Wherever electricity is flowing through a cable or data is being transmitted over a fiber optics cable, HellermannTyton products are never far away. Over the last 85 years, the company has developed into a leading global provider of cable management solutions and is on track to continue this growth both nationally and internationally. This expansion is also reflected in its SAP systems and authorizations, which have grown alongside its success. Today, systems with this level of complexity are expected – internally and externally – to comply with strict requirements.
Schott AG is considering its SAP S/4HANA transformation from all aspects, from code and processes, down to authorizations for its SAP S/4HANA migration.
In this interview, Thomas Frey (SAP Authorizations Consultant, SAST SOLUTIONS) explains the requirements you need to keep track of when rolling out SAP S/4HANA – and what you must avoid at all costs.
Takeda, Japan’s largest pharmaceuticals company, manages its business processes in a global, heterogeneous IT landscape. From SAP ERP to SAP Cloud applications, employees work at a variety of levels, depending on their involvement in processes, and therefore need access to a number of systems. As a result, the company has to constantly review conflicting authorizations to meet strict compliance requirements, such as segregation of duties (SoD). Most standard software solutions on the market only monitor SoD conflicts and risks in a single system, however, which led the company to search for an end-to-end solution.
Technical SAP users that have extensive authorizations like SAP_ALL pose a heightened security risk. Vulnerabilities can endanger interfaces and paralyze processes. As such, external auditors are intensifying their focus on authorization management. One of our customers – a company in the energy sector – recently faced the challenge of having to restrict the authorizations of its technical users (batch processing/RFC interfaces).
One of our long-standing customers, the largest forklift manufacturer in Europe, uses the SAST SUITE for its SAP authorization management alongside a variety of IT services from akquinet AG. As part of a compliance project, the SAST Consulting team was commissioned to redesign and re-engineer all SAP authorizations for nearly 900 users in Germany. In this guest commentary from Sascha Heckmann, together with external SAP consultant Bernhard Radermacher, he tells how the “Ticket Monitor” a custom-developed add-on for the tried and tested SAST Safe Go-Live Management helped the project become a full success.
Incorrect parameter settings in the SAP system, operating system, or database often result in serious security deficiencies. Numerous companies using a central auditing policy developed as a document are up against the same challenges. Typically, parameter values are compared manually with the target requirements, which of course is time consuming. This a lot of effort even just for one single system. As you might imagine, making the comparisons on system-landscape level is that much more complicated. By centralizing monitoring with an automated solution, you can use resources more efficiently while boosting your IT security.
A municipal utility company recently implemented a new authorization concept to optimize maintenance, transparency, and user access. The implementation process included an assessment of whether all the existing user master records were really necessary. A major project like implementing a new authorization concept often pays for itself when inactive user master records are classified and restricted, reducing license fees as a result.
Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Berlin’s water supply and wastewater disposal company, is a public institution and is therefore subject to special legal requirements. High security standards apply to both business processes and its IT operations. As a consequence, setting up transparent SAP authorization management company-wide to meet all of these requirements was one of the water company’s most critical tasks.
How SAP licenses are assigned is an essential subject for companies. Likewise, authorization management and license optimization play crucial roles that, unfortunately, often take a back seat to day-to-day business and are subject to poor communication between the respective experts. Effective immediately, the partnership between Snow Software, a leading provider of software asset management (SAM) and cloud spend solutions based in Stockholm, Sweden, and akquinet AG will provide relief.
Takeda’s twin objectives were to accelerate and simplify its authorization assignment process while deploying a tool that was simultaneously capable of providing vulnerability monitoring for its SAP backend worldwide. Continue reading