Feature Pack 2.0 for SAP® Business ByDesign(TM) Solution Available to Midsize Companies

Enhanced Business Functionality of On-Demand Solution Allows Complete Insight for Better Decision-Making

Better insights from dashboards from Xcelsius® software, part of the SAP® BusinessObjects™ portfolio.
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SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced the availability of the latest update - feature pack 2.0 for SAP® Business ByDesign(TM) . Specifically designed for midsize companies, SAP Business ByDesign is a comprehensive, fully integrated on-demand solution that helps customers gain a higher degree of visibility across their enterprise in order to make more informed business decisions. In addition, the on-demand delivery model of SAP Business ByDesign helps reduce overall operational IT costs associated with infrastructure, equipment and software management, allowing midsize companies to maintain a competitive edge. The new feature pack 2.0 for SAP Business ByDesign significantly expands functionality and provides more value to customers by offering business support for 35 end-to-end process scenarios. Managed, monitored and maintained by SAP experts in world-class hosted data centers, SAP Business ByDesign delivers the best of SAP technology, on-demand. Currently the solution is available in China, France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"We are currently implementing SAP Business ByDesign and expect to gain clarity across our entire business, which will help us remain competitive and make fast, well-informed decisions," said Patti Charlton, CFO, ResearchPoint. "We are excited about the capabilities we have seen in the feature pack 2.0 for SAP Business ByDesign and believe that it offers significant benefits to service companies like ours. Through the new release, we expect to benefit almost immediately from the new capabilities, such as business analytics, project profitability and automated project billing that the feature pack offers."

As companies carefully examine current and future investments, those in the small and midsize enterprise (SME) market need business models that reduce investment risks while simultaneously assisting users in managing the entire organization. The new feature pack 2.0 for SAP Business ByDesign provides midsize companies with many additional functions to help them make better business decisions and gain clarity into their operations. With the feature pack 2.0, customers can achieve:

- Complete insight for better decision-making. Through the integration with software from the SAP® BusinessObjects(TM) portfolio, including Crystal Reports® software and dashboards from Xcelsius® software, executives of midsize companies can benefit from increased transparency into their business operation and can utilize comprehensive analytics to make decisions that can improve their business performance. Executive dashboards provide key performance indicators such as cash and liquidity management and sales projections. In addition, through customizable key performance indicators executives can control their key corporate measures.

- Streamlined processes and faster execution. Feature pack 2.0 for SAP Business byDesign provides services and manufacturing companies more mission-critical business processes in a single, integrated solution. Designed to meet the needs of high growth services companies, feature pack 2.0 integrates customer relationship management (CRM), order-to-cash with automated billing, project profitability and resource management, time and expense reimbursement, procure to pay and service and repair. The solution also helps significantly reduce administrative overhead for services companies by offering a reduced per-user fee for consultants who only need to access the system for time and expense entry. Manufacturing companies will have complete visibility across their supply chain, including suppliers, customers, manufacturing and logistics. They can directly impact their bottom line by managing strategic procurement via an automated request for quotation (RFQ) process, as well as reduce recalls with integrated product engineering and quality management tools. The new feature pack can impact manufacturers' top-line by having visibility into customer and product profitability using the built-in analytics and drill down capabilities.

- Enhanced user productivity. With feature pack 2.0, companies can collaborate more effectively internally-as well as with customers, suppliers and partners-through new groupware integration with Microsoft Outlook and MS Office. Companies can achieve higher productivity by utilizing improved personalization features and a series of new third-party Web services that are now available in feature pack 2.0.

"With the availability of the feature pack 2.0, we significantly increase the value that our midsize charter clients are receiving from SAP Business ByDesign," said Hans-Peter Klaey, president of SME and corporate officer of SAP AG. "Our charter client program for SAP Business ByDesign is a leading program to ensure close support and collaboration for innovative companies that want all the benefits of the only comprehensive and fully integrated on-demand solution dedicated to midsize companies."

Current SAP Business ByDesign customers are notified about updates in the "What's New" section within the solution to help them start planning for adoption of the new features at their own pace. Topics in the section enable customers to learn more about the value of new and enhanced features. In addition, customers will also receive new or updated learning courses that can be accessed in a personalized manner within SAP Business ByDesign. Further guidance will be provided on how to configure the solution to activate the new features when users are ready.

The online SAP® Business ByDesign(TM) Business Center is the single place to go for information about SAP Business ByDesign and allows collaboration with SAP and its partners. Once in the business center, interested parties can access online product information, demos and role-based videos. Visitors to the center can contact SAP directly via phone, e-mail or online chat. The center also provides charter clients with access to the SAP Business ByDesign community.

For more news about small businesses and midsize companies and SAP, visit the SME newsroom on sap.com.

About SAP® Business ByDesign(TM)

The SAP® Business ByDesign(TM) solution is a fully integrated business management solution that delivers the best of SAP software, on-demand. The solution is designed as a best-fit for companies that want the benefits of large-scale business management applications without the need for a large IT infrastructure. SAP Business ByDesign unifies multiple business operations and enables companies to implement preconfigured business processes to solve immediate problems. The solution enables companies to add further processes according to their business needs. Delivered through a single user interface, SAP Business ByDesign delivers preconfigured software for business processes and supports best practices for managing financials, customer relationships, human resources, projects, procurement and the supply chain. The solution is delivered on-demand and managed, monitored and maintained by SAP experts in world-class hosted data centers. SAP takes care of the maintenance and installation of upgrades so companies can focus on their business. In addition, the solution requires no up-front capital costs. SAP Business ByDesign is currently available in the six focus countries: Germany, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, China and India. Additional information is available at www.sap.com/....
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