SAP's new Business ByDesign (formerly called A1S) software as a service (SaaS) offering represents a substantial departure from previous SAP products. What are the implications of Business ByDesign on deployment and implementation; in other words, will this new product reduce implementation failures?
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At the SAP Business ByDesign launch event press conference, I submitted the following question via email:“Please describe the importance of the new user interface for this particular product. Was the design process different from previous SAP development efforts?
SAP Business ByDesign has been rolled out to a number of test customers. Several of these early adopters, including light airplane manufacturer, Stemme AG, were interviewed during the press conference where Business ByDesign was launched.
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SAP's new A1S offering, formally called Business ByDesign, is intended for companies between 100-500 employees, which do not have deep vertical market software requirements. SAP believes this $15 billion market will help SAP dramatically expand its business over the coming years.
Today, SAP formally unveils A1S, code name for SAP's attempt to reinvent itself as an SME-friendly company. More than that, A1S represents SAP's opportunity to compete against smaller, more nimble competitors such as Salesforce.
SAP's announcement of A1S, it's software as a service (SaaS) product for small business, will take place tomorrow in New York City. Speculation is running high whether this product will succeed or fail, and the impact A1S will have on SAP as a whole.
SAP faces tough challenges as it prepares for the September 19 launch of A1S, code name for the company's new small business offering, to be delivered in the form of software as a service (SaaS). A1S represents SAP's hope to expand into the important small and medium enterprise (SME) market.