SAP Furthers SaaS Push with New Business ByDesign Release

CRN, August 03, 2010 (Online)

SAP has launched an upgrade of its SAP Business ByDesign on-demand application suite in what could be a milestone for the vendor’s cloud computing efforts. While it’s officially a feature pack, the new SAP Business ByDesign 2.5 unveiled Monday is the first release SAP intends to make widely available to customers and partners. SAP has restricted sales to a small number of customers: Today there are only about 100 SAP Business ByDesign customers, of which about 70 are live on the application set and the rest are in some phase of deployment, said Chrysoula Christopoulou, Senior Director of the SAP Business ByDesign channel strategy. SAP Business ByDesign 2.5 addresses the scalability issue by utilizing a multi-tenant architecture, Christopoulou said. The applications also provide real-time, in-memory analytical tools and offer business extension capabilities that customers and channel partners can use to make changes to forms and default user interfaces. “Partners are a core strategy” for ramping up SAP Business ByDesign sales, Christopoulou said. “It’s obviously important that we have the right coverage from partners in the market,” she said. [Also seen in: MarketWatch,, Managing Automation (USA);,, The Manufacturer (UK); Financial Times Deutschland, (Germany)]

SAP Labs, User Interface Development Architect, Palo Alto CA

For Personal Consideration:

Location:  Palo Alto, California USA

SAP’s Platform and Technology team within the office of the CTO (oCTO) is currently developing a next-generation, OD platform using the Cloud infrastructure with the objective of enabling SAP to deliver world-class OD applications. We are seeking highly-motivated, action-oriented leaders and offer the unique opportunity to shape an evolutionary application & platform UI that is a critical element of SAP’s go-forward strategy in the exciting OD segment.  As an UI architect of application & platform you will be responsible for working with application development, platform development and solution management team to drive mission objectives through the adaption of strategic technologies (Device and Cloud Computing, Advanced Real-time Databases/Data Warehouses, Predictive Analytics, Business Analytical Applications) and then delivering strategic architectural frameworks, innovative and reusable software

components to be leveraged across SAP onDemand applications, services and Partner EcoSystem.


  • Bachelors or advanced degree in computer science or related technical disciplines; Masters  is a plus
  • Required Technical Experience
    • Agile product development methodologies (SCRUM) is required
    • Working in a fast-paced startup environment is required
    • Working in a matrix environment with solution management, architects and “virtual” team members
    • Web-standards – XML, XSD, XSLT, HTTP(s), WS/SOAP,WS-Security
    • strong CSS/AJAX/HTML/Javascript – FLEX is a must
    • Knowledge of HTML5.0 is a big plus
    • Proficient with JDT, EMF, GMF, GEF, WTP
    • experienced in Linux, SQL, FTP/SFTP
    • Experience with cloud based platform such as  Amazon is a must
    • Knowledge of REST a MUST
    • Experience in building a UI framework to support multiple UI technology such as Flex, HTML5.0, Silverlight etc a big plus


  • Define and  blueprint/architecture technology for the applications &  platform
  • Delivering a competitive UI with enterprise strategy and vision to build large scale OD applications.  Deliver insightful product platform with a competitive edge adhering to generic requirements in areas such as analytics, integration, collaboration, service life cycle experience, product standards, security, etc.
  • Responsible for commitments on  project scope,  effort estimation and feasibility checks
  • Passionate to understand and define business scenarios and use cases
  • Strong leadership skills to shepherd the team both functionally and technically to achieve the


  • Learn and evaluate internal and external technologies and fit and make recommendations
  • Become an expert on select technologies
  • Support and drive the team in building the above category by bringing in expertise from

technological, market or strategic competence

  • Passionate to do hands on software development, working in tandem with other team

engineers when needed

  • Great attitude to play multiple roles
  • Be innovative and show ability to shape new technology and business models and think out

of the box

  • Support key customer engagements with domain expertise and strategic perspective.
  • Ability to engage with an extended team of Solution management/Marketing, Field Sales etc..

to articulate the technology and product value, will be a plus


  • 3+ years experience in developing canvas-based applications on Eclipse.
  • 8+ years of product/platform development experience in relevant areas e.g. OD platforms, applications
  • Proven track record in lead and architect  position for  3+ years
  • Successful track record at established large enterprises and/or high-growth startups
  • Experienced with SAP technologies & tools

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