The Dirty Tricks They Play: Do as SAP Say or It’s Audit Time

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Nobody likes being audited. It’s boring, labour intensive, and nothing good ever comes of it. And when it’s an ERP supplier audit? Things only get worse. Huge amounts of time and resources are required. And if it turns out you’re under-licensed? Things are going to get very expensive very quickly. In this series, we’re taking a look at some of … Read More

The Dirty Tricks They Play: SAP’s (Lack of) New Features

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One of the major perks of staying “in support” for a business software solution is that you generally get the benefit of any new features of enhancements the supplier releases. And while many of those enhancements may not directly benefit every customer, there’s always the hope that something new will be released that has a tangible benefit for your business. … Read More

Is SAP S/4HANA ready for you as a customer?

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SAP’s initial announcement and first few years of marketing for S/4HANA was incredibly optimistic, with the company boldly declaring that it would dominate the database market and oust Oracle, it even went so far at one point to say that ‘there was going to be no innovation in SAP outside of HANA and S/4HANA’. But with slow sales and marketplace … Read More

SAP’s ‘latest’ threat shows why you need to rethink your ERP security

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In April, security firm Onapsis posted about a new threat facing SAP customers that they have called ’10kBLAZE’, an exploit that their researchers have estimated could impact over 50,000 companies worldwide – enabling hackers to access, steal or edit any data that sits in your SAP system. These exploits can be executed by a remote, unauthenticated (no username and password) … Read More

How to take a payment holiday from SAP

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Many SAP customers unthinkingly line up to renew their support contracts each year, but what if you could save 50% each year with an SAP holiday? If you are an SAP customer, it’s likely that you may be paying up to 22% of your license fees to support and maintain your databases and software. But is this really necessary? What … Read More

Confused by SAP indirect licences? You’re not alone

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Diageo fined £millions by SAP, but are you still at risk? Indirect access – when referring to SAP – is when you use third-party or custom applications to access data held in SAP systems. SAP’s indirect licences and access became (in)famous last year when SAP won a legal battle against long-time customer Diageo. It turned out that they had been … Read More

SAP: “The End of Innovation”?

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With many IT budgets being squeezed, it is worth examining the validity of one of the most common reasons SAP customers give for remaining with SAP support; access to software upgrades that provide new functionality. When SAP released version ECC 6 of their ERP software in 2006, they introduced the concept of Enhancement Packages (EHP), which could be installed to … Read More

SAP S/4 HANA & 2025: What should your strategy be?

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If you use SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, and you’re not using SAP S/4HANA, then you’re on a deadline. A deadline that was recently extended to 2025, but still, the clock is ticking. SAP is giving all of their customers until 2025 to move to SAP S/4 HANA in an attempt to force adoption of their new Cloud platform. … Read More