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Re-evaluate Purchasing and Deployment Plans While SAP Replatforms Business ByDesign on Hana

Published: 30 January 2014

ID: G00259086

Analyst(s): Christian Hestermann, Nigel Rayner, Nigel Montgomery

Summary

SAP plans to replatform its SaaS ERP Business ByDesign on top of Hana, and delay the development of additional business functionality. New prospects and existing customers need to re-evaluate their purchasing and deployment plans.

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Impacts and Recommendations

  • SAP's decision to replatform Business ByDesign to Hana means a reduction of investment in business-relevant functionality; therefore, application leaders must review existing deployment plans
  • SAP has not publicly unveiled the future positioning nor detailed road maps for further functional enhancements, which makes planning future deployments by midmarket companies more difficult
  • The number of existing and planned country localizations is comparably small, affecting large enterprises that want to use Business ByDesign for smaller remote subsidiaries, but SAP will not certify localizations built by third parties

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