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Helping Small Businesses Overcome Big Challenges

by Carl Lewis | SAPinsider

July 1, 2013

Small and midsized enterprises (SMEs) manage their businesses in the same way larger companies do — only with a smaller footprint. This is why many SMEs are turning to SAP Business One, SAP’s software specifically designed for small companies. Read this article to understand how ASUG’s SAP Business One Special Interest Group (SIG) is helping these small companies get the most out of their investment.
 

For SMEs to succeed, they require tools that fit their unique needs and help them reach their goals. That’s one reason why many SMEs that have outgrown their legacy ERP systems are turning to SAP Business One, SAP’s software specifically designed for small companies. To support these customers, the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) established the SAP Business One Special Interest Group (SIG). In this interview, SAPinsider spoke to the SIG’s volunteer, Carl Lewis, to learn more about the SIG and how it works with small businesses.

Q: What makes SAP Business One customers different from “traditional” SAP ERP or SAP BusinessObjects customers?

A: SAP Business One customers manage their businesses much the same way larger companies do — just with a smaller footprint and with fewer resources. SAP Business One offers an end-to-end integrated business management application designed to help SMEs effectively manage every aspect of their business.

Q: How is ASUG working to support SAP Business One customers?

A: Though ASUG already had a Small & Medium Enterprise SIG that allows SMEs to discuss their general interests, it became clear that a more specific focus would be beneficial. With this in mind, we established the SAP Business One SIG that  provides a forum in which SAP Business One customers can come together as a community to share their collective knowledge and experiences. 

There is also tremendous value in meeting and collaborating within the community, and ASUG facilitates this by providing a physical space for the group. For example, over the past few years, SAP Business One has become a focal point at our events. In fact, we now host the ASUG SAP Business One Summit, where SMEs’ particular pain points and questions can be addressed.

Q: Can you tell us more about the ASUG SAP Business One Summit?

A: The ASUG SAP Business One Summit offers SAP Business One users a variety of educational and hands-on sessions presented by customers, partners, and SAP. The event acts as a central meeting place for SAP Business One customers and partners in North America, Europe, and South America. Highlights at this year’s event — which will be held September 10-12 in Anaheim, California — will include a range of educational opportunities, free training classes, general sessions, and workshop presentations, all geared toward fostering education and networking.1

Q: How else does ASUG support SAP Business One customers?

A: The ability to communicate with SAP is extremely beneficial, but smaller companies often don’t have the opportunity to do so. Through ASUG’s SAP Business One SIG, the consolidated feedback and ideas from these companies is communicated to the SAP Business One Influence Council, which can pass the information on to SAP. In addition, live events like the ASUG SAP Business One Summit give SMEs a chance to engage with SAP representatives in person. 

         
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Carl Lewis
General Manager,
Vision33 TOTAL Care;
Volunteer, SAP Business One Special Interest Group
ASUG

         

1 For more information, visit www.asug.com/events/detail/2013-ASUG-Business-One-Summit. [back]

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