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Governance over hybrid SAP Environments – the ANZ Story

Cloud adoption, and migration of on-premise applications to cloud services, is increasingly being undertaken by organisations wanting to leverage the business efficiencies that cloud infrastructure affords. For organisations with SAP environments there are impediments to a smooth journey. This report presents the responses to a survey of companies, located in the Australian-New Zealand region, that are using SAP for their enterprise resource planning. The current state of cloud adoption is explored and options for providing governance across hybrid environments are presented.
By Graham Williamson
gw@kuppingercole.com

Commissioned by Sailpoint

1 Introduction

Identity Governance and Administration (IGA), comprising user lifecycle management and access governance is an imperative for organisations. The goal ...

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2 Survey Methodology

Fifteen questions were prepared focussing on identifying the propensity for SAP customers to migrate their ERP environments to cloud infrastructure an ...

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3 The Australia-New Zealand scenario

While SAP publish a ‘simple roadmap’ for their customers to migrate their ERP environment to the cloud and they maintain that a large proportion o ...

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3.1 SAP Environment

The survey was restricted to SAP users in Australia and New Zealand. As expected, the geographical distribution of respondents reflected a larger repr ...

Journey to the Cloud

When asked about their ‘journey to the cloud’ more than half of the respondents indicated that they had commenced the move. ...

Timeframe to the cloud

Respondents were asked about their organisation’s plans for migration to cloud services. Nearly 40% are currently actively ...

There are likely several reasons for this. Moving to cloud services requires competent staff with the ability to manage and protect services in the cl ...

In second place was Concur for financial management, followed by S/4HANA by those organisations that have commenced migration of their core SAP functi ...

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3.2 Access Control

Access control is the prime reason to engage in identity and access management and the survey confirmed the interest of SAP customers in identity and ...

Access Control Granularity

Within the SAP environment there is a need to utilise a high degree of authorisation to ensure a least-privileges approac ...

We can conclude that most SAP customers are using manual processes to set entitlements to ERP functionality and are not relying on a corporate identit ...

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3.3 Governance and Compliance

While governance is often an afterthought when it comes to identity and access management, it is gratifying to see survey respondents demonstrating a ...

Risk Management

At the core of identity governance is the concept of managing risk. Respondents were asked to indicate the priority they place on un ...

Monthly Reporting

Respondents were asked to indicate the amount of time spent in governance reporting. It is noted that many SAP environments utilis ...

Manual Reporting Integrity

One of the main concerns with a high degree of manual intervention reported in governance processes, is the level of inte ...

Confidence in Governance Processes

A follow-up question probed the level of confidence respondents held in their governance processes and associated ...

Strengthening identity governance, and improving compliance is the single most important component to raising a company’s security posture.

Cross-ap ...

It is important that companies have confidence in their governance solutions and that a high level of transparency exists in the collection and report ...

GRC Tool Deployment

Finally, respondents were asked to indicate the most important attributes for a GRC tool. In terms of priority, the completeness ...

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4 Conclusion

The survey has substantiated that companies in the ANZ region are lagging in the migration of their ERP solutions to cloud infrastructure. A typical S ...

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