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SAP Business ByDesign Localization 2016: roadmap and update

During the past months the team continuously increased their effort to position SAP Business ByDesign for the LE subsidiary integration use case. Today, we see many of our customers with an international growth strategy running companies and their operation outside their home country. As a matter of fact, current SAP ByD customers run companies in 94 countries and we count more than 210 Million Accounting Documents created into ByD tenants! We count more than 400 customers running ByD in “non-localized countries”.

How is that possible? Simply, SAP ByD delivers an architecture and services that supports the ability to accompany the customer in whatever location his business runs. In order to manage such customer requirements, an important strategic investment to support the “subsidiaries business” was launched last year. Thus, our partner (and less extend customers) ecosystem invest on developing for “non-localized countries” leveraging the localization service map approach.

A few days ago, we run another interactive webinar to our customers, partners and SAP team colleagues sharing the most important information on Localization@SAP ByD. Among others, the most important topics discussed were about:

  1. Concept of Standard localized versus pre-localized country. The teams explained its value by scoping the countries into customer system for instance getting Tax codes ( e.g. Purchase, sales, product, withholding taxes…) Generic Customer Facing form template ( e.g. Logistics and Financials); special features to support country specific payment procedures; Generic ERM functionality. Last but not least, depending on the country, selected transactional processes or statutory reports are covered (e.g. MYF Tax Report Greece).
  2. New countries such as Singapore, UAE and Malaysia added to the list 11 pre-localized countries.
  3. Key User Translation Tool planned. It allows ByD customers to: translate ByD Work Centers such as Purchase Requests and Orders, Sales Orders, Supplier Invoice etc. into languages that are not supported by SAP (e.g. Norwegian); adapt distinct texts so that they fit into the customer domain and terminology. not only static UI texts, such as Work Centers and Views, but also application texts like fields, codes (value help), and messages, the ability to transfer “Text Pools” using MS Excel Export/Import.
  4. Team shared the idea of having Legal Change Notification Service in ByD for informing partners/customers on Legal Changes
  5. Updated Country Version List (about 168 entries recorded) as a tool to help customers, channel partners or SAP sales team to understand what country is offered by SAP or our advanced partners offering country versions such as Seidor(MX), erplogic (IN), NEC (JP) or InCloud solutions (UK) or SAP Cloud Service Center among other partners.
  6. Provided transparency on SAP ByD metrics to explain “country in use” by picking a) country scoped by customer and b) creation of Accounting Documents during last 4 weeks as part of the localization fee in the price list.All this information is posted in our Localization community (counting about 320 members in SAP JAM). If you don’t have access today but are a SAP ByD customer or partner, please contact mailto:Steffen.six@sap.comor to grant your access.


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Additional documentation:
SAP Business ByDesign Globalization Capabilities for European Countries
SAP Business ByDesign Globalization Capabilities for Countries in Africa and the Middle East
SAP Business ByDesign Globalization Capabilities for Asia Pacific Countries

SAP BusinessByDesign Globalization Capabilities for Countries in the Americas

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      Author's profile photo Stefan Pammer
      Stefan Pammer

      Hi Antonio, @antonio.sanchezcoullaut

      Thanks for your post! Is there already any update when the Key User Tool for the UI translation will be available? We have potential customers for Croatia and Slovenia, but translation of UI might be necessary to legal requirements.

      BR Stefan

      Author's profile photo Antonio Sanchez Coullaut
      Antonio Sanchez Coullaut
      Blog Post Author


      Hi Stefan,
      The Key User Translation tool should be available in 1702. Stay tune to a webinar with globalization and ByD development team to be announced soon. Our target is set on early February.
      At this call we will provide further details on this tool and additional servicescoming to support non standard ByD countries.
      Kind regards, Antonio

      Author's profile photo Mai Belbesy
      Mai Belbesy

      I am configuring the test tenant and i can not find the payroll localized for UAE.

      Author's profile photo Antonio Sanchez Coullaut
      Antonio Sanchez Coullaut
      Blog Post Author


      Hello Mai,

      The Payroll Services business scenario is designed to efficiently support the payroll process with an external payroll system. In this terms there is not a payroll localized for UAE. Let me know if I misunderstood your question.

      Please check the Business Scenario documentation at SAP Help to get full Details.

      In SAP ByD Payroll Services combines the advantages of an internal payroll – transparency, monitoring, and controlling – with the advantages of an outsourced payroll – lower costs, higher efficiency, and lower risk of liability. In the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) scenario of Payroll Services, the payroll provider takes care of tax calculations and remittance, and initiates the salary payments to employees, thereby reducing your administrative overhead.


      Kind regards, Antonio