Compare SAP Business One vs. SAP S/4HANA

SAP Business One is ranked 9th in ERP while SAP S/4HANA is ranked 5th in ERP with 2 reviews. SAP Business One is rated 0, while SAP S/4HANA is rated 8.6. On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP S/4HANA writes "Manages the business in a faster and smarter way". SAP Business One is most compared with SAP S/4HANA, SAP ERP and Microsoft Dynamics NAV, whereas SAP S/4HANA is most compared with SAP Business One, Oracle ERP Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics AX.
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author avatarSanath Premachandra

S4 is an enterprise-level ERP for large corporations and SAP Business One is a Small to Medium company ERP.

author avatarMaurice Kasner
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SAP S4/HANA and SAP Business One are two different products.

I'm not familiar with Business One but to the best of my knowledge, it's a product best suited for SMB organizations.
S4/Hana is the latest version of what was referred to in the past as SAP ECC or before that SAP R/3 – platforms designed for enterprise organizations.

author avatarBen Melchionno
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Sap Business One is tailored for small businesses of up to 100 employees more or less. I believe it could make use of the in-memory capabilities of the HANA database but it is essentially built for small businesses. S/4 HANA is a much larger ERP solution tailored for enterprise-wide use. It could also span different industries such as manufacturing , financial etc and is usually targeted for medium to large size companies. While Business One is an all in one ERP for small companies S/4 has many modules that can be configured to meet different company needs.

author avatarASalman

Most probably you will need a 3rd party for HR in the case of SAP Business One. SAP S/4HANA has an advantage in this regard. If your inventory management is part of your business then again SAP Business One appears weak compared to S/4HANA. The same applies to procurement, QM or Sales. The point is if you compare the functionality then S/4HANA outperforms compared to Business One. You still have to incorporate Budget and TCO in order to fine-tune the comparison.

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The SAP Business One application offers a way to manage your entire business – from accounting and financials, purchasing, inventory, sales and customer relationships, and project management, to operations and human resources. SAP Business One helps you to streamline processes, gain a greater insight into your business, so that you can act fast and make decisions based on real time information, to help you drive profitable growth.

SAP S/4HANA stands for SAP Suite 4 HANA. It is a next-generation integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that is designed for businesses of all sizes, in all industries, that require deep and broad functionality combined with a high degree of flexibility. SAP S/4HANA was launched in 2015 and been adopted by more than 3,200 customers over a period of sixteen months. SAP S/4HANA is materially different from anything SAP has done before and represents the company’s biggest innovation since SAP R/3.

SAP S/4HANA is intended to provide a digital core for an organization. It is fully architected for the most advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and is designed on the most modern design principles with the SAP Fiori user experience to create a personalized and simple feel on users’ device of choice (tablet, laptop, mobile). SAP S/4HANA aims to simplify an organizations’ system landscape and reduce total cost of ownership by shrinking the data footprint while at the same time improving productivity levels in the form of higher throughput. S/4HANA can be deployed either on premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid combination for quick time-to-value. Timelines for cloud deployments average around six months.

SAP S/4HANA is designed to drive business innovation by connecting people, devices, and business networks in real time to support the development of new business models. It will also help accelerate the adoption of, and connection to, the Internet of Things and Big Data. SAP S/4HANA can analyze big data at unprecedented speed allowing users to access real-time information from anywhere, any way they’d like and thus help managers make truly insightful decisions. The simplified data model allows customers to reimagine their IT, helping to drive lower costs and deliver IT efficiency. This, coupled with the SAP S/4HANA prediction and simulation capabilities allow it to anticipate the impact of business outcomes. By doing all the above, SAP S/4HANA aims to provide ultimate sophistication in the simplest possible manner.

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