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May 09, 2017 - 08:32 AM
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Jun 01, 2017 - 06:39 AM
What product groups does your solution discover and recognize in terms of SAP Licensing and what approaches are used for each product group (SAP ERP, Business Warehouse, Business Objects, Sybase, HANA)?: We split capabilities based on reporting on consumption-only licese types that can be monitored (Engines, FIORI, BO) and named-user licenses that can be optimized through right-sizing. All SAP systems and licenses which are administered via SU01 can be optimized. Since HANA is priced as a percentage of the HSAV, optimizations carry over to create additional savings potential. This is included in our analysis.
How does your solution help organizations identify and remove inactive SAP users?
samQ includes a configuration menu, where clients can specify values, eg. the number of days after which an inactive user shall be deactivated. If this threshold is reached by a user, samQ stores the original validity date of this user and changes the “valid to”-date to the day before. This way, the user is longer taken into account for system measurements and their license is returned to the inventory. If the user would like to commence work within the original validity period, the user can be found and re-activated with one click through samQ's user management console and the original “valid to”-date will be restored. However, if the validity period is terminated, samQ prevents re-activation, which is compliant to SAP regulations.
How does your solution help organizations identify and remove duplicate users?
By default, samQ will consolidate SAP users with the same SAP ID across all systems. Alternatively, it's possible to group users by email address or custom criteria such as fields stored within SU01. During our initial license assessment and again during the implementation, a consolidation method is chosen that suits the client best. This way, samQ prevents multiple user billing.
How does your solution allow organizations to assign the correct user type against active users?
samQ is unique in its time-to-results, as we deliver an initial report on optimization potential within hours. samQ relies on a robust database of 60,000 TCode definitions fast user re-classification analysis out of the box for Professional, Limited Professional, Employee, ESS and Developer licenses. On top of that, samQ consultants can build profiles for any custom user types client have licensed based on TCode or component usage, or fields stored with SU01. samQ also ships with templates for Worker, Logistics, and other user types to enable a quick and easy what-if analysis to calculate more beneficial licensing scenarios.
Once an initial baseline and compliance position is reached with SAP – How does your solution support organizations with on-going monitoring and optimization of SAP licensing?
samQ evaluates each user based on the currently used transactions or based on used components and sub-components. This way and with the help of our always up-to-date transaction database, samQ is able to ensure a permanent audit-compliant distribution of SAP licenses. If a change in license type is required, samQ updates the license type in the corresponding SAP system(s) – no more manual work needed, and no more clean-ups needed before the annual self-audit is due.
How does your solution help organizations identify and manage indirect access to SAP products?
We believe that in order to help customers reduce financial risk stemming from Indirect Access exposure, a solid consulting offering is needed. Tools can assist in the initial discovery of at-risk interfaces, but they will never be able to automatically remediate the situation. Our license consultants help clients interpret their risk and recommend a licensing strategy that takes into account their license position and mitigates their financial exposure, often by 50% or more. We use our license management tool samQ to determine the Indirect Use exposure within the greater SAP landscape. Clients can expect an automated analysis of RFC connections, third party systems and add-ons, identification of critical interfaces, and an examination of the exchanged data throughput. We support them in evaluating their results and assist with developing a negotiation strategy that fits the company’s needs and objectives. Projects typically last between 5-15 days, during which time clients have full access to the know-how of one of our licensing experts.
How does your solution help organization manage SAP licensing against specific business metrics / SAP packages?
Consolidated engine measurements across all systems can be managed and initiated centrally from samQ. Precise reporting is available via our mobile-ready Fiori interface, samQ's web-browser console or the classic SAP GUI. The engine inventory can be entered in the samQ customizing area. Alerts can then be set up that warn users about consumption thresholds. samQ can also be set up to send an email notification to certain people, if an engine reaches a certain level of consumption. In order to guarantee consolidted and accurate results, samQ includes an always-up-to date SAP notice to prevent USMM from displaying incorrect results.
Is anything missing from this selecton?
Perhaps the provider's project approach. Rather than offering a tool POC, we conduct a license assessment to determine an organization's overall potential to re-classify its users. The goal is to lower license spending and avoid true-ups. Our consultants can advise on licensing strategies and compliance topics. Customers are then trained to take ownership of samQ, allowing precise reporting and on-going optimization. The initial license assessment is typically completed in about a week, with minimal efforts on the customer side.
How long does it take until value is created? Setup takes about 60 minutes, and samQ can have an initial report within hours.
Jun 06, 2017 - 01:38 AM
- Does the solution require additional hardware or software to be deployed (in addition to the existing SAP servers)?
- Does the solution gather data via agents?
- Does the solution make use of / employ the SAP security model?
- Is the solution able to make use of existing SAP infrastructure, connectivity and security models?
Jun 08, 2017 - 04:43 AM