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I have potential clients that all use SAP. To avoid silent push back from IT, we want to make sure we don't add extra complexity to their job if the client (our client internal to the company is not IT) wants to adopt our SaaS. One way to avoid headaches is to add support for LDAP in our SaaS (a bit of work, but nothing major) ahead of time and make sure to mention that to IT.

I really know nothing about SAP. Does SAP use an internal or external LDAP server usually?

Updated question: A Company relies on an Asset management product from SAP. If I wanted to provide a SaaS that shares space in their workflow, is it advisable to use the SAP product authentication service (if it exists), and if so, do they provide an API?

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This isn't really a security question. Either way, at the last SAP talk I attended, I remember hearing something about them having proprietary user management, just before I fell asleep. –  Polynomial Sep 28 '12 at 6:04
    
@Polynomial Ah... You got that talk too ? I didn't make it all the way through either. I remember the same thing about the user-management. –  Tonny Sep 28 '12 at 7:49
    
I believe SAP can integrate with LDAP, but if memory serves, it synchronizes with an LDAP service rather than relying on one (i.e. it maintains it's own user list, by getting it from the LDAP source). However, there are many SAP products, and they're not all the same. The best bet is to find a qualified SAP consultant, mortgage your house and hire them for an hour to find out the 83 ways SAP recommends you do this (only 1 of which they support). –  EightBitTony Sep 28 '12 at 10:45
    
Thank you for all the comments, I guess I should modify my question to :A Company relies on an Asset management product from SAP. If I wanted to provide a SaaS that shares space in their workflow, is it advisable to use the SAP product authentication service (if it exists). –  michael Sep 28 '12 at 14:57

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