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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 21, 2022

We performed a comparison between SAP Business One and SAP S4HANA based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of SAP Business One and SAP S4HANA expressed mixed opinions on the ease of deployment. While the majority of users said it was simple and straightforward for both solutions, others had some difficulty and mentioned that if you have training on how to use their products and knowledge of how the system works, it is more manageable.
  • Features: Valuable features of SAP Business One and SAP S4HANA include scalability, stability, and great dashboards. Valuable features of SAP Business One also include ease of use, document search, inventory control, project budget, accounting and business information features, analytics, KPIs, user-defined fields and user-defined forms, customization options, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), ERP system, production planning and maintenance models and that it is user-friendly. Users of SAP Business One would prefer if there was a proper master data management function, think that the integration and the reports could be better, say the user interface could be improved with drag-and-drop functionality, and would like to see a simple reporting tool, a mobile version, and more personalization features.

    Valuable features of SAP S4HANA include fast reporting, POD applications, FI module for finance, excellent performance, a great interface, an efficient database, good flexibility, security, inbuilt standards included in SAP that customers can easily adopt, and great functionality. Additional features that users say they would like to see include better AI, improvements on the user experience level and digital work, better integration, and more DevOps capabilities in the future.
  • Pricing: Users of SAP Business One feel that the pricing for the solution is reasonable, while users of SAP S4HANA consider the solution to be quite expensive.
  • Service and Support: SAP Business One users unanimously agree that the service and support is good. In contrast, some SAP S4HANA users stated that the support is satisfactory, but could be better. Others mentioned that it used to be good but they are getting worse.

Comparison Results: When comparing SAP Business One and SAP S4HANA, users rate SAP S4HANA as the better solution. In contrast to SAP Business One, reviewers of SAP S4HANA feel that SAP S4HANA is a very powerful and highly customizable tool. That being said, the pricing and service of SAP Business One are rated as better.

To learn more, read our detailed SAP Business One vs. SAP S/4HANA Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"SAP Business One is very stable, and I would rate its performance as ten out of ten.""SAP Business One has many valuable features. It is highly flexible and has a solid background in accounting that is localized in a lot of countries. This makes it very user-friendly for a lot of different situations.""All parts for inventory control, project budget, accounting, and business information are valuable. It is very friendly to obtain information. It is also very easy to make the changes that we need. We have a developer with us, and he can make the required changes or rules.""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.""It offers users a rather simple interface.""SAP Business One has good reports and is simple to customize and use.""This is the most efficient ERP that is in the market right now.""I have been happy with the intern purchases, and finance, such as banking."

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"I can verify and provide the overall financial aid report and also the management report.""The solution can scale well.""I have found the most valuable features are the interface, which is very good for all users, and the database performance is good.""The scalability has been good.""The finance solution and procurement functionalities are good.""It is more or less a very, very smooth and seamless product. Day by day they are increasing their technology features and they are keen to resolve the issues. India has a complex business scenario and SAP is thinking about that and resolving the issues day by day.""The most useful features of SAP S4HANA are the consolidation reports. The BI is very strong and the manufacturing and finance sections we like a lot.""It's reliable and the performance is good."

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"SAP Business One could improve by automatically inputting exchange rates in the software. We currently have to enter them manually to find the appropriate exchange rates from a website. If it could be done with one click it would be helpful and more straightforward.""The initial implementation is not straightforward. It took approximately three months to complete. The process could be easier.""SAP Business One could improve asset management, inventory management, banking system, and production. Additionally, SAP Business One did not deduct TDS, withholding tax on payments.""There are a lot of good improvements coming out in every version. They release a new version every quarter, with all new up-and-coming things on each one. However, it might be lacking specifications for the specific verticals. However, SAP Business One is a generic tool. It's very widely used, and I understand why it's not into each vertical. There are solution partners available out there to give it those extra areas of what it needs, but this is depending on what kind of business you run.""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.""It could have RPA automation and RPA elements. There could also be add-ons for a Document Management System and Warehouse Management System.""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."

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"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.""Maybe its user interface and reporting can be improved across the board, but it is manageable.""We found that the implementing partners themselves are struggling with S4HANA's features. It's not an exact translation of the older ECC, so SAP has taken a new route to do things with S4HANA. Maybe it's a good product, but the implementing partners also like to have an in-depth understanding of the full feature set the product offers.""The product's use of resources could be improved, as it is quite intensive at the moment.""Technical support has been declining. They aren't as responsive as they used to be.""Documentation could be improved.""I'm not a big fan of SAP S/4HANA because it needs a lot of hardware. It is really fast, but it needs a lot of hardware. The hardware for S/4HANA is too expensive.""SAP S/4HANA could improve by making the interface easier to use."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "In terms of price, it's fair, but the problem is with AMC."
  • "Its price is reasonable. People are able to spend that much."
  • "Its licensing model is good. There is a one-off payment for the software license, and after that, you only need to pay the annual maintenance fee. Compared to other cloud-based systems, this cost model is quite reasonable for SMEs."
  • "We pay annually. It is around 800 a month."
  • "We feel that the licensing fees are a bit on the higher side."
  • "We compared the Microsoft solution with Oracle NetSuite, as they have a price decrease. It is, however, not that much cheaper, and the price is comparable to SAP."
  • "Its price is reasonable. We have about 200 licenses. We have to pay every year for the license."
  • "We are on a perpetual license for SAP Business One and the price it should be less expensive when comparing it to other solutions."
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  • "I have found the price of the solution is on the medium to the expensive side of the scale. There is a license for this solution and there are additional maintenance fees."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "We're not sure yet. I think it was six figures a year, over 100,000. It has straight-up licensing fees."
  • "Licensing works on a subscription model for the cloud version and it's a one-time fee for the on-premises version."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable but some modules can be expensive. When comparing SAP S4HANA to other solutions, such as Oracle, it is not expensive."
  • "The price of the solution is expensive."
  • "There is a license required for the use of this solution and we are on a monthly subscription. The cost of the solution is expensive compared to other solutions."
  • "SAP S4HANA is expensive and for smaller businesses, it is very difficult for them to have the budget."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:SAP Business One vs. SAP S/4HANA Out of a total of 3,539 decision criteria spread across the eight sub-modules that form the comparison matrix, SAP S/4HANA offers noticeably better coverage of ERP… more »
    Top Answer:Business One's best feature is that all the modules are integrated.
    Top Answer:Items that impact the TCO should be improved because the solution is very complex to integrate and keep running. Integration with a portal or front end is needed. For example, the online collaboration… more »
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    Top Answer:The finance solution and procurement functionalities are good.
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    Also Known As
    Business One
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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 S4HANA is an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system that uses sophisticated technologies including machine learning and AI. It is most commonly used to integrate and manage business functions and is an ideal solution for large enterprises. The platform includes supplier relationship management (SRM), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality.

    SAP S4HANA offers three different deployment options:

    • On-premises
    • Cloud
    • Hybrid

    SAP S4HANA Features

    SAP S4HANA has many valuable key features, including:

    • Customizable
    • ERP, CRM, SRM, SCM, PLM co-deployed
    • High throughput
    • Fast analytics and reporting
    • Smaller total data footprint
    • SAP HANA multi-tenancy
    • All data: social, text, geo, graph, processing
    • New SAP Fiori UX for any device (mobile, desktop, tablet)
    • Unlimited workload capacity
    • High-volume transaction processing (OLTP)
    • High volume real-time analytical processes (OLAP)
    • Service Management
    • Digital Boardroom Integration

    SAP S4HANA Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using SAP S4HANA include:

    • Speed: S4 HANA applications leverage speed, context, and data accessibility to ensure you can stay up to date with rapidly evolving technology.
    • Improved performance: With SAP S4HANA, you can plan, execute, or generate reports and analytics based on live data to increase performance.
    • Simplicity: SAP S4HANA’s whole infrastructure was designed with simplification in mind — from the management of the solution to the administration of the IT landscape. The solution serves as the digital core for business process simplification and enables the centralizing of hardware and network resources.
    • Cost effective: SAP S4HANA is a cost effective solution. It provides the ability to bring together all the analytical and transactional capabilities of a variety of systems in one location, enabling better decision making.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by SAP S4HANA users.

    A Mechanical Engineer at a construction company says, “It is a very powerful, highly customizable tool. The most valuable feature is that the reporting is fast. We can see the results from that in that our commissions come in fast. That is the main advantage.”

    Another reviewer, a SAP Technology Manager at a financial services firm, mentions, "It is more or less a very, very smooth and seamless product. Day by day they are increasing their technology features and they are keen to resolve the issues. India has a complex business scenario and SAP is thinking about that and resolving the issues day by day. In terms of the features I have found most valuable, I don't think that there is any lack or any gap process-wise. SAP is a very good tool."

    A Project and Service delivery Manager at a tech services company comments, "One of the most valuable features, which we used the most, was the FI module, for finance. It involved controlling, account receivables, account payables, and complete financial steering."

    A Senior Architect at a construction company states, “The POD applications are very useful to us. There are a few POD apps which we are using for different business scenarios. They are quite interesting.” He also adds, “The initial setup is pretty straightforward. The documentation is very good. The solution can scale well. The solution is stable.”

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    Sample Customers
    Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty. Ltd
    Nestle, O.C. Tanner, Sabre, New York Life Insurance Co., MEMEBOX, Siemens AG.
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company25%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Construction Company8%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    SAP Business One vs. SAP S/4HANA
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SAP Business One vs. SAP S/4HANA and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    SAP Business One is ranked 4th in ERP with 36 reviews while SAP S/4HANA is ranked 1st in ERP with 47 reviews. SAP Business One is rated 8.0, while SAP S/4HANA is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SAP Business One writes "Great financials and general ledgers with flexible licensing options". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP S/4HANA writes "Smooth and seamless product with flexible licensing models". SAP Business One is most compared with SAP ERP, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Oracle ERP Cloud, SAP S/4HANA Cloud and Epicor ERP, whereas SAP S/4HANA is most compared with Oracle ERP Cloud, SAP ERP, NetSuite ERP, Oracle E-Business Suite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. See our SAP Business One vs. SAP S/4HANA report.

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