EY launches tool to manage SAP license compliance


Seeking to address the growing challenges associated with managing software licenses and governance, EY Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services has launched a new automated tool for SAP customers.

The move was prompted by an increase in the number of software licensing related disputes over the last year, according to Amit Jaju, executive director, Forensic Technology and Discovery Services and head (EMEIA), Software License Forensics, EY.

“We have noticed that while companies followed standard license management practices and tools for specialised software such as an ERP system, they were caught unprepared during compliance audits. This led to disputes around the fine print in the license contract,” Jaju said.

“This inspired us to develop a comprehensive and specialised software solution to help our clients manage SAP licensing in an automated manner. Feedback from our existing clients, from not just the CIOs but also the CFOs, has been positive.”

Managed by EY’s Forensic Technology and Discovery Services arm, EY SAPPHIRE will assist customers to maintain compliance, control license costs and optimise their existing license landscape.

“Today, businesses are operating amidst an enhanced risk landscape, and effective compliance is no longer just a ‘good to have’ measure, but a norm. As the influx of technology has permeated through to every division within the company, it has become inherently impossible to track information without automation,” said Paul Walker, partner and head (EMEIA), Forensic Technology and Services, EY.

“This has prompted EY to devise comprehensive tools such as EY SAPPHIRE, for businesses to effectively decipher loopholes and thereby enhance their levels of compliance around SAP licenses.”

EY’s Software License Forensics team has managed SAP license compliance engagements for global companies across verticals in telecommunications, fast-moving consumer goods, manufacturing, utilities, and software services.