SAP Business ByDesign 1908 Release Update details
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SAP Business ByDesign 1908 Release Update

The SAP Business ByDesign 1908 Release update contains a brief summary of the features that have been added to the application. Topics are summarized per module including links to the different Blogs for more additional information.

SAP ByDesign Usage overview

SAP ByDesign Usage overview

SAP Business ByDesign has a quarterly update and innovation cycle. On August 8, the third version for 2019 was made operational, this is the 1908 version of SAP Business ByDesign. The power of SAP Business ByDesign is in 6 angles:

  1. Intelligent Enterprise
  2. Digital Core
  3. In-Memory Database SAP HANA which can always be a 360º Insight obtained
  4. Integrated Suite-out-of-the-box including ready-to-go best practices
  5. Perfect to use as a Two-Tier ERP – fully integrated with SAP ECC or SAP S / 4HANA
  6. Widely deployable through the support of many localizations and languages

SAP Business ByDesign and the Intelligent Enterprise Connecties

Below is an overview to get an impression of the additional functionality aimed to setup an Intelligent Enterprise through numerous connections.

SAP Business ByDesign Intelligent Enterprise Stack

SAP Business ByDesign Intelligent Enterprise Stack

SAP Cloud Platform is an enterprise platform-as-a-service (enterprise PaaS) and offers comprehensive application development services and opportunities, such as

  • building, expanding, and integrating business applications into the cloud;
  • available in 2 platform editions: Neo and Cloud Foundry
  • infrastructure coverage different development environments
  • offers a wide choice of programming languages
  • ensures data security
  • Integration with SAP and non-SAP software

For 2019 SAP has announced to further strengthen the application in terms of efficiency, KPIs, Analytics and Reporting. The Intelligent Enterprise is aimed at simply and continuously supporting the organization through insights into progress and specifics. See the results below for the 1908 release of SAP Business ByDesign

In which countries can SAP Business ByDesign be deployed?

From the 1908 release, SAP Business ByDesign can be deployed in the following countries, including the SAP localization: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, France, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand Zeeland, Austria Spain, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa and Switzerland

Based on the available partner locations, SAP Business ByDesign can be deployed in the following countries: Algeria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Estonia, Philippines, Finland , Greece, Honduras, Ireland, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, South Korea and Sweden.


SAP ByDesign Supported Countries

SAP ByDesign Supported Countries


Japan – Introduction of Japan Consumption Tax 2019

Summary invoices include the total taxable amount per tax rate that would correct an unintended decrease in the tax amount.

China – Introduction of Tax Classification Number and Golden Tax Formats

The customer can easily map the tax classification number in the Business ByDesign system and now has flexibility in choosing between formats that the suppliers / government accepts.

Israel – SHAAM Interface, download and upload of SHAAM file

Customers do not have to maintain and follow the allowed withholding tax rate per supplier in Israel. The process is now automated.

In which languages ​​are available in SAP Business ByDesign documentation?

The country-specific documentation is available in English and in the local language, if the local language is Chinese (simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (for Brazil) or Spanish. In which languages ​​can SAP Business ByDesign be used? SAP Business ByDesign is available in the following languages: German, English, French, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and simplified Chinese.

Analytics – Fast access to the Facts

New important user views for Report-to-Action and Report-to-Report navigation. Insight-to-action remains an important topic for built-in analysis. You can now navigate directly from your report result to the relevant action or target report. In previous releases you were limited to standard content and navigations that were immediately available.

Because SAP, with a view to the Intelligent Enterprise, is constantly striving to bring insight to action to the next level, you will find in this release new key user views, with which key users can oversee business actions and view them in detail.

Adjustments for the Brexit

It is in line with expectations that SAP Business ByDesign will be functionally adjusted based on the BREXIT outcome. However, at the time of writing this blog, the details were not yet available. Follow the adjustments based on Brexit here.


Lease Accounting for tenants with SAP Business ByDesign based on IFRS 16 / ASC 842

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a standard in 2016 with regard to lease accounting: IFRS 16 and ASC 842 It affects companies that report under IFRS or US GAAP and are involved in leasing. It requires tenants to include assets and liabilities for most of their leases.

Below a number of sources on this subject:

Grant Thornton: Insights into IFRS 16
PwC: Lease Accounting Guide (ASC 842)
KPMG: IFRS 16 – Leasehandboek
Deloitte: de Deloitte-routekaart voor het toepassen van ASC 842

The new functionality consists of creating lease contracts, recording valuation and automatically creating user rights for leased objects and booking lease contracts. An automatic supplier invoice based on lease contracts is optionally available.

Note: Lease Accounting is only available for selected customers who participate in the Lease Accounting Controlled Availability Program. If you want to participate in this program, create an incident with medium priority, enter the “IFRS 16 CA” prefix in the subject and a contact person along with contact details. Once the program has been successfully completed, all customers can use it.

Read the Blog about Lease Accounting within SAP Business ByDesign here

Lees hier het Blog over Lease Accounting binnen SAP Business ByDesign

Special payment terms with 60/75 days for accounts and vendors

SAP has provided new special payment terms (available for all countries) for the SRM and CRM end-month calculation scenarios for 60 days and 75 days.

For CRM you can find the following new payment conditions under Accounts Maintain payment conditions:

  • 1030 – 60 days after invoice date, end of month
  • 1031 – End of invoice date, 60 days
  • 1032 – 75 days after invoice date, end of month
  • 1033 – End of invoice date, 75 days

For SRM you will find the following new payment conditions under Suppliers define payment conditions for purchasing:

  • 0012 – 60 days after invoice date, end of month
  • 0013 – End of invoice date, 60 days
  • 0014 – 75 days after invoice date, end of month
  • 0015 – End of the invoice date, 75 days

HR: Employee Master Data Report

Customers have often said that they want to keep track of whether employees change data related to bank details, biographical details, private address, etc. via employee self-service functions. This report helps administrators know which employees have been updated with a specific period. This is achieved through the “Modified Within Period” search parameter – all employees whose data have been changed within the selected period (which is set to Current Month by default) are part of the result of this report. This report provides an overview of all employees whose master data (Employee, Work Agreement) have changed in a certain period, for example the current month. With the help of this report the user can view the biographical details, the workplace and the private address, payment and bank information, work agreement and organization details. There are various pre-delivered report views that help to make this information available quickly and easily. The Validity period selection parameter allows the user to choose whether to view the snapshot of data that is valid from a specific date, or all records that are valid during a specific period.

Read more details in the Blog article Employee Master Data.

Project Management: Enhanced Team Member Work Analysis – Period Plans

With the August 2019 release of SAP Business ByDesign, the Project Period Plans are integrated into the “Team Members Work Analysis” report in the Project Management Work Center.

As project leader, work packages are defined and staffed with project team members. Because the work packages extend over the entire time frame of the task, more detailed planning must also be made within the planning period for the individual work packages. To reach an agreement with the relevant stakeholders of the project, a baseline is made and only from there a change in the planning is implemented. This baseline is then activated. The project has started and some changes in the planning have been made that you have maintained in the operational project.

Now, you can answer questions like the following:

  • What are the planned efforts for the project team members, including a detailed overview of the period plan information that you have maintained in the project?
  • How did the planned work change compared to the active baseline including the period plan information?
  • What were the planning changes in the operational project compared to the active baseline?
  • Which planning only happened in the baseline?
  • Which planning only happened in the operational project?

Read the answers and the whole story in the blog about Enhanced Team Member Work Analysis

Mobile applications

SAP Business ByDesign mobile app

  • You can copy an existing expense overview to use as a basis for creating a new expense overview.
  • Improvements in usability and security.
  • SAP Cloud Applications Studio: improved tool for supporting PDI Add-On Development for the SAP Business ByDesign mobile app.

From now on the process for developing mobile add-ons for the SAP Business ByDesign Mobile App has been improved. With the new version of SAP Cloud Applications Studio, mobile screen generation can be activated with just a few clicks. All required information is requested during generation. Manual reworking is no longer necessary and the mobile application is immediately ready for consumption via smartphones.

Mobile App for SAP Approvals

New features specific to Android:

  • You can now use fingerprint authentication in combination with the app password.
  • It is possible to change the SAP Business ByDesign password or request a new password.
  • You can use the Android Back button to go backwards in different parts of the app.
  • The app badge informs you about open approvals.
  • New visual theme and various other usability improvements.
  • Security improvements.

SAP ByDesign Time Recording app

  • New visual theme and various other usability improvements;
  • Security improvements.


Output history details on document worklist

You can now view Output history in the document worklists under the “Output history” tab for the documents: contracts, sales orders, sales quotes, service requests, service quotes, service orders and quotation for contract.

Proforma invoice for service quote

You can now print a proforma invoice for a specified service quote.

BTM Task to renew missing contract item

If a planned renewal of the contract item fails, a business task is created to report the same. The user could restart this task to activate the refresh.

Price analysis

It is now possible to enable price component analyzes for standard or customized reports regarding sales order, service order and customer contract documents. This can be achieved by changing the selection parameters in the report.

Currency-specific basic price list

You can now create a customized currency-specific basic price list. You can now also maintain prices en masse via Microsoft Excel Template.

OData Prices Enablement

You can now create and update price components such as price, discounts, surcharges, loads from the sales order, service order and customer contract documents via custom OData services.

You can find more details about the details of the SAP Business ByDesign release update via this blog.

SAP Business ByDesign Roadmap

View the details of the latest SAP Business ByDesign Roadmap – (version March 2019)

SAP ByDesign Roadmap

Scheer is organizing a Webinar on November 21, which is specifically focused on SAP Business ByDesign. This webinar is part of our series of webinars focused on “Switching to Cloud ERP. More information about our webinar can be found here (Dutch).

Switching to SAP Cloud ERP

In recent years Scheer Nederland has gained a lot of experience in supporting and guiding companies to SAP Cloud ERP. See our reference stories for more details about these projects. We periodically organize webinars about Switching to SAP Cloud ERP. You can find the agenda and topics of these webinars here. Scheer Nederland supports companies with the development of their SAP Cloud Strategy. The purpose of this is to provide insight into which SAP Cloud products can be used in which way to support your current and future business processes.

You can find more information to achieve a SAP Cloud Strategy here: Move to the next generation ERP

About the author
Joost is an energetic, result-driven team player with a passion for optimizing business processes using SAP Cloud ERP solutions. Translating customer requirements into solid, workable solutions is something he really likes. Joost's expertise includes: SAP Business ByDesign, Mobile SAP solutions, Business Process Management, Change Management, Business Process Integration and providing the required user training.