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Author's profile photo Pramod Sidlaghatta Jaiprakash

SAP Business ByDesign Mobile Strategy – Way Forward 2022

We at SAP Business ByDesign always strive to serve our mid-market customers in the best possible way so that they can run their businesses smoothly. In this regard, there has always been a significant emphasis on bringing the powerful features of the solution to mobile devices.  

SAP Business ByDesign currently offers support to five mobile apps – SAP Business ByDesign Mobile, SAP Manager Approvals, SAP Time Recording, SAP Project to Go and SAP Project Cockpit.

Recently, there have been adjustments to the SAP Business ByDesign mobile strategy to simplify access to desired features on smartphones for customers and enable SAP to innovate faster. We strongly believe that focusing our energies on improving one central app would help us in achieving these objectives. 

Announcement

SAP has decided to focus on the SAP Business ByDesign Mobile app (iOS | Android) to access SAP Business ByDesign features on smartphones from August 2022 onwards. The decision is based on careful consideration of factors such as user adoption, customer feedback and growth potential. 

Benefits

  • No more juggling among apps. Users can access all the desired features in one app – SAP Business ByDesign Mobile where business processes are streamlined 
  • SAP can focus on delivering newer features to one app, rather than multiple apps. This helps in bringing innovations faster to the market 

Consequences 

  • After 1st May 2022, it will no longer be possible to download and install the SAP Project to Go (iOS | Android) and SAP Project Cockpit (iOS) from the app stores 
  • After 1st August 2022, it will no longer be possible to download and install the SAP Manager Approvals (iOS | Android) and SAP Time Recording (iOS | Android) from the app stores 
  • Existing installations on devices might still work if they are supported by the mobile operating systems. But it will not be possible to reinstall or update the apps anymore  
  • We recommend removing the installations from all devices and switching to the proposed alternatives  

Alternatives 

SAP Manager Approvals and SAP Time Recording

The central SAP Business ByDesign Mobile app has made it possible for the users to access all the features of the two apps via its Manager Approvals and Time Recording tiles. We have noticed a steady increase in the usage of these two tiles signaling that they are now the preferred way to access the features offered by the individual apps. We recommend you switch to the SAP Business ByDesign mobile app as soon as possible. 

SAP Project to Go and SAP Project Cockpit

Most of our customers are already using the Projects feature on the standard desktop UI (available for tablets and desktop devices) and the Project Time Recording feature in the SAP Business ByDesign Mobile app (Time Recording tile) on smartphones. We recommend you switch to these alternatives as soon as possible. 

We are listening

Do you have questions or remarks? If yes, then please reach out to us via regular channels or by commenting below. We would look forward to receiving your feedback.  

 

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      Author's profile photo Mariana Prusorova
      Mariana Prusorova

      Hi Pramod,

      There is one feature in the App SAP Project to Go we are going to miss:

      Our client's employees record times for projects using the mobile app. For some project tasks they are assigned to more then one service.

      It is fine that the first service is preloaded in the app, but when the employee starts a second WT entry and wants to choose the second service he has to search for it.

      In Project to Go the list is limited to the services available in the project. But in SAP ByD Mobile the employee has to scroll through all available services in the company.

      Hope that you consider this for the future releases!

      Best regards,

      Mariana

      Author's profile photo Simon Dismore
      Simon Dismore

      Are you saying that Launchpad > Start Project Cockpit is being deprecated too?

      Thanks for feedback.

      Author's profile photo Christian Boehrer
      Christian Boehrer

      Hi Simon.

      Indeed SAP Project Cockpit could be launched from the desktop user interface under Project  Management > Common Tasks > Start Project Cockpit or as shortcut tile on the launchpad. This was mainly intended to enable project leads to access their projects on iOS and Android tablet browsers as long as the desktop user interface was not touch-enabled. Since the desktop user interface is touch-enabled, we focus our investments on improving the standard desktop user interface which can be used on both tablet and other touch-enabled devices such as laptops alike.

      Regards,
      Christian

      Author's profile photo Ricardo Bastiaan
      Ricardo Bastiaan

      Hi Pramod,

      Not sure if this is the place to ask, but couldn't find a better alternative.

      In our business we want to use ByD Mobile for the first time and for now aiming at approvals.

      The one thing that bothers me is that I cannot switch language. It always comes up in Dutch and our business is run in English. So our standard language (also in the web version) is English.

      Am I missing a configuration somewhere or isn't it possible (yet) with ByD Mobile?

      Author's profile photo Christian Boehrer
      Christian Boehrer

      Hi Ricardo,

      Thanks for your interest in ByD Mobile. We intentionally try to keep our mobile app as easy to use as possible. Hence the device's language is the leading language for the mobile app and currently there are no plans to add a language configuration option. A similar improvement request (https://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/idea/236978/) has received limited support by other ByD Mobile users and not reached the minimum voting threshold required for development.

      Nevertheless I hope you will enjoy using ByD Mobile to streamline your approval processes.

      Regards,
      Christian

      Author's profile photo Nik Kortlang
      Nik Kortlang

      Hi

       

      We have identified a flaw in switching from the currently used apps to the all in one solution, the access rights between the desktop tenant and the mobile app aren't mirroring, For example a user that only has access to record time in ByD also has access to claim personal expenses in the app, in this scenario my customer use an external system to create expense reports so this could be quite catastrophic if their field users started claiming expenses through the app.

      SAP development team are working on a hotfix currently which can hopefully be deployed by the end of the week/month.

       

      Regards

       

      Nik.

      Author's profile photo Christian Boehrer
      Christian Boehrer

      Hi Nik.

      Thanks for your feedback. In general access rights maintained for the desktop tenant are reflected in the ByD Mobile app. The small gap in self-services for customers, who are not using the in-built ByD capabilities in the 'Home' area of the mobile launchpad, has been closed as well.

      Regards,
      Christian