What’s New in Version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Access Control?

  • by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA
  • May 31, 2011
Learn about the key benefits arising from recoding version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Access Control on the ABAP platform and its harmonization with other SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions such as version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Process Control and version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management. Walk through the key improvements in the areas of access risk analysis, user access management, business role governance, centralized emergency access, and improved identity management integration.
Key Concept
SAP has recoded version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Access Control on the ABAP stack, and the release cycles of all SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions have been synchronized for the first time, resulting in a more simplified system component architecture.
Thanks to the synchronization of the release cycles in version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions, version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Access Control, version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Process Control, and version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management have been harmonized to a unified compliance platform running on SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.0 enhancement package 2 (aka 7.02). Consequently, all SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions, including version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Access Control, leverage ABAP application server features such as enterprise supportability, granular security, transport management system, robust scheduling, and archiving.

This harmonization effort may help lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by eliminating redundancy in administration, configuration, setup, and end-user training. ABAP-coded applications come with user exits that allow for customer enhancements and simplified maintenance with standard SAP notes and support packages. In addition, users can apply to SAP BusinessObjects Access Control 10.0 their existing knowledge and system maintenance procedures to operate ABAP stack applications. This article examines features and benefits of the unified compliance platform and discusses the key improvements added to the application.

Note
Whereas the previous release, SAP BusinessObjects Access Control 5.3, was a Java application running on SAP NetWeaver Application Server Java 7.0, the new release has been completely recoded to run as an ABAP application on SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.02. In addition, the four main capabilities of the 5.3 release — risk analysis and remediation (RAR), compliant user provisioning (CUP), enterprise role management (ERM), and superuser privilege management (SPM) — that ran very much in silos with little integration have now been harmonized, and data redundancies have been removed. As a result of this enhancement, the naming of these capabilities has been dropped, and the terms access risk management, user access management, business role governance, and centralized emergency access are used instead. For a functional overview and an explanation of the main concepts of the previous release, SAP BusinessObjects Access Control 5.3, refer to my earlier articles posted in 2009.

Unified Compliance Platform

Suite 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions comes as an enterprise GRC platform built to manage all risks and controls from a single environment. For this purpose SAP BusinessObjects Access Control, SAP BusinessObjects Process Control, and SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management have been harmonized across all levels from the user interface and information architecture to the data model, allowing for even tighter integration between the three applications. The information architecture defines much of the initial user experience and determines the presentation of user interface elements such as menu structure, tabs, and navigation alternatives. The goal is to provide a consistent and optimized user experience across the three SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions and minimize redundancies for users of multiple SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions.

Frank Rambo, PhD

Frank Rambo, PhD, is managing a team within SAP’s Customer Solution Adoption (CSA) organization working with customers in the SAP analytics area with the objective to drive adoption of new, innovative solutions. Prior to this position, he worked eight years for SAP Germany as a senior consultant focusing on SAP security and identity management. Before he joined SAP in 1999, Frank worked as a physicist in an international research team. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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