In the previous part In the first part of our series on the costs of an SAP Business One implementation project, we looked at the basic orientation and objectives of the ERP? project with regard to the costs involved. project with regard to the costs involved. In this part, we will focus on the SAP Business One ADDONsThe main focus of the project is on the development of new products, i.e. functional extensions of some kind, and how they affect the costs in our experience.0
SAP Business One is a standard software that supports many areas of a company. Over the last 13 years, the functions of SAP ERP for SMEs have penetrated very deeply into the details of the processes. At the same time, it is also true for SAP Business One that, as a cross-industry business software, it is not possible to map all the specialities of every company. With over 50,000 installations worldwide, this would also be an impossible undertaking. This is where the Addonsextensions come into play. These applications take advantage of the openness of SAP Business One. Strictly object-oriented programming SAP B1 manages the balancing act of being a closed application that does not allow access to the source code by third parties. This has huge advantages with regard to the maintainability of the application.
On the other hand, there are a number of ways to dock onto this 'closed society' without affecting the exclusivity of the standard code. This feature of SAP Business One can be used by any (authorised) user to customise the programme, be it through user-defined fields, tables or objects. And beware! Even here you can 'bend' so much that it is too much of a good thing. We are talking here about the CustomizationBut more about that in a future part.
Sector packages and function modules
The described extensibility of SAP B1 and the requirements of the market have led to the creation of entire extension packages by SAP development partners. These address either Brownfields with their special needs or they provide function modules that can be used across all sectors.
One would be, for example, a PPS-ADDON for metal processors such as SMS-PPS, the other for example the integrated document management CKS-.DMS.
Costs of ADDONS for SAP Business One
The costs incurred for the implementation project of the SAP application are, on the one hand, high. additional licensing costs to the bill. However, additional costs do not necessarily mean more expensive overall. In some cases, the use of a Addons SAP B1 licences can be saved. We will also deal with the licence costs in an extra section on the costs of an SAP Business One implementation.
The other cost block that needs to be taken into account arises from a possibly higher expense resulting from the introductioncustomising and training of the additional functions. Here, too, the following applies: This may or may not be the case. On the one hand, additional functions that may transform entire business processes into the ERP system need their own base datametadata and rules. On the other hand, some of the new functions of the Addons a process double compared to the one in the default The new system cleverly uses the standard process provided and thus saves valuable working time and resources.