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Make Recognizing Indirect Access to SAP a Key Priority

SAP’s position is clear, SAP wants to be compensated by the use and value generated by its IP even if it is done via Indirect Access

SAP customers need to ensure that identifying and tackling Indirect Access risk is a key priority. So, what does Indirect Access entail, and how do you know if you’re exposed to the risk of fines? How do you identify whether you have systems which enable users to indirectly access SAP?

SAP Indirect Access Risk Mitigation - PT II

Part 2 of 2: Discover risk, reduce financial exposure and automate license optimization

With an optimized direct license estate (as described in the first blog of this series), an organization has the firm foundation required for estimating potential Indirect Access costs and effectively minimising them. Without truly understanding the Indirect Access to your SAP system, it could leave you on the back foot if an audit were conducted – that is not a desirable position to be in with any vendor, let alone SAP.

SAP Indirect Access Risk Mitigation - PT I

Part 1 of 2: Back to basics - Right size direct licenses as the foundation for sound Indirect Access decisions.

The Indirect Access conundrum has posed a new challenge to many SAP customers recently. It’s clear though that SAP is not going to dramatically change its stance anytime soon. As an SAP customer, there are many angles to approach SAP Indirect Access. But no matter what your view or opinion on the fairness of the situation, there’s a practical approach derived from best practice licensee optimization methods which will serve you well.

SAP Licensing – The Lowdown on Static Read

SAP Licensing

Last May, when Bill McDermott announced SAP’s empathy toward its customers and provided standardised scenarios relating to Indirect Access at Sapphire Now, even a cynic would have been forgiven for anticipating some substance around the new rules.

SAP Halts Activity on Indirect Access

A temporary hiatus while conflicts are resolved

Almost as soon as Snow’s SAP blog on the challenges of SAP licensing was published, this week SAP has announced it they will cease “sales activities” related to NetWeaver Foundation for 3rd-Party Products. For the time-being this is good news for SAP customers as they will no longer be liable for charge against a particular category of Indirect Usage, namely when using SAP-integrated add-ons via the NetWeaver platform.

SAP Audits – Is it really impossible to accurately determine your financial exposure?

If you don’t effectively manage licenses, you’ll almost definitely be paying over the odds for them

SAP licensing is complicated. License entitlements can be open to interpretation and contract amendments can mean that financial liability for one customer may be very different in comparison to another, even if their usage and requirements are identical. It often depends on what deal was struck at the time of purchase.

‘Tis the Season to be Audited

Vendors' fiscal year end heightens their audit activity

December 31 is fast approaching, and not only is it the end of the calendar year for most people across the globe, it also marks the fiscal year end for a number of major software vendors- including SAP, IBM, VMware and Citrix. 

Tax payers foot the bill for Software Compliance

Although the final settlement figure was reduced from an original US $4.5 million, the unbudgeted cost is still substantial and should stand as a warning sign to other organizations that do not have an effective Software Asset Management (SAM) program in place. For a commercial organization, US $2.3 million in unbudgeted cost would be at best inconvenient.