SAP Business ByDesign vs. SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SAP Business ByDesign
Score 7.4 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
SAP Business ByDesign is SAP's cloud ERP suite offering, launched in 2007, designed for the SMB market. The product includes a broad range of capabilities including financials, human resources, sales, procurement, customer service, and supply chain. Business ByDesign is a new platform, delivered entirely through a SaaS model, with functionality that overlaps somewhat with BusinessOne, which is also an SMB product, although not a true SaaS product.N/A
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
SAP S/4HANA Cloud is a modular cloud ERP software designed for every business need – powered by AI and analytics. SAP S/4HANA Cloud enables users to run mission-critical operations in real time from anywhere, introduce new business models in an industry, and expand globally. It can be deployed either on premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid combination for quicker time-to-value.
$0
per month FUE users*
Pricing
SAP Business ByDesignSAP S/4HANA Cloud
Editions & Modules
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SAP S/4HANA Cloud
Custom Pricing
per month FUE users*
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SAP Business ByDesignSAP S/4HANA Cloud
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalRequired
Additional DetailsSAP Business ByDesign is available for a monthly software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscription, based on a base package, user types, and number of users.* FUE = Full user equivalent, which allows flexible customer choice among: 1 Advanced user, 3 Core-users, or 30 self-service users per FUE. Minimum purchase is 35 FUEs.
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Community Pulse
SAP Business ByDesignSAP S/4HANA Cloud
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
SAP Business ByDesignSAP S/4HANA Cloud
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
8.4
2 Ratings
15% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
7.7
250 Ratings
7% above category average
Benefit plan administration4.51 Ratings7.3213 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.11 Ratings7.4211 Ratings
Pay calculation00 Ratings7.4210 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
9.2
5 Ratings
23% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
7.2
365 Ratings
1% below category average
API for custom integration9.24 Ratings7.2350 Ratings
Plug-ins9.25 Ratings7.2321 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
9.3
5 Ratings
13% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
8.3
420 Ratings
2% above category average
Single sign-on capability9.04 Ratings8.5393 Ratings
Role-based user permissions9.65 Ratings8.0413 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
9.2
5 Ratings
27% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
7.4
424 Ratings
6% above category average
Dashboards8.85 Ratings7.2394 Ratings
Standard reports9.25 Ratings7.6418 Ratings
Custom reports9.65 Ratings7.3391 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
8.7
5 Ratings
13% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
8.3
418 Ratings
8% above category average
Accounts payable9.24 Ratings8.1416 Ratings
Accounts receivable9.24 Ratings8.0398 Ratings
Global Financial Support9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations8.82 Ratings00 Ratings
Configurable Accounting9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Standardized Processes8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
9.1
4 Ratings
15% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
7.9
364 Ratings
1% above category average
Inventory tracking9.24 Ratings8.1355 Ratings
Automatic reordering10.03 Ratings7.8310 Ratings
Location management8.03 Ratings7.0299 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
8.5
4 Ratings
9% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
8.0
380 Ratings
3% above category average
Pricing9.24 Ratings7.9360 Ratings
Order entry9.24 Ratings8.5369 Ratings
Credit card processing4.51 Ratings7.323 Ratings
Cost of goods sold9.24 Ratings8.1349 Ratings
Order Orchestration9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
9.2
3 Ratings
22% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
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Ratings
Billing Management8.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Period Close9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
9.2
2 Ratings
19% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
-
Ratings
Budgeting and Forecasting10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Costing9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost Capture9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Capital Project Management9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
8.3
3 Ratings
19% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
-
Ratings
Project Planning and Scheduling9.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Grants Management
Comparison of Grants Management features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
10.0
1 Ratings
28% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
-
Ratings
Award Lifecycle Management10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
8.0
1 Ratings
14% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
-
Ratings
Bids Analyzed and Compared8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Supplier Management8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Logistics
Comparison of Logistics features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
9.2
3 Ratings
29% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
-
Ratings
Warehouse Workforce Management9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
9.0
3 Ratings
18% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
-
Ratings
Production Process Design9.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Production Management9.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Configuration Management8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Work Execution8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing Costs9.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
SAP Business ByDesign
8.6
3 Ratings
17% above category average
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
-
Ratings
Forecasting9.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Planning9.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Monitoring8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 10
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Score 7.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
SAP Business ByDesignSAP S/4HANA Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
9.6
(7 ratings)
8.5
(481 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(3 ratings)
8.9
(10 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.1
(374 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.4
(75 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
SAP Business ByDesignSAP S/4HANA Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
SAP
Do you plan on going public at some point? If so, this may not be the best solution for you
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SAP
SAP S/4HANA Cloud leverages an in-memory database, allowing for real-time data processing and analytics. This enables organizations to make informed decisions based on up-to-the-minute information S/4HANA Cloud integrates various business modules, including finance, procurement, sales, manufacturing, and supply chain. This integration facilitates seamless data flow across different functional areas
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Pros
SAP
  • I like the ease of use and the implementation methodology.
  • With SAP Business ByDesign you can integrate other systems with Web Services, and data technology to get information easy and fast.
  • SAP Business ByDesign includes an Analytics Module to create new reports in regards to your needs.
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SAP
  • Complete production cycle, right from planning to final product manufacturing.
  • Keeping all documents in one place, with ability to upload important stuff against the particular entries.
  • Maintain trail of any changes made to data, validations at the right places and methodological working of each process
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Cons
SAP
  • Time off request could be better. Right now, there is no option for sick time
  • It crashes often
  • Customization could be better
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SAP
  • The complex integration we have with ERPs make it difficult to move or upgrade to SAP S4 HANA. Reimplementing all integrations and not impact business is a challenge
  • Requires a lot of tedious testing so that no role or function is impacted
  • Very time consuming to implement or upgrade. For large corporations it would take years to slowly migrate to S4HANA
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Likelihood to Renew
SAP
SAP BYD work centers are consistent and easy to navigate once you understand one work center. The document flow tab that is in each window allows one to see all related transactions. Document flow is important because one is able to see the flow of transactions and can therefore reverse transactions by following the document flow in reverse. It is possible to group items in each overview screen to see what items are open. The system is working as hoped.
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SAP
The cost of SAP as an ERP is quite high and the switching costs associated with ERP systems are even higher. That being said moving from one ERP to another only happens once in a great while for large organizations. Those switching costs include retraining, IT hardware requirements, outside consultants and more
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Usability
SAP
Because SAP Business ByDesign allows us to improve our work, reduce the operational steps, implement audit controls, allows us found standard reports or it allows us to create new ones if you need more than the exists are enough for your work or your needs. Overall, SAP Business ByDesign allows us to standardize our operations, enhance our work, improve our skills, work over a web environment or mobile interface.
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SAP
Modern User Interface:
The system features a contemporary and visually appealing interface, promoting a more engaging user experience.
Role-Based Access:
Users access role-specific dashboards and functionalities, ensuring a personalized experience tailored to their responsibilities.
Intuitive Navigation:
Streamlined menus and navigation paths contribute to an intuitive user experience, reducing the learning curve for new users.
Responsive Design:
The platform is designed to be responsive across various devices, allowing users to access information and perform tasks on desktops, tablets, or mobile devices
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Support Rating
SAP
The Business ByDesign support is stablished since you contract the service with SAP. SAP resolves according to the service level agreement. Currently, we continue with the service and we are using the support channels available. We are receiving the support. The SAP support gets an incident and after that, they contact us to resolve the incident, if necessary, they set the meeting to understand it or we explain the incident
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SAP
The technical support received by the ITT design teams and OS implementation team has been very useful in ensuring that the SAP ERP is well-tailored to our company's specific needs and operations. This coupled with the training materials, business process maps, and concept demos (sand-box demos) makes adoption easy on end-users.
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Implementation Rating
SAP
I recommend implementing all workshops during the ERP selection that you need to know very well about the ERP software. It allows us to gather information to accurate the plan of the project implementation. Additionally, we must reach the high-level commitment to achieve the main goals, to define the RACI matrix and communicate to all project stakeholders.
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SAP
Implementation was as expected. We had minor issues with our Z* transactions, but nothing special. Some tables were extended and needed regeneration. Overall satisfactions is good.
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Alternatives Considered
SAP
ByDesign stacks up well against the competition. Companies that do multiple things are usually the best fit (manufacturing, distribution, and service). The more 'modules' used, the fewer competitors will be able to meet the company's needs. It is not inexpensive, but if the needs of the company have the complexity from either a global perspective and need localizations and foreign currency, or a volume perspective and need resources greater than what can be easily housed on-premise, ByDesign should be a top consideration.
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SAP
In our quest for an ERP solution, we evaluated alternatives such as Oracle ERP Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics 365. However, SAP S/4HANA Cloud's reputation for advanced analytics, scalability, and seamless integration with other SAP solutions made it the natural choice for our organization's digital journey.
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Return on Investment
SAP
  • Positive - Access to the real-time reporting allowing for faster decision making especially when fixed price projects are heading into an over budget position.
  • Positive - Complex KPI can now be tracked and as a consequence intensive plans can be made to capitalise on this level of reporting. Staff also have clear visibility over their own performance.
  • Negative - We are a bit on the small side at 30 employees for a ByD solution so it was relatively expensive for us. It would be a much better value preposition above 50 employees.
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SAP
  • Cost Savings and Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO):
  • While the initial implementation costs might be significant, the centralized data management and automation features can lead to cost savings over time. This might be achieved through reduced manual labor, better inventory control, optimized procurement processes, and streamlined operations, resulting in a lower TCO.
  • Better Visibility and Compliance:
  • The system's ability to offer comprehensive data visibility can enhance compliance efforts, mitigating risks and ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements. This can lead to reduced fines or penalties related to non-compliance issues.
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ScreenShots

SAP Business ByDesign Screenshots

Screenshot of With the embedded analytics of SAP Business ByDesign this is easily possible for key users or end users to define dashboards that contain tailored reports and KPIs for their roleScreenshot of Screenshot of SAP Business ByDesign comes with many reports pre-delivered by SAP. Customers can easily create additional reports or KPIsScreenshot of For each business document in ByDesign you can open the document flow, which shows you in a graphical the predecessor and successor business docuemnts as well as any associated accounting documents. This shows at what point you are in the entire business process.Screenshot of SAP Business ByDesign includes a Project Management module that is integrated with CRM to sell and bill projects, with HR to staff projects, and with SCM and SRM for procurement.Screenshot of The Financial Closing business scenario helps you to perform financial period-end closing activities to ensure correct financial statements, such as Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Cash Flow Statement. The Closing Cockpit helps to minimize the risk of missing important steps or incorrect timing.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Screenshots

Screenshot of the Order to Cash Dashboard - For the management of the order-to-cash process more efficiently across revenue streams and business models - including sales of physical and digital goods, services, subscriptions, projects, and bundles.Screenshot of Sales Management Overview - Helps ensure sales reps meet their goals with an overview of orders and key sales performance metrics, with status tracking for each order in real time for the early detection of potential issues.Screenshot of Purchasing Spend Dashboard - For weighing various aspects of purchasing spend through quick access to clear, complete, and real-time data, with less risk, and without opening different reports and transactions.Screenshot of Operational Supplier Evaluation - Provides a transparent overview of suppliers. Users can approve the most reliable vendors and get the right mix to serve business needs while reducing risk.Screenshot of Inventory Management - Provides visibility to manage supply chains, to mitigate risk, avoid unnecessary costs, maximize efficiency, and fulfill customer orders on time.Screenshot of Inventory Processing - Enables real-time supply chain visibility and provides meaningful metrics, with customizable dashboards and reports that display real-time inventory that track the status of inbound and outbound deliveries.