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In a partner call on Monday SAP delivered a first roadmap for SAP Business ByDesign in 2014. Besides the already committed new releases 2013.11 and 2014.02 SAP committed now also the releases 2014.05, 2014.08 and 2014.11 to partners.
Contrary to report from October (http://www.wiwo.de/unternehmen/it/wartung-der-software-sap-stoppt-milliardenprojekt-business-by-design/8953320.html) SAP also committed further investments in new functionality. With releases in 2014 SAP plans to deliver improvements for different areas/processes of SAP Business ByDesign and for different target groups. For example improvements are planned for whole sales companies in general and in finance processes and in the engineer to order process.
SAP will also encourage their country roadmap with localizations for new countries and improvements for existing ones.
Another big point in the roadmap is a better enablement of partners to enhance the solution with own developments (Add-Ons). In past for those Add-Ons there were often some technical restrictions which SAP will now eliminate; target is a more open programing model.
How already reported (http://www.pcworld.com/article/2056821/saps-sikka-business-bydesign-will-live-on.html) SAP will also invest in platform development which means the move of all cloud solutions including SAP Business ByDesign to the HANA platform. This move is not only a move to the HANA database, it means a move to a new application server (HANA XS) and other related HANA technology.
In this call SAP definitely committed that SAP Business ByDesign will be a key pillar in their cloud strategy in future.