What is SAP Business One?
SAP Business One, also known as SAP B1, is an ERP software platform designed to accommodate and support the business functions of small to medium-sized businesses. It was built and runs on Microsoft SQL server but also has SAP HANA capabilities and an in-memory platform. Many businesses opt to have it deployed in-house or on a cloud-based platform so it can be accessed remotely or via mobile apps.
SAP B1 features:
Some of the most important features of SAP B1 include:
Sales and Customer Management
SAP B1 allows users to view the sales process and customer lifecycle all the way through from start to finish, including support and after-sales service. Reporting analysis, mobile sales, marketing functions and customer management are available as add-on tools to support this feature.
Purchasing and Inventory Control
SAP B1 has features which control costs and improve purchasing practices by allowing users to oversee the order-to-pay cycle. Master data management, receipts, invoices, warehouse and accounting integration capabilities are feasible due to its ability to create real-time data and integrated reports.
A complete set of tools are available with SAP B1 for accounting, banking and reconciliation, fixed asset management and reporting and analysis that allow businesses to streamline their financial operations, improve margins, allow for more profitable decision making and even reduce errors.
Analytics and Reporting
An analytics and reporting module allows SAP B1 to capture and present mass amounts of critical data on a company-wide dashboard for maximum visibility when generating reports and analysis. Ultimately organisations are able to make better business decisions with detailed reports and forecasting.
Data from across the organisation and departments can be viewed at the same time, allowing for metrics and data visualisation to create accurate reports and insights about the current business productivity levels.
What skills do you need to work with SAP B1?
As SAP B1 has a wide range of modules and business applications for a business to choose from, the skills and qualifications needed will differ, but some common characteristics include a degree at bachelor’s level in either computer science, or IT if in a developing role, or business and economics if it is a business development role.
SAP B1 technical skills:
- Experience with data modelling and reporting
- Understanding of Agile methodologies
SAP B1 soft skills:
- Good communication skills for liaising with teams
- Ability to multitask to oversee multiple business functions
The different types of SAP B1 job roles:
- SAP B1 Functional Consultant
- SAP B1 Developer
- SAP B1 Administrator
- SAP BI Consultant