April 19, 2010 // By: Benjamin Blaume
According to its latest road map, SAP plans to bring a major upgrade of SAP Business One to market every two years. SAP Business One 9.0 is scheduled for release in Q3 2012, with version 10.0 set to follow in 2014. While SAP is not yet publishing any information on SAP Business One 10.0, the first details on the planned features of version 9.0 are now available. First, however, to the solution’s latest release…
In SAP Business One 8.8, SAP has made numerous updates to its entry-level solution for small businesses and midsize companies, including integrated SAP BusinessObjects reports (Xcelsius and Crystal Reports) and a fully revamped user interface. Although the software is still in its ramp-up phase, its developers are already fine-tuning the features to be included in the upcoming minor releases 8.81 and 8.82, which are to address bugs and offer improved business functions. These mini-upgrades will hit the market in the next two years, keeping the solution up-to-date until the release of version 9.0.
One of the features set for release 8.81 is an expanded upgrade wizard, which is to debut in SAP Business One 8.8 and make upgrades simpler and more stable by means of automation. The user interface in 8.81 will also be easier to configure to users’ preferences, a feature SAP calls the “personalized work center.” A further key component is the solution’s integration of Web 2.0 services such as Twitter and Facebook. A KPI monitoring dashboard is also planned.
Meanwhile, these mini-upgrades are to continue enhancing the SAP BusinessObjects functions implemented in SAP Business One 8.8 and facilitate real-time analysis using Crystal Reports and Xcelsius. An Xcelsius dashboard is also on the way. In Q2 2010, SAP intends to announce what licenses customers will need to use SAP BusinessObjects solutions in SAP Business One, as well as their price. The mobile version of SAP Business One will standardize access to the software using smartphones like iPhone and BlackBerry, and the Remote Support Platform (RSP) will also see enhancements.
Speaking of support, every release family – a major release (like 8.8) and the subsequent mini-updates – includes three years. As soon as a minor release (8.82, for instance) is released, support for the immediate predecessor (8.81) ends. Patches are scheduled for provision every four to 12 weeks. In the future, those interested will be able to develop for SAP Business One using SAP Business One Studio, which was previously known as the SAP Business One Software Development Kit.