At the last DSAG (German SAP User Group) annual conference, the new USMM 2.0 was presented by the head of development at SAP. As you might guess our expectations were focused on the new identification of Indirect Access and the counting of indirectly generated documents that SAP wanted to cash up for at that point. However, the actual presentation went into another direction…
What was introduced?
Hardly a word of Indirect Access! However, there was a long explanation of how USMM 2.0 can be used to define licensing according to authorizations. What immediately triggered the question: “Why?”
Only one day before the DSAG had announced that the SAP has withdrawn the demand for the time being to require a licensing according to authorizations from SAP customers. It dawned on us that the emphasis was clearly on the words “for the time being”.
Licensing based on authorizations – What happened so far?
So let’s try to read between the lines. In recent years, there have been several attempts by SAP to persuade customers to license their users according to assigned authorizations. The first attempt was only partially successful. The arguments were simply not strong enough. On the other hand, SAP has huge revenue opportunities with this method, because it is clearly the more cost-intensive licensing. Reason enough to press ahead with this topic.
One customer, Daimler, had already been “convinced” of this licensing years ago. A joint project for concrete implementation was realized there. The project result can now be found almost 1:1 in the recent USMM version. It was presented in detail at the DSAG annual congress. The message: once set correctly, the rules would always apply and the users would always be properly licensed. What was concealed was the fact that this happened on a very cost-intensive level!
USMM 2.0 – Is there room for improvement?
What you can’t find in this new version of the USMM is the possibility for optimization. The new set of rules for USMM is rather rough, extremely complicated to set up, confusing and does not offer any interfaces to GRC or IdM. Actually, it simply can’t offer that. Because authorization topics differ from the ones for licensing. Not to mention the optimization in both areas.
What about the migration to S/4HANA?
The missing optimization possibilities are not the only disadvantage. What about the migration to S/4HANA? New transactions, new products, new license types … these topics don’t make things any easier.
How should you proceed?
If you don’t want to be overrun by the whole wave (of which the new USMM is only one part), you should prepare yourself. The best way: use a tool with which you are prepared for both options, like samQ.
But what secures the future for our customers, saves enormous effort in the present and creates compliance with regard to the authorization concept, is our tool setQ. Further valuable features are the automatic assignment of authorizations and the prevention of critical combinations.
setQ works hand in hand with samQ, and together they are the most effective team for real identity management with far-reaching optimization possibilities. Both are supporting you in your S/4HANA migration, are implementing an optimized authorization concept that can be permanently optimized after use and provide a transparent data situation. With this data you can negotiate with SAP at eye level.