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Author's profile photo Christian Horak

Accelerating Innovation with the Business Application Factory concept

Hi everyone,

over the past two months, we have briefed Mint Jutras (an independent business analyst firm specialized in bench-marking the performance of software solutions) on the concept of the Business Application Factory.

Together with Rainer Zinow, we presented our vision of providing a shared development platform to our partners in the SMB space.

We call this shared platform concept the Business Application Factory. The factory will enable our SMB partners to build new extensions and apps for SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business One using the very same cutting-edge technology and proven components SAP is using in-house to innovate the SMB ERP portfolio. We believe this will allow partners to add more value, more quickly to our customers, increase the reach and scope of our solutions at low cost and risk and create an attractive business ecosystem around easy to adopt, and easy to adapt cloud ERP solutions.  

Click on this link to access the paper.


We hope you get some useful perspective from it. Uwe Erdtmann and I look forward to your feedback.




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      Author's profile photo Erick Gómez
      Erick Gómez


      I've shared this with the Development team so that we're aligned with the strategy.

      Thanks a lot.


      Author's profile photo Hanumath Kanamarlapudi
      Hanumath Kanamarlapudi

      Hello Christian Horak,

      Can we know the following about the Business Application Factory

      1. When this will be available for the partners to start to use/develop the applications?
      2. Can we have a developer guide or application factory usage procedure documents?
      3. What changes at the Partner end is mandatory to have this new dev environment adopted?
      4. Is there any official page or community group which can give more insights about Business Application Factory?

      Thanks for your responses. Your answers will help us (Partners) to enable the teams internally for the new changes coming in.



      Hanu K

      Author's profile photo Christian Horak
      Christian Horak
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Hanumath Kanamarlapudi


      1. we have started to a small number of partners to get feedback
      2. the guidelines will be developed based on the partner feedback and on our own experience with building the first apps with the factory
      3. we try to minimize any changes or adoption hurdles as we strive to align the factory with existing processes and the existing platforms to the extent possible. stay tuned for more info in Q1 2021
      4. stay subscribed to this page as we will attempt to aggregate all links and references relevant to SME in this location. Stay tuned as we get more feedback
      Author's profile photo Hanumath Kanamarlapudi
      Hanumath Kanamarlapudi

      Thanks, Christian Horak! This is awesome to know that we will have some exciting news about the environment in Q1 2021.

      Could you please update here how a partner company can be part of this initial program  (mentioned in Point 1) to let SAP know their feedback about the BAF?

      After launching the BAF will the SAP Cloud Application Studio and SDK exists and be available for partners to continue the ongoing and already developed solutions?

      Your response will be very helpful for us to plan ahead for upcoming updates.



      Hanu K

      Author's profile photo Reinhard Weidner
      Reinhard Weidner


      even if it is an older post from last year.

      Is there any update on this, I mean Q1/2021 is already over.
      If I remember right, the initiative started in 2018, in 2019 there used to be a partner Jam-Group (which dissapeared in between) and sessions about it, announcing GA for first half of 2020.

      Officials refuse to answer or change topic immediately if you bring it up.

      Great concept though which could release us from the pain called CloudStudio.


      Reinhard Weidner