SAP Business ByDesign alternatives

SAP Business ByDesign
SAP Business ByDesign is a fully integrated on-demand Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and business management software solution for small and medium sized enterprises
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2012 John Wookey tells why Oracle and SAP can't catch up with Salesforce

The cloud race Oracle vs SAP goes on. Oracle has bought (for $300 million) one more SaaS-provider - Vitrue, which provides the social networks monitoring service. In the meantime, this show (Oracle vs SAP) now has an interesting commentator - John Wookey. This guy once worked as vice-president for Oracle and led the development of SaaS-package Fusion. But at that time Larry Ellison thought that "Cloud is just water vapour", so John didn't bring this development to the end and left Oracle to SAP. In SAP, he was in charge of building the SaaS ERP system Business ByDesign. At this time, John managed to launch the system to commercial phase, but this project also appeared to be unsuccessful. Now John Wookey works ... in Salesforce as a vice president for social applications and explains why (despite the record SaaS acquisitions) Oracle and SAP can't compete with Salesforce.

First of all, (according to Wookiee) Oracle and SAP have initially wrong goal. Their goal - is to catch up with Salesforce. This is wrong. The right goal - is to create applications that users actually like.

Second, both companies have an obsession - to provide a unified suite of applications on a single platform. However, their suites not only consist of apps purchased here and there, but also of on-premise and on-demand components. Combining them into single platform is only very difficult, but also wrong, says John. Now companies want quickly solve specific problems with specific services, rather than dive into overall automation projects, that can last for years without any result.

And third reason is because Oracle and SAP have a tradition to build applications around the goal to control business processes (whether it's CRM or HRM). In result, they are loved by executives, but end users do not want to use them. In contrasthe, the Salesforce's philosophy - is to create applications that will be useful for end users and help them to do the job, but not make them work for the app.

2012 SAP became NetSuite's customer. Business ByDesign will be closed

Most of all NetSuite loves trolling its rival - SAP. From time to time they organize anti-SAP conferences, marketing campaign a la Business ByNetsuite and produce videos like that one above. And they haven't missed the opportunity to joke on SAP at this time. At the opening of the conference SuiteWorld, Zach Nelson (CEO of NetSuite)  took the stage and announced that in the past year the company has achieved their biggest ever win: ERP-giant SAP has become NetSuite's customer. The audience was shocked, and then Zach explained.

As you know, recently SAP acquired SuccessFactors, and this company was using NetSuite. Thus, SAP has become the user of NetSuite. And though after the purchase SuccessFactors has been transfered to SAP's own ERP system, but the NetSuite subscription was still extended and formally NetSuite is still a ERP-provider for SAP.

NetSuite always had a reason to make fun of SAP because of its project SAP Business ByDesign. It's a SaaS ERP for small-medium businesses, which was supposed to become a rival for NetSuite. But first it couldn't launch for 3 years, and now, 2 years after launch - its going to be closed. The new head of Cloud strategy at SAP (former SuccessFactors CEO) Lars Dalgaard yesterday announced that Business ByDesign will be converted into a package of simple and specialized applications: HRM, CRM, SCM and financial system.

SAP explains the failure by the reluctance of companies to transfer their entire IT system to the cloud. They say businesses now prefer to move to the cloud separate applications, such as human resources management. However, NetSuite's example shows that this is not the case. More likely that SAP, that was always working with large companies, could not find a proper way to SMB market.

2011 SAP embracing Amazon and Microsoft clouds

SAP Amazon Azure
SAP is the most slow IT giant in terms of transition to the cloud technologies. Nevertheless, it's the world's largest software company and any of its steps to the Cloud serves as an indicator for all large corporations: "if even SAP released a SaaS-solution, then SaaS-solutions can indeed be trusted" or "if even SAP offers a version for Amazon Web Services, than this platform is really enterprise-ready". This week at the SAPPhire conference, the company reported on its cloud transition steps. First of all, the SaaS ERP-service SAP Business ByDesign is already used by 500 with a target of having 1000 signed up by the end of the year. Second, SAP has announced that it's "launching" the SaaS CRM-service SAP Sales OnDemand, which will be followed by a travel management cloud service and an on-demand suite for talent management. And third, SAP has started to adapt its existing systems for the Amazon and Microsoft cloud platforms.

SAP has certified two of its applications (SAP Rapid Deployment and SAP Business Objects, account for about half of SAP’s business) to work on top of Amazon cloud and, soon, SAP ERP software will be certified for Amazon cloud.

As for Windows Azure, SAP applications are not ready yet to run on this platform, but SAP will provide the tools for developers using .NET and Windows Azure, that will help them to interact with SAP systems. In addition, SAP will integrate its applications with virtualization system Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V to make it ready for the private clouds.

2010 Who says Enterprise Software isn’t Cool? Watch what its users can do!

We often pay attention not only to the new business applications and modern trends in Enterprise software, but also on how vendors advertise themselves and their products. This sphere is also shifting to the Enterprise 2.0 style: instead of boring PowerPoint presentations and PDF brochures without images, we see exciting blockbusters and show-projects. Instead of boring descriptions - humorous sketches about how bad is running business without the software. Such marketing attracts attention and most importantly, makes users "friendly" towards the software, even if the software itself is not so friendly, for example like SAP. The new SAP's show-project Run Better is showing not the ERP system but the cool things that its users do. Check also the other examples of beautiful marketing from, Mainsoft and NetSuite.

2010 SAP Business ByDesign goes live

SAP Business ByDesign
Finally, SAP has officially launched its SaaS ERP system, SAP Business ByDesign, which will compete with NetSuite, Workday and other cloud ERP solutions. As you know, it's not a fresh product. It was released 3 years ago, but due to the scalability problems, its sales were stopped, and still the system was used by fewer than 100 companies worldwide. SAP Business ByDesign is designed for SMB (50-500 employees) and primarily for manufacturing and professional services industries. It's a single multitenant service to automate all business areas, including manufacturing, financials and sales. The updated version SAP Business ByDesign 2.5 provides support for mobile devices, integration with MS Excel, custom forms and user interface based on Silverlight. But its pricing will hardly cause a revolution in SaaS sphere.

Currently, SAP Business ByDesign is sold in one of three fixed starter packages - CRM, ERP and PSP (Professional Service Provider). Each package can be provided for at least 10 users and includes the implementation services for a fixed price:

- CRM Starter Package - provides SFA functionality. Can be implemented in 3 weeks for $13,500. Then company pays $89 per user per month.

- ERP Starter Package - provides integrated financials, accounting and analytics capabilities. Can be implemented in 6 weeks for $37,500. Then company pays $149 per user per month.

- PSP Starter Package- automates business processes in service companies. Can be implemented in 8 weeks for $45,000. Then company pays $149 per user per month.

The implementation services will be provided by SAP channel partners. Meanwhile SAP Business ByDesign is available in US, UK, China, France, Germany and India. In other countries it will become available in 2011.