Introducing Business ByDesign 2.6

A mobile-minded DSAG: CRM and BI on iPhone and iPad (photo: Christiane Stagge)
A mobile-minded DSAG: CRM and BI on iPhone and iPad (photo: Christiane Stagge)

Having made its debut at the DSAG Annual Congress in 2009, the collaboration software SAP StreamWork has now progressed to version 2.0. This new release has been available for those interested to try out themselves at since September 25, 2010. Much like with Facebook, users can create networks, share information, and start joint projects together.

StreamWork 2.0 gives users a transparent means of tracking the status of their contacts. Upon startup, the program presents a dashboard that displays each associate’s current activity. It now also enables users to chat with each other and sports a revamped graphical interface.

Meanwhile, a mobile version of SAP StreamWork is scheduled for release on iPhone and BlackBerry in 2011. The ability to integrate profiles from Facebook, Xing, LinkedIn, and similar social networks is also planned for next year.

Business ByDesign 2.6

On-demand solutions, clear road maps, and reliable service were among the promises SAP Executive Board member Gerhard Oswald made to the SAP users in attendance at this year’s DSAG event. Not to be outdone by the medley of new on-demand applications SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe presented on the previous day (see our article: Users Make Demands ), the company’s chief operating officer also revealed that the next version of Business ByDesign – Feature Pack 2.6 – is scheduled for release in early 2011.

Along with the option to integrate the solution seamlessly into SAP Business Suite 7, Oswald cited SAP’s latest on-demand applications for talent management, sales, and procurement as the reasons behind the pending update.

Oswald brought news in the area of support, as well: For instance, SAP Standard Support now also covers maintenance for the BusinessObjects portfolio. Meanwhile, chief information officers looking to optimize their business processes can now identify backlogs and errors even more quickly thanks to a dashboard that displays all inefficiencies and marks problematic branches with a red bar.

Next page: BI for SAP ERP and iPhone

Further articles on the 2010 DSAG Annual Congress:

Gerhard Oswald announces SAP Business ByDesign 2.6 (photo: Christiane Stagge)
Gerhard Oswald announces Business ByDesign 2.6 (photo: Christiane Stagge)

BI for SAP ERP and iPhone

EHP5 and other new releases have been creating a buzz at the DSAG Annual Congress (photo: Christiane Stagge)
EHP5 and other new releases have been creating a buzz at the DSAG Annual Congress (photo: Christiane Stagge)

BusinessObjects Explorer has already been available for iPhone and iPad for some time, enabling users to query, analyze, and transmit their data in a graphical format. SAP used this year’s DSAG Annual Congress to demonstrate a number of additional functions.

For example, users can open BusinessObjects Explorer directly from within SAP ERP simply by clicking on the small, round icon in the application’s top menu bar. BusinessObjects Explorer then retrieves data from the corresponding company server or as needed from the cloud.

The software now delivers more than just calculations of sales opportunities and quarterly revenue forecasts: For instance, it can show a project manager which of a team’s members bring in the most profit, the business in which they are involved, and the customers they serve. To obtain more detailed information, the user can enlarge the graphics displayed or call up further functions from the navigation bar with a swipe of the finger.

Customers will also be particularly impressed with the new ability to send Flash-based dashboards generated on desktop computers directly to mobile devices. Since iPhone and iPad do not support Flash, this function is currently restricted to Android-based smartphones.

SAP’s future plans include an effort to adapt this BI software to Windows 7 and its mobile variants. Location-based services and “augmented reality” – that is, images and videos enriched with special additional information – will also enhance the company’s portfolio.

Meanwhile, those interested in trying out the sister solution BusinessObjects BI OnDemand can visit to sign up for a test account.