ERP Brazil: SAP Business One – Localized Portuguese version

In previous short articles we discussed the options for international companies (branch offices of multinational companies with headquarters in US, UK, Australia, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain) to implement so-called localized MRP in Brazil. We covered Microsoft Dynamics NAV, AX, CRM. This small article is dedicated to SAP and its MRP application for the medium-sized and small to medium-sized market – SAP Business One. SAP BO in Brazil will be available from March 2006.

o Local taxes and regulations. CNAE, CPF, IE, IEST, IM – localization supports these rules and taxes

o Multilingual. SAP BO has advanced language support compared to other localized ERPs: Oracle E-Business Suite, Navision, Axapta, JDEdwards – in SAP Business One you can change the language (e.g. from Portuguese to English) in the same user session for the same company switch . In our opinion, the multilingual support allows the tax officials at the headquarters of their Brazilian or other foreign subsidiaries to have a tight control.

o Transaction Consolidation. SAP integrates SAP BO into its ERP system family. SAP BO has a transaction consolidation module. Just to give you a digression – you can use two mechanisms to get cross-company consolidated reports – using the mechanism of retrieving data (and multiplying historical exchange rates of original currency) – a typical example would be FRx reporting for Great Plains, Solomon and other ERPs. The second and more reliable way is transaction consolidation, when you physically move transactions (adjusted for the reporting currency) into your subsidiary’s picture and then run the report on your branch databases. Transaction consolidation makes SAP Business One an attractive ERP option for the spoke-and-hub ERP integration model when subsidiaries use SAP BO and consolidate transactions with the corporate ERP – mySAP or SAP R/3

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o Multiple currencies. It is supported in all modules (just in case if you have experience working with multiple currencies, only available for GL).

o Adjustments. SAP Business One SDK allows you to tweak screens as needed when you feel intuitive modification by the end user is not enough. If you must use local programmers, they should have experience programming COM objects.

o competition. As you might expect, you see two types of competitors – local ERPs (Microsiga and Datasul, to name the main ones) and international ones: Oracle E-Business and JD Edwards, Microsoft Navision, Axapta and Solomon (Great Plains isn’t localized, but local support is available via Alba Spectrum)

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