Recently we hear about large SAP accounts being accused of not paying license fees to SAP for accessing their system using third party applications. The most known example case is SAP vs. Diageo from February 2017 (click here), but more recently another case has made headlines. SAP is accusing brewing company Anheuser-Busch (click here) of similar practice. In SAP jargon this is called “Indirect Access” and we, at Xpandion started hearing about this from our customers around the world approximately 3 years ago. Being that we are a software vendor used for optimizing SAP licensing, we couldn’t ignore this issue therefore we created a special extension for Indirect Access so customers may assess their risk and know what they might face in case of an SAP audit.Continue reading
Moshe Panzer is the founder and CEO of Xpandion. He has over 18 years' experience as a recognized SAP expert, having worked as a senior SAP & ERP consultant, project advisor, project leader and development manager for large private corporations worldwide. You can read more about Moshe on Xpandion's Management page.
There comes a point in time when an organization discovers it needs additional SAP licenses or that its current licenses are no longer covering its actual needs.
In most cases, a deep analysis of a company’s SAP licenses is conducted before the actual SAP audit occurs. The organization receives a letter from SAP regarding self-assessment and the CFO orders an internal inspection. Then the gaps are revealed.
“Leaving us so soon, Mr. Solo?” This famous quote might sound good in the movies, but in a business environment, the event of an employee leaving your company can cause some serious security issues if not treated properly. Let’s talk about why and what you can do to prevent these risky situations.
Two Types of Employee Leave
In general, there are two types of leave: planned leave and unplanned leave. Both are different and should be handled accordingly.Continue reading
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.
Although the title of this blog refers to mothers, it’s really referring to anyone who’s not technically savvy. The people that, when you tell them that you’re the new authorization manager at your corporation will squint their eyes and say, “Well, I’m sure it’s great and everything, but what does that mean?” The family members who, when they want to show off to their friends, tell them how very talented you are and how you’re “doing something with computers.” Even your kid who embarasses you when he tells his 9th grade class that his father “fixes computers.” Then you realize that you have a problem giving a clear explanation of what you do.
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.
The Gate Keeper for SAP Licensing
Who’s in charge of SAP licensing in your organization? Is it you? A dedicated Licensing Manager (aka Software Asset Manager, aka SAM)? Maybe it’s the IT manager or the CIO? Someone is doing this job, because each year, many vendors including SAP, conduct software licensing audits and someone is providing the reports. It's not an easy task, things fall through the cracks, and even the most minor mistake or oversight can be embarrassing, or ahem… illegal. We’ll explain how you can avoid an unpleasant situation and ensure software compliance.