SAP B1 has more than 11 thousands installations worldwide. In India, it has mushroomed and implemented software for so many organizations. Here It has faced challenges like implementation, localization and customization. SAP has purchased this from Israel based company. It has such pleasant features as multi-language in one database/company, multicurrency, very strong MRP (material requirement planning), production, manufacturing, service management, CRM, integration with MS Office on COM level, drag and relate. SAP Business One is required Microsoft SQL server database platform and is written in C++.
Localization in India: Tax structure in India is very complicated and keeps on changing, so this creates a very big challenge for any ERP vendor. Now India is planning to impose a new tax GST. SAP B1 architecture is designed well; B1 object model structure still required some of development efforts to localize B1 tax structure to Indian tax code. It has a global strategy, while developing Indian tax structure; it plans to use the same flexible construction to adopt/localize B1 to other market like Brazil, where we have uniqueness of the tax code.
It has a named user flat license fee with 22% AMC fees after first year. If you miss AMC in the second or third year, you will have to pay all previous year AMC to get support on products. You can start implementation with just one user license. It has integration gateway to R/3, which makes this attractive for franchise network, where you merge franchisees into central ERP. There are some restrictions with B1 viz. they don’t have payroll, project accounting, retail management, POS, and process based manufacturing. For these vendor provides add-ons modules.
SAP B1 especially made for SMEs customers in India. Because SMEs prefer low cost software, good performance, lower TOC (total cost of ownership) better brand, look and feel.
Oracle E-Business Suite/Oracle Financials, Microsoft ERP applications and local ERP software are competitor of SAP B1 in SME segment in India.