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2 Delivered with Logic. ogic. ogic, Inc. is a SAP Business ByDesign master valueadded reseller and solution and implementation partner. It was named 2010 SAP Business ByDesign Channel Partner of the Year for best in overall performance. Through our fast growing global operations, we deliver high quality and cost effective ERP solutions that enable customers to manage, change and transform their businesses. For over a decade, ogic has brought success to the SAP ecosystem with deep expertise and experience and has a proven track record with several Fortune 500 companies.
3 TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY THE UNMET NEEDS OF MIDSIZE COMPANIES SAP BUSINESS BYDESIGN: DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF MIDSIZE BUSINESSES KEEPING YOUR IT REQUIREMENTS SIMPLE - Explore and Evaluate the Solution with a Personalized Trial System - Minimize Impact on Your IT Department - Reduce Training Costs and Effort INCREASING TRANSPARENCY AND VISIBILITY - Unify Operations and Centralize Company Data - Automate Processes for Exceptional Support - Unify Corporate Organizational Management - Leverage Built-In Task Management - Route Exceptions Automatically GIVING YOUR EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS MORE CONTROL - Keep Employees Focused and Productive - Support the Way Employees Naturally Work Together - Gain 360-Degree Business Visibility - Give Managers Unified Control of the Business IMPROVING FLEXIBILITY AND AGILITY - Accelerate Business Change Management - Expand into New Geographies with Ease - Leverage Built-In Compliance ARE YOU READY FOR ACCELERATED GROWTH? - More Information
4 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY MEET THE CHALLENGES OF SUCCESS Success has its own challenges. If your company is experiencing significant growth or is a leading provider of products and services, chances are your success is making it more difficult to manage your business. You re not alone. Many executives and business owners worry that their companies will lose their competitive edge as they grow. In most cases, growth is stalled by existing operations and an IT landscape that either can t sustain or that actively hinders growth. To overcome these obstacles, companies need an integrated, affordable business application that can provide the transparency and control needed to support their future growth. SAP developed the SAP Business ByDesign solution, the most complete and adaptable on-demand business solution available to midsize companies, to allow companies like yours to adapt and to grow. SAP Business ByDesign tightly knits together your operations so that you have visibility and comprehensive control over the core areas of your business. Because it is an on-demand solution managed, monitored, and maintained by SAP experts in leading-edge service centers - your IT requirements are simplified, and your costs to acquire and support the solution are low. This paper highlights the capabilities that make SAP Business ByDesign unique, enabling your company to keep IT simple while increasing transparency and visibility, giving your employees and managers more control, and improving your company s flexibility and agility.
5 THE UNMET NEEDS OF MIDSIZE COMPANIES WHEN SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES OUTGROW THEIR IT LANDSCAPES As you look ahead to your company s future, do you find yourself wondering how you and your employees can maintain the visibility and control your company needs to keep ahead of the competition, focus on customers, and adapt to market changes? Do you wonder how your company will manage its future growth if it cannot afford the integrated technology platform it needs to compete effectively? In our experience working with thousands of midsize companies, we ve found that many executives and business owners worry that their company will lose its competitive edge as it grows. In most cases, the culprit is outdated operations and an underpowered IT landscape - typically a combination of disconnected business software and manual, paper-driven processes that worked when these companies were smaller. It was not the lack of knowledge nor the willingness to grow up that held these companies back. There was no integrated business application on the market that could provide them the functionality they need at a price they could afford. To fill that need, SAP developed revolutionary software - the SAP Business ByDesign solution - that gives you the control, visibility, and increased effectiveness that your company needs to achieve sustained, controlled growth. And you can do all this without sacrificing your budget.
6 SAP BUSINESS BYDESIGN: DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF MIDSIZE BUSINESSES AN INTEGRATED BUSINESS SOLUTION AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE SAP Business ByDesign helps you gain the unified business control your company needs to achieve its objectives. The solution tightly knits your operations together, providing full and comprehensive control so that you can meet your company goals, optimize your financials, focus on your customers, manage your workforce, integrate your supply chain, drive successful projects, empower smarter purchasing, and facilitate full compliance (see the figure below). Because SAP Business ByDesign is an on-demand solution, it greatly simplifies IT requirements compared to traditional enterprise software, dramatically lowering your cost to acquire and support the solution. This paper highlights the features that make SAP Business ByDesign different and enable your company to: Keep your IT requirements simple Increase transparency and visibility Give your employees and managers more control Improve flexibility and agility A Single Business Solution with Integrated Support for All Business Areas
7 KEEPING YOUR IT REQUIREMENTS SIMPLE SAP BUSINESS BYDESIGN IS AFFORDABLE, ADAPTABLE, AND EASY TO ADOPT Keeping IT requirements simple for our customers is a key design principle that makes SAP Business ByDesign an affordable solution - and one that s delivered on demand. Because SAP Business ByDesign is managed, monitored, and maintained by SAP experts in leading-edge service centers, you can take installations, upgrades, and day-to-day maintenance tasks off your IT agenda. SAP experts take care of these tasks behind the scenes, so you don t need to hire special in-house experts or external consultants. You can just start using SAP Business ByDesign and focus on your business - and allow the software and SAP to take care of the rest. SAP Business ByDesign helps you keep IT simple in several important ways. Explore and Evaluate the Solution with a Personalized Trial System You can explore and evaluate SAP Business ByDesign with a personalized trial system that you can use before you decide to make the purchase. This eliminates surprises and provides a high degree of predictability. You create your personalized trial system by answering a series of questions about your industry, company size, and type of business, as well as questions about how you want the solution to support your business operations. You use this same process to explore changes you may wish to make after you go live. Minimize Impact on Your IT Department With SAP Business ByDesign, you have the reliability, performance, and support you need without bogging down your IT department. The software provides simple tools to administer accounts, solve common user problems, and route more complex support requests to SAP. Many software maintenance tasks are automated, which translates into lower operational and administrative costs. Automatic system health checks are performed continuously, which means that potential issues are addressed proactively. And SAP keeps the software up-to-date with the latest business content and upgrades so that, for example, you remain in compliance with government regulations. Reduce Training Costs and Effort Your employees can be productive from day one because the software provides a built-in learning environment that helps them learn as they go. It s easy to use, and it teaches your employees what they need to know, when they need to know it, eliminating the need for costly staff downtime for classroom training.
8 INCREASING TRANSPARENCY AND VISIBILITY ACHIEVE TOTAL CONTROL WHILE ELIMINATING DEPARTMENTAL SILOS With SAP Business ByDesign, you manage the major areas of your business with a single solution that eliminates departmental silos and provides an unmatched level of automation and transparency across all business areas. You can make sure that your staff follows procedures and completes them correctly, consistently, and efficiently. You can clearly structure employee and manager responsibilities so tasks are properly delegated and the right people handle the most important issues. Several innovations make this possible. Unify Operations and Centralize Company Data SAP Business ByDesign eliminates departmental silos and streamlines your business operations. The software links operations so your employees work together efficiently. For example, SAP Business ByDesign links the operations that occur from receiving a sales order or contract to realizing revenue from the fulfilled order. This integration allows your sales, fulfillment, service, billing, and receivables groups to work as an efficient, focused team. Automate Processes for Exceptional Support You can set up SAP Business ByDesign in a way that works best for your business. Where you have no existing automated business process (especially in areas that don t represent your competitive advantage), use built-in, predefined process templates to optimize your business. For example, the process template for paying invoices reduces the overhead of paying suppliers, improves liquidity, and helps prevent fraud. You can easily adapt the software to support processes that you have developed to meet specific business needs. This is extremely important in areas that differentiate you from your competitors. Unify Corporate Organizational Management You manage organizational data about your company - including relationships between legal entities, locations, accounting and financial reporting, and departmental functions - from a single place. Using this information, the software determines the default responsibilities and access rights of employees and sets up routing paths for alerts, approval requests, and tasks. When you make organizational changes, the software automatically adjusts the functions of your departments, the responsibilities of your employees, your accounting setup, and workflow. Leverage Built-In Task Management The solution improves delegation and simplifies follow-up by allowing employees and managers to initiate, delegate, escalate, and track tasks for themselves, their colleagues, and the employees they supervise. SAP Business ByDesign pushes key information to employees, alerting them of issues that require attention. The software tracks the status of events and tasks, and if a task is at risk or is already falling behind its deadline, an automated escalation mechanism alerts the responsible employees and managers. The software gives you the visibility you need to proactively address execution problems - and reward those who are staying on top of things. Route Exceptions Automatically SAP Business ByDesign shifts your employees and managers from being reactive to proactive, and it ensures that the right people handle issues. The solution automates business processes to free your employees from routine tasks so they can spend more time on your strategic initiatives. It automatically determines when tasks, requests, and conditions fall outside normal ranges and automatically pushes alerts, approval requests, and tasks to the right employees for handling to help you boost productivity. For instance, you can configure the solution to automatically alert the sales manager when revenues fall 5% below plan.
9 GIVING YOUR EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS MORE CONTROL EXECUTE WITH EXCELLENCE Well-run companies encourage their employees to take ownership of their areas of responsibility. The combination of transparency (for example. Whether tasks are completed on time) and incentives encourages employees to execute with excellence. Timely business insight pays a key role in helping your managers and executives make sound business decisions quickly. Knowledge about what s happening in your company and with your customers, suppliers, and partners is pivotal in reducing the risk and cost of making a poor investment or the wrong call. SAP Business ByDesign sets a new standard in helping you address all of these areas. Once you automate the processes that support your company s operations, you can move to the next level using innovations that allow you to better manage your employees. Keep Employees Focused and Productive SAP Business ByDesign puts everything your employees need at their fingertips by organizing the related information and software functions they need into work centers. The software collects tasks that are automatically triggered or manually forwarded and prioritizes them in a central task list that is personalized to the specific responsibilities of your employees. The result? Efficient, productive employees. Support the Way Employees Naturally Work Together With SAP Business ByDesign, your employees can embrace a collaborative style of working that frees them to do what they already do naturally: exchange ideas, work through problems, compare notes, and get things done. The software integrates with Microsoft Office so employees can easily share documents and collaborate using information directly from the software, such as appointments, contacts, and analytical data. A unique collaboration window links SAP Business ByDesign with instant messaging and your telephone system so that, for Example, when customers call, their contact and account information, such as related service orders, is instantly in view. Gain 360-Degree Business Visibility With SAP Business ByDesign, you always know what s going on across your business. The embedded, pervasive analytical tools built into the software track data and events across every area of your business. They provide both task-specific and enterprise-wide views of information and transactions that are always up-todate. The solution provides employees at all levels with just the right level of information - for example, as personalized reports to optimize their daily activities and make them responsible for their performance. Give Managers Unified Control of the Business SAP Business ByDesign provides specialized work centers to support corporate executives, line-of-business managers, managerial assistants, and those managing people and budgets. These work centers free you and your managers from burdensome, distracting manual tasks and keep everyone focused on urgent and priority issues. Managers can view up-to-date progress reports regarding long-term goals, and they can manage their time more effectively using the management-by-exception paradigm built into the software. SAP Business ByDesign highlights exceptional situations, triggers alerts based on predefined thresholds, and makes escalations immediately visible. Managers can proactively view resource loads and assign tasks to individuals or groups.
10 IMPROVING FLEXIBILITY AND AGILITY FOSTER AND ENABLE ADAPTABILITY FOR FUTURE GROWTH Expand into New Geographies with Ease If you run an international business or if you are thinking about starting international operations, SAP Business ByDesign can support these changes. The software facilitates operations in multiple countries, with support for local languages and processes that reflect local business practices and fulfill legal requirements. The software s business task management enables your employees to work together seamlessly no matter where they are located. Leverage Built-In Compliance SAP developed the SAP Business ByDesign solution to be adaptive so that business people - not just IT staff can quickly change the software to support changes in their business operations. You can create an organizational culture that embraces change, but such a culture won t translate into faster, better execution and innovation if the IT landscape that supports your employees can t change with them. SAP developed SAP Business ByDesign to be adaptive so that business people not just IT staff - can quickly change the software to support changes in their business operations. The solution allows your people and your business to take advantage of market opportunities. Here are a few of the things you can do. Accelerate Business Change Management When you change business operations - for example, by starting a new line of business - SAP Business ByDesign is ready to help. You simply answer a series of businessrelated questions, and the software automatically implements the required changes for you, ensuring that the new functionality is stable and trouble free. In addition, the built-in learning environment helps your employees quickly and costeffectively get up to speed. SAP Business ByDesign facilitates full compliance with country-specific regulations without burdensome manual processes. Frequent, automatic updates of content and software ensure that your solution is up-to-date with legal changes in all of the countries where you use SAP Business ByDesign, including changes to reports and tax documents that must be filed with a country s authorities. The solution helps you focus on growing the business and lowering the cost of doing business in new countries by reducing your company s effort to sustain compliance.
11 ARE YOU READY FOR ACCELERATED GROWTH? DRIVE GROWTH WITH AN AFFORDABLE AND PREDICTABLE BUSINESS SOLUTION No company can compete successfully and win today without the right technology supporting and enabling its management team, its people, and its daily operations. The innovations and features built into SAP Business ByDesign work together to fast-track your business on its way to becoming a high-growth business. You gain unprecedented business control and agility that amplifies competitive advantage and moves you to the head of the pack. And because SAP Business ByDesign is the most complete and adaptable o-demand business solution in the world, it supports the diversity and complexity of your business with ease even as you create new strategies and initiatives in response to market changes. For more information Are you ready for accelerated growth? To find out more about how SAP Business ByDesign can help you achieve your business goals, please contact ogic, Inc: phone: (972) web: sapsolutionshowcase
12 About ogic ogic is an SAP Gold Partner, SAP master value-added reseller and global business solutions implementation and consulting company. We possess deep expertise in simplifying and streamlining business processes by leveraging the right IT solutions. For small and mid-sized companies, ogic offers implementation and development services for SAP Business ByDesign, a fully integrated business management solution. ogic offers implementation and consulting services for SAP ERP. These services include assessment, application management, upgrade, custom applications, and staff augmentation. ogic also offers additional functionality to its SAP ERP customers through fixed-bid solutions like ifscm, a solution that optimizes the financial supply chain, and ewm, a solution that optimizes complex warehouse environments within the supply chain. O, INC. US Headquarters Granite Plaza 7301 N. State Highway 161 Suite 150 Irving, Texas Phone: (972) URL: Copyright 2012 ogic LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or for any purpose without the express written permission of ogic, Inc. The information contained herein may be changed without prior notice. Some software products marketed by SAP AG and its distributors contain proprietary software components of other software vendors. SAP, R/3, SAP, SAP.com, xapps, xapp, SAP NetWeaver, and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. Data contained in this document serves informational purposes only. National product specifications may vary.