Balloon One held its annual SAP Business One User Day this week. We were joined at SAP’s offices by 24 people from 11 different client users of SAP Business One.
After a welcome and update about Balloon One from Managing Director Craig Powell, delegates were given a presentation on the product roadmap for the SAP Business One software by Martin Stoker and Paul Martin from SAP.
After that, we took some time to go through the features of version 9.2, the latest release of SAP Business One. With intelligent analytics, a new project management module and an app-like interface for real-time access to business functions, version 9.2 brings new features that help companies run their businesses simply, any time and anywhere.
Robert Cotter, Finance Director of Wightman and Parrish, a family-owned distribution business specialising in healthcare and janitorial equipment spoke next. He gave us an insight into how the company is using SAP Business One to improve the efficiency of their processes. He praised the customisability of SAP Business One and flexibility that an add-on from Boyum IT brings. Wightman and Parrish also uses Accellos WMS, for warehouse management, which is well-liked by the company’s Operations department and brings a significant improvement over the previous system. Other business benefits of the system are that the data is simply structured and accessible and the admin is now far simpler.
Ondrej Pribyl, Balloon’s Development Director, showed how companies can add value to their existing installations of SAP Business One by adding one or more of Balloon’s own Business Springboard apps. These cloud-based apps have a range of functionality, including proof of delivery and image capture on a mobile device, and can be integrated with a number of ERP solutions, including SAP Business One.
After lunch, Senior SAP Consultant Paul Woods took delegates through the free of charge reporting options for SAP Business One.
And then, Steve Rees, Truecommerce Product Manager from Highjump, gave an explanation of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). Simply by facilitating the exchange of business documents, such as purchase orders, sales orders, shipping notices, invoices and receipts, EDI provides a common “language” for a company’s IT system to “talk” to another’s. Steve described how it enables easier, faster and more accurate trading with suppliers and customers and reduces admin costs in the supply chain.
Finally, there was a Q&A session and we gave £100 in Amazon vouchers to one lucky delegate as the winner of our event questionnaire draw.
Thanks to everyone who attended. As ever, it was extremely useful for so many of our team members to meet with our clients, and it was beneficial for both us and SAP to hear your feedback about the product. See you again next year!