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Open Hub – License mandatory – It depends.

http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/7c2a7c65-0901-0010-5e8c-be0ad9c05a31?QuickLink=index&overridelayout=true#q-13

What scenarios need to be licensed via the Open Hub license?
Simply speaking, the Open Hub license is an alternative to the user-specific license. If you extract data from your SAP NetWeaver BI to a non-SAP system, you have to license this scenario – no matter which tool use for the extraction, e.g. Open Hub Destination, listcube, any BI API, Analysis Process Designer or Excel download. Note that a licensed BI user may download to Excel for her/his own analysis purposes without any further license costs. Distributing Excel workbooks to non-SAP BI users for personal reporting purposes requires Information Broadcasting license, notOpen Hub license.

 

ALSO – Very useful presentation when dealing with SAP at license level : How to deal with the complexities of SAP – Advice on License negotiation