Seven SAP software packages you can download and use for free
Whether it’s dashboard software, databases, cloud services, or smartphone apps, the SAP portfolio contains numerous products private individuals can use for as long as they wish at absolutely no cost. In this article, we introduce you to these free programs, fill you in on the limitations they may have, and show you where they are available for download.
Full versions of software
We have specifically selected programs that are not test versions with time limits. SAP does offer trials of many of its products, however; interested users can try out nearly the entire SAP BusinessObjects portfolio, for example, at no cost for 30 days. For an overview and links to the current trial versions, simply visit the SAP BusinessObjects homepage.
Free SAP access through smartphones
A series of apps now makes it possible to access SAP systems from smartphones and tablet PCs. With these tailored mini-programs, SAP is currently catering to iPhone users in particular, but versions for Android-based devices and Apple’s iPad are also on the rise. Most of the apps are free, as is the mobile system access they provide. Those from SAP’s partners, however, often involve fees. Below, we introduce three intriguing iPhone apps from SAP; you can read up on similar exciting offerings in the articles “Best Business Apps for iPad” and “Best Business Apps for iPhone.”
SAP Business ByDesign 2.5
SAP Business ByDesign is essentially only accessible by Web browser, with the corresponding data housed in the SAP cloud. SAP’s on-demand ERP solution is thus tailor-made for mobile access. Since mid-September 2010, an app version of SAP Business ByDesign has been available for iPhone on Apple’s App Store. A variant optimized for iPad is set to follow yet this year.
The app enables companies that make general use of SAP Business ByDesign to access the areas of finance, accounting, and purchasing in the solution.
SAP BusinessObjects Explorer was the first software SAP began offering as an iPhone app. With it, users can access in-memory data records in installations of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator (SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator); for more details, check out the articles “Grafik aus Daten” and “Turbo für Datenanalysen.” As such, this functionality requires an installation of SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator, but the app itself is available free of charge.
Combined with the aforementioned SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand, customers can also analyze data while on the move without the need for an extensive IT landscape – and at no cost! To find out about the specifics, turn to the article “Cloud for Free: BI on iPhone.”
Sales employees – including those in the field – are having to rely more and more on real-time data from their company’s network. The free app Sybase Mobile Sales & Workflow can help by facilitating access to SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) and other elements of SAP Business Suite 7. This does, however, require the Sybase Unwired Platform to serve as the interface between users’ smartphones and the target SAP system. For more details on how this works, check out “iPhone App for SAP Business Suite” (link to http://www.news-sap.com/sybase-mobile-software/31114).
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