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November 14, 2019
Henry Winchonlong | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
  • Regarding the functionality, SAP Business ByDesign can improve some logistics functions and additionally should improve the data entries to update exchange rates.
  • About the licensing, there are many types of licenses and it is very confusing to distinguish them.
  • The mobile apps are confusing and they do not have the same functions as the web version.
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December 03, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Managing projects and people
  • Prepare invoices
  • Tracking/following flows
  • 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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February 15, 2018
Brandon Knight | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Reporting- Users can slice and dice data very easily to generate the desired information views
  • Integrating Data- Financial data and sales data reside in a single platform
  • Help- Embedded help features, tons of online forums, chat help, etc
  • At times the system can be a bit tedious, what I mean by that is multiple clicks to complete a simple task.
  • Complexity can be an issue, but the system does allow for configuration to match complexity with user role
  • Internet Access- Cloud only system if our local internet is out, access can be challenging. We used mobile hotspots when needed and this worked fine.
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September 18, 2015
Rod Taubman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Reporting is fantastic and is based on SAP's Business Objects design allowing a drag and drop UI for creating the fields you're interested in with the right views and filters
  • The Project Management controls are perfectly integrated into the solution allowing tight controls and easy set-up of projects. Everything flows smoothly from creating tasks in a gantt style control to being able to be entered into a timesheet. A PM can see project health from a cockpit view and make necessary decisions.
  • I am waiting for ByD to fully move away from the Silverlight dependance to being full on HTML5. Apparently this will happen over the next year.
  • There are many areas requiring multiple clicks to navigate that can be simplified. For example drilling down on expense claims; if you would like to navigate from a description to viewing a image of a receipt there could be around 8 clicks of navigation to move between the two (this is the worst case example btw)
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July 08, 2014
Larry Peck, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • It is very easy to customize settings, and process flows, but not functionality.
  • It is easy to see what is open and what is completed.
  • It easy to get data out of the system.
  • It is difficult to get reports that tie sales order (materials) with projects (labor and T&E). This has to be done in Excel.
  • Approvals involve multiple steps.
  • Hard to enter expense reports and review expense reports.
  • Microsoft Silverlight is slow as opposed to Adobe Flash
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March 27, 2015
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Provides a complete source for financial data
  • Allows web-based access from anywhere with service
  • When we first began using it, there was no function for housing budget data for comparison with actual performance. An Excel-based tool had to be created to address this glaring shortcoming.
  • It can be slow at times
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July 15, 2014
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • The user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. You can easily drill down to the accounting info that you need for each transaction.
  • All items in a transaction are linked well (supplier invoice, delivery confirmation, payment, associated journal entries, etc.)
  • Until the recent announcement of changing the platform, SAP was good at issuing regular updates to ByDesign.
  • ByDesign is not well equipped for large companies that need to be SOX-Compliant. For example, there is not a way to prevent the same person from creating and posting their own journal entries without approval. Documentation work-arounds are needed.
  • In many instances error descriptions are not adequate to resolve a problem. Errors are caught in the Closing Cockpit, but the error descriptions are usually not specific enough to resolve the problem.
  • Since the program is cloud based and the company is in Germany, it can be very slow to respond to requests; particularly when running large reports.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Benefit plan administration (1)
Direct deposit files (1)
Salary revision and increment management (2)
Reimbursement management (2)
API for custom integration (4)
Plug-ins (5)
Single sign-on capability (4)
Role-based user permissions (5)
Dashboards (5)
Standard reports (5)
Custom reports (5)
Accounts payable (4)
Accounts receivable (4)
Global Financial Support (2)
Primary and Secondary Ledgers (2)
Intercompany Accounting (3)
Localizations (3)
Journals and Reconciliations (2)
Enterprise Accounting (3)
Configurable Accounting (2)
Centralized Rules Framework (1)
Standardized Processes (1)
Inventory tracking (4)
Automatic reordering (3)
Location management (3)
Manufacturing module (2)
Pricing (4)
Order entry (4)
Credit card processing (1)
Cost of goods sold (4)
Order Orchestration (2)
End-to-end order visibility (2)
Order exception Resolution (2)
Automated Invoice Processing (2)
Shared Services Payments (2)
Billings Management (3)
Customer Receipt Applications (2)
Customer Collections (2)
Revenue Recognition (3)
Cash Management (2)
Asset Management (2)
Travel & Expense Management (2)
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting (1)
Period Close (2)
Transactions Tax (1)
Subledger Reconciliations (2)
Budgeting and Forecasting (1)
Project Costing (2)
Cost Capture (2)
Capital Project Management (2)
Customer Invoicing (2)
Customer Contract Compliance (1)
Project Revenue Recognition (2)
Project Financial Performance Analysis (2)
Project Financials Dashboard (2)
Real-time Financial Reporting (2)
Embedded Business Intelligence (2)
Project Planning Collaboration (2)
Project Planning and Scheduling (3)
Project Manager Dashboard (3)
Resource Manager Dashboard (2)
Task Insight for Project Managers (2)
Project Manager Mobile Functionality (2)
Team Member Task Collaboration (1)
Real-Time Project Reporting (1)
Award Lifecycle Management (1)
Spending Control (1)
Billing (1)
Sourcing Analysis (1)
Bids Analyzed and Compared (1)
Invoice Automated Matching (1)
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated (1)
Spend Compliance Management (1)
Supplier Management (1)
Inventory Visibility (3)
Warehouse Workforce Management (2)
Production Process Design (3)
Supply Chain Business Flows (3)
Production Management (3)
Contracted Manufacturing Management (1)
Configuration Management (2)
Work Definition (1)
Work Execution (2)
Advanced Fulfillment (2)
Manufacturing Costs (3)
Forecasting (3)
Inventory Planning (3)
Multi-tier Supply Chain Planning (2)
Performance Monitoring (2)

What is SAP Business ByDesign?

SAP Business ByDesign (ByD) is a cloud enterprise resource planning software (Cloud ERP) that is sold and operated as software as a service (SaaS) by SAP SE. It is designed for small to medium-sized enterprises as well as subsidiary businesses. The software is designed to provide business processes across application areas from financials to human resources with embedded business analytics, mobility, e-learning, and support.

SAP Business ByDesign is built on the principles of a service-oriented architecture (SOA). The underlying technology is leveraging SAP's in-memory HANA database.

A comprehensive set of prepackaged integrations as well as SOAP and oData webservices ensure easy integrations to other SAP or non-SAP applications.

The main application areas:

  • Financial Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Project Management and Professional Service Automation
  • Supplier Relationship Management and Procurement
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Fund and Grant Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Executive support and compliance management.

ByDesign is deployed in 144 countries and supports 12 languages.

SAP Business ByDesign is available for a monthly software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscription, based on a base package, user types, and number of users. The price includes hosting, unlimited storage, access to all application areas (see above), support etc.

Updates are delivered automatically four times a year with no IT staff required.

SAP Business ByDesign Features

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting Features

Has featureAccounts payable
Has featureAccounts receivable
Has featureGlobal Financial Support
Has featurePrimary and Secondary Ledgers
Has featureIntercompany Accounting
Has featureLocalizations
Has featureJournals and Reconciliations
Has featureEnterprise Accounting
Has featureConfigurable Accounting
Has featureCentralized Rules Framework
Has featureStandardized Processes

Subledger and Financial Process Features

Has featureAutomated Invoice Processing
Has featureShared Services Payments
Has featureBillings Management
Has featureCustomer Receipt Applications
Has featureCustomer Collections
Has featureRevenue Recognition
Has featureCash Management
Has featureAsset Management
Has featureTravel & Expense Management
Has featureBudgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Has featurePeriod Close
Has featureTransactions Tax
Has featureSubledger Reconciliations

Inventory Management Features

Has featureInventory tracking
Has featureAutomatic reordering
Has featureLocation management
Has featureManufacturing module

Order Management Features

Has featurePricing
Has featureOrder entry
Has featureCredit card processing
Has featureCost of goods sold
Has featureOrder Orchestration
Has featureEnd-to-end order visibility
Has featureOrder exception Resolution

Payroll Management Features

Has featureSalary revision and increment management
Has featureReimbursement management

Reporting & Analytics Features

Has featureDashboards
Has featureStandard reports
Has featureCustom reports

Customization Features

Has featureAPI for custom integration
Has featurePlug-ins

Security Features

Has featureRole-based user permissions
Has featureSingle sign-on capability
Has featureMulti-factor authentication
Has featureUser-level audit trail

Grants Management Features

Has featureAward Lifecycle Management
Has featureSpending Control
Has featureIndirect Cost Management
Has featureBilling

Project Financial Management Features

Has featureBudgeting and Forecasting
Has featureProject Costing
Has featureCost Capture
Has featureCapital Project Management
Has featureCustomer Invoicing
Has featureCustomer Contract Compliance
Has featureProject Revenue Recognition
Has featureProject Financial Performance Analysis
Has featureProject Financials Dashboard
Has featureReal-time Financial Reporting
Has featureEmbedded Business Intelligence
Has featureProject Planning Collaboration

Project Execution Management Features

Has featureProject Planning and Scheduling
Has featureProject Manager Dashboard
Has featureResource Manager Dashboard
Has featureTask Insight for Project Managers
Has featureProject Manager Mobile Functionality
Has featureTeam Member Task Collaboration
Has featureTeam Member Mobile Functionality
Has featureProject Candidate Search
Has featureDefineable Resource Pools
Has featureDefineable Resource Pools
Has featureTalent Profiles
Has featureReal-Time Project Reporting
Has featureAbsence Management

Procurement Features

Has featureSourcing Analysis
Has featureBids Analyzed and Compared
Has featureCatalog Shopping E-Commerce for Employees
Has featureInvoice Automated Matching
Has featureRequisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated
Has featureSpend Compliance Management
Has featureSupplier Management

Logistics Features

Has featureInventory Visibility
Has featureWarehouse Workforce Management

Manufacturing Features

Has featureProduction Process Design
Has featureSupply Chain Business Flows
Has featureProduction Management
Has featureConfiguration Management
Has featureWork Execution
Has featureAdvanced Fulfillment
Has featureManufacturing Costs

Supply Chain Features

Has featureForecasting
Has featureInventory Planning
Has featureMulti-tier Supply Chain Planning
Has featurePerformance Monitoring
Additional Features
Has featureLead and Opportunity Management
Has featureQuality Management
Has featureAfter Sales Service

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SAP Business ByDesign Downloadables

SAP Business ByDesign Integrations

SAP Business ByDesign Competitors

SAP Business ByDesign Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?Optional

SAP Business ByDesign is available for a monthly software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscription, based on a base package, user types, and number of users.

SAP Business ByDesign Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)
Enterprises (> 500 employees)

SAP Business ByDesign Support Options

 Free Version
Live Chat
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar

SAP Business ByDesign Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mobile Web
Supported Countries:Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom (UK), United States (US), Albania (Partner localized), Algeria (Partner localized), Bahrain (Partner localized), Belarus (Partner localized), Bosnia (Partner localized), Bulgaria (Partner localized), Chile (Partner localized), Columbia (Partner localized), Costa Rica (Partner localized), Croatia (Partner localized), Czech Repubilc (Partner localized), Ecuador (Partner localized), El Salvador (Partner localized), Guatemala (Partner localized), Honduras (Partner localized), Kazakhstan (Partner localized), Kuwait (Partner localized), Lebanon (Partner localized), Montenegro (Partner localized), Morocco (Partner localized), Egypt (Partner localized), Oman (Partner localized), Panama (Partner localized), Peru (Partner localized), Poland (Partner localized), Qatar (Partner localized), Romania (Partner localized), Serbia (Partner localized), Slovenia (Partner localized), Sweden (Partner localized), Ukraine (Partner localized), Thailand (Partner localized)
Supported Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Dutch, simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Hebrew