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SAP Special Interest Group (SIG) – Call for participants

Is SAP indirect access hindering IoT innovation?

The ITAM Review invites readers to join a new Special Interest Group (SIG) dedicated to SAP licensing, in particular SAP Indirect Access.

SAP Indirect access remains a cash cow for SAP during audits due to unclear terms and the growing nature of Internet connected devices and systems. SAP customers complain that SAP licensing is not keeping up with innovation. 

Indirect access is whereby technology is accessing SAP infrastructure indirectly and SAP make a claim for use of their IP. For example you might develop a new shiny mobile app for your customers that might interrogate SAP infrastructure when a customer query is made on the new mobile app, because SAP contracts are ‘archaic’ no such terms exist for handling this new type of access and SAP are said to be exploiting this greyness during negotiations.

In the brave new world of mobility and IoT connected devices, SAP indirect access remains a risk for the ITAM department and constraint for technology innovators.

The Chatham house rule applies to SIG calls to encourage openness and the sharing of information:

“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.” Source

Special Interest Group (SIF) Terms

  • Free to attend
  • The SIG is open to end-user organizations only
  • Chatham house rule applies
  • Names and companies will not be published or shared
  • Communication will be via conference call using Gotomeeting (Audio via your computer or dial-in)
  • The outcome of the SIG calls will be sharing information regarding the most common issues with SAP indirect access and proven strategies for reducing risk. The final deliverable will be decided by the group, but is likely to be a paper or article to share findings.
  • Spaces are strictly limited (due to a volume constraint with Gotomeeting)

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About Martin Thompson

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource for worldwide ITAM professionals. The ITAM Review is best known for its weekly newsletter of all the latest industry updates, LISA training platform, Excellence Awards and conferences in UK, USA and Australia.

Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.

He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.

Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).

When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.

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