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Bob Scott reporting in his weekly Insights column.

SAP Business One has been sold to 50,000 customers, the software company said earlier this month. The announcement was made at the recent SME Business Summit but did not detail any geographic breakdown. (I attended the prior two Summits but this conflicted with the Intacct conference). SAP also said partners and customers can now run the B1 Cloud application, powered by its Hana platform, at SAP-run data centers. Complementary services accompanying this deployment include backup and restore, disaster recovery and platform maintenance. The summary of what this offering is being provided was outlined in a prepared statement from Luis Murguia, SVP and GM of Business One. “This provides an end-to-end SAP-branded experience that is simple to use, is cost-effective, and leverages the capabilities of SAP Hana,” he said. SAP touts the openness of its platform, but like everyone else, it would obviously prefer customers to buy all their services and products in one spot. I love the language in which Murguia said SAP “felt compelled” to provide the option—it sounds like “well, we really didn’t want to do this, but we just have to.”