Oracle Audits


 

A business should proceed with caution when analyzing its Oracle licensing status, especially if it receives an inquiry from Oracle’s audit team requesting that it complete an Oracle Server Worksheet.

Before responding to an Oracle licensing inquiry, it is important to identify a mutually agreeable framework for the response. Work with Oracle to ensure that you understand the scope of the audit and know how the audit materials will be used.  Clarifying what Oracle expects to see in the response can make the audit more efficient and the outcome less surprising.

Many companies have older versions of Oracle products installed and in use in their organizations. It is important to determine which version of Oracle’s license agreement will apply to any licensing analysis before providing information to Oracle.

Before submitting any data or information to Oracle, it is critical to understand which license agreement and what terms will govern the licensing relationship.  In many instances, Oracle license agreements contain a license verification provision purporting to give Oracle the right to audit certain installations and usage of Oracle software products. A thorough understanding of the license obligations can help an organization determine which information Oracle has the right to request in an audit. Without a thorough review of the appropriate licensing terms, it can be difficult to know how to appropriately complete an Oracle Server Worksheet or otherwise respond to an Oracle inquiry.

Scott & Scott’s experienced attorneys can help your company navigate Oracle’s license management and audit processes. We can interpret your existing license agreements, help you complete an Oracle Server Worksheet, make compliance recommendations, and assist you with resolving licensing disputes.



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Oracle Articles & Blogs


 

How to Contend with Oracle’s Many Licensing Policies

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Unlimited License Agreements for Oracle Products

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Technology departments are continuously looking for ways to reduce costs related to software. Many larger enterprises are considering licensing software products on an enterprise-wide basis. For Oracle products, an unlimited license agreement (“ULA”) approach can...

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