On this blog, you will get an update about Localization toolkit (formerly known as CSL, Customer Specific Localization toolkit) as a service for our SAP ByD customers and partners when international projects for non-localized countries are demanded. In case you are a partner and could not attend our webinar session on March, 12th 2018, the recorded session can be downloaded at Partner Edge . If you are a customer and want to get access to the presentation, go into the SAP JAM Localization group.
First, let me refresh basic information for all new partners and those, who have joined the SAP ByD community in the past months. The Localization Toolkit is a set of tools, built mainly into SAP Business ByDesign and the SAP Cloud Applications studio. It enables the extension or adaption of ByDesign’s standard capability, for instance about general ledger, taxes, tax reporting, HCM or expense reimbursement management. We offer documentation per topic (so-called “How to Guides” which describes the steps to implement certain requirements either by taking advantage of the SAP ByDesign business configuration or its extensibility capabilities (like extension fields), forms and reports many of them applied using the SAP Cloud Application Studio. In the end, the Localization toolkit allows the consultant to produce – depending on its nature – software artefacts, such as additional configuration content, application exit implementation code, extension fields, additional forms and reports, etc to fulfill those regulations concerning the business processes customers’ subsidiaries use.
The Localization toolkit was designed to support the subsidiary and internationalization strategy from our customers. Thus, it is mainly applied, if required, to extend and configure the system for 2 categories, pre-localized -countries which can be scoped and in which SAP offers partial localization features- and tax basic countries– a country with minimum enablement by SAP- as required by customer requirements to satisfy local legal and tax reporting regulation. The result is that enabling a country for a customer or subsidiary is typically easier than implementing a country localization.
Get to know details about Localization Toolkit available in SAP Business ByDesign wiki.
What’s new and what will come during the next quarters.
During the past months, we interviewed several partner developers and consultants actively using instructions available in the wiki that support their customer localization requirements. I would like to articulate a special thank you to In Cloud Solution(UK), Netizen (TH), erplogic (US) and Seidor (SP). Your feedback has helped us to clean the dust, apply new ideas and push the team to strengthen our offering. As disclosed in the Localization Roadmap and Outlook 2018, the Localization toolkit is an area of investment on which partner and customer dialog is key to strengthen it.
Below some news, we shared and discussed during the webinar available in the wiki
- Details added about the various categories of country versions supported by SAP Business ByDesign and access to other sources
- Customer Influence introduced as the channel to gather structured partner requirements/ideas and evaluate new “how to guides”
- New topics and guides incorporated in the areas of: requirement gathering template, working day calendar, Intrastat, accounting for revenue, languages, and more.
- Description re-edited for user ease of understanding
- We are in the final steps to improve current pre-localized countries content and accessibility
- We will continue the online enablement approach via partner webinars including demo of “How to Guides”. (Next sessions expected about: How to generate Forms, Tax or Language Adaptation tool).
- We keep working to enhance topics likes reporting, taxes, payment or payroll Services but also evaluate creation of new use cases
- We aim to improve the “look and feel” of our toolkit in next quarter
What Partners (and Customers) may know before considering a new localization project
The number of international and subsidiary projects have increased during the past months. About 30 % of our SAP ByD installed base is productive in at least 4 countries and customers run businesses in about 135 countries. In addition, we have welcomed new partners and market units investing in SAP ByD during 2017 and 2018, which resulting in a growing ecosystem.
What should you consider before setting up a new country?
The following advice result from my observation, situations and conversations related to the usage of SAP ByD in a non-localized country but also underneath the importance to leverage the full capabilities of our product and as common sense approach, don’t cross some technical border lines.
- Get Ready:
- Know SAP ByD Country types and scope. Get familiar with our Localization Strategy and roadmap
- Check available tools and/or SAP experts about country complexity
- Ask SAP Localization team about add-on feasibility based on your country scope
- Consider to take advantage of published add-ons and country versions before executing developing yourself
- Follow best practices and methodology (e.g. questionnaire) to gather customer requirements before fast start developing
- Become an expert on Cloud Application Studio. Complete the Application Development open SAP Training and collaborate with existing experienced partners in international projects
- Start to develop
- Get full advantage of the localization toolkit guide and know the limitations
- Get familiar with SAP ByD as Integration platform which includes Web Services and Integration Scenarios (e.g. to generate e-invoice requirements)
- Ask your PSA (Partner Service advisor) for creation of Multiple Customer Solution (MCS) in your development tenant rather using Test tenant for Customer Specific Solution
- Completion of development
- Demo to SAP Localization team and gather feedback
- Run the SAP Certification to check our cloud standards for add-on development (e.g. performance)
- If applied or requested by customer, get certified by Local Tax Authorities
- Communicate to us and publish your result into SAP JAM (country version list)
- Set a Go To Market approach and develop your sales and marketing assets (including price model)
In the end, “it is easy to discover what another has discovered before” (Christopher Columbus, 1506). The value of our ecosystem is measured by the hundreds of international projects and add-ons delivered in the past years. Take advantage of it!