If you haven’t migrated yet to Digital Access but you have this in mind, or you’re not sure if this is something you should do, it is important to check some things before doing so.
As this program is dedicated to companies having integrations of non-SAP Applications with SAP ERP only, find out if:
- You are using SAP ERP;
- There are any integrations of SAP ERP with third party or in-house developed applications.
If the answer to both these questions is “yes”, then you can move on identifying the legacy licenses that you can use to obtain credit for licensing the new model (such as spare named user licenses, Sales and Service Order Processing, Purchase Order Processing, Enterprise Management user licenses).
Note that you might be under risk of indirect access even though you never used order based engines before and as such you don’t have licenses for any of them. In this situation, prior to continuing with the investigation for indirect access, it is recommended to run a measurement of your ERP systems using USMM and LAW. Check our article on the most common challenges encountered when running SAP’s measurement tools.
The next step is to identify the non-SAP applications integrated with SAP, understand the business process these connections support and what type of data is being exchanged. This step is very important because it will help you understand for which ones of these integrations you’re not covered from a licensing perspective.
If your current licensing model is comprised of enough order based engine licenses and enough user licenses to cover indirect access besides regular, “direct” access, then you can stick to the legacy licensing model at no additional cost.
However, if you are not sufficiently licensed to support indirect access as well, you can choose one of the conversion models SAP offers to obtain credit for Digital Access.
As it is the case with many licensing situations, it is not mandatory for everyone to migrate to Digital Access either because you might not be using SAP ERP integrated non-SAP applications, but also because you might already be properly licensed under your current licensing model.