Walldorf, 01.22.2018 - The German-speaking SAP User Group (DSAG) has been asking SAP for a free, efficient way to ensure compliance with the requirements of the EU Data Protection Directive in SAP software for some time now. SAP has now responded to this demand – in what is a huge victory for SAP users in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

“At the DSAG Annual Conference in September 2017, SAP addressed our request and promised that its customers would be able to fulfill the requirements of the EU Data Protection Directive efficiently and without paying additional licensing fees,” says DSAG board member Gerhard Göttert. Until now, SAP has not offered a license-free solution. This was a highly unsatisfactory situation for SAP users, and had to be fixed as soon as possible – especially given that the deadline for implementing the Directive is May 24, 2018.

Straightforward compliance

Many DSAG member companies felt obliged to invest in additional SAP products in order to meet the Directive's legal requirements – particularly in light of the fact that, without SAP NetWeaver Information Lifecycle Management (ILM), implementing the requirements requires considerable additional cost. ILM is needed to block and delete personal data, among other things. “We urgently need clarity on the ways in which our members can comply with these legal requirements efficiently and free of charge,” continues Gerhard Göttert. At the same time, it was clear to SAP users that the provision and availability of a straightforward solution for complying with the Directive must be covered by maintenance fees.

DSAG’s request is met

SAP finally responded to DSAG’s request. “We are pleased that SAP finally responded to our demands and has shown that it’s committed to its customers,” says Gerhart Göttert. What does this mean in practice? SAP has expanded the license for SAP NetWeaver Runtime to include the retention management functions in ILM. Using this solution, and additional standard functions found in SAP software – such as authorization management – companies can implement projects to take the necessary technical and organizational measures.

For customers using ILM to comply with the legal requirements of the EU Data Protection Directive, there is a compensation scheme in place. Given that many customers are already launching their compliance projects and need to license their software, this scheme is a huge victory for all users as, financially, it puts all customers on an equal footing.

About DSAG
Based in Walldorf, Germany, the German-speaking SAP User Group (DSAG) views itself as an independent body representing the interests of all SAP users in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Its aim is to help ensure that SAP solutions are created in line with user needs, and to promote the exchange of expertise and information among SAP customers and between customers and SAP. Founded in 1997, DSAG currently has more than 3,300 member companies with over 60,000 individual members, and is one of the largest SAP user groups worldwide. For more information, visit:  www.dsag.de, www.dsag.at, www.dsag-ev.ch

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