Learn how SAP B1 fits into the SAP Family of products, and who would be using SAP b1 through the history of the product.
- [Instructor] SAP Business One is the ERP system by SAP for small to medium businesses. You'll hear it called many things, such as SAP B1, Business One, Biz One. I often refer to it as just B1. If you're in a room of only SAP B1 users, it's okay to call it SAP. Otherwise, try calling it one of the other names so it's not to be confused with its bigger cousin, SAP ERP. The two are not the same. And if you're looking for SAP ERP training, you might even want to stop this video and find the SAP ERP Essential Training course instead. SAP B1 is the adopted cousin of SAP ERP. It was developed in 1996 in Israel, originally as Menahel for the Mac and then Windows 3.1. It was one of the first business systems in the world using a graphic user interface on desktop systems. Renamed TopManage in 2000, the developers began to sell TopManage in Europe and Latin America with great results. In February 2002, SAP sought a good fit for the small and medium business market they couldn't reach with the SAP ERP product, and bought the company. With a few changes, this became Business One. SAP made one very important decision with the TopManage acquisition. They intentionally silo TopManage from the SAP ERP developers to develop the independent product, Business One. This came from learning a scaled down version of SAP ERP doesn't sell to smaller companies without the huge IT departments necessary to keep SAP ERP working. SAP has never regretted that decision. TopManage was built with small businesses in mind from the ground up. SAP Business One is built on off-the-shelf components like Microsoft SQL Server for easy installation and use by the smaller businesses. Even ones without IT departments, where an owner or controller would be able to do the administrative functions. No longer on Mac, SAP Business One remains some of the most powerful parts of the hyperlink and object oriented background that came from the Macintosh. While easily used by a bookkeeper without IT knowledge, Business One still contains some powerful features. Along the way, Business One has gained even more components. Crystal Reports is a separate application, which gives users extensive reporting capabilities and a system to create their own format for system forms, like sales orders and invoices. With the introduction of HANA, more tools from mobile development and business intelligence is available for SAP Business One. There's also plenty of developers of add-on modules to handle a variety of tasks if a user wants more power than B1 has. For those who are growing too big for small, web-based applications and want better integrated reporting across their business processes, they'll want a solution like SAP Business One. From it's four floppy disk beginning as Menahel, to the gigabytes of cloud space of SAP Business One, this application is built for the five to 300 user market. Let's look at some of that power.
- Benefits and limitations of Business One
- Setting personal preferences
- Working with key modules, including Business Partners
- Granting and revoking user permissions
- Navigation and user functions
- Choosing the modules you need for your business
- Reporting in Business One
- Exporting reports and documents to Excel
- Changing the look and defaults of modules