When faced with a choice of ERP system for your business, the most important consideration is whether the chosen solution will grow with your enterprise or limitations in its capability will inhibit your organisation’s growth. When comparing SAP B1 and Sage X3, remember that SAP B1 is a fixed system that is designed to meet defined parameters that are consistent in smaller enterprises, whereas Sage X3 offers a modular approach that can fulfil many different roles.
SAP B1: perfect for SMEs
The SAP B1 platform is designed with small to middle-sized enterprises in mind, so offers limited scope for businesses who anticipate rapid growth. Upgrading to the next level of SAP can be expensive and complicated, particularly if the first incarnation of SAP has had only a limited lifecycle due to being quickly overtaken by the growth of the business. SAP B1 is suited to business with fewer users, typically between 1 and 250.
For mid-sized enterprises who expect to achieve consistent annual growth, Sage X3 promises a more agile build that can support a comprehensive range of business types at different stages of their development. Able to support up to 2,000 users and multi-legislation support, this solution is a single, Cloud-based interface for every member of staff in larger businesses and multi-company organisations.
Strong competitors in supporting back-office processes
ERP platforms are sometimes difficult to compare for mid-size businesses as their different structures and industries need different tools and functionality. Both SAP B1 and Sage X3 meet business’ broad needs effectively.
SAP B1 offers excellent functionality across all business processes, including sales, accounts, purchasing, and distribution, and is highly adaptable to different circumstances. Where advanced supply chain management or production lifecycle visibility is required, Sage X3 is designed to accommodate these needs in manufacturing and distribution, with excellent real-time insight and enhanced traceability.
Legacy ERP systems were not created with modern security threats in mind, so older software must be patched regularly to protect business systems from current dangers. Also, changes in data protection legislation have required ERP platforms to display greater compliance to protect client information.
Both SAP B1 and Sage X3 have responded to the need for more robust security and compliance to ensure that modern threats are countered, and sensitive data safeguarded.
In summary, whether your SME is just starting out or is operating comfortably at capacity, SAP B1 is the must-have business management software solution that automates key business processes in accounts, human resources, and operations.