Many think you need to be big to run SAP, but that just isn’t true

Myths and misnomers litter the business world. All small businesses are agile, all enterprises are big corporate entities, sales figures are the most important, customers will always buy the best product. As we all know, these don’t stand up to scrutiny. Some large businesses are agile, some small businesses aren’t, cash flow is more important than sales and the best product isn’t always the most popular – just ask fans of Betamax. Businesspeople can’t afford to make assumptions. That’s why we do our research and base decisions on facts.

The majority of businesses we work with are small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We help them automate processes and gain valuable insight into their businesses with SAP software. By doing this, these businesses take assumptions out of the equation – it means that instead of relying on anecdotal evidence, they work with the facts. The result is they find it easier to spot opportunities and identify areas to improve.

“With numerous programmes and projects running, some spanning years, we needed a versatile and robust business management system that could essentially bring everything together and provide a central, enterprise-wide platform for managing finances, monitoring the progress of projects, reporting and delivering access to information.” Jill Thorne, General Manager, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.

However, before these businesses start dealing with the facts, they often need to challenge another set of preconceptions. One we come across frequently is that SAP only works with enterprise organizations. But this isn’t the case. More than 77% of SAP’s customers are SMEs. That’s about 88,000 businesses. What’s more, SAP has been working with SMEs for nearly 40 years. As a result, the company understands the unique challenges they face and the tools they need to grow.

About SAP Business One

SAP Business One is an affordable and easy-to-use business management software solution designed specifically for small and midsize businesses (SME’s). It enables you to manage your critical business functions in a single integrated business management system. With SAP Business One, you can instantly access complete and up-to-the-minute business information, so you can respond to customers faster and grow your business more profitably.

“Whereas I previously had to spend hours compiling spreadsheets to reflect sales budgets versus actuals, per sales area—fifteen spreadsheets per month plus a consolidated sheet—all I know have to do is literally click a butting and the reports are on hand.” Tienie Jordaan, Financial Director, Coopers Environmental Science.

About Bluekey – No.1 SAP Business One Partner in Africa

Bluekey Software Solutions utilise the latest technology to unify accounting, finance, logistics, production, CRM and other key business processes. The value proposition is that successful implementation of SAP Business One gives owners of SME’s better control and visibility, and drives efficiency, profitability and growth. Bluekey is the largest and most successful SAP Business One partner in Africa with more than 200 successfully implemented sites and being awarded the SAP Business One Partner of the Year award in 2005, 06, 07, 08, 10 & 11. With offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, and accumulated director’s experience of 70 years, we are uniquely qualified to implement, support, develop and maintain your SAP Business One solution.

“A deciding factor was that we really liked the Bluekey team. They were friendly, professional and informative, which made interaction between our companies easy. We also enjoy that fact that Bluekey, and SAP Business One, was able to do anything we required to satisfy our business needs.” Thomas Sage, Financial Director, Interlogix.