Is SAP indirect access an exact science yet?

03 may '18 - Catalina Ceapraga - share: LinkedIN Mail

The story of SAP indirect access was a much-debated topic in the market over the last year. Online publications in the SAM industry not only debated the topic, they even took sides, judged or provided advice on how to manage or avoid such risk exposure.

In a perfect world, software asset management is supposed to be an exact science where everything is either black or white. It should be as simple as ‘entitlements versus usage’. Basic math. In real life, things are a bit more complex.    

The truth is that there is no clarity around this topic yet and it will cost SAP, their customers and SAM experts quite some time, money and energy to vanish the incertitude around indirect access and create a set of rules that is not open to interpretation.  

Since the indirect access saga started, SAP tried to simplify the pricing strategy and clearly describe the access to SAP ERP, making it easy for their customers to understand what kind of access falls under indirect access. To classify if an interface is under risk or not, there is now a set of decision nodes to be followed. However, performing a thorough indirect use investigation involves joint efforts of the Process Integrations Department, Systems Administration and License Management Department (in the lucky event of having a team in your company that is carefully administering your SAP licenses and has access to all the contracts signed with SAP).

In our latest “Is SAP indirect access an exact science yet?” whitepaper, we bring more clarity to the indirect access topic, explain different licensing scenarios that prevent you from triggering indirect use, and provide guidance how to identify and tackle risks.

Is SAP indirect access an exact science yet?

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