From the point of view of functionality, all ERP systems are basically the same: they are all designed to solve the same tasks. It’s like cars: they all have four wheels, a steering wheel, a cockpit. Then the differences begin in the nuances: interior materials, brand and class status, acceleration speed, reliability, cost of purchase and maintenance. The choice is largely determined by taste, habit, desire or unwillingness to be like everyone else.
Also, ERP systems of the same class: they all have modules for financial accounting, warehouse management, SRM, CRM, planning and budgeting, etc. When the question is posed in this way, there are no important differences from a functional point of view. Differences may appear in the details of the implementation, which will be revealed when clarifying the customer’s requirements.
“1C” is a brand, the name of a vendor that produces a huge number of software products, which are called configurations developed on the 1C platform. When speaking/hearing 1C, it is necessary to ask what configuration it is about. It can be “1C: Accounting”, “1C: Trade and warehouse”, “1C: Management of a production enterprise” (1C:UPP), etc.
According to the degree of functional coverage, it is most correct to compare SAP Business One with 1C: UPP.
- How the systems developed:
SAP Business One is a different product. It has a different interface, different work logic, other reports (except those required by law), etc. 1C develops from accounting. The rest of the functionality was completed later. This causes the specificity of the interface, terminology, logic of system operation. SAP Business One evolves from the management needs of business management. The manager does not know and should not know the specifics of the accountant’s work, the terminology he uses. Therefore, the reports and the work logic are different. Accounting in this case is secondary. Nowhere in the world does an accountant play such an important role as in Ukraine. This is how it happened historically. In Europe, these are low- and middle-level employees who simply enter data into the system and make any important decisions. Recent legislative changes show us that we are moving towards Europe.
2. Is the code open or closed?
Standard configurations of 1C have open software code. SAP Business One has a closed software code. This means that only SAP is responsible for the stability and correct operation of the system. No one will be able to change the core code of SAP Business One because it is convenient for them. Thanks to this, backward compatibility is maintained and the transition from version to version is possible quickly and painlessly.
3. A programming language:
1C changes are developed in its own 1C programming language. Partners are forced to develop their solutions for 1C using the same technology. Only the 1C company is engaged in the development of 1C technology. SAP Business One uses generally accepted software development technologies (VB.net, C#, Java).
4. Variety of versions and configurations:
There are many 1C configurations developed by the 1C company itself, as well as its partners. Most often, the necessary functionality is present not in one configuration, but in different ones. For example, to get budgeting, business analytics, and warehouse management, you need to use not one, but several configurations. And this affects licensing transparency, speed of implementation and, ultimately, total cost of ownership.
SAP Business One exists only in two versions on MS SQL and HANA. The HANA version has built-in BI, there are no other differences. And only 4 types of user licenses are fully functional and limited to financiers, logisticians and CRM. All updates are delivered free of charge as part of maintenance, which costs a fixed percentage of the cost of the licenses under the contract.
5. Technological features and scalability (performance).
SAP Business One runs on SAP HANA, which brought SAP Business One to a new level of scalability (supporting a large number of users working at the same time), and due to the architecture, the HANA database has the ability to build two-chain BI-DB solutions, unlike classic three-chain BI- ETL – Warehouse.
6. A client application for iOS (iPad, iPhone) has been developed for SAP Business One.
Free. Anyone can download from the AppleStore.
7. For SAP Business One, it is already integrated with SAP ERP, MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Ariba, BOBJ, BOS-kadrovyk, DoxVision (in development).