It’s easy to lose sight of SAP’s push into the midmarket beyond the never-ending hype/secrecy surrounding SAP A1S, the upcoming on-demand ERP solution slated for a 2008 release. Business One, the baby bear of the SAP family targeting the under-100 employee crowd, makes up a sizable chunk (15,000) of SAP’s <40,000 customer base. SAP All-in-One, the other current midmarket solution, makes up another 10,000 customers. And they’re not going anywhere, even though A1S tends to grab all the headlines.
With that in mind, it’s worth noting that SAP is pushing Business One forward with new CRM functions, financial tools, printing tools and general polish in the new release. Business One 2007, as the solution is called, is being tested by partners now and should be generally available in November or December this year, James Niccolai reports.
It’s also worth mentioning that SAP is beefing up the partnership network with another 26 Business One partners. All-in-One scored another seven partners of it own to boot. That’s on top of the nine existing software vendors were announced at its summer sales meeting July 30 in Washington, D.C., Barbara Darrow said. Don’t be surprised if you hear about additional strides in this space before TechEd in October either, as SAP is under increasing pressure to lay the groundwork for that lofty 100,000-customers-by-2010 goal they announced earlier.
Bottom line: There’s more to SAP’s midsize strategy than A1S, and with last year’s 19% growth rate for All-in-One alone, customers seem to realize this too.