Indirect Access Defence
The Indirect Access defence service is provided to organisations who have already been approached by SAP regarding potential unlicensed Indirect usage or who have been presented with a bill for licensing fees for unlicensed indirect usage SAP believe they have established.
The primary aim of our Indirect Access Defence service is to prove compliant usage, where a compliance business case would be written to support that conclusion. Other outcomes can be to determine the liability versus SAP’s claim and to advise on an engagement and negotiation strategy that results in an improved commercial outcome for the client.
Aside from regular license audit related non-compliancy, JNC have dealt with Indirect Cases ranging from six to nine figures and have an excellent track record in successfully avoiding Indirect Access claims in full, or achieving significantly improved results where unlicensed Indirect Access is discovered but neither to the extent that SAP claim or that requires the level of licensing that SAP claim.
Considering the risks involved a full and comprehensive contract review needs to be carried out. The usage in question needs to be evaluated to define the nature of the interface, the data flows, data being exchanged, how the system is being used and by who. The contract analysis can then be considered to establish if this usage is already licensed if it needs to be licensed and what licensing is required.
A business case is then written which provides a clear, structured, and compelling argument supporting compliant usage, or that illustrates our evaluation of the usage and how we believe it should be licensed. It is then necessary to develop a response strategy.
This guides the customer in executing further communications with SAP with a view to bringing the dispute to a full, final, and satisfactory outcome. JNC also offer support through the process until this is achieved.
Deliverables: Business Case, comprising of Usage Evaluation and Contract Review Outcomes and Response Strategy.
JNC SAP License Audit Simulation
An Indirect Access Review is a standard optional component of an SAP License Audit Simulation.
For organisations who want a full enterprise-wide view of compliancy including Indirect Access risk an SAP License Audit Simulation is advised. Click the link below to view our Audit Simulation service.
Indirect Access Impact Assessment
Talk to JNC about your future enterprise systems technology roadmap and applications integration strategy to understand the impact your future plans will have on licensing. JNC will perform a contract review and establish any entitlement and limitation on indirect usage.
We will provide a report informing you, in view of your SAP contract how your planned usage needs to be licensed and a quantification of the licensing costs based on known licensing options. We break the cost and risk down by the cost of licensing compliantly and the risk-based incorrect licensing.
As many licensing scenarios can be negotiated JNC can also provide advice and guidance on target outcomes and negotiation strategies to ensure organisations get a good deal on the licensing required to support future technology developments. Don’t rely on your SAP sales rep to offer you the best deal!
Expert Witness Legal Support
If an Indirect Access dispute has already escalated to legal litigation, JNC can act as an expert witness for SAP licensing compliancy and indirect access licensing.
JNC has supported some of the worlds top law firms with our SAP Licensing expertise, and have significant experience of being involved in the legal process. Our expertise can be the key to building and present a successful case.
The key to dealing with Indirect Access is to get informed, know where you stand and get prepared for a licensing audit.