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SAP Business ByDesign vs. SAP Business One – What’s the Difference?

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SAP is the world’s leading ERP software developer and has been since the inception of this software category. SAP offers two solutions for small and midmarket companies: SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business One. Both ERP systems are designed for small and mid-market companies so, without some further explanation, it can be hard to determine which solution is the right fit for you. To make it easier for you to determine which software option is best for your business, we put together a guide that explores the similarities and differences of SAP Business One and SAP Business ByDesign.

SAP Business One Overview

SAP Business One allows you to realize more value from your business processes by integrating, streamlining, and centralizing all your operations into one system. 

SAP Business One provides integration across Accounting, Sales, Purchasing, Inventory Management, and Production.

SAP Business One – Typical Customers

SAP Business One is ideal for small businesses, or subsidiaries of larger enterprises, that want to fully integrate their end-to-end business and grow. Typical industries include discrete manufacturing, omni-channel eCommerce and wholesale distribution companies ranging from $1 to $100 million in annual revenue. SAP Business One supports companies with dozens, up to hundreds, of users, so it can certainly scale with growing companies.


SAP Business ByDesign Overview

SAP Business ByDesign is an end-to-end business suite that gives a fast-growing business, or a subsidiary of a larger enterprise, everything they need to scale profitably. It delivers highly configurable processes that connect every function across your company.

SAP Business ByDesign offers integration across Finance & Accounting, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Project Management, and Human Resources. ByDesign provides more robust capabilities and will handle more sophisticated requirements right out-of-the-box.

SAP Business ByDesign – Typical Customers

SAP Business ByDesign is ideal for mid-size (or high-growth small) businesses that want to limit their IT infrastructure. Typical industries include wholesale distribution, omni-channel eCommerce, discrete manufacturing, and project-related industries such as professional services with annual revenue ranging from $25 million to $1 billion. SAP Business ByDesign supports companies with as few as 20 users but can scale up to thousands of users.

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SAP Business One vs SAP Business ByDesign Comparison Chart


SAP Business One

SAP Business ByDesign

Ideal For

Small businesses that want to fully integrate their end-to-end business and grow

Mid-size (and high-growth small) businesses that want to limit their IT infrastructure


Typical Size of Company 

$1 to $100 million

$25 to $500 million

Typical Number of Users 

5 – 100 users

20 – 1,000 users


100s of Users

1,000s of Users

Hosting Options

On-Premises, Partner Cloud Hosted, SAP Cloud Hosted

SAP Cloud – Public & Private


  • 1 upgrade per year
  • Partner responsibility
  • Additional considerations depending on technology ecosystem
  • 4 upgrades a year
  • SAP responsibility
  • Included in subscription


Multiple Databases

Single Database

Integration Options



Multi-GAAP Reporting


Fixed Assets Reporting


Expense Reporting


Revenue Recognition


Sales Planning


Forecasting & MRP


3rd Party Logistics Integration


3rd Party Order Fulfillment


Quality Assurance


Project Management


Organization Structure Management


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How to Choose Between SAP Business ByDesign & SAP Business One

Which is best for your business: ByDesign or Business One?

Although they serve slightly different needs, SAP Business One and SAP Business ByDesign are both strong mid-market ERP solutions. SAP Business One meets the needs of smaller companies, businesses seeking only core ERP functionality, or companies with limited budgets. On the other hand, SAP Business ByDesign meets the needs of companies that require a more robust ERP system with sophisticated project management functionality and the ability to manage multiple legal entities in one database—among other more advanced features.

Do you have more questions about how to implement SAP Business One or SAP Business ByDesign? Get in touch with us today and we’ll help you get started with the perfect solution for your business!

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The Stellar One Team

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