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SAP licensing unknown situation

Recently we hear about large SAP accounts being accused of not paying license fees to SAP for accessing their system using third party applications. The most known example case is SAP vs. Diageo from February 2017 (click here), but more recently another case has made headlines. SAP is accusing brewing company Anheuser-Busch (click here) of similar practice. In SAP jargon this is called “Indirect Access” and we, at Xpandion started hearing about this from our customers around the world approximately 3 years ago. Being that we are a software vendor used for optimizing SAP licensing, we couldn’t ignore this issue therefore we created a special extension for Indirect Access so customers may assess their risk and know what they might face in case of an SAP audit.

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I’ll give you a minute to think.

Can you name three? Four? Your average SAP customer might list “employee,” “limited professional,” “professional,” or even “employee self service,” but these types are just a few of the wide range of licenses out there. The problem with not knowing your SAP license

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There comes a point in time when an organization discovers it needs additional SAP licenses or that its current licenses are no longer covering its actual needs.

In most cases, a deep analysis of a company’s SAP licenses is conducted before the actual SAP audit occurs. The organization receives a letter from SAP regarding self-assessment and the CFO orders an internal inspection. Then the gaps are revealed.

Treat SAP Licensing as hidden cards

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Say the word “workflow” and most people would probably think you mean a step-by-step process that involves logistics processes or financial modules. Well… this is mostly true, but what about a workflow process for SAP licensing? From our experience, using a workflow here could lead to very interesting and surprising cost saving situations.

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SAP Licensing and Authorizations Managers: How do you know that your final report is not relying on corrupted data? Maybe you have a software tool that analyses the data for you – but is any data missing or corrupted to begin with? How do you know?

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When it comes to having a successful SAP licensing audit, remember the acronym “ECC”:

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Xpandion’s CEO, Moshe Panzer, a recognized professional advisor for SAP Licensing, has some excellent advice about a topic that’s been disturbing a lot of SAP customers recently – indirect access. I hope you’ll find this information beneficial for your organization.

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Indirect Access is a hot topic these days in the SAP licensing world. Our customers come to us regularly with the same six basic questions, and we figured you must have them too. So we decided to set the record straight when it comes to licensing of indirect access in SAP systems.

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When you ask the average SAP customer or novice license consultant how many SAP license types they know of, they will probably answer “Professional,” “Limited Professional,” “Employee” and maybe even “ESS” (Employee Self Service). But these aren’t the only answers. And if you think they are, you might be severely limiting your leverage with SAP and your negotiating power. 

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In recent years there have been many major developments in the field of usage inspection and customers are starting to analyze the true needs of their software investments. Despite this, having performed numerous SAP Licensing assessments, we’re still finding these 6 befuddling occurrences reappearing again and again:

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