For SAP, 2010 was all about mobile apps for iPhone and iPad, on-demand software, and in-memory technology. Let’s not forget about the year’s new software releases, though: SAP Business One 8.8 came to market just in time for CeBIT, and SAP technology chief Vishal Sikka surprised those in attendance at the fall SAP TechEd event by announcing the latest version of the SAP NetWeaver technology platform.
Here’s an overview of the product highlights covered in this article:
SAP Business One and SAP Business ByDesign go mobile
In 2010, SAP Business One and SAP Business ByDesign became available in app format on Apple’s App Store. Customers who purchased SAP Business One 8.8 this year can make use of the corresponding app, as well; for more, see “Free for iPhone: SAP Business One.”
At the IBIS conference held back in January in Würzburg, Germany, Peter Lorenz – executive vice president of SAP software for small businesses and midsize companies – showed a select group of attendees how SAP Business ByDesign works on iPhone (more details available in “SAP Business ByDesign Goes Mobile”). For example, the app updates all current tasks with a good shake of the device, whose touchscreen also makes the software easy to use.
The SAP Business ByDesign app enables you to manage accounts and contacts, as well as create orders while on the move. It covers all of a company’s key business processes, including finances, accounting, and purchasing.
To obtain more details and download these apps, follow these links:
Meanwhile, Apple’s devices aren’t the only ones in demand; smartphones running on the Android operating system are also on the rise. For more on Android-supported BI software from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio, click here.
SAP Business ByDesign 2.5
Feature pack 2.5 has now integrated GoYellow, Map24, and news services into SAP Business ByDesign, while the browser plug-in Microsoft Silverlight enables you to connect groupware applications, Microsoft Office programs, and IBM Lotus Sametime software.
Since July, the on-demand solution has been available in three starter packages. The CRM edition handles crucial marketing functions and is the least expensive of the three, with each license costing €79 per month (10 licenses minimum). The ERP package runs customers a €24,900 one-time fee and €133 every month, and the Professional Service starter set €34,900 and €133, respectively.
According to SAP, customers can go live with the software in as little as three weeks. To read through everything once more, point your browser here.
Developing apps in two minutes – impossible? Not with SAP Gateway, a project presented at the Berlin SAP TechEd event that now offers an interface between SAP Business Suite and development environments. Programmers can use it to create mini-programs even without knowledge of ABAP.
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SAP HANA: Family-Size Data at Two-Seater Speed
Storing your data directly in server memory rather than on hard drives enables you to access it much more quickly and conduct real-time analysis. Read on for all the details on SAP High Performance Analytic Appliance.
Announcing SAP NetWeaver 7.3
As mentioned, SAP technology head Vishal Sikka presented the new version (7.3) of the SAP NetWeaver technology platform at this year’s SAP TechEd event. SAP.info has all the details on the latest functions and what admins should pay attention to during migration.
Exclusive: Introducing SAP Landscape Transformation
Particularly in the course of mergers and acquisitions, companies often have no choice but to restructure their IT systems. SAP Landscape Transformation is the software that helps in making the necessary adjustments and planning transformation scenarios.
SAP Carbon Impact 5.0
Save energy, reduce waste, minimize CO2 emissions – SAP Carbon Impact helps protect the environment in a variety of ways. Based on preconfigured dashboards, this on-demand software calculates emissions along supply and logistics chains and can even determine the most environmentally friendly means of transportation for a given business trip. Meanwhile, SAP Carbon Impact is more than just for companies seeking a green seal of approval; chemical plants and similar facilities can also use it to fulfill legal requirements.
SAP Crystal Presentation Design
SAP Crystal Presentation Design is business intelligence software anyone can use to transform Microsoft Excel files into interactive graphics and dashboards with just a Web browser. Forecasts are also possible, and you can save the graphics you generate in Microsoft Office or Adobe PDF formats.
SAP Business One 8.8: SAP’s Mini-ERP
The very first time you start up this new release, you’ll notice its new graphical user interface. Meanwhile, the application covers processes in 70 industries and now includes new features for finance, accounting, and picking, along with BI functions from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio.
Mobile Software from Sybase
In acquiring Sybase this year, SAP added an abundance of mobile software to its own product portfolio. Sybase Mobile Sales, for example now offers a slimmed-down version of SAP CRM for both iPhone and BlackBerry, while Sybase Mobile Workflow for SAP Business Suite enables users to access functions in SAP’s core applications while away from the office.
To find out about mobile banking software on offer and what’s behind the names Afaria and Sybase Unwired Platform, check out these links:
Early in 2010, we tested SAP StreamWork when it was still known as Constellation. This on-demand collaboration software is now officially available to anyone who wants to bring the functions of Facebook into the office, from chatting and networking to sharing documents and working on projects together. Interested in testing SAP StreamWork? Read up on the details here.
SAP Friend Network Optimizer
Meanwhile, SAP is hardly a stranger to Facebook itself. SAP Friend Network Optimizer is a tool with which users can monitor their Facebook activities and follow what other community members are doing. The free application – which is based on SAP Crystal Reports – was already the subject of a SAP.info test drive.