The High Court in London has ruled in favour of SAP and against Diageo in an indirect licensing case concerning the use of mySAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software connected with a Salesforce platform.
Diageo is running the individually licensed SAP PI module to connect ERP data to its Salesforce CRM, and SAP claims that now Diageo has to pay SAP licenses for each individual CRM user!
After this sentence any business using SAP is exposed to substantial SAP penalties and ongoing maintenance charges unless they obtain licences not just for their internal users, but also their customers and suppliers, even when they use third party apps (Salesforce, etc…). This could generate much more millions in licenses revenues for SAP, but it could unermine possible future sales of new ERPs.
Anyway SAP seems to address indirect licensing with B2B CRM and SCM implementations, without conseqences for B2C businesses.