With recent advancements in technology, organizations have more resources than ever before at their fingertips. The efficient and secure collection, storage, analysis and sharing of large amounts of data is nothing short of a necessity for businesses that want to remain competitive.
In addition, with the drive for less waste and more efficiency, organizations rely increasingly on streamlined processes to operate effectively. Many of these processes are enabled by one or more apps that are linked to organizations’ ERP systems. When it’s done well, this connection results in structured data that optimizes an organization’s workspace while at the same time giving that organization the ability to better respond to challenges and change.
Since the introduction of SAP Business One in 2002, SAP has been continually fine-tuning and expanding its enterprise resource planning software — or ERP software — to create the best possible system for both small businesses and global enterprises. With each new version and update, SAP’s objective has been to craft the most dynamic, user-friendly environment possible that supports seamless data management and streamlined processes — both prerequisites for smooth operations in today’s competitive business landscape.
One of the most recent updates to SAP B1 provides the ability for organizations to link multiple apps and programs into their own ERP solution. The option is the HANA Service Layer, which is located within an organization’s own system.
The year 2011 saw the introduction of SAP HANA. SAP Business One had previously not been equipped with its own database, and users had to rely on Microsoft SQL for data management. HANA was one of SAP’s most significant developments to improve the user experience of Business One.
HANA is an in-memory database that’s specifically designed to comb through large clusters of data. Unlike Microsoft SQL — which stores data on a computer’s hard drive and retrieves it from there when prompted — HANA stores data directly in the system’s RAM. This setup results in much faster retrieval times. In addition, HANA offers other internal tools, including business analytics, which enables the user to analyze large amounts of data, generate reports and publish documents. This functionality makes it easier to leverage data and gain insights that can help propel a business forward.
All things considered, HANA delivers a fully scaled tool that provides all the data management resources a business needs. As a result, it becomes more feasible to create improved strategies to better manage the needs of an expanding business.
What Role Does the SAP Business One Service Layer Play?
Clearly, HANA is a powerful addition to SAP’s Business One solution — and one that has distinct benefits for organizations. One of the many features of HANA is the little-known SAP Service Layer — an application programming interface (API) that allows organizations to connect different programs to Business One. This feature is especially beneficial for businesses that utilize multiple applications to complete processes in the course of their daily operations.
The Service Layer can be run in both on-premise and cloud environments, making it versatile enough to serve a variety of business settings. At the same time, it’s adaptable to a range of business applications that organizations commonly use, which provides a significant degree of flexibility.
Because the Service Layer is highly scalable and can integrate an organization’s most-used processes, it can seamlessly connect external applications to B1. Instead of a complex web of customizations and external links, the result is a streamlined, centralized system that provides the utmost ease of use.
In short, with new tools and extensions, SAP Business One is now better geared toward the ever-changing workplace. And by fusing their existing tools with the expansive capabilities of SAP Business One HANA, organizations can transform the way they perform.
The Ever-Expanding Feature
With the upcoming release of Business One Version 10, SAP plans to continue improving on the existing user functionality. With even better API generation for the HANA Service Layer, the new version eliminates any gaps in the system, putting organizations directly in control of every action that’s performed with HANA and Business One.
Moreover, with better organizational features, the Service Layer can integrate a range of apps into a business’s primary system. This connection enables the organization to perform all of its basic tasks without any issue — even across a range of smartphones and other devices.
With more expansive and robust settings, the new HANA Service Layer can help drive your business to greater heights. To learn more, contact us today.