Is HANA too big for SMEs | SAP Business One AMC

It’s interesting to note that SAP Business One was the very first product from SAP’s portfolio that was technologically migrated to HANA platform at least half a dozen years ago. The power of HANA technology was demonstrated to the world for the first time using SAP Business One in one of the SAPPHIRE events back then.

SAP Business One on HANA platform has been made generally available to the SME sector since last few years. SAP HANA is the latest ground-breaking innovation from SAP, which brings in fundamental changes (improvements) in which data is stored and accessed in the system. It adds distinct capabilities to SAP Business One which in turn has the potential to empower customers even further.


Here is how SAP Business One on HANA platform can benefit any company:

  • Embedded analytics that appears in the transaction screens of SAP Business One (such as analytics used by salespeople to make better customer recommendations on cross- and upsells at the point of sale).
  • Predefined calculation-intensive reports, such as inventory analysis and monthly customer status.
  • Predefined dashboards including those delivered with SAP Crystal solutions today, plus three new ones (sales opportunity, stock analysis, and CEO key performance indicators).
  • Freestyle enterprise search that enables people to search all the data in SAP Business One.
  • Interactive, ad-hoc analysis through a Microsoft Excel pivot table interface.
  • Additional functionality for the SAP Business One mobile app – including integrated enterprise search, available-to-promise (ATP) check when creating orders, cash flow dashboards, and more for customers using the SAP HANA platform.

Commonly asked question is, “Can small companies afford the HANA platform? Is it too big for us?”

Here are some pointers that help answering this question:

  1. SAP Business One license cost & AMC remains the same whether you guy SQL version or HANA
  2. One needs to buy an additional license type called the HANA engine from SAP
    • Number of licenses for the engine is a function of the RAM of your HANA server, number of total users etc.
    • However, this additional cost gets offset as mentioned below.
  3. When you go for HANA version you save on Microsoft licenses that you would have to procure if you go down the path of SQL based version. These licenses include the MS Windows Server licenses & its CALS followed by licenses for MS SQL server & its CALS
  4. The hardware needed for HANA platform costs a bit more than the hardware needed for SQL installation
    • This is a one-time additional cost
    • HANA option saves you cost on MS licenses as mentioned earlier and as your users

In conclusion, any company from SME segment should certainly consider SAP Business One on HANA platform since its very much within its reach and scope. Also, any existing customer of SAP Business One on SQL platform should potentially consider migrating to HANA if there is a business case.

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