Act Fast to License Digital Access Before Discount Expires

by Michael Pearson

In May, 2019 SAP announced the "Digital Access Adoption Program" (DAAP). DAAP allows customers to receive a 90% discount on the purchase of indirect access usage licenses, known as "Digital Access".

We've worked with customers to purchase Digital Access licenses under the program and, in some cases, swap shelfware licenses for Digital Access to offset almost the entire cost.

The program was originally set to expire in 2020, but was extended to December 31, 2021. So far there is no indication as to whether DAAP will be extended beyond this, so presumably as of 2022 there will be no special discount on Digital Access licenses.

DAAP licensing can be complex and will most likely require several iterations, so any customer wishing to take advantage of this program should act soon in order to beat the end-of-year deadline.

Who Should Consider DAAP?

Any SAP customer who doesn't already have license coverage for indirect usage should consider DAAP. Many customers have indirect access usage exposure without knowing it. Any interface between SAP and a non-SAP system could be a likely candidate for indirect access. Even EDI is considered as indirect access and in many cases will involve the need the Digital Access licensing.

Customers with licenses not being used should also investigate DAAP. This might be a beneficial time to trade in unused licenses for Digital Access.

A License to Bill

SAP Audits are increasing focus on indirect access. This is likely to continue. Customers who were not aware of their indirect access exposure, or might have simply ignored it, might soon find themselves being required to true-up on additional licensing just to be compliant. The result could be costly.

Three Things to Do To Avoid Nasty Unexpected Costs Later

  1. Complete an assessment of your indirect access usage.
  2. Determine if you have any shelfware licenses not being used.
  3. Contact your SAP Reseller or SAP to discuss your options under DAAP.

For help with assessing your indirect access usage, or other licensing matters, contact our SAP License Experts at CONTAX.

About the author: Michael Pearson

Michael is President of CONTAX and claims to be one of the few people in the western world who understands SAP licensing.