Welcome to our April News 

Chairmans Note 


I’m pleased to announce that two new members have been elected onto your User Group Board of Directors. Please join me in congratulating Fiona Warburg and Michael Reaney.


Fiona holds an SAP Operational Governance role with EDF and has been a member of our User Group for over 9 years. Michael holds a lead role for SAP PM & PS with SABIC and chairs our MSM SIG. You can view profiles for Fiona, Michael and the entire UKISUG board here.

We had four great candidates nominated for the two open positions and the active participation of the nomination and voting process was very encouraging. This process represented a great opportunity for you, our members, to have your say on how we run and manage our organisation.


I also wish to acknowledge the enthusiasm and commitment that nominees, Julian Bond and Daniel Paul, gave to the process and as active members I appreciate their support and would welcome their nomination in future elections. Congratulations to Fiona and Michael and my fellow board members, SIG Chairs and UKISUG staff look forward to working with them as they help us support the services UKISUG delivers to you.


As two new directors join the UKISUG Board, two directors retire, Glynn Lowth and John Weikert. Glynn a member for countless years and past Chairman had an instrumental role in leading the growth, development and increased professionalism of your User Group.


John joined us when we merged with the Business Objects User Group and will continue as an active member and volunteer SIG Chair. I’m sure you’ll see him at many future events.


It has been a pleasure working with Glynn and John over the past number of years and I thank them for their commitment to the User Group and I wish them well in all their future endeavours.


Philip Adams


UK & Ireland SAP User Group

Philip Adams


Access to enterprise data managed by SAP generally requires a named user license. This is a unique license associated with an individual that can be used by them across any device and location. There are some exceptions, but the bulk of the SAP model is centered on named user licenses. If others in the value chain such as employees, contractors or business partners are accessing SAP-stored data through third-party software such as Workday or Salesforce, or through a bespoke internally developed application, organizations must ensure all users of those applications have an SAP named user license of the right type provisioned for them.


The challenge for large enterprises is they have been building out their SAP deployment over the past 15-20 years, and dozens if not hundreds of applications have been interconnected to SAP over that timeframe. Many of these enterprises were strongly encouraged by SAP themselves to use their solution as the system of record and platform for executing the operations of the company – financial accounting, manufacturing, procurement, supply chain management, channel and distribution management, human capital management and various other key processes.


While indirect usage was not historically open to scrutiny, we are seeing more focus on it from audit teams as SAP looks to monetize the value it brings to third-party applications that use data supplied from SAP systems. This has required companies to step up their licensing requirements to remain compliant.

Cloud Symposium

Thursday 12th May 2016 at 9:30am - 5:00pm

Cavendish Conference Centre, London


Cloud is the enabler that has transformed the way we do business today – and re-defines the role of IT in an organisation.  What’s next for Enterprise Architects? How do we navigate this new landscape  and what are the trends for the future?


Join us on the day to find out more with 16 breakout sessions covering four key streams around Employee Productivity, Data and Governance, Cloud Development and Suite/Platform





Save the Date and join our growing delegate list as we prepare for UKISUG Connect 2016!


With over 100 educational / best practice sessions and 21 hours of networking time, can you afford not to be there?


The ICC Birmingham will host the conference for a fourth year running from Sunday 20th to Tuesday 22nd November 2016.


This is your opportunity to network, learn and grow yourself and your organisation within the UK & Ireland SAP landscape.




 Click here for more information or to view our 2015 wrap up video.

Licensing Success...


SAP had been positioning S/4 HANA as a completely new product and therefore there were concerns from many of you that customers would be subject to new license fees if you decided to migrate to S/4 HANA.


We’ve had good dialogue with SAP over the past few months and it has now clarified the licensing model. Regardless of whether you see S/4 HANA as an upgrade or a new platform it is clear SAP has recognised that existing customers paying maintenance have made significant financial contributions to the development of the platform and therefore won’t be expecting existing ERP customers to pay for user licenses. In effect, your current ERP application licenses will just transition over. You can also choose to stay with your existing user licensing model or switch to a new one.......

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