With every new year comes the chance—an important opportunity—to reassess and take stock of what needs to be evaluated. This year is no exception. And with a pandemic still raging and effecting organizations of all types and sizes, you need to consider what makes most sense for your business.

Enter SAP Business One.

But does it make sense to go the traditional route, choosing the version of SAP Business One using a Microsoft SQL database? What about SAP HANA, which uses SAP’s in-memory database?

Yes, you’re a small, medium-size business (SMB) but you know very well that a one-size-fits-all solution isn’t essentially the right one for your business. With that said, I’ll help you make sense of why SAP HANA is beneficial for your business, from both a features and advantages perspective. Of course, the decision to choose one over another will be yours, since you know your business’ requirements better than anyone. As an SAP Business One expert, however, I’m here to help you better understand the technical options that are best suited for your business.

Overview: Dashboard analytics from SAP Business One powered by SAP HANA

What is SAP Business One, Version for HANA?

SAP HANA—an acronym for High Performance Analytical Appliance–is an in-memory database optimized for transactional and analytical workloads; a high-performance in-memory database that speeds data-driven, real-time decisions and actions. As the data foundation of SAP’s Business Technology Platform, it provides advanced analytics on multimodel data, on premise and in the cloud.

With the amounts of data growing as your business grows, there’s no question how essential this is: as your data volume grows with the increase in transactional volume, SAP HANA becomes a strong consideration, a modern platform for real-time applications and analytics without complicating your IT environment.

What are the Advantages of SAP Business One, Version for HANA?

One of the most popular enterprise resource systems designed specifically for SMBs, SAP Business One functions in Microsoft Windows environments with Microsoft SQL Server. But as businesses grow and the need for reliable, real-time analytics grows with it, SQL Server can tend to fail to deliver business-ready functionality.

With HANA, SAP delivers innovation to SMBs and the capacity to run SAP Business One on the next-generation in-memory platform.

  • Improved speed and accessibility are gained for processing data, running reports, and analyzing records.
  • In-memory technology enables you to run real-time reports and complete day-to-day tasks more efficiently.
  • Better analyze high-volume data generated by your growing business.
  • Eliminate complexities to reduce business costs familiar with legacy IT landscapes.

What are the Key Benefits of SAP HANA?

Be agile: Achieve real-time business information when needed you need it.

Be insightful: Take advantage of a single platform for analytics and transactions to solve issues quickly.

Be efficient: Empower your employees with search capabilities and interactive analysis tools to improve your IT landscape.

With SAP Business One, Version for SAP HANA, you have the business software tools to:

  • Access all the functionality of SAP Business One but faster and more responsive.

    Enterprise Search – SAP Business One HANA Series
  • Enhanced logic for cash flow and support for availability-to-promise processes.

    Available to Promise Demo

Cashflow Forecast Demo

  • Embedded analytics to help make better customer recommendations.

    Sales Recommendations
  • Predefined calculation-intensive reports, such as inventory analysis and monthly customer status.
  • Predefined dashboards.

    Creating Dashboards – SAP Business One HANA Series

Working With Cockpits – SAP Business One HANA Series

  • Interactive and ad-hoc analysis through a Microsoft Excel pivot table interface.

    Analytical Portal
  • Interactive Analysis

Excel Reports

  • Predefined semantic layer for interacting with data using familiar business terminology.

As your business grows, and the need to access and quickly assess business-critical information becomes more important, you’ll want business software tools that will help you manage larger data volumes. With SAP Business One, Version for SAP HANA, you’ll be enabling your business to drive itself forward with transactions and analytics into a single in-memory platform. It’s a smarter approach to business and an innovative way to simplify how your business runs.

Stayed tuned for my next article in this series. I’ll continue to discuss how SAP HANA can benefit your entire business, helping you find ways to run it faster and better and helping you make better business decisions to improve efficiency today and drive long-term growth.

Let’s talk!

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Irenae Jacobs