Snow Optimizer for SAP® Software

Software license optimization for one of the enterprise’s largest IT costs


Snow Optimizer for SAP® Software, an SAP certified application, provides SAP license optimization and management automation in a single integrated console.

The SAP® Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that this product can be technically deployed into SAP NetWeaver as an ABAP Add-On. With that, customers can benefit from improved interoperability and supportability of the certified solution with SAP NetWeaver.

The certification configuration meets the requirements for running this product on the SAP NetWeaver platform. The product functionality was not tested and is not certified by SAP. 

The product functionality has been tested and certified by KPMG and The ITAM Review: 

KPMG offers SAM Tool Providers an enhanced tool assessment regarding the capabilities to ensure software license compliance. The KPMG SAM Tool Assessment has been developed by KPMG in cooperation with major software brands. Upon successful passing of the SAM Tool Assessment KPMG confirms that the tested SAM Tool provides features and functionalities to support software license compliance.
The SAM Tool Assessment is a standardized factual approach based on decisions made from the analysis of available data and information. It does not reflect the implementation and operational use of the SAM Tool in a real-time environment.

The ITAM Review, an independent community for worldwide ITAM, SAM and Software Licensing professionals, has certified Snow Optimizer for SAP Software v2.0 as suitable for SAP License Management. ITAM Review’s SAP License Management Certification is designed to help worldwide ITAM Review readers identify tools suitable for managing SAP Licensing and provide tool providers with an independent verification of their SAP License Management features.
The process of certification includes developing an open standard for measuring SAP License Management with help from the ITAM Review community, assessing tools against the standard, then visiting existing customers to verify products claims being made by the offering are being delivered in a live environment as promised.
Snow Optimizer for SAP Software v2.0 exceeds the requirements of The ITAM Review SAP License Management Standard v1.0. Features were verified as working and delivering significant ROI as promised via two onsite customer visits

Snow Optimizer for SAP Software enables companies to achieve the transparency and visibility necessary to actively optimize and manage their SAP deployments. SAP licensing is complex, and a lack of insight can result in significant financial and legal liabilities, whether from direct or indirect usage, or paying for licenses that are not even utilized.

The solution provides organizations with the insight and intelligence required to ensure SAP licensing is always right-sized to actual needs – both preventing unintended overspend and putting the SAP administration team in the driving seat when it comes to SAP license and contract negotiations.

  • View consolidated usage data across all SAP systems 
  • Automate SAP user license administration 
  • Identify and trace indirect usage 
  • Calculate costs under SAP’s Digital Access license model automatically 
  • Centrally manage contracts and addendums 
  • Contain HANA license costs 
  • Optimize BusinessObjects licensing
  • Install and manage within the SAP environment (SAP certified)

Key Benefits


Snow Optimizer for SAP Software provides deep-dive analysis into transactional and individual usage data, identifying opportunities to reduce costs and liabilities by eliminating duplicate users and unused licenses. The solution can automatically recommend ‘best-fit’ license types based on user behavior, making it easy to switch from expensive licenses to cheaper ones where appropriate. Automatic monitoring frees up SAP administrators to focus on core duties and ensures information is always up-to-date in case of an audit or review. Contract Management and compliance reports provide guidance and insight as well as helping to achieve savings through better negotiations with vendors.


SAP recently announced that indirect licensing would be assessed based on the number of digital documents created, rather than on the number of indirect users with access to SAP data. SAP customers can choose whether to move to this new licensing model or stay on their current contract.

Under the original indirect usage licensing model, every user who creates, reads, or manipulates SAP data (whether directly or indirectly) must be authorized and licensed to do so. Snow Optimizer for SAP Software rapidly identifies potential indirect usage based upon access by third-party users and reconciles these users against named users within the SAP system, facilitating the removal of duplicate licenses and the detection of SAP integrated third-party products.

With SAP’s Digital Access license model, license costs are incurred when specific document types are created. The Digital Access Estimator for SAP® provides a simplified, automated way to predict these costs at a granular level. It allows SAP customers to compare indirect access costs of current licenses to predicted costs under Digital Access and choose which license model is the best-fit for their organization.

Regardless of which model SAP customers choose, Snow Optimizer for SAP Software provides comprehensive data about indirect access and usage, to enable organizations to reduce costs and mitigate risks.


Snow Optimizer for SAP Software maintains up-to-date details on all SAP license allocations, giving SAP administrators the ability to adjust license types and distribution on-the-fly. Automated rule sets quickly align individual users with the correct license in the correct system based on their activities.

Alerts can be triggered when the organization nears license limits under current contracts or specific activity restrictions. Pre-defined rules help organizations prevent actions that would incur unexpected or unacceptable costs.


Snow Optimizer for SAP Software can be used to test a variety of “what-if” scenarios that enable the organization to model how changing the deployed license types would affect SAP licensing and support costs. Scenarios can be played out in the solution without making any changes on the live system until the organization is happy with the results, avoiding potentially costly licensing mistakes.


By profiling usage of every individual using BusinessObjects software, Snow Optimizer for SAP Software empowers the administrator to right-size licensing to actual needs.

The solution reconciles BusinessObjects licenses against SAP licenses to ascertain any gaps or overlaps. By matching usage to the correct license, eliminating duplicates and revoking licenses from inactive users, Snow Optimizer for SAP Software refines an organization’s BusinessObjects licensing position to prevent unnecessary overspend or compliance and audit risk from underspend.


Snow Optimizer for SAP Software can be fully-deployed even on large SAP environments in just a few days, with actionable intelligence being collected immediately. Customers report a 20-30% saving on their SAP costs typically within weeks alone.

Ongoing savings can run into the millions as organizations take advantage of the information generated by Snow Optimizer for SAP Software to renegotiate their contracts and right-size licensing to actual needs.


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