SAP Access Control 5.3 is due to exit “Mainstream Maintenance” and enter Extended Support at the end of 2015. Many organisations will find themselves in a situation of “end of life” with unsupported applications in various states. There is always the view that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. If you’re happy with only “keeping the lights on” without doing anything different, then there’s no immediate action.

However, if you have plans to upgrade or patch your existing SAP systems, then you may encounter problems or miss out on particular functionality. Upgrading from 5.3 to the latest iteration - Access Control 10.1 – is a complex process. Officially there is a migration path, but not a true technical upgrade. The architectural changes in the GRC product versions are significant, and as a result the latest version requires newer systems & servers in your landscape, and additional SAP infrastructure.


At Turnkey Consulting, we have significant experience of upgrading GRC implementations.

Our background and experience means we are ideally placed to guide you through the technical upgrade and migration roadmap, ensuring you have the relevant configuration in place to realise the wider benefits that GRC can bring. We fully understand the migration path from 5.3 to 10.1, having successfully delivered this migration to a number of clients. 

An upgrade from SAP Access Control 5.3 to 10.1 will deliver a wealth of functional benefits including:

  • Enhanced Risk Analysis User Interfaces and reporting capabilities
  • More logging available in the FireFighter scenarios giving you much tighter controls
  • Inherent workflow capabilities within FireFighter, smoothing the audit of emergency access
  • A powerful and flexible workflow engine allowing more complex and realistic approval procedures for GRC master data and automated provisioning
  • More intuitive User Interface is providing much greater personal control
  • Improved Transport Management, enabling you to manage changes within GRC more efficiently and greater compliance than previous versions
  • Object level security providing proper robust security and authorisations capability

Our Capability

We combine our technical expertise in SAP GRC, SAP Security and SAP Auditing with a strong understanding of business process controls and operational challenges to help your company find the right solution and unlock the benefits that this upgrade should bring.

Working with Turnkey consulting to deliver this upgrade provides an upgraded solution that:

  • Delivers a smooth transition to your support teams
  • Ensures existing access management controls are maintained or improved
  • Successfully migrates existing data whilst protecting its contents
  • Meets the requirements of both internal and external audit
  • Gives peace of mind over the operational integrity of the upgraded solution

“Turnkey is a credible, very professional, very engaging and an excellent supplier to work with. Their approach is methodical and logical, and clearly GRC is their key area of expertise.” Mike Canty, IM Finance & Compliance Director, Rexam