More Technical Details about Business ByDesign

The TechEd 07 in Las Vegas has started, and Peter Zencke unveiled some more technical details about SAP Business ByDesign (BBD) in his keynote and an interview with Dan Farber.

Some key points:

  • Everything is built on services (UI is built on services also, there no integration of components on the database-level like in R/3 but on the service-level)
  • SAP will not allow to run custom code in the hosted environment, but customers can run code on their own site, e.g. compose new applications based on the hosted services
  • AJAX-functionality is not included in the UI for BBD at the moment, but it will come
  • The basic foundation for BBD is ABAP (Objects), having “one implementation for each function”. The layers above are done with Java, based on (and partially automatically generated from) models.
  • “Customizing” is done with a configurator, with a “question and answer and constraint engine”, not on the level of process models
  • Linux is used as operating system for the hosted environment, and SAP’s own MaxDB as database