Wow! What a first day here at the SAP SMB Innovation Summit here in Nice. The Summit seems to get bigger and better each year and it’s great to catch up with partners from across EMEA and hear their experiences with SAP Business One over the last 12 months.

As always, SAP’s Paulo Almeida welcomed delegates before Luis Murguia gave his update on everything SAP Business One. It’s fair to say it’s been another really good year for SAP Business One with some really impressive numbers. In 2018, there were more than 1,000 new customers who chose SAP Business One across EMEA – that contributed nearly 50% of SAP’s growth last year.

It wasn’t just new customers who were impressed with the solution. Over the last 12 months, SAP partners recorded an average retention rate of 94% in their customer base in companies who see the value of running Business One.

SAP Business One Version 10

For me one of the best things about coming to the Innovation Summit is learning all about the new developments and innovations that SAP have been working on over the last 12 months. Andreas Wolfinger’s presentation was almost standing room only as he gave an update on the V10 Product Road Map.

It’s packed full of new features and innovations to help organisations run faster and more effectively. Some of the high-level improvements include:

  • Creating the platform for intelligent ERP and process automation through things like machine learning and IoT
  • New features for wholesale and retail following feedback from users
  • A new look for SAP Business One with improved user experience through a new look and feel for the solution
  • Enhanced analytical and reporting capabilities using SAP HANA 2.0
  • Refreshed intelligent technologies
  • Improved cloud deployment for faster and simpler implementations

EMEA Review

After lunch it was then Fabrice Sala’s turn to give his update on how SAP Business One is performing across Europe. In fact, across northern Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland is SAP’s best performing country with more SMEs recognising the importance and potential of deploying SAP Business One.

On Monday evening, Seidor UK was presented with the Fastest Growing Partner for the UKI by SAP. And we were celebrating here again after winning The EMEA South Revenue SAP Business One Partner of the Year title for 2018. A huge congratulations to all of my colleagues across the group.

It’s clear that it’s going to be an exciting another year working with SAP Business One. Roll on tomorrow…