Although this topic may generate a lot of excitement among some of you – it's not a formal SAP licensing type (yet). However, it might make sense to consider it, since using LicenseAuditor, we often see organizations of 10,000+ SAP users with a daily average use of only 800 actual users - or less. These organizations have recently started to talk with us and SAP about licensing according to concurrent users.
What is licensing by concurrent users?
In this method of licensing, the organization is buying an amount of users who can work simultaneously. If the organization has bought X concurrent users, then, when the X+1 user tries to log-in, he or she will be turned off and will have to wait until another user logs out.
Each license based on this method would cost considerably more than licensing by named users. However, there will be significantly fewer licenses needed, so, it is a more "honest" approach, and it makes more sense to organizations. Furthermore, you would be able to support different SAP systems with different numbers of licenses for each system.
The idea is: "if you don't need a license, don't pay for it", especially when dealing with very expensive licenses.