Even though there’s not much new information about Indirect Access, SAP users and all who are part of the SAP ecosystem still have to tackle this challenge. As SAP hasn’t really concretized what Indirect Access means, SAP users are still in the dark.
Interview with Corevist
With Sam Bayer of Corevist we talked about Indirect Access in 2018 and how to handle the topic this year. As Sam Bayer states it: “It really is too bad that this SAP Indirect Access issue is forcing CIO’s to spend more time with lawyers than with their business users and customers.” He sees the responsibility at our side: “It is now our job to keep the topic illuminated. Our job. You and me. We have to share knowledge and best practices with one another with the hopes that SAP will hear us.”
The Number of SAP Audits is still Rising
Although the Indirect Access media coverage seems to have reached a high water mark, the number of SAP audits is still rising. And without knowing how to handle the topic of Indirect Access the right way, these are challenging situations for all SAP users. What we’ve been saying for years now is be proactive. The goal is not to avoid the audit, it is to control the outcome.
How to Tackle the Problem the Best Way?
A License Optimization tool like samQ can help you managing your SAP licenses throughout the whole year. Thereby, you have an objective analysis and are perfectly prepared for negotiations with SAP.
Knowing what your contract entitles and taking inventory about actual license usage are critical first steps. Companies are often sitting on shelfware licenses that can be reclassified to cover third party applications that trip up Indirect Access discussions.
Our advice: Action is the best antidote to anxiety! Be proactive and prepare yourself to control the outcome of an audit and negotiation with SAP.