Business-critical SAP® applications hold a gold mine of powerful information waiting to be uncovered. But directly accessing SAP data is no trivial task.

Material expenses and revenues flow through SAP. In order to provide risk assurance for your executives, board, or oversight committee, you can’t rely on pre-built reports or built-in tests. You need the ability to access all of the data, at any time, to respond to changing risks and provide immediate answers to new questions.

Accessing SAP application data doesn’t need to be a painful process. Establish autonomy from your overburdened IT team with ACL™ Direct Link, an easy-to-use SAP-Certified data extraction add-on for ACL™ Analytics and ACL™ Analytics Exchange.

Gain direct, secure business intelligence from most SAP applications, including the latest SAP S/4HANA®. This not only reduces the workload for IT, but also empowers your team to easily include SAP data in analysis, leading to more complete coverage and better results.
If you’re not measuring, you’re not managing.

ACL Direct Link: Technical FAQs

Our certified SAP data connector makes exploring and extracting data from SAP easy.

Direct, Seamless, Data Access

Stop bugging IT.

Direct Link helps increase productivity by allowing teams to easily and securely access SAP S/4HANA, SAP® ERP, SAP® CRM, SAP® SRM, SAP® SCM or SAP® EWM data for analysis, instead of waiting for IT or incurring delays due to miscommunication.


Consolidate a variety of tables into a single view.

Instead of looking at multiple different tables in isolation, Direct Link can consolidate tables into a single view for more complete insight into business transactions. When combining tables, Direct Link will provide suggestions on what fields should be used to join.

Data Integrity

Ensure that production data will be unaltered.

Read-only queries are executed on the SAP system by Direct Link.

Refresh Quickly

Grab the most recent version of the data.

With a simple right-click > Refresh.


Ensure users only have access to the data for which they’re authorized.

Direct Link uses SAP security to determine access rights.

Analytics-Ready Data

Automatically format SAP data for ACL analysis.

Application data typically must be manipulated and reformatted in order to be consumable by analysis tools. Direct Link simplifies and streamlines the process by automatically formatting SAP ERP and SAP CRM data for use with ACL Analytics or ACL Analytics Exchange during the retrieval process.

Compare data between business systems

Filter and find field names quickly.

SAP applications are loaded with more fields than you could ever use and many of them are empty. Direct Link provides an easy method to find the information you need within the tens of thousands of available tables. You locate the table you need by searching for the table name, description or field name. Or you can search by application area. Direct Link will even suggest related tables that can be used.

Trusted by SAP Professionals

SAP-certified integration.

Direct Link has achieved SAP-certified integration with SAP ERP and SAP CRM running on either the SAP HANA platform or the SAP NetWeaver 7.0 platform.

Table and Field Name Translation

Avoid confusion.

With thousands of tables in SAP applications with non-intuitive table and field names, knowing what data the tables represent and which ones are relevant for analysis is a mind-boggling task. Direct Link gives you the option of having field names translated to your own language or retain the original SAP German abbreviated field names.

Low Impact

Extract data without impacting the performance or availability of SAP applications.

Options include running queries in background mode (SAP priority C) and ability to schedule during non-peak times. Automation lets you maximize productivity and minimize disruptions.

Simple Re-Use

Re-use your data queries.

After spending time finding the tables and fields required for your analysis, your query can be saved for use at a later time. Or use it as a starting point for your next analysis task that requires similar data. Or, automate your extractions by generating a single ACL command to re-use in your scripts.


Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Routine data retrieval and data analysis procedures can be executed via ACL scripts, thus enabling re-use and repeatability for economies of scale and increased productivity. With ACL Analytics Exchange, data retrievals can be run nightly to provide the latest results to the team when they arrive first thing in the morning, or provide data to a continuous testing process.

Productivity Ecosystem

Training, best-practices and productivity boosters built-in.

To help you succeed, we have heavily invested in creating a productivity ecosystem to provide more value. Your subscription includes access to online training, a library of pre-built risk analysis scripts, a rich knowledge base, an inspirations platform of ideas, and complete user guides.

ACL Essentials

Pre-built tests for SAP applications.

Your built-in process controls are most likely not working as well as you think they are. Simple tests with complex configuration can lead to significant mistakes that can go unnoticed.

Reduce risk and gain insight into the critical areas of your SAP system with ACL Essentials—a suite of premium, pre-built analysis apps that continuously assess risk in your critical SAP processes