SAP Business One Legacy Versions 2007A and 2005A and their support

Mar 5 07:29 2012 Andrew Karasev Print This Article

Running outdate version is often related to the fact that your company had to come through several difficult years and was not able to pay for annual support contract with SAP.

If you do not have active contract then you do not have license key to update to the recent release.  It is common practice for ERP system brand name vendors including SAP and Microsoft to support only two or three versions at the time and when new version is released then support for the older on is scheduled to expire.  Does this mean that there is no option to get technical problem resolved?  Let’s talk about possible options:

1. Tech support is available through Partner Channel as there are consulting firm with call centers with emphasis on legacy versions consulting.  However here be ready to switch from local to remote consulting.  Call centers have to cover nationwide or at least regional markets and service is delivered via web session and VOIP conferences.  The advantage is the fact that SAP partner has access to knowledge base including old releases known issues.  In the future such firm might become your broker in reenrollment to SAP program and help you with future version update.  Currently you might expect penalty in the amount of all unpaid years but in the future SAP might announce point forgiveness programs.  We are watching what competition is doing and giving you examples

2. User interface should be recognizable to consultants who have experience with current version 8.82.  This good news and we believe that this option should cover new user training.  It might be challenging however to do something like data repair and helping with customizations or integrations programmed in Software Development Kit.  If you are large organization then you may consider to introduce new position and hire SAP BO consultant certified in your version where part of the shift she or he will be supporting your legacy ERP application and other time engaged in accounting routines

3. Weak points.  The older is the release the more incompatible it is with modern technologies such as SQL Server 2008,Guest Posting Windows 2008 64 bit edition and Excel in MS Office 2010 just to name few examples.  Another challenge is transfer SAP B1 license server from one computer to another as its key is coded against server motherboard MAC

4. Old versions brief review.  Here is United States Business One became popular around year 2005 and it was release 2005A.  There was international counterpart 2005B which was covering such regions as China and Brazil for example.  In 2007 new version with two hives was introduced respectively 2007A and 2007B.  With introduction of 8.8 in 2010 A and B hives were merged into one release.  This was a good news for multinational companies as they could at that point deploy SAP B1 on central server hosted in the headquarters in the United States or Canada and expose application to international office users via Citrix or Microsoft Terminal Server technologies

5. Please call us 1-866-304-3265, 1-269-605-4904,  We have local presence in Chicagoland, Southern California, Atlanta Georgia, South West Michigan, Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. We serve customers USA and Canada nationwide and internationally via web sessions and phone conferences (Skype is welcomed).  We are working on Brazilian ERP consulting market in Sao Paulo since 2004

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Andrew Karasev
Andrew Karasev

Andrew Karasev is SAP BO consultant and Great Plains Certified Master, MVP, 1-866-304-3265, 1-269-605-4904. He is also the initiator of eFaru project and founder of Alba Spectrum information space

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