FlexNet Manager for SAP by Flexera
FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications by Flexera is built on the FlexNet Manager platform itself. This helps end users to have a consolidated overview of their SAP deployments while also having access to the rest of the software vendors covered by FlexNet Manager Suite (such as Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Adobe, VMware or Symantec). It is particularly helpful to configure Flexera in such a way that includes products/components that are part of a license so those can be taken into account as well. The complete and accurate configuration of Flexera is required to make sure that you’ll get an accurate compliance report. If the licenses are not correctly configured, then the financial overview displayed will obviously not be accurate.
Managing SAP users and user license types
This is one of the functionalities covered by all the SAM tools designed for SAP. A healthy license configuration starts with matching the license entitlements with the SAP user types associated to the end users’ pricelist. Once the configuration is completed, the current use of user license types is shown. For optimization purposes, end users can create different license rules meant to highlight the potential license savings (such as displaying the users having a license type assigned but who haven’t been using their account in more than 12 months).
FlexNet for SAP shows comments and usage calculation methods of the different engines for which usage evidences are detected. Though manual intervention and understanding of the SAP licensing rules applicable for every engine is required, you can at least update the usage calculation formula by combining the usage results of different metrics detected to meet your license metric’s definition.
Indications of indirect access of SAP ERP
FlexNet Manager for SAP is identifying potential risks of indirect access by highlighting the users having an abnormal behavior (concurrent logon, long periods of activity) and by collecting evidences of remote systems (non-SAP systems) communicating with the SAP systems via RFC Connections (Remote Function Call).
Integration of the SAP Blade within the FlexNet Manager Suite
FlexNet Manager for SAP is integrated in the FlexNet Manager Suite. Having all the software vendors discoveries in one place is a benefit for software asset managers since they can have an overview of all the software products/components from the different software vendors managed with Flexera as well as all their contracts in one place.
No BusinessObjects discovery
BusinessObjects is not yet properly integrated in FlexNet Manager for SAP. You can upload the licenses in the contracts management blade, but Flexera is not able to discover the usage evidences or accurate usage for BusinessObjects.
Usage results accuracy highly dependent on license configuration
The risk of displaying a wrong financial overview of your license consumption is high because, like any other tool, FlexNet for SAP needs to be complemented by licensing knowledge and extensive understanding of the engines’ measurement. Details such as matching the licenses with the installation based on the metric and license ID for engines and based on pricelist for users are required to ensure accurate results. Moreover, all the non-relevant usage evidences need to be manually filtered out in order to not be displayed as unlicensed and therefore considered compliance risks (e.g. false positive results, results of engines licensed on different metrics than the ones detected via the measurement, etc.).