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So you want to run SAP Business One on a Mac? There are several ways you can do this, but first, it makes sense to think about the user experience you're going for. Do you want it to run in a separate window? Do you want users to have to manually start a separate set of proceses to get it to function? Do you only want to publish it to a few desktops, or do you want it to be portable? Orchestra decided that to have a truely exceptional user experience running SAP Business One on anything but a Windows PC, you have to consider the following: A seamless experience that allows users to launch from a desktop icon, view the application in full color and in high quality, and allow them to resize and reshape the application without having to worry about a separate window. The application has to appear to be running locally in nearly every sense. No complex connection or ... (more)

Sybase 365 Survey: Consumers to Put Money Where Their Mobile Devices Are

New momentum can be seen in the latest usage trends highlighted by the survey, according to Beard. According to the survey, 22% of respondents are already using their mobile devices to conduct research or compare prices when shopping. Seventeen percent of respondents have used their mobile devices for banking-related purposes, while 14% have accepted coupons or alerts on deals.  Conditions are ripe for the mobile economy to play a bigger role than ever this holiday season, according to a national survey conducted by Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., the global leader in mobile messaging and mobile commerce services. The survey of 1,000 consumers found that one out of three respondents who are willing and able to do so with their current devices would purchase goods or services this holiday season using their device if they were presented with mobile-based... (more)

SAP Business One Landed Cost Video

Here is a video on Landed Costs in SAP Business One.  The Landed Cost document allows you to associate shipping and freight costs with the cost of an item upon receipt into inventory. The Landed Cost document in SAP Business One is a straightforward and efficient way of allocating costs, especially for those small and mid-size companies still forced to do it in Excel. While this primarily applies to companies that import goods from overseas, landed costs can be used to allocate freight cost for any transaction. Check back soon for another post on allocating freight costs in a more simplified approach. Click Read More to watch this video in Full HD   read more ... (more)

SAP Business One iPhone App

How very cool to see that an iPhone Application for SAP Business One get featured in a top story in the Silicon Alley Insider.  Although, this was a list of the most expensive iPhone apps. To check out the original story go here: The 10 Most Expensive iPhone Apps (AAPL) To see the iPhone app in action, view product features, or buy it, go here: MATG SAP Business One To check out the app's publisher, go here: My Accounts To Go To check out the full story, click the title of the post or click Read More below. ... (more)

SAP Business One on a Mac

I received a request to start a discussion about running SAP Business One on a Mac. Quite serendipitous, given that I use Business One every day on my Mac G5 with a 27" Cinema Display. It's okay to be jealous, I'm used to it. Needless to say, it is awesome. Orchestra even customizes the SAP B1 icon to be a Mac icon for B1. It bounces in the dock when launched and everything. How pretty. Click Read More to read the rest of the post... ... (more)

SAP Business One is Compatible with Windows 7

Windows 7 is compatible with SAP Business One 2007 and SAP Business One 8.8 Now that windows 7 has been released and all signs are pointing towards a migration away from windows XP and Vista, a number of questions arise for business users. Do all my other applications I depend on work on Windows 7? Will the performance of my applications be affected? For everyone running SAP Business One, we can answer both of these critical questions. Does SAP Business One run in Windows 7?  YES Does SAP Business One performance improve with Windows 7?  YES There are also many new features of Windows 7 that will make using business applications, such as SAP Business One and Crystal Reports, more user friendly. One of the cool little aspects of Windows 7 that will make using SAP Business One even easier to use: For those of you who frequently have multiple windows of SBO open, Window... (more)

Mobile Enterprise Users Need Simplicity

SAP has a section of their SDN/SCN portal for enterprise mobility.  On this site they have a diagram depicting an end-to-end mobile solution.  This diagram does a good job of causing fear in just about everyone.  The diagram shows a deep stack of technology components, each with their own complex technical design and functionality.  I can just imagine an enterprise IT team gasping in distress at this diagram.  However, understanding how everything in your car works is not necessary in order to drive it. Let me give you an example.  ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the developer of a host of workforce automation and service chain optimization applications.  They have already mobilized field services applications and implemented them with SAP.  It is now available out-of-the-box.  The complexity of the implementation has largely been removed. If the back... (more)

Finding the Flaws of the Whole, Not Just the Flaws of the Parts

The Visible and the Invisible in SAP It would seem like the last thing we need in SAP systems is more metrics. Automated solutions that investigate, monitor and track ERP systems are common, so why are major corporations increasingly employing automated metrics for SAP systems? Like all systems that span the enterprise, SAP systems suffer from the "six blind men and the elephant" problem - each man is able to envision his own part of the elephant, but putting together a picture of the whole animal is a problem. It is this "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" view that SAP developers need to get their arms around. In what has become an all too frequent post-customization scenario, SAP developers are called to fix a transaction performance problem. Usually they find that availability is great, there's nothing wrong with the code - no odd changes - but somehow ... (more)

SAP Updates Cloud Computing Portfolio

SAP AG on Monday has announced a major update in its portfolio of on-demand solutions: Feature pack 2.6 for the SAP Business ByDesign solution now offers a slate of new capabilities. According to Peter Lorenz, executive vice president, On Demand, and corporate officer, SAP AG, "With feature pack 2.6, we are not only delivering additional value to our customers, but are also providing new opportunities for co-innovation to our partners." The new release is supposed to serve as an open platform on which partners can customize the software, and on which SAP will develop new on-demand offerings for various lines of business. Lorenz notes that "the next big step in our SAP Business ByDesign roadmap will be the general availability of feature pack 3.0 in August." This new release should bring SAP closer to executing its cloud computing strategy and extending the availab... (more)

Come on in, the Forums Are Fine…

What forums you may ask; the Sybase NNTP forums? No, those are going away. Not on the schedule that was originally proposed (December 1 of 2012), but they will go away soon. Replacing them are the online discussion forums in the PowerBuilder Development Center (PDC), part of the SAP Community Network (SCN). Never fear though, the information on the Sybase NNTP forums aren't going away; a searchable archive of the messages will be available. If you've been using PowerBuilder for a long period of time, then you'll know we've gone through a similar transition before. We started in one section of a Windows Developers section in CompuServe. In 1993, PowerSoft was moved to their own separate section in CompuServe for support of all their products. By 1997 though, the Internet had come of age and the decision was made to officially move the forums from CompuServe onto a Syb... (more)

One of SAP’s Co-CEOs to Step Down

Jim Hagemann Snabe, whose contract was supposed to run through 2017, has apparently tired of his half of SAP's CEO job and will be stepping down next May leaving the post solely to Bill McDermott, a 51-year-old American. The plan then is for the 47-year-old Dane, who's been responsible for SAP's product development, to join the German company's supervisory board (provided 25% of SAP's shareholders vote for him). Supposedly he wants to see more of his family. In a canned statement he said, "After more than 20 years with SAP, I have decided that it is time for me to begin the next phase of my career, closer to my family." SAP reported its latest quarter last week, coming in with less-than-expected results, and trimmed its revenue outlook for the year citing slow growth in China and slow adoption of its cloud product. All Things Digital said customers aren't seeing the ... (more)