In my role as CIO of Johnsonville, I am analyzing indirect access, the impact of digital access licensing, and the pros and cons of adopting the new licensing model. I have committed to documenting that process and sharing insights with you in a series of blog posts. In the first post, I provided some background and laid out Johnsonville’s high-level approach to the process. In this post, I will cover the initial steps we took to get an understanding of our indirect access exposure and an estimate of documents required to address that exposure..
Today, ASUG is excited to team up with DSAG and SAP to announce the Digital Access Adoption Program (DAAP). This new program is designed to help customers move to the digital access license model. According to Robin Manherz, SVP of global portfolio planning and commercialization at SAP, the new program promises “to remove uncertainty or trepidation associated with historic transactions, audits, and/or negotiated indirect licensing terms that may have, over time, become difficult for customers and SAP to succinctly rationalize.”
Ever since SAP released its official announcement about its new documents-based licensing model in early April, we’ve been receiving lots of questions from ASUG members about the changes. But we’ve seen some common themes emerge from all of them. To help others in the SAP community who might be asking themselves the same things, we’re sharing the top six most common questions and their answers here.
The Background on the SAP Licensing Conversation
Since September 2017, ASUG and other global user groups (including DSAG and SUGEN) have brought the voice of the customer into the decision-making process at SAP to address some challenges related to licensing, sales, and audits.
Through the process, ASUG has remained focused on what we consider the top three objectives:
Indirect access is a topic I have been following since it first came up in the news, particularly after SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference when Bill McDermott addressed it onstage. Nearly five months later, my ASUG colleague, Chris Crone, describes our current state accurately in the title of her recent blog post: So Many Questions, So Few Answers.