Flexera Software: Analyzing SAP License for Optimum Usage
Jim Ryan, President and CEO
SAP applications have culminated into one of the highly appreciated and widely used in many organizations, making optimized SAP license management a critical feature. Without accurate knowledge of how SAP systems are licensed and being used, organizations risk expensive and unplanned operating costs after submitting the required License Administration Workbench (LAW) report to SAP. The Itasca-based Flexera Software’s FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications is a scalable SAP license compliance and Software License Optimization solution, architected on the FlexNet Manager Platform. FlexNet Manager has been optimizing SAP named user licenses by perceiving idle users, identifying duplicate users, and assigning the optimal license type for each user based on an analysis of real usage data. The solution delivers an inclusive and accurate insight into SAP named user and package licensing, guaranteeing optimal SAP licensing, and controlling ongoing costs for SAP software.
With FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications, organizations can centrally analyze and monitor the usage of their SAP systems to guarantee an accurate and optimal license position is achieved. The solutions also assists enterprises to cut down software expenses internally, based on actual use and exhibit license compliance at any time while providing agentless collection of SAP usage information. The solution analyzes actual user behavior based on which SAP transactions are used and for how long, module usage, and authorization roles allowing organizations to precisely envisage future SAP license needs and avoid unbudgeted surprises. FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications takes the conjecture out of SAP license classification by recognizing the optimal license type for each user based on real usage patterns, in a fully automated and repeatable way and in compliance with the associated SAP contract.
Organizations can centrally analyze and monitor the usage of their SAP systems to guarantee that an accurate and optimal license position is achieved
FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications amasses package license metrics from SAP systems without the need to run a system measurement, permitting metric data to be collected on a regular basis. The FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications Product Use Rights Library contains license rules covering hundreds of SAP packages. FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications offers ongoing visibility into package license consumption enabling improved budgeting of licensing costs, and reduces the preparation time and effort for annual true-ups.
One of Flexera’s Fortune 500 clients was facing a number of challenges in the management of its SAP software investment. The client was unable to track how employees were using SAP software, which led to excessive purchases of higher cost licenses. They selected FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications to gain control of SAP license management and spend. By implementing Flexera’s Software License Optimization solution, the client has visibility into SAP software usage, which allows them to know exactly what license types they need for the organization. Their administrative overhead related to SAP license management has been reduced by more than 90 percent.
Flexera has been assisting application producers and enterprises manage application usage and increase the value being derived from any software. The company’s next-generation software licensing, secu¬rity, compliance and installation solutions are important to guarantee continuous licensing compliance, optimize software investments and future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. With over 25 years of market experience, today, over 80,000 customers have adopted Flexera Software’s solutions owing to their automation and intelligence designed products.