Is SAP for Small Companies? 4 Ways SAP Works for SMEs

Jalene Ippolito January 07, 2021

Think SAP is just for large enterprise? Think again.

While SAP is known as a leading provider of ERP software for Fortune 500 companies, they’re also a leader in the small to mid-size market. As an SAP implementation partner for over 15 years, we’ve heard it over and over again – ‘SAP is too big for us’. But that’s simply not true. So, we’re dispelling the most common myths we hear about SAP to demonstrate how it works for SMEs.

Myth #1: SAP is only for big companies

Let’s get this out of the way – the SAP name might be best known among large companies, but 80% of their customers are small to mid-size businesses. In fact, they have a dedicated ERP product for the needs for SMEs. SAP Business One isn’t just a ‘dumbed down’ version of their large enterprise software. It's been specifically designed to include the features and functionality that SMEs need, without the added complexity. Which leads us to…

Myth #2: SAP is too complex

SAP Business One ERP is designed to simplify your business, not make it more complicated. How? Integrating your business data into a single system eliminates a lot of the complexity that comes with running multiple systems. And the solution is designed to streamline workflows based on industry best practices, reducing the manual effort in your processes.

And speaking of effort, you can get your team up-to-speed quickly. SAP Business One has an intuitive interface that makes it simple to navigate and easy for your team to use.

“SAP Business One really does have all the tools that we need and is very easy to navigate.” – Katherine Kalen, SUNPAN Modern Home

Myth #3: SAP is slow to implement

There’s no doubt, large enterprise ERP implementations can drag out for well over a year. But the SME space is different. On average, an SAP Business One implementation only takes about three months. That’s 90 days to have your team up and running in your new ERP system. And with SAP Business One’s built-in flexibility, you can implement functionality in stages to speed up the implementation and spread out the costs.

“ProjectLine helped us bring all of our teams together quite quickly, kept things very simple for us and helped us onboard the system in bite-size pieces so it’s actually felt manageable.” – Liam Ellis, Lumenix

Myth #4: SAP is too expensive

SAP Business One is an affordable solution with a well-defined cost of ownership for small and mid-size businesses. While the costs of your implementation project can vary based on several factors, you can generally expect to spend between one and two percent of your annual revenue. If your business is on the smaller side ($3,000,000 or less), you’ll be closer to two percent of annual revenue for the software and services project. But as your revenue scales up, you’ll get closer to the one percent range, maybe less.

“ProjectLine was able to provide clear and concise numbers in regards to cost. The year over year cost is what finalized our decision [with SAP Business One].” – Crystal Howat, Apollo Management Solutions

The bottom line – SAP Business One is built for small companies

With 65,000+ customers worldwide, SAP Business One is a leading ERP solution for small to mid-size companies. It’s a flexible solution that offers robust functionality to support your growing business, all while being easy-to-use. Gain visibility into your business data and take control of your performance.

As one of the top Canadian SAP Business One partners, we know the system inside out. We’re here to guide you through the process – right from evaluation, through implementation and beyond.

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