The UK & Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG) has announced anonymised access to the Licensing Transparency Centre for its members who have concerns about how they are licensed for indirect use.
The stakes are high. With the precedent-setting UK High Court ruling in favour of SAP for a claim of over £55 million for indirect users earlier this year, there is now significant uncertainty amongst organisations over what qualifies as a “named user”.
The initiative, driven by the SAP User Group Executive Network (SUGEN), will enable organisations to submit anonymous use cases or scenarios through the User Group to the Licensing Transparency Centre and receive generic feedback from SAP.
“The problem for most organisations is they have no idea whether they are correctly or incorrectly licensed,” said Paul Cooper, chairman, UK & Ireland SAP User Group.
“SAP’s Indirect Access whitepaper is a start and it is good to see some clarity around three of the most popular processes SAP supports, but it is by no means comprehensive. Despite SAP’s assurances it won’t ask for back maintenance payments from organisations that are under licensed, members have understandably been reluctant to speak with their account managers,” he said.
At SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP announced it would be making changes relating to the indirect use of SAP systems and, more recently, the company introduced its whitepaper on Indirect Access, providing more detail about how it is modernising pricing around three scenarios – Order to Cash, Procure to Pay and Static Read.
Cooper said that his group welcomes the creation of the SAP Licensing Transparency Centre and hopes that it will increase the level of clarification from SAP regarding indirect licensing.
“Members wanted to get answers without the fear SAP would automatically penalise them for being incorrectly licensed,” said Cooper.