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license fee for web service

Former Member
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Hi experts,

I developed 3 web service in sap part, and a web system (run in intranet) will call these web service to talk with SAP.

If 50 people will use the web system. How many licenses do I need have? 1, or 50?

Thanks

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GrahamRobbo
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Hi Michael,

this is a very grey area. In fact I seem to remember about 10 years ago SAP challenged a prominent CRM vendor over just this issue. I understand the CRM vendor complied with SAP's request rather than risk litigation.

In short, you need to talk to your SAP account rep about this.

SAP licensing is primarily user-based. So if the 50 people who are going to be using the web system are already covered by existing SAP licenses then you don't have a problem. If they are not then you need to get this sorted out.

What I can tell you is that if your reason for architecting the solution this way is primarily to avoid SAP licensing then you will at least be in breach of the intent of your existing license agreement - not a good idea.

Cheers

Graham Robbo

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brad_bohn
Active Contributor
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It depends on your contract with SAP, but in general, you are going to use a single communications user type, such as 'SAPCPIC', to connect to SAP. You don't need a license for every external user; the license fees are based on dialog users.

GrahamRobbo
Active Contributor
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Hi Michael,

this is a very grey area. In fact I seem to remember about 10 years ago SAP challenged a prominent CRM vendor over just this issue. I understand the CRM vendor complied with SAP's request rather than risk litigation.

In short, you need to talk to your SAP account rep about this.

SAP licensing is primarily user-based. So if the 50 people who are going to be using the web system are already covered by existing SAP licenses then you don't have a problem. If they are not then you need to get this sorted out.

What I can tell you is that if your reason for architecting the solution this way is primarily to avoid SAP licensing then you will at least be in breach of the intent of your existing license agreement - not a good idea.

Cheers

Graham Robbo