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Compliance with export regulations such as the American International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), the British Export Control Act (ECA) and others are causing a lot of pain to businesses in key industries such as Chemicals as well as Aerospace and Defense to only name a few.  For instance, in the case of the ITAR, these regulations prevent access to certain goods, services or technical data related to products listed on the US Munitions List (USML) or the Chemical Weapons Convention by foreigners.  For global companies, this represents a real challenge as the workforce is obviously spread out across the globe and controlling access to certain application functionalities, file servers and other unstructured data is not a simple process; let alone automated. 

 

How do you control who has access to what on a global scale?  How do you report on it to show the authorities that you are complying with their regulations?  What about the audit process?  How much manual work is involved? How tedious is that? As one can already imagine, it can be very resource intensive to comply without software automation.  Yet with the fight against global terrorism, ITAR compliance has become even more important. 

 

Export regulations conformity is not the only area in need of automated data protection mechanisms.  What about companies in other industries with Intellectual Properties engaging in joint ventures or other types of partnership?  They too have trouble centralizing user access control to their IPs.  They desperately have to resort to various workarounds including manual work and developing their own custom solutions to address these issues and effectively manage entitlement to internal resources. 

 

SAP GTS can help companies automate many of the core ITAR processes such as classifying the USML products they carry, screening and pinpointing orders containing products requiring an ITAR license and maintaining an audit trail for reporting purposes; nevertheless it does not have the capability to control access to technical data related to these products.  This is exactly what Nextlabs’ Entitlement Manager can do for these struggling SAP customers. 

 

Simply put, Nextlabs’ Entitlement Manager enables companies to centrally manage entitlements across unstructured data repositories.  Using this solution, not only can companies now automatically identify relevant resources regardless of their data sources but they can also use Nextlabs’ policy engine to centrally define granular role or rule-based entitlement to these resources and audit the related authorizations, including user activity. 

 

SAP understands the pain of these enterprises but does not have a solution capable of addressing these specific needs; this is what we typically refer to as a white space.  SAP also recognizes that Nextlabs’ Entitlement Manager is capable of relieving this particular pain point for its customers.  Therefore SAP recommends that companies with such issues use Nextlabs’ Entitlement Manager for this specific business need.  Nextlabs’ Entitlement Manager has recently become an SAP Endorsed Business Solution (EBS).  It comes with pre-built integration with SAP Business Suite as well as PLM and GTS.  If you can relate to this story and feel like your company could use such a solution, then you probably want to have more info about Nextlabs and its entitlement management software which can be found here.

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