This is the penultimate blog of my series of articles taking an in-depth look at some of the tools in SAP Business One. This time I’m going to focus on a couple of features that make the solution so appealing to manufacturing and wholesale firms. Don’t forget you can recap the basics of SAP Business One in Part One; and read up on some of the financial features within SAP B1 in the second instalment.

Production in SAP Business One

The production tools in SAP Business One have been enhanced and improved in recent major releases. In the production module, there’s a host of features to help SMEs complete everyday production activities. This means users can accurately and effectively manage bills of materials, production orders and material requirements planning (more on that later).

Additionally, there are certain financial tools to ensure you maintain your margins and goods receipt and issue control. When these all come together, SAP Business One provides a solution that helps SMEs simplify, define and automate key manufacturing tasks.

MRP in SAP Business One

The Material Requirements Planning (MRP) tool in SAP Business One includes a handy wizard-based process that does all the hard work for you. I know from speaking to end-users how important MRP is in helping SMEs accurately forecast demand for products. The wizard analyses data within your system and creates recommendations for purchase and production orders.

There are several different scenarios that users can utilise, which helps small businesses prepare for every eventuality and avoid wasting money on unnecessary stock or miss out on potential sales.

Inventory in SAP Business One

SAP Business One is the perfect solution to manage inventory. Much like the production module, tools have been added in recent releases to offer a comprehensive suite of inventory management tools. These help SMEs create, store and manage detailed data on inventory items, get real-time stock movements and accurately plan MRP.

Organisations of any size can turn their warehouse digital with SAP Business One. Cut out human error and never lose another goods-in receipt again by comprehensively managing stock digitally in SAP. Items can be managed individually, by group, using codes, SKUs or by supplier catalogue descriptions. There’s also serial number tracking, batch and lot tracking for greater transparency and traceability.

By managing everything digitally with a single source of truth, the inventory tools in SAP Business One help reduce costs and provide real-time business insight into warehouse activities. Users have also been able to dramatically reduce the number of stock takes with accurate data available at the click of a button.

Workflow in SAP Business One

Automation of key tasks is one of the biggest benefits of deploying an end-to-end solution. It’s where users see the biggest productivity gains compared to manual processes. The workflow tools in SAP Business One are no different.

Users can easily create, customise and execute workflows in SAP Business One for a number of key processes. This allows organisations to achieve greater process transparency and standardisation to increase productivity, collaboration and communication across internal teams.

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