Information risk management and data security have become significant challenges in global business due to the emerging pressures of globalization and regulatory compliance. The need to preserve confidentiality, prevent data loss, and ensure compliance across more channels with a single, unified information risk management solution has never been greater. It’s critical for chemicals companies to restrict access to chemical information. Not only is this a legal requirement, but it serves to enforce intellectual property protection mandates.

Role-based access to chemical information is too static. Implementation based on roles reflecting authorization levels results in an exponential increase in access rules compared to basing authorization on access variables, and often results in implementing more roles than actual employees. As a manual, cost-incurring task, it is also open to human error. Instead, access to chemical information should be granted dynamically, based on multiple attributes such as content classification, user identity, legal, and internal rules.

Entitlement Manager for SAP is an SAP-endorsed business solution from NextLabs Inc. The solution supports the enforcement of policy-based access to chemical information to help protect intellectual property. Solutions endorsed by SAP AG are complementary to SAP software offerings, have been specifically integrated with SAP solutions and tested by SAP, and provide additional choices and flexibility for businesses running SAP software.

In addition to Entitlement Manager for SAP a 2nd SAP-endorsed business solution became available shifting the focus of Information Risk Management from IP protection and data security to support of global growth. The new solution, NextLabs Technical Data Export Compliance solution for SAP GTS, offers comprehensive electronic export compliance covering physical goods, digital goods, and technical data. The solution, integrated with the SAP Global Trade Services application, helps customers automate global trade compliance by actively working to help prevent violations, track and audit the export of physical goods, digital goods, and technical data, and lower the compliance costs associated with various export control regulations.

Export compliance is a big problem in the Chemical Industry. This solution is the first to combine physical goods and technical data compliance into a single integrated solution Through integration with SAP Global Trade Services, it is designed to handle the export requirements across multiple export regulations such as the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), U.S. Export Administration Regulation (EAR), German BAFA, UK Export Control Act, and Dual Use regulations.

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  1. Craig S

    Thanks Marko for the blog.  I was just a tad confused on the two NextLabs products.  From the name, “Technical Data Export Compliance solution for SAP GTS” this sounds like a complimentary product to “Entitlement Manager for SAP”.


    But in your blog you refer to it as “The new solution” but I think you meant that to be taken as “this new product”


    I think these are complimentary to each other.  Correct?


    Can you implement “Technical Data Export Compliance solution for SAP GTS” without Entitlement Manager for SAP” or do you need both?


    I always thought GTS was suppose to do a lot of the things that you describe Technical Data Export Compliance doing. Maybe you can do a blog sometime about the differences on a more technical level?


    Are both these products primarily analytical products?  Or are they using the HANA analytical capabilities to then actively integrate with daily transactions in ERP?  It sounds like the later.  If so, is there much development required to enable the integration?


    Craig

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    1. Marko Lange Post author

      Craig,

      thanks for the good questions. I dsicussed those with Nextlabs and that is our outcome:

      From the name, “Technical Data Export Compliance solution for SAP GTS” this sounds like a complimentary product to “Entitlement Manager for SAP”. But in your blog you refer to it as “The new solution” but I think you meant that to be taken as “this new product” I think these are complimentary to each other.  Correct?

      Yes, they are complementary. The Technical Data Export Compliance solution works with GTS to leverage material classification and export license information to control access to technical data, and also consolidates logging of technical data access into GTS. The Entitlement Manager for SAP enforces technical data access controls within ECC modules based on policies, which may include material classification or license information drawn from GTS through this new solution. In addition this Technical Data Export Compliance solution also extends protection of technical data to Outlook and Windows File Servers.

      Can you implement “Technical Data Export Compliance solution for SAP GTS” without “Entitlement Manager for SAP” or do you need both?

      You may implement Technical Data Export Compliance solution for SAP GTS as a standalone. If you do that, you will be able to enforce technical controls on Outlook and Windows File Server. However, if you have technical data in SAP, and you need to enforce controls on technical data access, then you will also need Entitlement Manager for SAP

      I always thought GTS was suppose to do a lot of the things that you describe Technical Data Export Compliance doing. Maybe you can do a blog sometime about the differences on a more technical level?

      GTS handles the movement of physical goods and the NextLabs Technical Data Export Compliance solution handles the movement of technical data. The NextLabs Technical Data Export Compliance Solution for SAP GTS works with SAP GTS to provide an end to end solution for export compliance, addressing the export of physical goods, digital goods, and technical data.

      Here is more information

      http://nextlabs.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/managing-export-compliance/

      http://www.nextlabs.com/html/?q=SAP+GTS

      Are both these products primarily analytical products?  Or are they using the HANA analytical capabilities to then actively integrate with daily transactions in ERP?  It sounds like the later.  If so, is there much development required to enable the integration?

      NextLabs solutions extend standard SAP authorization to provide dynamic policy-driven, attribute-based access control to authorize user access to specific transactions and business data within SAP. These are not analytical products, but reporting is available through SAP GTS and also through NextLabs Reporter. No development is required to enable integration.

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        1. Marko Lange Post author

          You are welcome and your are right. Trying to keep up is one of the intentions of this community.

          Have a nice holiday season and all the best for 2014

          Marko

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