Organizations in numerous industries use enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to optimize their business processes. One of the most commonly used ERP systems is SAP. However, though SAP can be extremely beneficial to organizational streamlining, there also are some IT headaches the system can produce, especially for small businesses, which tend to have leaner IT departments.
Issues with Managing SAP
Each time an employee needs a new SAP account, setting up and managing the process can be labor intensive, and requires time-consuming manual actions. When a new employee starts working, he needs to have an account created with the correct permissions and access set up so he is able to perform his required work.
Additionally, workforce changes that occur throughout an employee’s employment, such as a new office, a departmental change or a new job title, may result in changes to the various systems. Finally, when an employee leaves the organization, their access needs to be revoked in a timely fashion.
Manual implementation of these changes in the SAP systems is extremely complex and expensive. Additionally, license costs make it important to implement these changes in a complete and timely fashion so that the organization is paying for the correct number of licenses.
Easily Manage SAP
When dealing with these issues, many organizations choose to integrate SAP with Active Directory to help provide more convenient, cost-effective service. IT leaders can start integrating by synchronizing with an HR application. Changes in the HR system will then automatically trigger changes across the network (Active Directory, Exchange, etc.), as well as in other SAP systems, such as user facilities and functionality assignment. This allows admins to easily make changes to the roles, access rights and employee information for SAP. This also eases the process when it comes time to de-provision accounts for employees who are no longer with the organization.
SAP and other ERP solutions are quite beneficial for nearly every organization, and partnered with an identity and access management solution they can ensure ease of use and less work for both IT and the end user.