Most SMEs plan to grow. Selecting an ERP system with the ability to scale up as the business grows to accommodate extra users, greater business sophistication and larger data volumes will yield your business significant benefits and cost savings in the future.
The loss of business intelligence and the disruption to a business where a scrap and start again attitude to ERP systems prevails comes with a significant cost. It is one state smart businesses should choose to avoid. You shouldn’t plan or want nor need to repeatedly, over the life of the business, swap and change ERP systems if you choose your ERP system carefully in the first instance.
The SAP Starter kit provides SME’s with five or fewer system users an ideal platform upon which to grow their business. With a simple license code update the Starter Kit can be extended to accommodate more users under the SAP Business One license without any disruption to the business. They are one and the same application priced and positioned for both small and medium sized SME’s. The technology that the popular SAP Business One product has been built on supports 100+ users meaning SME’s who start small with SAP Business One starter kit can confidently grow with the knowledge that their SAP Business One system will grow with them.
With the release of SAP Business One for HANA, companies with the greatest SME system performance demands now have a SAP solution that will address their pervasive information demands and their need for advanced data analytics.
Sage 300 Scalability
Sage 300 is available in three editions – premium, advanced and standard. Sage 300 is the one application with the edition differences based on maximum user counts and restrictions on various functions. The price point of the standard edition makes Sage 300 both affordable and attractive to SME’s starting out or still working through their establishment years. The Sage 300 standard edition has proven particularly popular with small businesses who have outgrown their basic accounting system especially in the areas of general ledger and inventory control where basic systems aren’t traditionally feature rich. The size and profile of companies using Sage 300 ranges from a couple of users to 100+ with the average user count in Australia somewhere around 18-20 concurrent users.
The business complexities and functional demands of companies with more ERP users than the Sage 300 average range typically require a tier 2 ERP application such as Sage X3.
The Sage CRM application with its deep integration with Sage 300 enables larger mid-sized enterprises to operate an integrated ERP system over a larger number of users where the bulk of system users rely on Sage CRM and views and infrequent transactional use of Sage 300 data and a smaller sub-set of staff work exclusively in the operational and financial areas of the business. Under this scenario the Sage 300 – Sage CRM combination scales to suit much larger deployments.