For those of us who were not aware, SAP Business ByDesign is a multi-tenant, cloud based, ERP solution from SAP delivered exclusively as Software as a Service (SaaS). Instead of being built on functional modules, it is built on business process scenarios such as Order to Cash, Procure to Pay, Intra Company Stock Transfers. In the ERP world it has been known as SAP’s best kept secret but that’s about to change if Ciber Norway have their way.
In a meeting with Janne Almeli, Ciber Sales Manager for Business ByDesign, Jan Liedtke, Chief Consultant and Mads Andre Masdal, Business Consultant we learnt that Ciber Norway went live with SAP Business ByDesign in September this year and became the first live customer in Norway. After their acquisition by Experis, Ciber Norway needed a new system to run their business. After careful consideration the choice fell on Business ByDesign principally because they felt it suited the size of their business, they wanted a full cloud based solution and their implementation time was restricted. Ciber Norway are now taking this one step further and have agreed a partnership with SAP to provide implementation and application support for the product. Initially, Ciber will concentrate on the following three business areas:
SAP Business ByDesign is not a new product by any means – it was first released in September 2007. However, SAP have re-engineered it over the years to benefit from the latest technology and it has been running on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform since 2014. It is rich in functionality, has quarterly updates (releases) and is aimed at mid-size companies or as a divisional or two-tier solution for larger enterprises. While the minimum named user pack is for 20 users, there are companies of well over 1000 employees running the software. Currently, there are about 100 000 licensed users worldwide and in the latest version of the software 1711, 19 countries have the country version already built. This permits shorter implementation phases and continued compliance to rules and regulations.
For other countries, a pre-localised country version can be chosen or a localisation toolkit called Cloud Applications Studio is available which has capabilities to extend a locally compliant solution. A fully localised version is not yet available for Norway, but is being worked on.
The software comes with built in mobility functionality and Jan demonstrated for us the ease in transferring data from your mobile phone into the backend system by adding his worked hours for the day to the ongoing project. The user interface is full Fiori and we saw just how easy it is to create new tiles as required. Additionally, there are good integration possibilities with SAP’s key products such as S/4 and Success Factors. The overall impression is that this a flexible product, rich in functionality based on SAP’s latest technology at an affordable price so I’m sure we are going to hear a lot more of Business ByDesign here in Norway.
For further information and contact on the Ciber Norway website please use the following link:
Image of what the SAP Business by Design look like: