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Everything You Want to Know About SAP Business ByDesign Answered in 5 Easy Questions

SAP Business ByDesign – Top 5 Questions


  1. Why do I need it?

SAP Business ByDesign is a cloud based, rapid deployment solution which is available any-time and from anywhere.

It covers you for finance, CRM, manufacturing, supply chain management, project management and much more.

The software gives you end to end business processes which streamline your business and make you more efficient.

It will give you much better business intelligence than you would get with disparate systems.

Being cloud hosted, you can save money on infrastructure and hardware costs.

On top of all this, you would be trusting your business software to the undisputed world leader.  SAP is at the centre of most of the best businesses.  They help the world run better and they can help you run better too.


  1. Is my business too small for SAP?

It’s a myth that SAP is only for big businesses.  SAP have developed Business ByDesign specifically to help the mid-sized business market achieve their goals and accelerate success.

SAP Business ByDesign, launched in 2007, was architected for the cloud using the accumulated knowledge of thousands of other implementations in larger companies.  SAP Business ByDesign is a software solution which is differentiated in that you benefit from the software design without all the added complexities which might be overkill for SMEs.

It is designed specifically around the ways a business grows and develops.  As a result, the built in, end-to-end business process scenarios (like order to cash, intercompany stock transfers etc) have been developed in accordance with business growth patterns.  Perfect for mid-sized and rapid growing business.

It is often used by subsidiaries of larger enterprise companies who run on bigger versions of SAP.


  1. How much does it cost?

It’s a subscription based model (SaaS – Software as a Service).  The cost of the solution depends upon the number of users you require and their role within the company.  An enterprise user will cost more than a team user or a self-service user example.  And you need to have a minimum number of 25 users in order to gain access to the system.

A self-service user can cost between $11-24 per month depending on the levels of access required.  A CRM user is typically $89 per month and an Enterprise User costs between $149-199.

You will also have year one implementation costs (and possibly some ongoing support costs if you require additional support).

Your SAP Business ByDesign solution provider will be able to tailor the solution to your requirements and negotiate the best deal for you on subscription licenses.


  1. What are the system requirements?

SAP Business ByDesign is supported by most MS Windows versions from Vista up and also by Mac.

You will only need 1-2GB of RAM and Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz or faster

Minimum network requirements are Upstream: 1Mbps, Downstream: 1Mbps and 200ms of latency (or better)

The only other software you need is Microsoft Silverlight 5.1 or higher and Adobe Reader 8.1.3 or higher


  1. Where do I sign up?

You can talk to SAP directly or you can go through a solution partner like Cofficient.  SAP publish details about SAP Recognised Expertise partners on this portal.

Cofficient are recognised for expertise in the SAP Business ByDesign Solution, as well as in the Pharmaceutical and Finance sectors.

Whoever you decide to engage with, make sure they know your industry and come with plenty of business acumen.

To talk to someone about how to leverage the power of SAP Business ByDesign get in touch with one of our dedicated SAP consultants here


Written by Emma Stewart – Sales and Marketing Director at Cofficient

We provision smart cloud based business software to SMEs across the UK