SAP Business ByDesign
SAP unveiled the second 2012 release of Business ByDesign, the company's cloud-based ERP application suite, in July. The company also said that it's accelerating its schedule for updating the product from twice a year to a quarterly release cycle, putting it on a par with Salesforce.com and other cloud application developers. The release includes an improved software development kit that SAP said makes it easier for channel partners and ISVs to extend the cloud software's capabilities for vertical industries and to customize the applications for specific customers. Developers also can integrate BusinessByDesign with other SAP Web services and adapt the applications' screens for different mobile devices. Channel partners now account for more than 50 percent of Business ByDesign subscription sales.
(SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott pictured)