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SAP Business ByDesign Localization Country Update: Israel and South Korea

Many people who have recently followed the SAP Business ByDesign roadmap publication recognized, that we took the decision to start offering country versions under controlled availability for Israel and South Korea starting with release 1711.

Let me explain more details to enhance the basic information shared in our roadmap. My intention is to keep our commitment and transparency on any localization decision to our community keeping the same spirit as other blogs such as the localization toolkit, language adaptation , just to name a few.

The new country versions are a result of our Market Unit analysis on specific custom developments initiated for Israel and South Korea. First customer(s) went live with the scope defined and local tax authorities certified (mandatory for Israel) the SAP ByD solution These new country versions supported by SAP with specific functional scope (for instance Hebrew language not available yet) will drive local sales activities and customers could start make us of as of now.

Note: SAP customers located outside of Israel (or South Korea) can run the localization by connecting with the SAP Cloud Service Center (Sandeep N (Ger) Our controlled availability approach is a compromise before we consider Israel and South Korea as standard version covering broader localization requirements, local language or the Right to Left UI with Hebrew language. We are closely working with local teams to support on prospects validation and accommodate additional local requirements to our development plans when possible.

For those interested to sales or local plans please contact the local sales teams led by (Rami Menahem (IL) and Dong Soo Lee(SK). Below sharing more functional scope releases on 1711.

Israel (as of release 1711):

  • Taxes: VAT calculation; VAT PCN874 Reporting; Withholding Tax Calculation (includes time dependent certificate maintenance, payment time recalculation and partial payments, handling overlap of certificates, default certificate and resulting calculation); Withholding Tax Reporting (includes Electronic 856 returns and corresponding file output, Vendor certificate 857 returns and corresponding vendor certification form output, form 102 returns)
  • Payments: Payment receipt handling in below documents and their printing; Incoming Cash / Petty Cash; Incoming Check; Over the counter sales; Outgoing check processing including post-date checks; MASAV payment file
  • Statutory Report: Unified Reporting and Tax authority certification
  • Logistics: Manual document registration and original/duplicate print handling for: Outbound delivery and internal delivery note, Customer returns, Manual document ID data flow from delivery to invoicing and credit memo and corresponding form
  • I18N: Right to Left with UI Html5


South Korea (as of release 1711):

  • Taxes: VAT content and computation; Withholding tax content and computation; Business Place definition with tax authority; VAT number with type of business and industry; VAT summary reports: supplier; Withholding Receipt for the Receiver of a payment
  • Payments: Bill of Exchange – Sole Bill for Promissory Note scenario
  • Fin Acc. and Operations: Chart of Accounts, Account Determination and Financial Reporting Structure; Fixed Assets Valuation view an asset classes; Financial Forms; South Korea trial balance
  • Statutory Report: Balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement (KIFRS), summary reports for customers for value-added tax (VAT) report forms by customers or vendor
  • I18N: Address format/layout; Name Format; Holiday calendar; Translation
  • Customer Invoicing: All customer facing forms E-Tax Invoice process including extension of business partner master data (being automatic submission delivered by partner)
  • Payments: Manual payment clearing at the level of Tax Invoice
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  • I had an offer from SAP, 1 year ago, to benefit from Israel localization (initially developped for Hilti).

    The conditions were the following :

    • having a separate tenant
    • paying a monthly fee of 2500€


    Since my customer is already live for other countries (5 at the moment) in a single tenant, you can imagine that having a separate tenant for his subsidiary in Israel does not sound a great idea

    By the way, paying this monthly fee appeared to them to be too expensive


    Can you tell me if the same conditions apply now or has it evolved ?


    Best regards





      Hello Nathalie,


      There is and there was not techniacl reason to have a separate tenant for Israel. Thus your customer could run Israel in the same tenant.

      About the price estimation, I am glad to put you in contact with SAP Cloud Service Center. They are the organization that will run this implementation project for international customers, meaning outside Israel.

      Let me Approach you via email to connect with Sandeep.


      Kind regards, Antonio

  • Hello, now that we have the authorization for having the Israel pre-localization. How should we proceed to have it available in the customer productive tenant ?


    • HI Nathalie,


      I understand, my answer is given already via email to you.

      In general, at the time we oficially declare Israel as pre-localized Country (please check roadmap), this Country will be listed in the “scoping” for selecting as many others.

      Kind regards, Antonio

  • Hi Antonio,


    ERM is available for non localised country employees? As referred to the article  2196778  .. The Non-Localized employee is not supported within Expense and Reimbursement Management in Business ByDesign.

    We are implementing for south korea..

    Any other possibility?