by Scott Priest, managing editor, GRC Expert
Via SAP Professional Journal's Twitter (@SAPProJournal), SAP announced that long-in-development Business By Design will finally be hitting the market.
SAP AG will start selling a long-delayed suite of Web-based software for running small to mid-sized businesses in July, a top company executive said on Wednesday.
Co-Chief Executive Bill McDermott said in an interview that SAP would initially sell the software, dubbed Business by Design, as a hosted, Web-based service to small to mid-sized businesses in the United States, Germany, UK, France, India and China.
The increased interest in Web-based software forced SAP to advance this product, as they now have a vision and specific release slated. Jim Finkle of Reuters noted that SAP is no longer willing to stand by its original projections of 10,000 customers and $1 billion in revenue in 2010 due to the delay, but co-CEO Bill McDermott still expects it to be a major revenue generator.