The pricing strategy of SAP is constantly irritating customers. It is very complex, and might also not be in compliance with the law. [shutterstock: 348388718, Wright Studio]

The pricing strategy of SAP is constantly irritating customers. It is very complex, and might also not be in compliance with the law. [shutterstock: 348388718, Wright Studio]

Licensing: Stop Beating Around The Bush

For years, SAP’s licensing policy has been constantly irritating customers and partners. The pricing strategies of SAP are complex and often leave room for interpretation, leading to uncertainty and conflicts. Especially Indirect Access divides SAP and its customers and business partners.

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In combination with historical license and contract knowledge, existing SAP customers can count their licenses and have them be assessed by experts - and save money! [shutterstock: 793237669, lovelyday12]

In combination with historical license and contract knowledge, existing SAP customers can count their licenses and have them be assessed by experts - and save money! [shutterstock: 793237669, lovelyday12]

Count And Save

In combination with historical license and contract knowledge, the "transparent“ existing SAP customer can, with the help of USMM and LAW, count their licenses and have them be assessed by experts - and save money! However, SAP can use said knowledge for evaluating Indirect Access. Virtually everything is possible. In this text, Stefan Autengruber, SAP Licensing Expert at License Ethics, and Peter Färbinger, E-3 Editor-in-Chief, share their perspectives on SAM tools and Indirect Access.

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Is the SAP's Indirect Use policy invalid? [shuttersock: 237716635, Tashatuvango]

Is the SAP's Indirect Use policy invalid? [shuttersock: 237716635, Tashatuvango]

SAP’s Indirect Use Licensing Policies In Germany Under Fire

Is SAP's Indirect Use licensing policy in Germany invalid? At least Voice, one of the largest IT user groups in Germany, thinks so and published a respective press release on its website on October 2nd 2018. Voice is in good company with its opinion with some well-known German IT lawyers who published similar opinions in recent articles in German IT Law magazines.

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Standard SAM systems operate like a traffic count on an intersection. The new SAP licensing model in turn requires more detailed tracking. [shutterstock: 348384155, Stephan Guarch]

Standard SAM systems operate like a traffic count on an intersection. The new SAP licensing model in turn requires more detailed tracking. [shutterstock: 348384155, Stephan Guarch]

SAP Licensing: E2E – Don’t Administrate, Orchestrate!

ERP has masterd the concept of thinking in end-to-end processes right from the start. E2E ultimately is the term for the value added by every integrated, business IT system. Everything in these IT systems is connected with everything - an advantage for the user, a challenge for license management. In this text, Stefan Autengruber, SAP Licensing Expert at License Ethics, and Peter Färbinger, E-3 Editor-in-Chief, share their perspectives on the new SAP Licensing Model.

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The new SAP licensing model leaves room for interpretation. More audits may be incoming for SAP customers. [shutterstock:788799925, Robert Kneschke]

The new SAP licensing model leaves room for interpretation. More audits may be incoming for SAP customers. [shutterstock:788799925, Robert Kneschke]

SAP Licensing: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

Since the 10th of April of this year, everyone has been talking about the provisional licensing model agreed upon by SAP, ASUG and DSAG. There already is a rudimentary concept, a price list. What is still missing, however, is a technical evaluation.

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Developer access might be the next issue when it comes to SAP licenses. [hutterstock: 692207827, fizkes]

Developer access might be the next issue when it comes to SAP licenses. [hutterstock: 692207827, fizkes]

Licensing Strategies For SAP Hana Developers

SAP is aware of its "license debt" and is timidly attempting to repair their prior behavior without losing face. But SAP boss Bill McDermott has too many construction sites for quick answers. The next escalation around a possible "Native Hana Developer" might already be looming.

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