Businesses that contact TRC Solutions know they are not performing to their full potential and want to utilise an ERP to scale and turn opportunity into growth. What they are unsure of is which ERP is right for their business.
What is an ERP solution?
An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution is business process management software that allows an organization to use a system of integrated applications to manage all facets of the business in a single database and user interface.
While an ERP is the quickest, cheapest and most efficient way for a business to streamline processes, increase revenue and cut costs, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Which ERP can benefit you the most is dependent on your business: it’s size, performance, capabilities, industry and needs for the future.
TRC Solutions has over 30 years’ experience providing business solutions to our clients and the reason we have collectively seen success is that we listen to their needs.
On Thursday 30th of July, TRC Solutions will be hosting a Free Webinar where we will examine which ERP is right for your business by looking at the software our clients utilise most: SAP Business One and SAP Business ByDesign. You can register for the Webinar here and submit any questions which you want us to discuss and answer.
To give you a clearer picture of both ERPs, we will introduce them and examine what factors go in to TRC Solutions suggesting either SAP Business One or SAP Business ByDesign for our clients:
SAP Business One
SAP Business One is an ERP software designed to increase control over your business and grow with you. By using Business Intelligence to access your data, it streamlines key processes so you can gain greater insight into your business, and make decisions based on real-time information to drive profitable growth.
SAP Business One provides features for Financial Management, Sales & Customer Management, Purchasing & Inventory Control, Business Intelligence, Analytics & Reporting and Industry Specific Capabilities.
SAP Business ByDesign
SAP Business ByDesign is an intelligent cloud ERP solution for fast-growing, mid-market businesses to scale and compete without the complexity and cost. As an end-to-end Business Suite, it unifies every functional department and process within your business. SAP Business ByDesign allows you to go global in over 100 markets without any additional process or software slowing you down and adding to your expenses.
SAP Business ByDesign provides features for Financial Management, Customer Relationship Management, Human Resources, Project Management, Procurement, Supply Chain Management and Industry Specific Capabilities.
How we decide which ERP is right for you
- Business Size
SAP Business One is designed for smaller businesses typically from as low as 5 – 50 users whereas SAP Business ByDesign caters to mid-sized businesses allowing for up to 1000s of users.
SAP Business One is a solution for businesses looking for an entry level ERP. As you will have seen from the features both ERPs provide, SAP Business One offers a solution for more elementary processes associated with smaller businesses.
If the features you require were not covered by SAP Business One, SAP Business ByDesign is the software for you as it offers solutions to more complicated processes which larger businesses manage.
- Growth Potential/Performance
A business with limited growth potential and without the immediate capabilities to go global and enter new markets will be better matched to the Business One platform. This does not mean that you should avoid SAP Business One if you eventually intend to go global. SAP Business One is for businesses who can get to this stage in a matter of years, and it will take you there
A business experiencing rapid growth with intentions of entering new markets must go with SAP Business ByDesign. These are commonly businesses which are being hindered by their current ERP or lack of one. SAP Business ByDesign allows you to quickly and effectively scale without time and cost associated with setting up additional servers and IT hardware.
- Cloud/ On Premise
SAP Business One can be stored on both the Cloud and On-Premise. A business may choose to host On-Premise if they already have the IT infrastructure and staff necessary to run the software. For businesses who do not have and do not want to make the additional investment on the required resources, Cloud is a better option.
SAP Business ByDesign is a pure SaaS solution due to its size and scalability and is only hosted on the Cloud. As a result, you do not have to purchase any additional hardware or oversee the required updates. By hosting through SAP on the Cloud you are benefiting from one of the most secure data centres in the world
The majority of TRC Solutions’ clients which utilise SAP Business One operate in the industries of manufacturing, trading, food processing, distribution, electronics, retail (both online, offline and a mixture of both), eCommerce and service.
Our clients who operate through SAP Business ByDesign are mainly in the industries of distribution, manufacturing, software, IT, HR, education, consulting, construction, pharmaceuticals, medical, chemical and service.
As you will see, there is some overlap here as it is also dependent on external factors. If you do not see your business’ industry here, you can still benefit from one of the ERPs. Schedule a demonstration with TRC Solutions and we can help guide you.
- Business Needs
With SAP Business One, the setup is done from the front end and it can be customised to your specific business needs. This configuration can be looked after by TRC Solutions and super users within your business. It allows you to specifically tailor the ERP without the need for knowledge of coding. SAP Business One is also a more Global Solution, providing 44 localisations and for users 28 languages.
SAP Business ByDesign is built based on best practise scenarios which can be tailored to your business’ requirements. This means it can be set up much quicker, allowing you to reap the benefits in a matter of weeks.
Above, we discussed some of the factors which usually go into TRC Solutions advising our clients in selecting an ERP, but you must have many more questions:
- How does TRC Solutions help my business succeed with the ERP?
- What results have companies similar to mine experienced?
- How much will either software cost me?
- What makes SAP the top provider of ERP software in the world?