SAP Business ByDesign ready to roll
It's like waiting for a bus. You wait for ages, then two come along at once. At its Sapphire user conference in Orlando, Florida last week SAP announced that Business ByDesign, its long-delayed Cloud ERP suite is “currently available”. But then executives revealed that a better version would be coming in a matter of months.
Business ByDesign has been something of an albatross for SAP ever since then CEO Hasso Plattner promised in 2008 that it would be raking in $1bn in revenue from 10,000 customers by this year. In reality, it managed to recruit 100 early triallists, but from July the ERP suite will be available in Germany, the US, the UK, France, China and India.
With a new management team in place, the German software giant is ready to prove that it can take on the new wave of Cloud software.
“[Business ByDesign] is not a fantasy,” said SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe. “It's a real product. We wanted to perfect the infrastructure. You only get one chance.”
The beefed-up summer release - version 2.5 of Business ByDesign- will include a multi-tenancy option and include “in-memory analytics” that can be accessed using Microsoft Excel. It will also support mobile devices and Microsoft's Silverlight technology.
A developer’s toolkit in version 2.5 will pave the way for third party developers to add software around the Business ByDesign core, according to Doug Merritt, SAP’s executive vice president for on-demand solutions.