoicing, production, scheduling, and shipping data) via EDI, eliminating manual processes associated with sharing data with business partners in a format they accept.
Innovative Cloud EDI
Cloud EDI is designed and built exclusively to connect SAP Business One to a network of over 55,000 retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, 3PLs, and more. The integrated EDI solution is available on both Microsoft SQL Server and SAP HANA and enables customer- and supplier-facing EDI in a single environment.
With cloud EDI for SAP Business One, you can:
- Use standardized document formats to seamlessly interact with any partner
- Increase cash flow by reducing invoicing and payment cycles
- Send and receive real-time catalog, inventory, order, and shipping information
- Save time by no longer building individual point-to-point connections with each trading partner
Superior Auto Extras
Superior Auto Extras, a full-service distributor, manages a range of products and product variants in SAP Business One and implemented advanced inventory management so their 60 employees, 75 outside sales reps, and two distribution centers are always synchronized.
Growing small and midsized businesses perform better when using an ERP system that delivers features, functions, and workflows that match their company- and industry-specific needs. Vision33 has deep expertise in planning and implementing SAP Business One to enable industry-specific processes that work the way your business works.
Whether you compete in food and beverage and life sciences, manufacturing, distribution, or another industry, powerful SAP Business One customizations and add-ons optimize the value of the platform. Vision33's SAP-certified consultants will deploy SAP Business One to maximize your company’s unique differentiators, and SAP Business One’s broad range of capabilities will speed your operations and expand your market reach.
“With SAP Business One, an order is made through our website, and we have achieved order turnaround in about fourteen minutes – that’s real value for our customer.”
- Jody Davis, Customer Service and IT Manager, VIETRI
The Saltbox Platform by Vision33 is a cloud iPaas (integration platform as a service) solution for enterprise integration, workflow, and collaboration between business applications. It provides a large list of pre-built connections for common business applications like Shopify, HubSpot, Concur, and Salesforce; it also offers technology connectors for SQL Server, JSON Converter, SAP HANA, REST API, and SMTP.
These integrations supercharge your SAP Business One environment and increase the value gained from your existing business applications that integrate with SAP Business One.
Vision33 offers three value-add web portals for SAP Business One: a customer portal, vendor portal, and employee portal. Each portal makes SAP Business One a powerful enabler for speeding their daily work while relieving your staff from the burden of mundane support tasks.
The Customer Portal gives customers a secure, flexible, and personalized self-service gateway to retrieve and interact with information in a standard web browser. It's a convenient, self-service way for your customers to make online payments and manage orders in an environment that continuously builds your brand identity.
B2B Marketplace is an exciting extension to the Customer Portal. Companies using B2B Marketplace with SAP Business One can offer their customers a complete B2B shopping experience by giving them online access to order and account information in a familiar shopping cart format – anytime, anywhere, on any device.
B2B Marketplace offers:
- Easy access to account information
- Advanced reporting and analytics
- Support for multiple currencies and languages
- Access to order history
- Catalog views
- Multiple payment options
SAP Business One incorporates a wealth of core capabilities that will drive your business efficiency and position your company for profitable growth. The platform’s five key features deliver unsurpassed operational benefits, including:
- End-to-end business automation
- Accurate real-time reporting and analytics
- Complete operational visibility and control
- Access to critical data anytime, anywhere
- Rapid time to value
SAP Business One continues to evolve as market dynamics change. We suggest periodically visiting Vision33’s SAP Business One web page to learn what’s new.
Improve margins, reduce errors, and drive more profitable decision-making with a complete set of tools for streamlined financial operations.
Sales and Customer Management
Oversee the sales process and customer lifecycle more efficiently, from initial contact to final sale, after-sales service, and support.
Inventory and Production Functionality
Gain complete control in warehousing, inventory, stock movement, production, and MRP and make faster decisions based on detailed reporting for all areas.
Reporting & Real-time Analysis
Empower your employees to make smart, confident decisions faster by capturing all critical information and making it instantly available company-wide.
SAP Business One continues to evolve as market dynamics change. So, make sure to periodically visit Vision33’s web page focused on SAP Business One’s key capabilities to learn what’s new. You can always visit the page here.
Vision33 is the only SAP Business One partner that holds the AWS SAP Competency, and our Global Services group routinely helps SMEs expand into new geographies, making us the ideal implementation partner for growing businesses. Post-implementation, Vision33 continues to deliver value through our industry-leading support program, TOTAL Care, and ongoing ideation and implementation services from our world-class consulting team. They help customers continuously innovate using the best industry-specific add-ons and integrations to support new business initiatives and evolving market demands.
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