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Using an Oracle Server Worksheet to Respond to Oracle Licensing Inquiries

If your business receives an inquiry from Oracle requesting that you complete an Oracle Server Worksheet, you should proceed with caution. Answering the question without consulting a licensing expert and carefully evaluating the relevant license agreements can result in increased licensing fees, possible audits, and penalties. Before responding to an Oracle inquiry, it is important…

201908.28
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Oracle ULAs Require Delicate Balancing

Many larger companies feel an understandable desire to move toward, centralized, enterprise-level software licensing agreements. Such frameworks often have the advantage of allowing licensees to spread their license spends more evenly over the term of the agreement and to focus somewhat less intensely on some software asset management (SAM) obligations. In that vein, Oracle offers…

201901.29
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Three Actions Oracle Customers Should Take at the End of a ULA

Of the many complex licensing arrangements Oracle offers to its customers, none seem to generate as much confusion and consternation as the Unlimited License Agreement (“ULA”).  For companies that have already determined that they are not going to renew their ULAs with Oracle, the following are a few guidelines to follow to minimize the risks…

201711.27
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Oracle’s Aggressive Audit Tactics Draw Increasing Media Attention

“In hindsight, I should have involved our legal team immediately, since they were requesting information that had nothing to do with Oracle.” Wise words. A recent article published by Business Insider (here) is the latest in a run of recent media attention (more here) that Oracle has received regarding the software audit practices of its…

201709.27
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Oracle Minimum License Requirements

For many Oracle products, like Database, the license agreement or ordering documents contain minimum license requirements. Often, quantities of licenses necessary to satisfy the minimum licensing terms varies based on the edition of the license in question. For instance, customers are required to purchase additional Oracle Database Standard One Edition and Standard Edition Named User…

201704.23
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Oracle Faces Withering Criticism of Its Licensing Practices

Licensing software at the enterprise level is rarely a simple undertaking. Unless your company is big enough to demand custom licensing terms, most businesses will face the prospect of contending with license metrics that may work great for the software publishers, but that are difficult or impossible for the licensee to apply in a resource-effective…