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How SAP’s digital access licence influences your ERP strategy

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Following the high-profile legal cases against brewers Diageo and Anheuser-Busch InBev, SAP has brought some clarity over indirect access to its core ERP system

In April 2018, SAP made the first big step in shifting its customers away from traditional licensing to a consumption model.

This new digital access licensing aims to clarify SAP’s position regarding indirect access, where machine-to-machine interactions replace human users in SAP-based systems.

Its strategy is to position what SAP now calls the “digital core” as the primary system of record, as businesses look to derive value beyond the process automation built into the core enterprise resource planning (ERP), taking advantage of the internet of things (IoT) and emerging technology trends – such as customer experience and robotic process automation.

SAP has identified document types that represent system-generated records of what it describes as “commonly valued business outcomes”.

These are: sales, counted at line item level; invoice, counted at line item level; purchase, counted at line item level; service and maintenance manufacturing; quality management; time-management material, counted at line item level; and financial.

Its new digital access license counts only initial document creation. For instance, a sales document created by indirect/digital access is automatically processed in the digital core, resulting in the creation of invoice, material or financial documents. SAP would charge only for the sales documents initially created and not for the subsequent documents.

SAP has identified document types that represent system-generated records of what it describes as “commonly valued business outcomes”.

These are: sales, counted at line item level; invoice, counted at line item level; purchase, counted at line item level; service and maintenance manufacturing; quality management; time-management material, counted at line item level; and financial.

Its new digital access license counts only initial document creation. For instance, a sales document created by indirect/digital access is automatically processed in the digital core, resulting in the creation of invoice, material or financial documents. SAP would charge only for the sales documents initially created and not for the subsequent documents.

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