LAW 2.0 – what is new?
The new LAW version proved challenging for many end users. Administrators were surprised to learn that LAW 2.0 runs in a Web Browser session – not like the ‘original’ LAW tool, which operated as a traditional SAP GUI program. In addition, LAW 2.0 presented a number of new functions including:
- Standard Mode (i.e. basic consolidation steps not dissimilar to LAW 1.0, but graphically designed and wrapped with the new presentation style)
- Extended Mode (i.e. built around entirely new features not available in LAW 1.0)
One of the most interesting new features of LAW 2.0 is the ‘Manage System Data’ function.
Through this function you can perform a number of tasks, including:
- Maintain non-SAP systems
- Create consolidation groups for your internal company purposes (i.e. departments -> call center, retail outlets)
- Transfer system overview from previous audit(s)
Another new functionality of LAW 2.0 is called “Group Users”. This functionality enables LAW to select a second criteria to combine the users who have not been already grouped by the first criteria. In addition, you can assign external user attributes and use them as a ‘grouping attribute’. This is a major improvement compared to LAW 1.0, which did not have the same or similar capability.
Advanced user consolidation
SAP price list (i.e. the rights of a Professional User include the rights granted under the Limited Professional User, a user who has been assigned to both user types is consolidated to only one Professional User). In LAW 2.0, it is however also possible to set up individual consolidation rules. In some cases, end users have ‘non-standard’ license users. SAP will refer to these licenses as ‘Special Type Users’, whose rights and scope are bespoke as per the contract signed between the end user and SAP. Example: the rights of a “Manager Self Service User” might include the rights granted under a Special User ABC: an individual who has been assigned to both user types would need to be consolidated and respectively counted to only one Manager Self Service User. It is however important to note that setting up individual consolidation rules requires input from SAP. SAP must provide you with the appropriate file containing the ‘bespoke rules’ applicable to the particular situation.
Another interesting feature of LAW 2.0 is the option to display a partial consolidation using a group consolidation as previously created. This can be used for internal purposes and it cannot be transferred to SAP.