Transparency is one of the key components of great SAP licence management. [shutterstock: 184576229, Atstock Productions]

Transparency is one of the key components of great SAP licence management. [shutterstock: 184576229, Atstock Productions]

The Challenge of SAP Licence Management Pt. 2

In order to deal effectively with the issue of SAP licence management, it is necessary to understand which activities lead to the use of the manufacturer’s intellectual property. Indirect use, for example, is a widespread issue in the SAP community and not just since the legal dispute in Great Britain became known. In part two we dive into the topics of transparency, more complex licence models and the worst-case scenario.

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Proper SAP licence management requires a lot of know-how and effort to get the best resulst. [shutterstock: 583886152, kenary820]

Proper SAP licence management requires a lot of know-how and effort to get the best resulst. [shutterstock: 583886152, kenary820]

The Challenge of SAP Licence Management Pt. 1

In order to deal effectively with the issue of SAP licence management, it is necessary to understand which activities lead to the use of the manufacturer’s intellectual property. Indirect use, for example, is a widespread issue in the SAP community and not just since the legal dispute in Great Britain became known. Part one covers indirect use, SAP's effort to create a future-proof licence model and the SAP ecosystem.

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SAP vs. Diageo shows how non-compliance in indirect use can lead to significant damage. [shutterstock: 424466095, Jorg Hackemann]

SAP vs. Diageo shows how non-compliance in indirect use can lead to significant damage. [shutterstock: 424466095, Jorg Hackemann]

Preventing Software Licensing Legal Actions

The recent SAP UK vs. Diageo Great Britain court decision is yet another software licensing lawsuit between large vendors and their customers. Flexera's Anton Hofmeier will demonstrate how legal action can be avoided.

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Recent court rulings have caused an uproar among SAP customers as companies are facing huge financial risks. [shutterstock: 299616500, Evlakhov Valeriy]

Recent court rulings have caused an uproar among SAP customers as companies are facing huge financial risks. [shutterstock: 299616500, Evlakhov Valeriy]

Risks of Indirect Use – Better Practice

The recent judgment in favor of SAP in the litigation regarding indirect use disconcerts the global SAP community. As an outcome, transparency when it comes to the entire SAP infrastructure of a company is rapidly becoming a high priority.

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Customers often struggle to find an answer on what license they need. [shutterstock: 331203719, ImageFlow]

Customers often struggle to find an answer on what license they need. [shutterstock: 331203719, ImageFlow]

Indirect Use: Making Complicated even more Complicated

What should we understand 'indirect use' to mean in context of SAP? Which licenses should customers buy? Which license do customers need to buy? With the change to the description for 'SAP NetWeaver Foundation for Third Party Applications' in the List of Prices and Conditions ('PKL') 2016/2, the confusion has increased.

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Decision-Makers are facing a lot of challenges when it comes to SAP License Management. [shutterstock:303208433, Robert Kneschke]

Decision-Makers are facing a lot of challenges when it comes to SAP License Management. [shutterstock:303208433, Robert Kneschke]

The Challenges of SAP License Management

Compliance aspects are just as relevant as economic efficiency. Efficient SAP license-management's recipe for success is based upon a well-balanced and efficient mix of people, processes and tools.

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