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SAP License Parking – A mixed bag of goodies


Although by no means commonplace, in some cases where contractually permitted, enterprises can suspend the use of some SAP licenses by ‘parking’ them and deferring the corresponding annual maintenance fees. In the event this is allowed, the decision to do so should not be taken lightly.

While license suspension or parking reduces short-term cash flow obligations in the form of maintenance payments to SAP, it generally does NOT rid the enterprise of that obligation in the longer term. Put simply, at best it just pushes out the deferred maintenance obligation for payment another day.

Although we are starting to hear more people talking about it, in reality SAP license parking is a relatively unusual practice for several reasons: