SAP Licensing – Challenges and Recommendations
Posted by Eva-Maria Fahrer on 18/11/2020 16:58
Over the last few years, we at SBN, have been asked on a number of occasions for advice on SAP licensing with reference to Indirect Access and SAP’s new document based licensing model. Of course, these challenges escalate to a completely different level when an SAP customer is contemplating the move to S/4HANA. Over the last few years, we have arranged numerous webinars and face-to-face sessions on this topic, predominantly with SAP. I think it is fair to say that SAP’s answer to these challenges has been quite consistent in stating that the new document based licensing model is ultimately advantageous for all customers. However, SAP will not force customers to move to the new model, even though SAP have been actively incentivising customers to make the move.
Here is a link …. to a document that ASUG, the American SAP User Group, has recently published in which an independent consultancy has looked at the issues and provided a reasonably clear overview with recommendations on what a customer needs to consider relating to SAP licensing. Obviously, these consultants are hoping to gain financial reward from the publication of this White Paper through their tools and consultancy services. However, the paper does provide a reasonable overview of the key issues facing SAP customers together with good advice on the actions that customers can take to ensure they end up with a licensing solution that meets their needs for the lowest cost. Take a look at the document and let us know what you think.
Keep a lookout as SBN together with SAP are bringing you two webinars before the end of year. Webinars that will provide an update on the latest information on SAP licensing. See below for dates:
Contact Martin Brownsword e-mail mb (at) adfahrer.com
SBN Webinar: Licensing workshop, on-premise
Virtual workshop by SBN & SAP
Learn how SAP safeguards your SAP Business Suite software investments when transitioning to SAP S/4HANA, in on-premise or hybrid scenarios. Besides knowledge transfer, the session contains interactive parts with exercises for the participants. The main topics include: licensing SAP S/4HANA on premise for net new and existing customers, compatibility packs, and product and contract conversion.
SBN Webinar: Licensing workshop, Digital Access and Cloud
Virtual workshop by SBN & SAP
Turn capital expenditures into operational expenditures with SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Learn how SAP safeguards your investments of the past, e.g. when you move from SAP Business Suite on-premise to SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Understand the licensing concepts, which are consistent across all cloud models, and as put the content into practice via exercises. The main topics include: Cloud licensing fundamentals – solution capabilities, full usage equivalents – conversion policies – core vs. extended licenses.