SAP Business One vs SAP S/4HANA comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 21, 2022

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SAP Business One
Ranking in ERP
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Ranking in ERP
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the ERP category, the mindshare of SAP Business One is 4.2%, down from 7.3% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of SAP S/4HANA is 15.1%, down from 15.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Mar 9, 2023
Good ERP software for overall company management
Our organization has been using SAP Business One as an ERP software for overall company management, which includes production, sales, inventory management, and purchase management We have continued to use SAP Business ONE due to its add-ons and customization options, but there are still some…
NAWAL SAXENA - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 28, 2021
Helpful technical support, plenty of features, and secure
SAP S4HANA is used as a complete resource planning solution for our organization The solution is flexible, has a lot of functionality, and has the ability to deliver more security than other comparable solutions. SAP S4HANA is not suitable for all-size companies. If you have a small company…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"This is an all-in-one ERP solution for small businesses. Everything is linked. Once you have this, you have all the features available in SAP. You have PR, inventory items, journal entry, and project management features."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is Financial Management."
"The most valuable feature of SAP Business One is the price and reputation of the vendor. The solution is widely accepted around the world."
"The documentation part and the user manuals provided by SAP are quite comprehensive."
"The Material Requirements Planning (MRP) feature of SAP Business One has been most beneficial for our reporting needs."
"The product seems to be quite stable."
"Its usability is the most valuable. It is very intuitive and user-friendly. In terms of functionality, it has all the basic functionalities for ERP, such as CRM, sales, and manufacturing. These are the functionalities that we typically use for all SMEs. In terms of localization, SAP Business One is the best. It has got localization across all countries, which is an advantage. No other solution has such localization."
"The most valuable features of SAP Business One are that it has plenty of features and an easy general ledger entry. Additionally, we have an internal team that supports the solution and they provide is good. The solution is easy for us to support."
"I can verify and provide the overall financial aid report and also the management report."
"A user-friendly UI with good documentation."
"The in-memory processing capability is most valuable."
"SAP S/4HANA delivers all essential possibilities to customers for various sections. In the current modern age, we use SAP for graphical outputs, reports, and smartphone accessibility. If users want to see financial outputs via diagrams, we use SAP by Design. For specific confirmations via mobile app or web app, we use few other applications. If users want only source forms and not hard copies, we use AR forms."
"At present, it seems very stable because it is in the cloud."
"The solution's most valuable features are performance and processes."
"I have been using SAP for more than 13 years and the new SAP S4HANA was not only a simple upgrade, they have made a lot of improvements. They have simplified a lot of the functions, the all-new interface gives users a better experience. The database itself is quite efficient in nature and it provides effective data queries. It is a good upgrade from the previous version of SAP R/3."
"SAP S4HANA is a robust solution."


"The solution could improve by having some added authentication, such as SAP CC or SAP S4HANA."
"The solution could improve by adding HR and payroll, and consolidation should be included by default."
"You get support through the vendor, not SAP directly. If your vendor is good, you get good support. If it is not a good vendor, the support is very bad."
"Some features are missing."
"Our company is expanding to different countries, and business is growing. We feel that it is not good enough for the huge volume of the business. On-premises setup is not good enough for the overseas office. We have our onsite premises in Hong Kong, but we have a major sales office in the US. We are looking for a more efficient setup to fulfill our requirements and needs. It can have portals for vendors, suppliers, and customers. I know that they have this feature in version 10, but it still has space to improve."
"It could have RPA automation and RPA elements. There could also be add-ons for a Document Management System and Warehouse Management System."
"The user interface could be improved with drag-and-drop functionality that it currently lacks."
"There should be a portal so that our providers can give us their invoices. This is something that it is missing currently. SAP provides such a portal with SAP ERP, but it is not available with SAP Business One."
"SAP support provides resolves all our problems, but the response time is slower than our customers expect. Maybe it's because they have such a large customer base and are always occupied, but that's one area all our customers mention."
"While the solution contemplates a competitively priced model, its pricing could be cheaper."
"The interface could be improved."
"SAP S4HANA could improve by having a more seamless easier integration, faster integration. The overall implementation timelines should be reduced."
"There should be an easier way to migrate customers from all versions to SAP S/4HANA."
"The solution could improve by making customization easier. The on-premise version is a lot more flexible."
"We are always looking for a better user experience. We would like to see more consolidation in SAP S4HANA because of all the financial compliance and regulatory changes."
"The solution could have a better user experience. However, they are working a lot on the user experience and they have come up with various applications, such as mobile applications. This was lacking over the last two years."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The price of SAP Business One is expensive and there is only a standard license."
"There is a license to use this solution and the price is good."
"We are on a perpetual license for SAP Business One and the price it should be less expensive when comparing it to other solutions."
"SAP Business One is a cost-effective solution. The price is good and we pay for a subscription annually."
"We pay annually. It is around 800 a month."
"Its price is reasonable. We have about 200 licenses. We have to pay every year for the license."
"I would rate Business One's pricing five out of five."
"Its price is reasonable. People are able to spend that much."
"In Nigeria, we have to consider currency conversion rates with the Euro and Dollar that impact the final cost. But I believe that it'll be cheaper in the cloud where SAP has to do the maintenance of the server and more in the long run."
"It is an expensive solution. On a scale from one to five, with five being the most expensive, I would rate the price at four."
"I have heard others saying that SAP is only for big companies that have money."
"The licensing format is complicated for SAP S/4HANA"
"The pricing model is based on an annual license."
"Available at a high price"
"We pay for an annual license."
"The solution often does not survive our shortlist round because it is very expensive when compared to other products."
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Answers from the Community

Shibu  Ms - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 6, 2023
Sep 6, 2023
Hi Shibu, Here is a brief comparison between SAPB1 and SAP S/4 Hana. SAP B1 was not originally a SAP product it was a product developed by an Israel founder in 195 built only for MAC OS SAP bought it over in 2003, Whereas SAP S/4 Hana is natively built by SAP. Scope and Complexity: SAP B1: SAP Business One is designed for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and covers a broad range of b...
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Avigayil Henderson - PeerSpot reviewer
Jul 10, 2023
Hello Shibu, I am writing this answer on behalf of a Director at a small tech services company: The key difference is about 2 and a half million dollars - jokingly - we’ve had some clients go with B1 and the projects were smallish - $70k - $120k. We’ve also had clients spending nearly $3m on S/4HANA projects. I’d say B1 is more for mid-market, and S/4HANA is a tier one large company, Fortune 1000 size project. Now of course that’s super generalized from a small sample size - for what it’s worth.
Mohammed Shakir Ibrahim - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 6, 2023
Hi Shibu, Here is a brief comparison between SAPB1 and SAP S/4 Hana. SAP B1 was not originally a SAP product it was a product developed by an Israel founder in 195 built only for MAC OS SAP bought it over in 2003, Whereas SAP S/4 Hana is natively built by SAP. Scope and Complexity: SAP B1: SAP Business One is designed for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and covers a broad range of business processes, including accounting, inventory management, and sales. SAP S/4HANA: SAP S/4HANA is an enterprise-level solution designed for larger organizations, offering a more comprehensive suite of applications that include advanced analytics, industry-specific features, and support for complex business processes. It's strong in manufacturing, Service industry, government, and Oil & Gas industries. Database Technology: SAP B1: SAP B1 typically uses Microsoft SQL Server as its underlying database management system, but there is a new variant where you can use the HANA database with Business One. SAP S/4HANA: SAP S/4HANA uses in-memory computing and the SAP HANA database, which enables real-time data processing, faster reporting, and advanced analytics capabilities. This technology shift is a major differentiator and provides significant performance advantages. Scalability: SAP B1: SAP B1 is not scalable for large organizations due to the complexity of the processes. SAP S/4HANA: SAP S/4HANA is made for larger organizations which can cater to any complicated business processes. If you need further information you can reach me at

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Questions from the Community

Are there any advantages of SAP S4 HANA over SAP Business One (SAP B1) apart from the cost?
SaP Business One is a complete solution for business management. The software applications are broad, ranging from accounting to project management and human resources. It is very versatile and com...
What do you like most about SAP Business One?
It's user-friendly and comes with comprehensive manuals. So, it is easy to learn to use SAP Business One
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for SAP Business One?
It's not cheap but offers good value, particularly for medium-sized enterprises. We suggest a minimum budget of around 30,000 dollars.
What needs improvement with SAP S4HANA?
The solution’s pricing could be reduced.
What is your primary use case for SAP S4HANA?
Many companies are currently going for SAP S/4HANA because the maintenance for their SAP ERP or SAP ECC will be over the next year. Even their extended maintenance will be over by 2028. Some compan...
What do you like most about SAP S4HANA?
It's helped with business aspects and improved material planning and RMA processes.

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Sample Customers

Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty. Ltd
Nestle, O.C. Tanner, Sabre, New York Life Insurance Co., MEMEBOX, Siemens AG.
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