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I recently had a meeting with a group of CIOs about monitoring users in the cloud. Here's my take-away.

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Xpandion creates “behavior-based profiling” for business applications. Sounds impressive, huh? However, do you know what it means, exactly?

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When you go to a tailor to purchase a suit, do you prefer a suit that fits you 100%, in size and taste? Or would you rather get a semi-fitted suit, which is not quite your size (baggy…) and only close to the color you wanted? I’m pretty sure the unanimous answer is a 100% tailored suit – nothing less. In off-the-shelf software however, I recommend the opposite: tailor the software as little as possible.

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Pay (only) as you use – innovative approach? Indeed (although we have already recommended a similar approach in SAP licensing by concurrent users, suggesting that companies pay only for the licenses they really need). I am a big believer in SAP® and also in methods that enable enterprises to better use SAP. One such method is pay (only) as you use. This can be achieved by implementing the concept of usage inspection in every aspect and angle of a business. Effective ERP usage inspection enables companies to pay only for software/programs/applications that are actually being used. In this blog post I am referring to internal payment processes, which organizations can really implement very easily.

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I, for one, feel confident when implementing new software on a client’s server or on our secured cloud; nonetheless I can’t necessarily say the same about the customer... Sometimes I feel that customers are a bit nervous when I’m around, especially when I ask questions about their SAP authorizations or SAP licensing contracts.

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Increased licensing costs. Security. Breaches. Hackers. Budget cuts. Downsizing. 

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Though most SAP programmers are reliable, serious professionals, there are a few who are intent on harming their organizations – and because of these few, we are rightfully afraid of the power of SAP Programmers. They almost always have a significant number of authorizations in the production system - and access to almost every part of the system.

Because of this clear threat, for the last few years I have been a strong advocate in pushing the idea that programmers shouldn't have access to production systems; they should only have access to DEV and QA systems - and if there’s a real bug in production – they can use a special username to perform a debugging for a limited time. Unfortunately, the idea was premature and I wasn't able to convince any of the organizations I worked with about the importance of segregation of duties and reduction of absolute power to any one user.

They always said that they trusted their programmers….mistake.

 

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