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This blog explains possible future developments and functionality which are all subject to change and may be changed by SAP at any time for any reason without notice.

SAP Business ByDesign – SAP’s Cloud ERP for the midmarket – has been providing built-in mobility and collaboration capabilities since its very early days. Examples for this are the built-in groupware integration, apps for mobile project management or self-service and approval apps which can be used either on the smartphone, tablets or on desktop devices.


Since the general availability of the new Fiori HTML5 user interface (which can be also used on tablets) and the enhanced embedded analytics on SAP HANA we are currently putting our development focus on bringing our smartphone apps to the next level.

Our strategy is as follows:

  • Self-service smartphone apps like Manager Approvals, Time recording, Project to Go are available for iOS and Android and will be maintained.
  • The existing ByDesign smartphone app which includes e.g. accounts, activities, expenses, reports etc. will be replaced by a new app.
  • Additionally apps like Project Cockpit for tablets are available and will be maintained in the future.


Here is a demo which gives you a first glance how this might be working:

Here you get a couple of screenshots for the existing and the planned apps:

1. Mobile approvals for managers (available)

  • Answer approval requests by smartphone (see new app for employees below) or desktop e.g. ŸTime Recordings, ŸSales Quotes, ŸLeave requests, ŸExpense reports
  • Send back approvals

2. Mobile analytics with KPIs and reports (planned)

  1. Define reports views and key performance indicators (KPIs) on e.g. customer and team key figures on the desktop and use it on smartphones
  2. Detail view of a KPI
  3. Consume reports on the smartphone

3. Account and contact management (planned)

  • Track phone calls, mails, appointments, tasks, letters and faxes as Activities
  • Activities are fully integrated in all business transactions, e.g. Lead, Sales Order, Service Order, Invoice.
  • Usage of smartphone to create or read activity history

4. Service order and confirmation for service engineers (planned)

  • Receive and confirm service orders
  • See order, contact and item details
  • Easy route planning using e.g. Google maps

More on the route planner on the desktop can be found here.


5. Employee self services (planned)

  1. Personalize access to self-services from the smartphone launchpad
  2. Create and track expense reports
  3. Create and track shopping carts
  4. Approvals can be done by the manager either on the smartphone (see above) or on the desktop



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    1. Jan Matthes Post author

      Hi Adriel,

      unfortunately we are not allowed to commit any dates for releases as our plans might be changing at any point in time. Nevertheless I can tell you that we are still on schedule to deliver in 2018 the first version of the app – and there are not so many releases left ;o).

      Thanks again for your patience and understanding!




  1. David Leon

    Hi Jan,

    The Service order and confirmation for service engineers app looks amazing. Looking forward to test and show it to potential customers.




  2. César López



    This is a key requirement for the service industry. I have two new customers that are already asking for the date on when the app will be leveraged. I really look forward to this !


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