SAP Unveils SAP Business One Sales Mobile App for the Mobile Sales Workforce

SAP have announced the release of SAP Business One Sales mobile app, a new mobile application for the SAP Business One application, which works with and is powered by the SAP HANA platform.

The mobile app is designed to support small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) as well as subsidiaries of large enterprises.

The mobile app was developed based on SAP HANA and is tailored to the unique digital needs of sales professionals. It includes features such as pipeline management, inventory review, price quotation and order placement. By leveraging the SAP HANA platform the app can be accessed online, giving users 24×7 access to live, mission-critical data.

The announcement confirms SAP’s commitment to the more than 50,000 existing customers of SAP Business One by providing them with an additional tool to succeed and grow.

Enhancements include the ability to track activity and results and to forecast results from mobile devices, something that previously would have required a desktop computer. Enhanced with optimised user experience through improved visualisation, the mobile app enables on-the-go sales professionals to meet the needs of today’s digital world by remaining connected anywhere, anytime.

Call 01244 676 900 now to speak to one of our  experts and discover the power of SAP Business One for your business. 

The Need For 360° Traceabilty

360 Tracability

If you’re part of a regulated industry supply chain whether it’s pharmaceutical, chemicals or food, traceability is a necessary evil. Governing bodies and codes of practice regulate the industry to ensure standards are implemented for consumers, examples include FDA’s Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 (CFR) and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) http://1.usa.gov/1mh3QfJ , FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) http://1.usa.gov/1mh36ay  and the BRC Global Standards http://bit.ly/1mh4Vo2

Just saying “Batch Traceability” sounds really easy, but in reality it’s a complex multi-dimension business issue which touches all parts of the enterprise, and should be managed in a holistic manner.

We all hear the term Big Data and its loose definition of large volumes of data, and its related problems with data capture, storage, search, analysis and visualisation to name but a few. But depending on the industry, product, customer and user, Big Data problems tend to be specific to you!

Searching through batch records and other related data can take time, with input from different departments, when trying to understand the cause and effect, when undertaking a real life recall or a BRC audit. But with the paradigm shift created by SAP HANA, data visualization and predictive analytics totally changes the way users consume data and analyse business problems.

Visualisation is the optimum way to view data, dramatically increasing visibility to help hotspots, while predictive analytics can provide early warning of problems before they arrive, thus reducing time and cost to make timely and informed decisions.

An example of Visualisation would be a traceability dashboard or plotting customers with the defective batch on a google map. While for predictive analysis trending customer complaints indicating a potential product re-call.

ProcessForce  provides relationship map visualisation to tackle the topic of batch traceability. For example, it has helped one of our customers, UK food and beverage producer Evolution Foods support their BRC requirements, ensuring  timely compliance within the reporting timelines.

Visit our case studies page and read the Evolution story.

 

Why We All Want HANA

HANA is stylish and slim, with a quick and clever mind

HANA is a bit of a big deal in the world of technology, with innovators and early adopters across the world falling head over heels for the game changing solution; implementing HANA to get their businesses ahead of the herd and as a result quickly receiving the benefits of a platform that is quite literally transforming data processing forever.

Why HANA is a big deal

SAP HANA’s radically new IT architecture dramatically improves the speed of business-wide processes by integrating high speed analytical and transaction processing with sophisticated in-depth analysis, all in real-time.

What does that actually mean?

Something like your accounting or ERP system can be split back to just two processes:

  1. Recording transactional data: capturing transactions, processing transactions, classifying them, storing them and retrieving them – all quickly ideally.
  2. Analytics: whatever application program or programs you’ve used to record all of this then needs to be a source of information that will tell you about the past, present and future of your business in the form of analytics, or business intelligence, without which a business has no basis for planning or direction.

 

These processes are so different that the usual ERP systems have just always created two areas to conduct each process separately.  One’s data is then replicated and reorganised to form analysis or reports – usually by extracting, transforming or loading.  This is what takes time, causes errors and can generally be infuriating if it goes wrong or causes delays.

The difference with SAP HANA is that it supports both analytics and transactions simultaneously by keeping all of the data together, in its vast memory, all of the time.  This mean that the data can be used throughout different programs, by different people, changed, transformed and extracted in real-time – all without delays, errors or the strong urge to throw your computer out of the nearest window.

There are of course further business benefits to SAP Business One HANA, including:

  • Enhanced business process visibility and responsiveness
  • High speed data analysis at all levels of granularity, for everyone in the organisation
  • Reduction of IT ownership costs

Download the information pack: SAP HANA for SMEs

To find out more about SAP HANA and how it can benefit your SME business, contact Signum Solutions on 01244 676900, email enquiries@signum-solutions.co.uk or for a video overview, see the SAP HANA Video