This has led to more complexity. When SAP acquired Business Objects (News - Alert) in 2007, licensing in the SAP portfolio changed as well. Not all licenses were assigned in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application.
Licenses such as SAP Application Business Analyst User, Application Business Information User, Application Business Expert User and Application BI Viewer User were part of license entitlement.
Also acquired was Sybase, a database/data warehouse vendor, in 2010. This was followed in 2012 with the release of HANA—SAP’s in-memory computing appliance.
“SAP customers now find themselves in the uncomfortable position of trying to manage additional licensing entitlements that rely on complex calculations that consider a combination of hardware and software metrics such as physical memory, allocation limits, allocated memory and used memory,” according to a blog post from Flexera Software. “The evolution of the SAP Portfolio not only requires an understanding of how your employees are using (or in some cases not using) your core SAP ERP system, but also demands an understanding of how cloud based solutions will be integrated and licensed, and requires tracking the hardware configuration and data throughput within your system landscape. The new realities facing SAP customers today require new license management skills on the part of the SAP Basis and BI teams. This is definitely a new era, requiring a whole new approach to SAP Portfolio and Vendor Management.”
In an article from IT Asset Management, Chris Hughes (News - Alert) of Flexera Software, also explained that SAP engines or packages require additional licenses. The metrics used for licensing are unique to each engine. Also, SAP provides hundreds of engines, with a variety of measurements. Hughes suggests that organizations should work with a SAP licensing specialist given the many challenges. Some of these include: duplicate users, misclassified users and unused licenses. They also lead to excessive spending on SAP-named user licenses, according to Flexera Software webinar.
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Flexera Software's FlexNet Licensing (composed of FlexNet Publisher and FlexNet Embedded) makes it easy for application producers to monetize, secure, enhance and grow market share through the flexible pricing, packaging, and licensing of applications, intelligent devices or equipment using embedded software. FlexNet Licensing also gives organizations the power to protect IP and rein in unauthorized software use to prevent revenue loss.