SAP has expanded its on-demand software offering to the mid-market with its SAP Business ByDesign system.
SAP Business ByDesign delivers an on-demand software system with built-in service and support. It offers software from £75 per month per user including support.
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Complementing the existing portfolio of SAP systems for small businesses and midsize companies, the product is already helping an inaugural group of live customers to improve their business processes.
SAP Business ByDesign is now commercially available for selected early customers in the US and Germany, with the first firms in China, France and the UK now being invited to trial the technology.
Henning Kagermann, CEO at SAP, said, "SAP Business ByDesign is designed to dramatically simplify IT for midsize companies by substantially reducing the cost of ownership and combining efficiency with business flexibility.
"The technical advantages of SOAs (service orientated architectures) enter the level of business processes and allow customers to exploit the full potential of new business trends without becoming IT experts."
Among the first 20 live customers in Germany and the US are STEMME, a utility and sports aircraft manufacturer Judge Consulting Group, a provider of business technology consulting services MANTZ airmotions, a manufacturer of air fresheners for homes and vehicles and Compass Pharma Services.