SAP has released the next version of Business ByDesign, which boasts further integration with the firm's on-premise offerings to encourage more widespread use across organisations.
Ian Anstey, UK head of Business ByDesign, told V3 that the integration is needed as increasing numbers of large companies use the software as an out-of-the-box solution for their subsidiaries, but want to retain visibility into the financial and client data of these separate divisions.
"The integration is particularly needed by businesses who want to eventually integrate their subsidiaries into their headquarters," he said.
The new integration supports automated procurement and sales processes between SAP's on-premise software, including Business Suite and R/3, and the Business ByDesign platform.
Previously, SAP had integrated master data management capabilities into the two systems.
Anstey explained that SAP will continue to expand the number of prefigured integration scenarios "so Business ByDesign is not so standalone, and corporations can find out what is happening in a subsidiary".
"It allows big businesses to have an integrated strategy with their subsidiaries," he added.
SAP revealed during its London customer and partner event in May that it intends Business ByDesign to be used by all its customers, including big businesses. Until then, SAP had generally marketed the package at smaller firms.
This version runs on a multi-tenancy architecture, rather than the first version's single-tenancy architecture.
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