What are the biggest differences between SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business One?

I am a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Frauds Examiner with over 29 years of experience in internal auditing and core expertise in Accounting and Reporting, Operational Audits, and Risk Management practices.

I am currently evaluating SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business One. What are the main differences between the two? Which would you recommend? 

Thanks! I appreciate the help.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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