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SAP Business One on a Mac

Orchestra Deploys SAP Business One in a Mac Environment

So you want to run SAP Business One on a Mac? There are several ways you can do this, but first, it makes sense to think about the user experience you're going for. Do you want it to run in a separate window? Do you want users to have to manually start a separate set of proceses to get it to function? Do you only want to publish it to a few desktops, or do you want it to be portable?

Orchestra decided that to have a truely exceptional user experience running SAP Business One on anything but a Windows PC, you have to consider the following:

  • A seamless experience that allows users to launch from a desktop icon, view the application in full color and in high quality, and allow them to resize and reshape the application without having to worry about a separate window. The application has to appear to be running locally in nearly every sense.
  • No complex connection or startup procedures. We don't want users to have to jump through a lot of hoops to access the application.
  • The ability to access local resources using the application. When a user presses the PDF button, the print button, or any other function, it should be able to interact with the devices and software present on the local machine.
  • Complete portability and independence between operating systems and computing environments. The application should be able to work on as many different enivornments and sets of hardware as possible.

With the requirements in mind, we recognize SAP Business One is a Windows-based product. Thus, to run it on a Mac or any other OS you have to use some form of virtualization. Just plain Windows Terminal Services works in many cases (also called remote desktop), but it's clunky, difficult to share resources, and hardly provides a seamless user experience. Other applications can vitualize an entire Windows PC within the Mac OS, but consume a lot of resources and require a lot of time spent manually preparing the environment. To create the experience our users were looking for, Orchestra uses Citrix to virtualize the SAP Business One application itself (and others), which is then accessed from anywhere and on type of OS. Including, of course, a Mac.

There are several flavors of Citrix available that will allow you to publish applications to a variety of platforms via the internet. Orchestra either deploys Citrix XenApp Fundamentals or XenApp, depending on the size and complexity of your organization. XenApp Fundamentals is a simple and powerful way to easily publish an application, while XenApp provides a more robust and flexible environment for larger installations. Both allow us to seamlessly publish an application to a Mac via the Internet using a simple login process. They also provide great access to local machine resources like printers and software applications. In nearly every case, it's difficult or impossible to tell that the application is not running locally. The best part is, once you have Citrix set up, you can literally access SAP Business One from nearly any computer in the world. It's as easy as logging into a web site and clicking an icon.

Orchestra offers XenAp Fundamentals at the low starting price of $1,995 for up to 5 users, which includes software, setup, and training. This solution is tailored for small and midsize companies that need to deploy SAP Business One on Mac workstations for a low upfront cost and minimal IT overhead.

To learn more about this offering, check out: SAP Business One Remote Access

To learn more about Orchestra LLC visit: www.orchestrateam.com

If you're interested in learning more about Citrix, Orchestra sells and implements Citrix for our clients, SAP Channel Partners, and many other businesses.  Give us a call and Ask Us How.

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