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What an outstanding achievement! Our SAP Partner Sapphire Systems Ltd. recently won the SAP Intelligent Enterprise competition with their innovative Smart Rentals Platform for construction, powered by SAP Business Technology Platform and integrated in SAP Business One.

The award recognizes SAP partners who go beyond standard ERP sales and implementation to meet customer demand for features and functions, making their business processes and decisions more efficient and intelligent.

You wonder how an SAP SME partner can drive innovation while leveraging SAP Business Technology Platform? Well, Sapphire Systems was not only creative, but also innovative. Let me give you some background information.

The challenge

Like other industries, the equipment and tooling rental market in the UK was hit by the pandemic and the associated slowing of construction. As soon as lockdowns lifted, residential and commercial construction made a strong recovery followed by strong demand for equipment surge. Due to the economic uncertainty of 2020 many companies delayed purchasing equipment and tooling to protect cash flow, which inevitably accelerated the rental market.

The innovation

  • What if SAP Business One could provide an efficient and intelligent solution?

  • What if SAP Business One could support a growing equipment and tooling retailer who is renting their products to construction sites to meet the growing demand?

  • What if SAP Business One could enable increased sales of consumables such as nails and fastening supplies?

The solution and ultimately the customer value

Sapphire Systems created a solution powered by SAP Business Technology Platform and fully integrated in SAP Business One:

  • Introducing Smart Rentals Platform, a simple to use platform that links construction companies with the equipment they want to rent rather than own. It improves customer experience, reduces manual processing and creates real-time, auditable visibility of inventory location, condition and service history.

  • Smart Rentals Platform leverages SAP Business Technology (SAP BTP) Platform, as well as various SAP BTP Services, like SAP iRPA, SAP Blockchain, SAP Conversational AI, SAP Analytics, SAP Fiori Apps, SAP API HUB, and SAP Cloud Connector. Watch the video.

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The benefit for the SAP Partner

With their creative solution, Sapphire Systems positioned themselves as trusted advisor for innovation. They are adding value and go beyond standard ERP sales and implementation to meet customer demand, while at the same time disrupting the market to stay competitive.

I hope you find inspiration in this creative approach taken by Sapphire Systems. What about coming up with your own platform strategy leveraging SAP BTP for your SME solutions and ultimately for your customers? We look forward to your innovations.

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Interested in learning more? Mario Fetzner from the SAP Partner Readiness Team in Partner Ecosystem Success will be happy to answer all your questions.