It’s finally time: Since the middle of last year, the talk at numerous events has been of SAP Business ByDesign going mobile – first for iPhone and later for iPad. Version 2.5 of the modern ERP solution, which some refer to as “SAP Business Suite Lite,” arrived for the former device in September 2010, and now it’s the Apple tablet’s turn.
SAP Business ByDesign – otherwise only accessible by Web browser – is now available for iPad and the imminent iPad 2. And you won’t even need a license to run some tests and take your first steps with the app’s demo version.
Dashboard: worksheets, graphics, and printing
The worksheets that constitute the SAP Business ByDesign app’s organizational basis are stored under the menu “My Worksheets.” It’s possible to clearly arrange one or more graphics and their underlying data on one worksheet, and a swipe of the finger can transform the size and content of these objects in a wide variety of ways not yet seen on iPad. The dashboard app demonstrates how much SAP has invested in intuitive user interfaces, not least through its acquisition of BusinessObjects. While highly robust, the app’s functional scope never overwhelms the user with options.
Printing in Windows and Mac OS
This ease of use – along with an integrated help function available in four languages – enables even neophyte business users to jump right into SAP Business ByDesign 2.6. Before getting started, simply open the app’s settings to activate the log files and enter your SAP account information. You can also skip this step by accessing a demo mode that already includes some example data, enabling you to get right down to trying out the app’s graphical analyses and corresponding report output.
Finally, the SAP Business ByDesign app even makes it possible to print out charts and graphics straight from your iPad, no matter whether you’re on-site with a customer or back at the office. Doing so merely requires the device’s latest firmware (iOS 4.2.1) and an active AirPrint service (under Windows or Mac OS).