Latest blog entries http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/Latest.html Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:57:20 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Pop quiz: How many types of SAP licenses are there? http://www.xpandion.com/xpandion-blog/pop-quiz-how-many-types-of-sap-licenses-are-there.html http://www.xpandion.com/xpandion-blog/pop-quiz-how-many-types-of-sap-licenses-are-there.html 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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eden.amitai@xpandion.com (Eden Amitai) Licensing & SAM Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:30:00 +0000
Emergency Access at 2am? Don’t Wake Me Up, Please! http://www.xpandion.com/xpandion-blog/emergency-access-at-2am-dont-wake-me-up-please.html http://www.xpandion.com/xpandion-blog/emergency-access-at-2am-dont-wake-me-up-please.html There’s a tricky little process with an innocent-sounding name, and it’s something that goes on in your organization far more frequently than you’d imagine. Can you guess what it is? It’s called “IT Access” (AKA “Emergency Access”) – and auditors love it. 

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marketing@xpandion.com (Yoav Michaeli) Security & Authorizations Sun, 08 May 2016 10:30:00 +0000
Need Additional SAP Licenses? Read This First! http://www.xpandion.com/xpandion-blog/need-additional-sap-licenses-read-this-first.html http://www.xpandion.com/xpandion-blog/need-additional-sap-licenses-read-this-first.html

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.

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moshe.panzer@xpandion.com (Moshe Panzer) Licensing & SAM Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:12:00 +0000
How to Eliminate "Deceiving" Authorization Roles http://www.xpandion.com/xpandion-blog/how-to-eliminate-deceiving-sap-authorization-roles.html http://www.xpandion.com/xpandion-blog/how-to-eliminate-deceiving-sap-authorization-roles.html

If your organization has run an SAP system for three years or more, you probably suffer from what we like to refer to as “Deceiving Authorization Roles syndrome.”
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Whether you’re familiar with this pesky problem or not, maintaining authorization roles for a few years, adding and removing activities and authorization objects, and creating new ones and deleting others all create situations in which authorization roles have names that incorrectly represent their content. This can lead to SAP admins unintentionally granting users with the wrong authorizations.

 


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marketing@xpandion.com (Yoav Michaeli) Security & Authorizations Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:26:00 +0000
The #1 Fastest Way to Scare a Business User http://www.xpandion.com/xpandion-blog/fastest-way-to-scare-a-sap-business-user.html http://www.xpandion.com/xpandion-blog/fastest-way-to-scare-a-sap-business-user.html Programmers, have you ever wondered what the fastest way to scare a business user is? It’s easy – just put a breakpoint in your code so that when someone uses it, the program stops and reverts back to code level.
This is a surefire way to freak out business users, SAP implementers and even SAP authorizations users. From our experience, there’s nothing scarier for a non-programmer than to think their software is “broken.”

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marketing@xpandion.com (Yoav Michaeli) Security & Authorizations Sun, 31 May 2015 08:00:00 +0000
3 Easy Ways to Prepare for the Event of Employee Leave http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/3-easy-ways-to-prepare-for-the-critical-event-of-employee-leave.html http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/3-easy-ways-to-prepare-for-the-critical-event-of-employee-leave.html “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.

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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.


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moshe.panzer@xpandion.com (Moshe Panzer) Security & Authorizations Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:03:00 +0000
Optimize Your SAP Licensing by Using Workflows http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/optimize-your-sap-licensing-by-using-workflows.html http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/optimize-your-sap-licensing-by-using-workflows.html Say the word “workflow” and most people would probably think you mean a step-by-step process that involves logistics processes or financial modules. Well… this is mostly true, but what about a workflow process for SAP licensing? From our experience, using a workflow here could lead to very interesting and surprising cost saving situations.

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marketing@xpandion.com (Yoav Michaeli) Licensing & SAM Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:00:00 +0000
Missing Data. Corrupted Data: 4 Tactics to Keep Your Data Clean http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/missing-data-corrupted-data-4-tactics-to-keep-your-data-clean.html http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/missing-data-corrupted-data-4-tactics-to-keep-your-data-clean.html 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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info@xpandion.com (Dror Aviv) Licensing & SAM Tue, 04 Nov 2014 08:00:00 +0000
SAP Authorizations IQ Quiz: The Results http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/sap-authorizations-iq-quiz-the-results.html http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/sap-authorizations-iq-quiz-the-results.html Spoiler Alert:
This blog details the scoring results and answers to the SAP Authorizations IQ Quiz. Take the quiz here.

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debra.greenstein@xpandion.com (Debra Greenstein) Security & Authorizations Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000
Five Major Mistakes That a GRC Professional Should Never Make http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/five-major-mistakes-that-a-grc-professional-should-never-make.html http://www.xpandion.com/Blog/five-major-mistakes-that-a-grc-professional-should-never-make.html If you’re in the GRC field and you’re asked to join a GRC project as a professional consultant, a team leader or a project manager – avoid these 5 major mistakes. If you don’t identify these situations beforehand, you might be put in an uncomfortable position that could hurt your reputation. Avoid them ahead of time to minimize your risks.

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info@xpandion.com (Dror Aviv) GRC & Risk Management Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000