SAP Business One Version 10 is the first major update for the popular ERP software in more than two years, and has now been officially released by SAP.
With the release of Version 10, SAP is fulfilling its vision of making Business One the ERP of choice for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the digital economy, as it was laid out in the SAP Business One Road Map document.
To achieve this goal, SAP is positioning a cloud-hosted instance of SAP Business One on the SAP HANA database, accessible through the new Web Client, as a global and highly scalable real-time ERP software.
Some of the next steps that are planned include fully committing to leveraging the strengths of SAP HANA, adopting the Integration Framework 2.0, and accelerating the transformation of SAP Business One into a cloud solution accessible through mobile apps for an increasingly mobile workforce.
In the meantime, SAP Business One Version 10 lays the groundwork with a comprehensive list of new features and enhanced functionalities, with more still to come in the pipeline.
While Version 10 comes with more than 30 new features and enhancements, let’s look at some of the biggest highlights that it has in store for SAP Business One users such as yourself.
1. Web Client
The Web Client lets you access the core features of SAP Business One from Chrome or Firefox
With the launch of Version 10, SAP Business One will come with a native Web Client for the first time.
While you might have had to rely on third-party web clients in the past, the new Web Client means you can now access SAP Business One through either the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers, from your mobile devices such as laptops or tablets.
The Web Client is also designed with side-by-side usability with the desktop application in mind, allowing you to launch it directly from the desktop application.
Based on SAP Fiori design principles, the Web Client supports the core processes and business logic of SAP Business One, such as;
- Sales Orders
- Additional Sales Documents
- Business Partners
Do keep in mind that the Web Client will only be available if you’re running your version of SAP Business One on the SAP HANA platform.
2. Usability Enhancements
The Belize Deep skin aligns the look of the desktop application with the Web Client.
If you plan on using both the desktop application as well as the Web Client, you’ll be glad to know that SAP has taken steps to harmonise the look and feel of both applications.
They’ve done so by introducing the new Belize Deep skin for the desktop application, which is inspired by SAP Fiori and utilises SAP UI5 technology. It is currently available when you’re using the Fiori-style Cockpit.
If you need more space to work with, now you can hide the toolbar.
Version 10’s enhancements to the usability of SAP Business One does not end with refreshing of the desktop application with a modern UX design. The user interface itself has also been enhanced with new functionalities.
For example, you can now enable the showing or hiding of the toolbar through a new option under the View menu, or alternatively via a new icon at the top right corner of the screen.
If you need to enlarge your working area, the ability to hide the toolbar should be of use to you.
In addition, the User Name and Company Name have now been moved to the top centre of the SAP Business One screen. You can click it to open the Choose Company window directly.
This allows you to switch between company databases and users with one click, making it much more convenient for you to access and work with the databases of several companies at any time.
3. Financial Management Enhancements
Use the golden arrows to drill down into the G/L Account
Version 10 comes with enhancements to functionalities for business processes across the board, but one category which applies to every user is Financial Management.
You are now able to drill down into the General Ledger Account within the Chart of Accounts. This is indicated with golden arrows that have been added next to the account codes in Balance Sheet, Trial Balance, and Profit and Loss Statement.
This gives you direct access to account details and the account balance of relevant accounts, making these financial reports more usable and transparent than before.
You can now create new posting periods with additional defined dates.
In addition, the Posting Periods window has also been enhanced to simplify and streamline the creation of new financial periods in the following ways;
- A new check box to define the default “Due Date To” when creating new posting periods.
- Column sorting is now enabled within the Posting Periods form.
- Filtering is now enabled within the Posting Periods form.
- The Find field allows for quick free-text searching.
These enhancements have made it easier for you to make use of the Posting Periods table, and will prove especially useful if your business has a long list of posting periods.
4. Interactive Gantt Charts
You can now use your Gantt Charts as one of your project planning tools.
You'll find that Project Management has become easier than ever, with the introduction of Interactive Gantt Charts as a new planning tool in your repertoire.
The Interactive Gantt Charts that come with Version 10 are no longer static overviews that merely reflect any changes and adjustments in your project; you can now drag-and-drop elements in them to update your project details directly.
For example, you can update your project timelines by moving the time bars of your sub-projects and project stages directly within the Gantt Chart. Changes you made will also be reflected in your data source.
In addition, there are now new fields available in the Gantt Chart window that represents Project Due Date and Finish Date, allowing you to designate these two data points within your chart.
With this change, Gantt Charts in SAP Business One transform into dynamic project planning tools that facilitate visual planning of your projects
5. Microsoft Office 365 Integration
You can now directly export your data to OneDrive as Word or Excel files.
Starting from Version 10, SAP Business One will be integrated with Microsoft Office 365, as well as Microsoft OneDrive.
Prior to this, users have integrated certain features of Outlook with third-party add-ons that exchange data with Business One. However, this new development means that you no longer need to rely on external solutions for integrating Business One with Office 365.
You can now export your document layouts, grid results and reports as either Word or Excel files, which will then be automatically exported to OneDrive to give you access to your files from any location.
The new SAP Business One 10.0 Template Management feature also offers more flexibility for reporting and managing your documents. This means you can design your own templates for exporting data out of Business One.
6. 64-Bit Only Support
SAP Business One will be 64-bit only starting from Version 10.
As of Version 10, SAP Business One will support only the 64-bit Windows operating system.
This extends to add-ons; only the 64-bit versions will continue to be supported by SAP Business One Version 10.
In line with this change, the following 32-bit components will be removed from the SAP Business One product CD;
- SAP Business One Studio
- SAP Business One Client
- Crystal Server Integration
- Data Transfer Workbench
- DI API
- Outlook Integration Standalone
- Solution Packager
It is not possible to automatically migrate 32-bit components that have been removed to their 64-bit components. To do this, you need to uninstall them manually, and use the Setup Wizard to install their 64-bit equivalents.
That said, future software package downloads will be smaller in size, thanks to the removal of redundant 32-bit executables. You’ll find that it will be faster to update Business One from now on.
Questions About SAP Business One Version 10?
SAP Business One’s Version 10 release marks a new era for the evergreen ERP software solution for SMEs.
With a major shift towards improved cloud deployment and new capabilities like the Web Client, SAP is positioning Business One to compete with Oracle – NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central for the cloud-hosted ERP market.
To find out what other new features come with SAP Business One Version 10, click the image below to download the resource that will show you the full set of changes that came with the new update.