According to the defined Roadmap , SAP has released its next version of SAP Business One ERP- 9.0. Preview version of SAP Business One 9.0 is already available, a Ramp Up Version is promised to be release on early Q1 2013 and after that the version will be released for General Availability probably at the end of same quarter.
This blog will take a sneak peak at what enhancements we are able to locate in the new Preview Version of SAP Business One 9.0.
Feature update in SAP Business One 9.0
Now warehouse can be setup (optionally) to maintain bin locations. Four sub-levels are available to setup required hierarchical structure in any warehouse of SAP Business One. If this functionality is activated then several forms will be available to maintain bin location master data within SAP Business One. In marketing documents the bin-location column (in content tab) will be appeared if any item, which is related to any bin location, is used. Additional column is introduced in the marketing documents’ database records, which might be mandatory to update on each transaction.
Inventory Counting feature has been extended by adding more cycles and counting options. Dedicated and separate forms and menus are now available to manage inventory taking processes. Analytics for inventory counting is also introduced to assist inventory counting.
Multiple Units of Measure
In SAP Business One 9.0 multiple units of measures can be used in various inventory related transactions to automate the pricing and quantity calculation within UOM groups. Multiple barcodes can also be maintained for each UOM for any inventory item. But for this extension no additional column is introduced in the marketing documents’ database records.
The starting point of document flow in purchase cycle of SAP Business One has been enhanced by adding Purchase Request document. Now branches and departments can place purchase or procurement requests through SAP Business One and the organization can have better control over purchase cycles. We also know this document as Purchase Indent.
Price Lists & Discounts
Price Lists and Discount Groups have been enhanced to support validity period, UOM wise price, prices in additional currencies, and more types of groups. New reports are added to work better with the new pricing enhancements in SAP Business One.
Payment & Deposit Cancellation
Cancellation of documents in SAP Business One was an important area of improvement. Now with SAP Business One 9.0 cancellation of payments with deposited cheques and automation around it is available.
Marketing Document Cancellation
Now the marketing documents can be cancelled whenever something happened wrong on document creation. The relevant accounting, fiscal, financial and inventory transitions are completely reversed in one step. Now credit memos or returns need not to be created unnecessarily to cancel any billing or logistics documents. An option “Display Cancelled and Cancellation Marketing Documents in Reports” is also introduced in the document settings in this context.
GL Account Determination
With the introduction of advanced GL determination rules in SAP Business One 9.0 now multi GL determination can be done with priority settings. So not only in areas like Sales, Purchase, Inventory, etc. but also GL settings available for items, item groups, warehouses, BP groups, federal tax ID, ship-to country, ship-to state.
Fixed Assets Integration
Fixed assets management is no longer dependent on the Fixed Assets add-on of SAP Business One. Fixed assets management functions are now incorporated in the core product with the advent of SAP Business One 9.0. Multiple accounting standards (like local, IFRS, etc.) can also be supported in parallel.
In SAP Business One 9.0 Drop Ship process supports serial and batch managed items. Now we can setup or allocate serial numbers and batch managed items by activating “Manage Serial Numbers and Batches” in the Warehouse – Setup window for drop ship warehouses.
In SAP Business One 9.0 Landed costs can now be created directly using the “Copy From” function from an AP invoice without the need of a Goods Receipt. This supports a more streamlined procurement process without goods receipts, saving processing time and increasing efficiency.
Item Cost on A/R Returns & Credit Memos
In SAP Business One 9.0 the item cost for an item that has been returned via an A/R Returns or A/R Credit Memo can be updated if it has no base document. This feature is activated by checking “Allow changing Inv. Cost for Doc. Without Base Document in the Document Settings (per document tab) window. A “Return Cost” field has been added to the A/R Returns and A/R Credit Memo documents to update the inventory cost at an item level.
System Currency Reconciliations
Internal reconciliation functionality in SAP Business One has been extended to support SC management. New posting accounts have been added to enable automatic SC postings when performing any type of internal reconciliation.