“The License Administration Workbench (LAW) supports you during the License Audit Process for complex system landscapes. You use the LAW to collect and consolidate license-relevant measurement data (users and engines) for the component systems and the central system (LAW system) in which LAW is run. This provides system administrators with a better overview, and the system measurement is simpler and more reliable.”
It is up to the customer to ensure their SAP systems are maintained and optimized in a way to minimize the risk of being confronted by SAP with additional unbudgeted license fees. You must gain a thorough understanding and insight into SAP’s license definitions, system measurement process, techniques, and LAW report output to properly evaluate and make adjustments to manage users, user classifications, engines, and 3rd party applications that access your SAP Systems. Blindly answering SAP’s Global License and Audit Compliance (GLAC) queries and submitting LAW reports without this understanding will make what SAP tells you to purchase to maintain compliance hard to defend.
There are several Software Asset Management tools in the market to evaluate, make change recommendations, and automate the optimization of measurable licenses, usage, and metrics. However, a certain level of SAP license experience and expertise is required to properly configure rule sets within each tool.
In addition, a large percentage of SAP products cannot be evaluated through the use of a tool and require a certain level of expertise to navigate your way around usage measurements, risk mitigation, and license optimization strategies.