Ask Me Anything – Learn and become an expert on Indirect/Digital Access of SAP Software

Ask Me Anything – Learn and become an expert on Indirect/Digital Access of SAP Software

As part of an ongoing effort to drive value for all INDUS members, we would like to bring to you a new program for your participation and benefit – Ask Me Anything. 

In this 1st Ask Me Anything session, we will cover licensing indirect or digital access of SAP software. 

We hosted Ashish Thamke– Head of License Audit and Compliance Management for SAP India sub-continent in a free flowing question and answer session. 

This was an open session where Ashish answered all the questions that were posted for him around Indirect/Digital Access of SAP software and the right way to license the use.

You can access the entire recording here.

Some of the important questions that were covered as part of the session are as below:

  1. What is the licensing impact if a customer uses a third party app for einvoicing or GST?
  2. What is the licensing impact if a customer use SAP or a third party reporting tool?
  3. What is the licensing impact if someone access SAP applications via a .NET or third party front end?
  4. Is there a tool that SAP provides, which can help identify indirect use of SAP applications?
  5. If a named user runs a batch program to create documents in SAP by consuming an XLS file (moved into SAP application directory using FTP) ?
  6. What needs to be done from a licensing perspective during mergers and demergers?
  7. What is the licensing impact on the using API interfaces with banks to create financial documents?
  8. And many more.

We are looking forward to hosting you in many more such Ask-Me-Anything sessions. 

Executive Exchange with Stefan Steinle, Senior Vice President and Head of SAP Globalization Services

Executive Exchange with Stefan Steinle, Senior Vice President and Head of SAP Globalization Services

As part of an ongoing effort to drive value for our members, we have started a new program.

We plan to invite and host global SAP leaders who are responsible for a particular product portfolio or a region for an executive exchange and provide the opportunity for all INDUS members to interact with them. You can ask questions and provide feedback to these global leaders. 

Given that we are in the midst of a compliance roll-out (e-Invoicing and TCS), we are hosting the global head of SAP’s globalisation team in the first executive exchange as part of this program. 

Introduction to the executive:

Stefan Steinle is the Senior Vice President and Head of SAP Globalization Services. Based in SAP’s headquarter in Walldorf, Germany, he is responsible for the global reach of SAP’s products, which includes language experience, legal compliance, and functional localization. Stefan’s prime target is to ensure SAP customers can leverage SAP software to extend and grow their business globally in all geographies across the world. 

Introduction of the Host:

Atul Govil (Chief Transformation Officer and Head – SAP & IT), who is an INDUS Board Member will host Stefan in this conversation and will moderate the discussion. You can join the session and ask any questions you might have regarding SAP’s localisation strategy or share feedback for Stefan to take back to SAP. 

You can watch the entire recording of the session here.

Some of the important questions that were covered in the session include:

  1. We have noticed that localisation solutions when being released are not complete. Take for example the current situation with the TCS solution released by SAP. While the sales side of the equation is handled by the SAP solution well, the procurement side of the solution is not yet ready or released. Why is that so and what can be done to address this going forward? 
  2. We have also seen that of late, SAP has a strategy to license the localisation solutions being released. We believe that localisation of ERP is something that is mandatory requirement for doing business and helps customers stay compliant and doesn’t necessarily add any additional business value. This makes it difficult for customers to justify the cost of procuring additional licenses for these solutions. Why is this so? 
  3. We also need to be aware of the solutions that surround the ERP solution that are also required to be localised (SuccessFactors or Ariba or Concur, etc). What is SAP’s strategy around them? What is SAP doing to revisit and ensure that their ERP/such solution cover all mandatory compliances? 
  4. Consumption of Notes  by SAP customers on earlier version is not as seamless and has teething issues. How is SAP going to handle this? 
  5. We have seen that many interactions between SAP and customers is around the interpretation of the law of the land. Can SAP’s interpretation be shared for customers to be better prepared {in the form of Q&A or FAQ’s}. This is so that the primary focus of all interactions between us needs to be on the solution.
  6. With the rate of change in compliance requirements getting faster and faster, how is SAP planning to address this? Also, what can be done to improve collaboration between development team and customers to be significantly improved. This is to enable SAP to act on localization requirements quickly and act/comply locally.

If you have a request in terms of which executives would you like to be invited, pls reply to this email and let us know and we will try and get them in one of the next sessions. 

Stay tuned for more such executive exchanges with key SAP executives.

Influence New Products Being developed by SAP via the Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI)

Influencing SAP products (both current and future is a big part of the user group agenda. To that avail, SAP announces a list of projects where they seek customer feedback before developing the ideas into full fledged product.

The list of projects which are part of the current cycle is listed below.

 A short documentation on how to find and register for a CEI projects can be found on influence.sap.com.

Please note that the registration is open to valid S-Users and Ariba Customers only.

The current CEI cycle offers the following projects. Learn more and sign up via the links below until 6th Nov 2020, to receive an invitation to an introductory call with SAP’s development team.

After the initial call, you can decide whether you want to participate in the project.

SAP S/4HANA

Sensor-based Root Cause Analysis

Digital Manufacturing Cloud – Resource Orchestration & Labor Management

MTI for Withholding Tax

External Data Sources for Legal Reporting via Advanced Compliance Reporting (ACR)

New request process for professional SAP Note & KBA Translations

SAP Edge Services – Containerization

Next Generation Flow Manufacturing / Repetitive Manufacturing

Sales Order Scheduling

SAP Analytics Cloud enterprise tenant integration with SAP S/4HANA OnPremise

SAP S/4HANA – Segmentation integration in QM and PP/DS

JIT Supply to Customer in SAP S/4HANA – New SAP Fiori Applications

Compliance Risk Management – Coordination and Collaboration across the lines of defense

Integration of Sales with External Buyers (‏2EL‏)

SAP S/4HANA Order to Cash – Experience Management with Qualtrics XM

Portfolio Management for CapEx/Capital Projects

Sales Quotation Management – Concept for RAP-Based SAP Fiori App

Create Sales Orders – Automatic Extraction (Chinese language support)

SAP S/4HANA – Customer 360 overview in Sales and Service

SAP S/4HANA – Manage Billing Documents App – Mockup Validation

SAP S/4HANA – Item Category Harmonization for Sales and Service

SAP central procurement use cases, data integrations, and desired outcomes

Requirements for an end-to-end contract management process

Monitoring and error handling in SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud

SAP One Inbox

SAP Help Portal Information Architecture

Analytics+ for User Assistance

SAP Direct Distribution – Mobile App

New Mobile Experience at SAP – SAP Mobile Start

SAP Customer Guide – Mobile App

One user experience for SAP S/4HANA

Data Protection and Privacy – Business Partner Purpose Integration (Concept Validation)

Future solution for Product Managers – customer requirement validation

SAP Customer Experience Solutions

SAP Commerce Cloud and Qualtrics

SAP Central Order Service

Inbound Engagement in SAP Sales Cloud

Better collaboration between Marketing and Sales in SAP Sales Cloud

Enhance Target Group capabilities in SAP Sales Cloud

AI Based Recommendation Service with Explainability Insights

Future solution for Product Managers – customer requirement validation

Concur

SAP Analytics Cloud – Notifications and Settings

SAP Analytics Cloud – Rich Text Format for Commenting Feature

SAP One Inbox

New Mobile Experience at SAP – SAP Mobile Start

Ariba

Cross Industry Non-Auto Direct Materials Sourcing

SAP Ariba Sourcing: Use cases related to managing multiple events

Requirements for an end-to-end contract management process

Levering SAP Ariba Sourcing for Construction Services

Defining the SAP procurement technology drivers for social procurement

Integration of external sources of content and information into source-to-pay processes.

SAP One Inbox

New Mobile Experience at SAP – SAP Mobile Start

SFSF

SAP Analytics Cloud – Notifications and Settings

SAP Analytics Cloud – Rich Text Format for Commenting Feature

SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central – Information on Dependents

New Partner Finder Design

Public Sector Scenarios for SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central

SAP One Inbox

New Mobile Experience at SAP – SAP Mobile Start

Fieldglass

SAP Analytics Cloud – Notifications and Settings

SAP Analytics Cloud – Rich Text Format for Commenting Feature

SAP One Inbox

New Mobile Experience at SAP – SAP Mobile Start

All Topics

SAP Commerce Cloud and Qualtrics

SAP Central Order Service

Inbound Engagement in SAP Sales Cloud

Better collaboration between Marketing and Sales in SAP Sales Cloud

Enhance Target Group capabilities in SAP Sales Cloud

Root Cause of Alert Clusters

Sensor-based Root Cause Analysis

Digital Manufacturing Cloud – Resource Orchestration & Labor Management

Localization Toolkit for SAP S/4HANA Cloud

MTI for Withholding Tax

External Data Sources for Legal Reporting via Advanced Compliance Reporting (ACR)

New request process for professional SAP Note & KBA Translations

SAP Analytics Cloud – Notifications and Settings

SAP Analytics Cloud – Rich Text Format for Commenting Feature

SAP Edge Services – Containerization

SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central – Information on Dependents

New Partner Finder Design

Next Generation Flow Manufacturing / Repetitive Manufacturing

Sales Order Scheduling

SAP Analytics Cloud enterprise tenant integration with SAP S/4HANA OnPremise

SAP S/4HANA – Segmentation integration in QM and PP/DS

JIT Supply to Customer in SAP S/4HANA – New SAP Fiori Applications

Risk & Controls Identification and Assessment in Finance

Compliance Risk Management – Coordination and Collaboration across the lines of defense

Semantic Schema Mapping Tool for Banking and Insurance

Integration of Sales with External Buyers (‏2EL‏)

SAP S/4HANA Order to Cash – Experience Management with Qualtrics XM

Portfolio Management for CapEx/Capital Projects

Public Sector Scenarios for SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central

Sales Quotation Management – Concept for RAP-Based SAP Fiori App

Create Sales Orders – Automatic Extraction (Chinese language support)

SAP S/4HANA – Customer 360 overview in Sales and Service

SAP S/4HANA – Manage Billing Documents App – Mockup Validation

SAP S/4HANA – Manage Solution Order App

SAP S/4HANA – Item Category Harmonization for Sales and Service

Cross Industry Non-Auto Direct Materials Sourcing

SAP Ariba Sourcing: Use cases related to managing multiple events

SAP central procurement use cases, data integrations, and desired outcomes

Requirements for an end-to-end contract management process

Levering SAP Ariba Sourcing for Construction Services

Defining the SAP procurement technology drivers for social procurement

Integration of external sources of content and information into source-to-pay processes.

AI Based Recommendation Service with Explainability Insights

Monitoring and error handling in SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Migration of SAP HANA extended application services

SAP Cloud Platform Business Application Studio Extensibility

SAP One Inbox

SAP Help Portal Information Architecture

Analytics+ for User Assistance

SAP Direct Distribution – Mobile App

New Mobile Experience at SAP – SAP Mobile Start

SAP Customer Guide – Mobile App

One user experience for SAP S/4HANA

Data Protection and Privacy- SAP Cloud Platform Information Lifecycle Management Strategy Validation

Data Protection and Privacy – Business Partner Purpose Integration (Concept Validation)

SAP Analytics Cloud – Business Content

Future solution for Product Managers – customer requirement validation

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) – All you need to know (30min)

In the September edition of monthly webinar Defeat the Hackers, INDUS Security Special Interest group hosted Shipra Aggarwal and Bibin Mathew from SAP Labs India Bangalore.

Two topics were covered in this month’s session:

  1. Critical SAP Security Notes Released this Quarter
  2. CVE (Common Vulnerability and Exposures)

Critical SAP Security Notes Released this Quarter

Bibin presented on the new critical patches that were released this quarter (July 2020 – Sep 2020) and should be consumed by customers on high priority. The session covered more details about these critical patches including:

  • Products affected
  • Impact
  • Availability of workarounds & FAQs

Please refer to the slides and recording for more information.

CVE (Common Vulnerability and Exposures)

Shipra shared the importance of CVE (Common Vulnerability and Exposures) for SAP customers in enhancing the security posture of their landscapes.

The session provided an overview on the need for CVEs for software security vulnerabilities. At the session, Shipra also spoke about how and when SAP became a CVE Numbering Authority and the benefits of doing so.

She also shared some practical tips on making the best use of CVEs.

In addition, the session also detailed on the following aspects:

  • Why do we need CVEs and what it is?
  • How SAP assigns CVE-IDs for its patched security vulnerabilities?
  • Understanding the CVE entry from MITRE and NVD
  • How customers can make use of CVEs to consume SAP patches effectively?

Some of the resources that she shared are as below: