SAP Updates SaaS Business ByDesign Management Suite
SAP AG has announced a sweeping series of updates for the second major feature pack release of the Business ByDesign SaaS business management suite, with several enhancements to foster communication between the company and its partners and customers. Let’s take a look.
Here’s how SAP broke down the updates to Business ByDesign in its press release:
- Community-driven enhancements: SAP is now offering an English global community portal for Business ByDesign partners to share ideas and suggestions for the future of the platform. A Chinese version is forthcoming, SAP said.
- Additional professional service functionality: Business ByDesign now supports industry-specific needs including managed services, customer contract management and enhanced revenue recognition automation, following partner suggestions.
- Extended flexibility through co-innovation: SAP is courting ISV partners to develop solutions that enhance the reach and usability of Business ByDesign.
- Procure-to-pay with integration to SAP Business Suite software: SMBs are the target audience for SAP Business ByDesign. But its other core market is subsidiaries of companies running the SAP Business Suite legacy software. With the new feature pack, SAP is supporting additional preconfigured integration scenarios so data is automatically pushed from home base to subsidiary and back.
Here’s what Peter Lorenz, executive vice president of OnDemand Solutions and corporate officer of SAP AG had to say about the release in a prepared statement:
“With the second release of SAP Business ByDesign this year, we are taking another significant step in executing our cloud computing strategy, building on feedback of trusted partners and customers and our commitment to delivering immediate innovation through bi-yearly release cycles. We continue to gain market traction with SAP Business ByDesign, have expanded our ecosystem to 250 partner companies and welcome companies around the world — now also in Australia and Mexico — to experience the new release’s usability and business value.”
I’m a little surprised that SAP’s press materials didn’t mention the company’s recent partnership with Google for mapping big data, but there you have it. Stay tuned to TalkinCloud for updates on SAP’s cloud strategy.