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Where are the authorization specialists located?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:45 am
by sigfridurg
Hi all,

I really want to know how things are at your companys regarding authorization specialist.
I have been authorization specialist for quite some time now and i create and change all the single roles and composite roles in the my company, process the user measurement among other SAP stuff. I am located in IT Operation and Support department but i am not a member in the basis team (which are outsorced) or the SAP consultant team but that team is located in Software Solutions department. Now there is some debate in my company were the authorization should be and that is the main reason i want to know how it is in other companys.
Thanks in advance
Sigfríður

Re: Where are the authorization specialists located?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:20 am
by Al.
Hi,

My clients have them in lots of places:

Operational Support/Functional Support
Competency Centres (various different ones)
Basis (within IT support structures)
Finance (honestly)
General SAP Administration functions

Re: Where are the authorization specialists located?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:54 pm
by henrik
Just to echo Alex...
I have seen the same, and my preference is probably to have it located with the functional support team. That allows for more interaction with the people supporting the business processes. Makes it easier to come up with the best solutions for the business, rather than focusing purely on the technical side of things.

/henrik

Re: Where are the authorization specialists located?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:36 am
by jurjen
I am normally not in favor of the "me too" posts but vote along with Henrik for this one.

Re: Where are the authorization specialists located?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:13 pm
by os
I have a customer where IT is located under global purchasing and the SAP manager has the security person, helpdesk and networks reporting directly to him.

That also works fine for them - depends on the organization, culture and the people and their skills.

Security does however need a certain amount of independence from projects and development IMO.