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It seems that many people fumble through the authorization process in SAP, not really knowing that there are things they are missing.

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

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What? It’s already the third quarter? Yes, it is. We suddenly realized it ourselves, and wanted to make sure to remind you authorization managers and CISOs what you’ll be facing during this second half of the year. We’re assuming that these three things are already on your task list for Q3/Q4 (and if not, they should be), but we thought it would be nice to summarize them anyway.

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Many small and medium sized companies struggle with this challenge. Let’s say they have a sales representative who’s located in another country. Which authorizations should he get? Should he have access to the SAP system at all? If so, should he be allowed to only see SAP reports (“view only”) or should he issue sales documents too? The answer is not easy, and might involve solving or remediating Segregation of Duties violations during the analysis process.

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The first part of this blog was published a few weeks ago. We talked about the steps needed to maintain your company's authorizations when you implement SAP support packages, and you need to replace T-Codes. This blog will continue on through the final steps.

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When it comes to handling GRC conflicts, is it better to use an alerting tool or a simulation tool? They both manage conflicts, but one is predictive and the other happens after the fact. Well, there is no one solution; the key is to use them in combination to promise a peaceful process and clean GRC audit report.

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If you haven’t already noticed, in some SAP support packages several T-Codes have been replaced with other T-Codes. These changes create a challenge in maintaining your company’s authorizations, and there are also implications to the GRC module. So, what do you do?

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It’s hard to start a career in any field, particularly the highly specialized field of GRC in SAP. The good news is that you know this is a direction you’d like to take. The question is how. 

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The focus for this week is based on some very naive statements we’ve heard during our experience in the field. The following quotes are definitely myths, and we highly suggest that you familiarize yourself with them in case you hear them too.

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Do you know the best way to handle ongoing new T-Code and development requests? Should the CIO approve allocating the resources for business requirements as they pop up or should he thoroughly inspect each application first?

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