How Independent Are SAP License Management Companies?

Executive Summary

  • SAP license management companies display a lack independence.
  • We cover this independence problem.


License consulting companies are probably one of the only groupings of advice offering entities that can really claim to be independent of SAP.

The Limitations of Scope of SAP License Management Companies

While SAP license management companies show much more independence from SAP than other entities that provide advice around SAP. It should be noted that licensing management entities are not active in that many dimensions of SAP. They focus on the contract side. While licensing is one dimension where there is more independence, there are far more dimensions that are uncovered by any entity providing independent advice. We would know as we perform the research in more non-licensing dimensions than licensing-dimensions of SAP, and the publications about (choose any topic) show remarkable consistency from publishing entity to entity. That is they don’t diverge from the SAP marketing message. And working on SAP projects, the advice offered on direct communications with the customer match the published information from these entities.

And of course, it’s not as if Deloitte. etc… are dying to provide honest information to its clients, but even if they wanted to, they are restricted by the partnership agreement they signed with SAP.

The Independence of SAM/License Management Software Vendors

There is one issue within the SAP license management space. So the license management/SAM vendors are partners with SAP. They have to be to get their software work with SAP. That means they have to watch how they step around SAP. If you look at the publishing around indirect access by the SAM vendors, they did not take the position that SAP’s position was untenable and it was cheating the customer, and even illegal — which we have written is the undeniable conclusion, but that indirect access could be managed with their software.

The licensing consulting companies rely on SAM software, so one could see some “tendrils” of SAP reaching out to the license management companies through the software that the license management companies rely upon. When SAP has a point of leverage, they use it. And their “partnership managers” are I think the best in the business. For those looking for training as “muscle” in enterprise software, the SAP partnership division provides the best training in intimidation tactics.

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