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Aspera LicenseControl for SAP

Aspera LicenseControl for SAP Certification Report

Summary

Aspera LicenseControl for SAP is certified for management of SAP licenses against The ITAM Review’s SAP License Management standard

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Pros

  • Mature Product
  • Experienced Product Management team
  • Demonstrable strong ROI
  • Flexible Deployment
  • Highly Configurable
  • Scenario modelling for S4/HANA migration

Cons

  • Complex to implement
  • Customers without in-house SAP skills will require professional services
  • Not fully integrated with Aspera SmartTrack

Aspera LicenseControl for SAP Certification Report

Assessment

The assessment below outlines how Aspera LicenseControl for SAP® Software meets the criteria for the ITAM Review SAP License Management standard:

General Observations – Aspera LicenseControl for SAP® Software

  • Aspera LicenseControl for SAP® Software is a very mature product with an experienced Product Management and technical team behind it. The roadmap is clear and there is a commitment to rapidly adjust the product to meet potential SAP license policy and metric changes.
  • Deployment is flexible with options including on-premises and hosted. The solution is available standalone from other Aspera products. The completely agentless technical approach means that Aspera LicenseControl for SAP® Software can be deployed in a matter of hours.
  • Installation & onboarding is performed by Aspera SAP Licensing Experts.
  • Aspera estimates a license optimisation using the tool will yield a minimum of 10% of the annual cost savings from a customer’s SAP Named User Licenses. This enables an expected ROI to be calculated ahead of deployment, providing strong support for the business case for the tool.
  • Key to the success of the tool is the detailed and highly configurable Aspera license allocation ruleset. This proprietary ruleset may be thought of as being similar to the software recognition service built into general purpose SAM tools.
  • SAP License Management is complex, Aspera recognises this and their “Tool plus Service” approach enables organisations without teams dedicated to SAP License Management to optimise their SAP estate and derive the best value from deploying LicenseControl.
  • Service engagement options range from installation support all the way through to a full managed service.
  • The limited-use version of Aspera’s SmartTrack reporting and dashboarding product enables summary reports to be generated from the comprehensive & highly detailed LicenseControl for SAP data.
  • Scenario modelling is strong, particularly S4/HANA migration and readiness assessments. These assessments enable organisations planning an S4/HANA migration to negotiate from a position of strength because likely costs will be understood ahead of deployment.
  • The product provides rich functionality for the measurement of digital and indirect access.

Assessors Recommendation

  • Aspera LicenseControl for SAP® Software exceeds the requirements of The ITAM Review SAP License Management Standard v2.0
  • Customer references verified features work in live environment as promised
  • We therefore certify Aspera LicenseControl for SAP® Software for SAP License Management

Reference Visit #1 – German Automotive Manufacturer

For this certification process The ITAM Review interviewed an Aspera LicenseControl for SAP® Software customer in Germany, a large end user corporate with tens of thousands of employees.

This customer has been using Aspera LicenseControl for SAP® Software for many years. It is used to manage diverse SAP systems across multiple semi-autonomous business units. This diversity was an obstacle to optimisation and was the primary motivation for deploying an SAP License Management tool. Using the tool, the customer has been able to centralise and consolidate SAP contracts and simplify the license types deployed using contractual user types. They have customised the out-of-the-box ruleset to meet their needs and cite this flexibility as a benefit of the product.

The output from the toolset is used to directly drive contract negotiations with SAP and the ability to consolidate user and account information enables further cost efficiencies through cost allocations to departments and divisions. This allocation method enables targeting and governance at a divisional level – for example highlighting divisions where licenses are allocated inefficiently.

This customer has just started using the tool to simulate and model potential migrations to S4/HANA. The ITAM Manager uses the tool in conjunction with SAP Operations consultants and cites the ability of the tool to provide a non-technical user with insight into the performance of the SAP Operations team.

They find Aspera service to be very flexible with a reasonable response time for questions and requests. They have made use of consultancy days with Aspera for user training.

Overall, they are happy with the tool and are long-term users – it has clearly become an essential component in their management of software licenses.

Reference Visit #2 – Multinational Retailer

The second end user customer is multinational retailer for luxury goods headquartered in France. They have been using the product for 3 years. It was selected in a 3-way competitive RFP, winning on functionality and price. The lead user was familiar with using the tool in a previous role as a consultant and as such can be considered an expert user.

They manage approximately 4,000 users with the tool across 9 production and development systems. They also use the tool to measure indirect access. The primary motivation for deploying the system was cost management and it has delivered against this requirement. From spending in the region of €200k the tool enabled them to deliver on a target of zero additional SAP expenditure in the first year. This meant that the tool paid for itself several times over within the first year.

As with the first reference, this customer has extensively customised the standard ruleset to meet their needs. This flexibility, along with the consultancy services available from Aspera, is consistently called out as a great strength of the product. The customer also praised Aspera’s support and customer service, citing how they developed additional functionality for the product at their request. We have seen this customer-centred approach from Aspera for other products in their portfolio too.

In day-to-day usage they import data on a weekly basis from the source SAP systems. They use this data to identify optimisations to write back to SAP and work with their BASIS team to do this. The BASIS team use the tool regularly to check on inactive users and perform a bi-annual reconciliation.

One area they see for improvement is in reporting. The product does not allow standard views to be customised when performing license allocation simulations. The workaround is to export to Excel and it’s an area where the product lags behind Aspera’s SmartTrack product.

Overall, they find the product “really easy to handle, really easy to deploy” and are pleased with the ROI it provides, backed up with excellent support and consultancy.

About AJ Witt

A former IT Asset Manager, AJ is Industry Analyst for The ITAM Review. He's interested in hearing from end users of ITAM tools and also vendors. He enjoys writing about the SaaS Management market, practical aspects of ITAM operations, and the strategy of major software publishers. You can connect via email (aj.witt@itassetmanagement.net) or LinkedIn. AJ is based in the New Forest where he enjoys cycling, walking, spending time with his family, and keeping chickens

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