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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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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 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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Don't overlook all of the functions of SAP T-Code ST03N. Some of them can be very useful for classifying users to SAP license types according to their de-facto behavior.

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Believe it or not, SAP wants you to be its customer. Moreover, SAP wants you to be a satisfied customer so that your company will purchase other SAP management solutions in the future. If you have always assumed that negotiating SAP contracts is impossible (as impossible as negotiating contracts with a bank, utility provider, cell phone operator), then assume again.

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Pay (only) as you use – innovative approach? Indeed (although we have already recommended a similar approach in SAP licensing by concurrent users, suggesting that companies pay only for the licenses they really need). I am a big believer in SAP® and also in methods that enable enterprises to better use SAP. One such method is pay (only) as you use. This can be achieved by implementing the concept of usage inspection in every aspect and angle of a business. Effective ERP usage inspection enables companies to pay only for software/programs/applications that are actually being used. In this blog post I am referring to internal payment processes, which organizations can really implement very easily.

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Although this topic may generate a lot of excitement among some of you – it's not a formal SAP licensing type (yet). However, it might make sense to consider it, since using LicenseAuditor, we often see organizations of 10,000+ SAP users with a daily average use of only 800 actual users - or less. These organizations have recently started to talk with us and SAP about licensing according to concurrent users.

What is licensing by concurrent users?

In this method of licensing, the organization is buying an amount of users who can work simultaneously. If the organization has bought X concurrent users, then, when the X+1 user tries to log-in, he or she will be turned off and will have to wait until another user logs out.
Each license based on this method would cost considerably more than licensing by named users. However, there will be significantly fewer licenses needed, so, it is a more "honest" approach, and it makes more sense to organizations. Furthermore, you would be able to support different SAP systems with different numbers of licenses for each system.
The idea is: "if you don't need a license, don't pay for it", especially when dealing with very expensive licenses.

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