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SAP extends cloud offering to SMEs

SAP Africa Director of General Business and Partner, picture by Gift Ndolwane, CAJ News Africa
SAP Africa Director of General Business and Partner, picture by Gift Ndolwane, CAJ News Africa

JOHANNEBSURG – SMALL and medium-based firms in the continent have received a major boost after SAP, the market leader in enterprise software, extended its cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business management software offering to the sector.

The offering, SAP Business ByDesign, has been announced at partner event in Johannesburg.

It provides mid-sized businesses with sophisticated software to boost profitability and efficiency while reducing information technology
infrastructure complexity that often hampers SMEs.

Chris Willcocks, SAP Africa Director of General Business and Partner Operations, said with cloud-based ERP business management software for
midsize companies, it is possible to run an entire company on a single, cloud-based business management suite.

“SA Business ByDesign is ideally suited to medium-sized businesses and subsidiaries of large corporations,” he said.

Not only is SAP Business ByDesign SAP’s suite in the cloud for the midsize market, but it is also an important and integral component of the
company’s business portfolio, according to Willcocks.

The software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering covers everything from ERP to CRM, procurement, supply chain management, and also offers complete
functionality for financial, human resources, marketing , sales, service, supply chain, procurement and project management processes.

“We are incredibly excited to bring it to Africa,” Willcocks said.

SA Business ByDesign Senior Vice President, Rainer Zinow, said midsized companies looked for systems that were as agile and flexible as their
business processes had to respond to changing market conditions and make the most of new opportunities.

“As the pace of business increases and global competition continues to disrupt the market, complexity is the key obstacle for SMEs to respond
with agility to regain their competitive advantage,” said Zinow.

Incorporating SAP’s latest innovations, Business ByDesign runs on SAP’s real-time, in-memory database platform, HANA, which allows the
transactional and analytical solutions to use the same data platform, allowing users a real-time view of their entire population.

– CAJ News


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