SAP HANA Integration for SMEs

The promised integration has arrived. Here is a first look at analytics powered by SAP HANA for SAP Business One.


Last year, SAP revealed plans to integrate SAP HANA into SAP Business One, its solution for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It was to be the first SAP solution to run completely on the SAP HANA platform. SAP announced yesterday that the promised integration has arrived. Analytics powered by SAP HANA for SAP Business One is entering ramp-up at the end of February, and general availability is planned for the end of 2012.


SAP HANA for SAP Business One

Thanks to the new integration with SAP HANA, SAP Business One now includes predefined reports that allow users to conduct data-intensive analyses, such as inventory analysis, as well as predefined dashboards to display business insights. These dashboards were previously included with SAP Crystal Reports software, but on SAP HANA they can now be delivered up to 25 times faster.


Furthermore, analytics powered by SAP HANA for SAP Business One provides customers with three new dashboards for sales opportunity, stock analysis, and CEO key performance indicators.


One of the most exciting new features that SAP HANA enables is the ability to search for information across the entire SAP Business One application. Users don’t need to know where the data is stored; they can simply enter a search term and get results in seconds, Google-style.


SAP HANA for SAP Business One will be available to both new and existing SAP Business One customers exclusively from certified SAP channel partners worldwide. Subsidiaries of large enterprises that are running SAP Business One, however, need not apply. SAP HANA integration is limited to stand-alone SAP Business One customers. These companies must be running the latest release of SAP Business One 8.82 to take advantage of the integrated analytics powered by SAP HANA. If customers are running an older version, they’ll have to license the 8.82 version separately.


Companies interested in purchasing SAP HANA for SAP Business One should note that they must license the same number of users for the analytics function as they have for SAP Business One. Licensing for the SAP HANA engine is separate.


About Bluekey

Bluekey specialises in making SME’s best-run businesses through the sales, implementation, and support of SAP Business One throughout Africa. Bluekey is headquartered in Johannesburg and has branches in Cape Town, Durban, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Bluekey is Africa’s largest and most awarded SAP Business One partner, a SAP-certified Gold Partner and SAP Business One partner of the year 7 years in a row (2005-2011), and SAP EMEA Pinnacle Award winner.

For more information about Bluekey Software Solutions contact:

Craig Johnston | 021 685 7000 |


Original article credit: February 08, 2012 //By: Heather McIlvaine

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  1. Hello,

    We are a SAP Business One partner in the USA and have a potential project in South Africa. I am writing to see how we can partner in this opportunity. The budgets are handled out of the USA headquarters and the software and installation would be covered in this manner. For ongoing support it is handled out of global for a period then transitioned. We would like to talk to you about resourcing for the project, and, what localization add-ons are needed in South Africa for legal requirements (and can you sell them to us for the initial project).

    Thank you,
    Eleanor Wu – Blue Ocean Systems +1 302 248-8006 Wilmington, Delaware USA (outside Philadelphia, near New York).

    • Hi Eleanor,

      Thank you for reaching out to the Bluekey team to consider an SAP Business One partnership moving forward. You have been contacted to discuss how the SAP Business One partnership will benefit all parties involved and look forward to further growing the SAP Business One community.

      Kind Regards,
      The Bluekey Team


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