Managing Subsidiaries with SAP Business One

Quickly and Affordably Integrate Your Extended Enterprise


Your company headquarters requires software that establishes uniformity, business process efficiency, and compliance while meeting its need for transparency and visibility. So enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that uses a standard template is important for corporate operations.


Subsidiaries need to be nimble to meet their strategic purposes, whether growing the organization, penetrating a market, or reducing costs through global sourcing or manufacturing. These business units still need to be efficient and in control, but too much standardization can get in the way of innovation. Your subsidiaries need room for flexibility while still fitting into the overall corporate structure.


That’s where a multi-tier ERP strategy can help. A multi-tier ERP model lets you preserve ERP investments while equipping subsidiaries with an agile business management system. Tier-one software, like the SAP ERP application, runs at your larger operations while tier-two software, such as the SAP Business One application, runs at your smaller locations. Coordinated, the two software solutions successfully integrate your processes, applications, and data. 


Integrated and Designed to Accelerate Profitable Growth

Streamline Your Subsidiary Operations with a Single, Affordable Application


Companies worldwide are using SAP Business One as a key component of their enterprise software strategies. SAP Business One lets you coordinate operations, increase visibility, and transform decision making while cost-effectively managing your global IT investment.


Available on demand or on premise, SAP Business One lets you quickly and affordably integrate operations at corporate offices to increase visibility while maintaining the agility and responsiveness needed in subsidiary operations.


SAP Business One can help get your extended enterprise working as a single, coordinated operation with features such as:

As your business grows, so do the challenges associated with managing its financials.

Without an integrated and automated financials management solution, increased business complexity can overwhelm your existing financial and accounting processes, giving rise to inefficiencies and inaccuracies that can lead to missed opportunities and lost revenue.


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The warehouse and inventory management tools in the SAP Business One application allow you to manage your supply chain and enhance customer satisfaction by providing reliable information about inbound and outbound shipments as well as current inventory levels.

You can keep track of product inventory, quantity at each warehouse, movement history, and stocking status with inventory management from SAP Business One.

Inventory data is updated in real time so that you can extract insights to meet customer demand and expectations.


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Acquiring new customers is important for business success, but maintaining customer relationships is just as crucial.

The SAP Business One is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and business management application that provides the tools to turn prospects into customers, grow customer profitability and sales, and increase customer satisfaction.

SAP Business One helps your business optimize and streamline the entire sales process – from tracking leads to managing sales orders and customer data to administering after-sales support.


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Purchasing management is a core function of the SAP Business One ERP and business management solution that enables you to manage your entire procurement process from purchase order creation to supplier invoice payment.

You can create purchase orders in easy-to-understand screens and use the stored data as a basis for subsequent goods receipts. Subsequent or follow-on supplier invoice documents can be created simply by referencing purchase orders or goods receipts and thereby transferring relevant data.

Return unsatisfactory shipments to your supplier using the goods return function, and post credit memos upon receipt.  The document trail in SAP Business One captures and links every document created during a purchasing process.


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The SAP Business One ERP and business management solution  is an integrated business management solution designed specifically for small businesses.

With it you can create up-to­-the­-minute reports with ease. You can use the XL Reporter tool (or optional Excelcius) to create management reports, or “dashboards,” that provide snapshots of key performance indicators such as sales bookings, year-to-date revenue, accounts receivable, and open orders. And you can use Crystal Reports – the worldwide standard for reporting – for layouts, reports, customisation and distribution.


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Doing Business Globally

Factoring in Local and Regional Requirements


Tackling complexities of new markets

SAP Business One helps you overcome the complexities of a global business model by offering software support for local languages and local legal compliance. The software is available in 41 country-specific versions and offers flexibility and extensibility for future growth.


Reducing time and effort

By establishing standardized processes and data, SAP Business One helps you reduce the time and effort required to add subsidiaries or business units to your business application landscape. The software can be deployed in as little as a few weeks. It features a user-friendly graphical interface and point-and-click functionality to minimize training time.


“We configured a standardized template for SAP Business One that lets our smaller business units quickly roll out their business processes. This approach ensures business process consistency across the group and allows us to share resources and skills to keep down costs” Antoine Ravier, Worldwide SAP Business One Project Manager, Groupe SEB


A Low-Cost, Low-Risk Way to Get Subsidiaries Up and Running


Running SAP Business One as part of a multitier software strategy helps you cost-effectively manage your global IT investment. The software is priced for small businesses and features a cloud deployment model for companies that want to avoid the capital investment and resources required by an on-premise software implementation.


“With SAP Business One, we have a single, internal IT person supporting the application and the business network for 55 franchises – at a very low cost.” Paul van der Mark, IT Application Manager, Checkpoint Systems Inc., Europe


Standardize Operations and Integrate for Greater Visibility


SAP Business One is a comprehensive solution that fully integrates with leading ERP software. By centralizing core business functions on a common software infrastructure, you can eliminate disparate processes and multiple disjointed spreadsheets and databases. The application enables complete visibility and better control to help your whole enterprise run more efficiently.


“SAP Business One helps us in many specific ways, but I believe the biggest benefit of all is that it supports everything we do as a business in a unified, integrated, consistent way. It gives us a clear view of the entire company and where we are going.” Giampaolo Stella, Financial Controller, Skechers USA Italia s.r.l.


Connect Your Business Networks Better


The right business software, such as SAP Business One, will let you readily connect with other applications across your network. It offers not only predefined content, but also a robust integration framework that accomplishes the following tasks and more:

  • Simplifies the effort to integrate outside software systems.
  • Enables processes unique to your operations, such as online ticketing, customer orders, or event registration.
  • Adds additional value through the preconfigured integration packages by quickly and affordably connecting applications across the enterprise. By synchronizing data and providing streamlined financial consolidations, the packages manage company transactions that travel within the network.


“Using SAP Business One to support business network integration enabled 360-degree customer visibility, streamlined reporting, and enhanced agility.” Carney Vensel, Manager of International IT, LORD Corporation


Keeping All Wheels in Motion – And All Going in the Same Direction

So How Does SAP Business One Help?


Reduced time and effort
By establishing standardized processes and data, SAP Business One helps reduce the time and effort required to add subsidiaries or business units to an application landscape. The software can be deployed quickly – in as little as two weeks.


Flexible to adapt to changing needs
With its flexible architecture, the software can be customized and extended to meet unique and specific – and possibly ever-changing – business requirements. Customers can start small and add functionality using the software development kit. Or they can choose from more than 550 add-on solutions as business grows or challenges arise.


Global support
An extensive network of authorized local partners in more than 80 countries combines local business knowledge and IT expertise to help implement and support SAP Business One.


“With SAP Business One and the integration package for SAP NetWeaver, we can quickly connect our international subsidiaries to our central ERP system. This allows for a company-wide view of all sales processes and key figures.” Otto-Max Herbstritt, IT Director, C. & E. Fein GmbH


Better Business Insight


Successfully following a multitier implementation strategy requires that you have full visibility into your processes. You must consider several new factors in a multitier model:

  • Global reach
  • Local regulations
  • Language considerations
  • Subsidiary-specific cash flow needs


SAP Business One helps you view your key business metrics, such as financials, more clearly. The software provides real-time access to the critical data from your enterprise, which you can analyze with fully integrated SAP Crystal Reports software. You can create compelling reports that provide insights into all parts of your business. Managers can accurately track revenues, costs, and cash flow so they can assess business performance and rapidly make informed decisions to improve it. This agility is crucial to maintaining profitability, especially in businesses with tight margins.


“SAP software allows us to optimally manage our resources without compromising our services and can adapt to our varied requirements, which enhances efficiency and reduces turnaround time.” Sandeep Sabharwal, CEO, Sohan Lal Commodity Management Pvt. Ltd.