SAP Identity Management

Why SAP Identity Management?

SAP’s ID management software lets you grant and manage user access to applications – securely and efficiently.

It helps reduce operational cost in complex on-premise environments, and can be extended to SAP Cloud Platform by connecting with SAP Cloud Identity Services.

The current release, version 8.0 (along with SAP Single Sign-On 3.0) will continue be supported in mainstream maintenance until end of 2027.

Purchase options

Available either On Premise (client hosted – perpetual license) or via Cloud for Identity Management (SAP hosted – subscription license).

Solution Insight: 

With Digital Transformation driving an organisation’s adoption of more systems and applications, how does Identity Management solve the problem of managing appropriate user access for changing employees and external workers?

The average employee has between 20-40 user accounts for different business systems and applications. This not only poses a significant problem for the end user, but also for functions such as IT and HR, whenever an employee or external worker changes jobs or leaves the organisation. Identity Management resolves this disjointed Joiner / Mover / Leaver process and results in users being provided the right access at the right time, shifting the manual burden away from IT and improving security by deprovisioning access quickly once the user has left the organisation.

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Features of SAP Identity Management

With SAP Identity Management, you can:

  • Lower IT support costs and reduce risk with centralised identity and access management
  • Boost productivity with self-services such as automatic password reset and rules-driven workflows
  • Increase flexibility with standards-based functionality that seamlessly integrates with business processes
  • Improve user access insights and compliance through integrated logging and reporting

Embed identity management into your business processes – for tighter IT security

Reduce risk and centrally manage user access across your enterprise – with SAP Identity Management. The software integrates with your business processes to provide robust data and application security. Keep your operations running smoothly – and boost productivity by providing role-based user access, self-service password reset, approval workflows, and more.

Functional Capabilities

  • Provide secure, role-based user access to business applications
  • Eliminate redundancies with one central location for identity data storage
  • Automate user and role provisioning, and align identity management with business processes
  • Reduce operational costs in complex, heterogeneous system landscapes
  • Comply with local and global regulations

Technical Capabilities

  • Business-driven identity management processes: Tightly integrate with SAP Business Suite for a one-step approach to user administration across your software landscape – on premise and in the cloud.
  • Reporting and auditing: Produce reports based on current and past user access events with extensive auditing functionality – and meet critical compliance requirements.
  • User provisioning, workflow, and approvals: Drive the assignment and maintenance of user access rights across multiple systems with automated business rules and policies.
  • Identity virtualisation: Get a unified view of the virtual identity of all users – and use ID services to leverage identity information and access rights across networks.
  • Password management and employee self-service: Support self-service password reset and synchronisation across all connected target systems – and give users the ability to perform self-service updates of personal information.
  • Roles and entitlements: Align employee roles to business processes instead of technical directory structures.

Winterhawk Insight

Linda Hewison, Winterhawk Co Owner Winterhawk SAP experts

Linda Hewison, Head of Finance


Whenever we meet a new client and we ask how they provision users – if they reply “manually” there’s usually a big ‘sigh’ that follows! Adding new users, deprovisioning users, moving them to new positions – it can be a really slow process, one that’s frustrating for the end user, and one that impacts productivity as well as costs.

Typically there are three business drivers for selecting SAP Identity Management. As I said, the first is Operating costs, labour intensive provisioning, approvals, password resets. The second driver is Organisational Change, while a third driver will typically be around Regulations and Compliance, especially when it comes to audit and keeping records of approvals, timely deprovisioning and demonstrating control over Joiner/Mover/Leaver processes. The bigger the organisation, the harder it becomes.”



Implementation of SAP Identity Management can be as quick as 10 weeks by leveraging Winterhawk’s Rapid Deployment Services (RDS), enabling fast, efficient roll-out at a lowered cost.

Using Winterhawk’s cost-effective and best practice RDS approach, you can plan for a GRC go-live in less than 3 months from when the project commences.

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