The Clear Leader for Small and Midsized Enterprises
SAP Business One has many advantages over NetSuite—advantages that address the critical ERP needs of small and midsized enterprises (SMEs).
With over 60,000 customers and one million users, SAP Business One is the preferred ERP solution for SMEs. Businesses can offer a better customer experience and run more efficiently because SAP Business One provides complete and fully integrated functionality around financials, operations, CRM, inventory, and payroll.
NetSuite can't. It’s no wonder SAP is #1 in global ERP market share.
The SAP Difference
The SAP Difference
SAP Business One outpaces NetSuite in multiple areas that affect how you do business. SAP Business One puts you in control and makes ERP work for you in ways NetSuite can't.
Only SAP Business One lets you:
- Maintain complete control over how you run your business
- Gain enterprise-level performance at SME prices
- Seamlessly evolve your ERP deployment in line with business changes, growth, and expansion
SAP Business One has a large ecosystem of industry-specific customizations, unlike NetSuite's pre-configured structures that force you to work their way.
And you decide when to upgrade SAP Business One, whereas NetSuite dictates customer upgrades, potentially disrupting operations.
Maximize data performance
Access and analyze data at will in SAP Business One—versus paying NetSuite’s added fees to export data out of its environment.
Plus, SAP HANA in-memory computing for SAP Business One supercharges application performance and allows real-time analysis of massive data volumes. NetSuite’s platform has no equivalent.
Optimize the deployment
SAP Business One offers flexible deployment models: cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premises. NetSuite is only deployable in the cloud.
And 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.
With its in-memory computing power and high levels of real-time data accessibility, SAP Business One powered by SAP HANA eliminates the layers of complexity common in cloud-based ERP solutions like NetSuite.
NetSuite relies on third-party applications to cobble together a feature set that supports business processes. That’s a problem because every web application added to NetSuite increases information requests to and from the system.
Add NetSuite’s nagging workflow and custom scripts issues, 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 at VIETRI
SAP Business One offers more deployment options than NetSuite
How you deploy an ERP solution is as important as its features and functions. Unlike NetSuite’s cloud-only deployment, SAP Business One offers cloud, on-premises, and hybrid cloud options.
The Hidden Costs of NetSuite Cloud ERP
NetSuite doesn't offer on-premises and hybrid cloud deployments, and its cloud offering is an incomplete product. Costly add-ons, solution changes, and integration issues make the entry price of NetSuite Cloud higher, and its longer implementation times often disrupt vital operations.
Audeze doubled revenue by deploying SAP Business One in the cloud
Audeze chose a cloud-hosted solution for SAP Business One instead of NetSuite and doubled its revenue in the first year. The Los Angeles-based company manufactures in the US and competes globally, thanks to new levels of operational efficiency and high-quality products.
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SAP Business One provides extensive functionality in most industries, and its software development kit (SDK) gives software developers expanded integration points, allowing you customize to your SAP Business One deployment with industry-specific innovations from a long list of providers.
The result is broad and deep solutions for industries like:
The global food and beverage market is constantly changing and relies on a complex supply chain. Add new customer demands and traceability, quality management, and inventory control regulations, and your business needs an array of data in real-time.
Food and beverage companies 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.
Huy Fong Foods
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 manages everything from inventory control to production and customer relationship management for life sciences companies. The system automates processes and brings sales transactions, supply chain logistics, warehouse management, and accounting capabilities on one platform. You also gain access to real-time data and a big-picture view of operations.
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 company can produce documents and evidence to prove you’re following standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Your company must provide quality management for class I, II, III, and IV medical devices, including quality standards compliance (e.g., 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 ensure products are tracked accurately through every stage. The system manages UDIs, guarantees traceability, and enables your company to manage recalls properly and efficiently.
Medical device company Avinger implemented SAP Business One to transform its business and prepare for growth. Today, Avinger manages everything better with finance, supply chain, logistics, and warehouse management on one platform.
SAP Business One is an all-in-one solution that provides accurate, real-time information for end-to-end operations management. The platform integrates features for 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, including:
- 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 bills of materials (BOMs)
- 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 with 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's highly complex products 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. This lets 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 smooths operations and improves operating margin. With integrated solutions for EDI, shipping logistics, 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, resulting in fewer errors and faster order completion. SAP Business One integrates your backend data (e.g., sales, invoicing, production, scheduling, and shipping) via EDI, eliminating manual processes associated with sharing data with business partners.
Innovative cloud EDI
Cloud EDI connects SAP Business One to a network of over 55,000 retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, and 3PLs. 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 SMEs perform better when using an ERP system that delivers company- and industry-specific features.
Vision33 has deep expertise in planning and implementing SAP Business One to enable industry-specific processes that work how your business works.
No matter which industry you compete in, powerful SAP Business One customizations and add-ons optimize the platform's value.
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 at VIETRI
The Saltbox Platform is a cloud-native, low-code integration platform as a service (iPaaS) solution that empowers SMEs to integrate disconnected business systems like ERP, CRM, and eCommerce.
By eliminating data silos and automating manual processes, Saltbox unlocks new levels of operational efficiency and cost savings.
Vision33 offers two value-add web portals for SAP Business One:
- Customer Portal
- Employee Portal
Each portal makes SAP Business One a powerful enabler for speeding daily work and reducing mundane support tasks.
Customer Portal gives customers a secure, flexible, 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, manage orders, and more.
The Employee Portal puts employees in the driver’s seat with access to the information they want and need at any time. A real-time, web portal that integrates with SAP Business One and gives them tools to get the work done.
SAP Business One's wealth of core capabilities 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 continually evolves as market dynamics change—you can visit our SAP Business One 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.
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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The largest US distributor to Mexican restaurants chose Vision33 to implement SAP Business One. The platform transformed the entire operation, and now Vision33 provides ongoing TOTAL Care services to support Tolteca’s goal of continuous service-level optimization.
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