ERPNEWS – SAP announced an update to its Business One ERP software, now at version 8.82, claiming product enhancements in line with existing customer requests. The latest version for manufacturing SMEs offers additional functionality for campaign management and MRP, as well as business partner, infrastructure and inventory enhancements. With SAP Business One 8.82, starter package availability has also been expanded to include all application localisations.
Some of the most significant enhancements for this on-premise and optionally hosted enterprise software include: an extension to Business One’ CRM, better management of serialised items, simplified pick and pack processes, and more flexible MRP. On the CRM side, for example, the ne system enables businesses to create, maintain and analyse multi-channel marketing campaign information.
SAP says that manufacturers will be able to manage the entire lifecycle of a campaign by creating and maintaining target groups, managing campaign data, and then generating leads and sales opportunities. As for serial managed items, users can allocate serial numbers to items for sales orders, accounts receivable reserve invoices and inventory transfer requests – so allowing for better control, greater visibility and increased flexibility with inventory allocations.
Moving on to MRP, the new module has a more powerful and flexible wizard, better recommendation reports, new options for calendar week display and improved forecasting. For instance, the new inventory transfer request document recommends transfer between warehouses before initiating purchase or production orders. Other improvements include: recognition of blanket agreements to reflect long-term sales or purchasing agreements; and simplified configuration., with a new express configuration wizard that guides users through settings in the various application areas.
The latter also allows users to compare configuration settings that have been saved previously, in order to detect changes to the configuration that may cause errors.