We help Oracle licensing customers implement compliant licensing strategies worldwide.

About LicenseFortress

At LicenseFortress, we are fully committed to our customers, and we always strive to deliver innovative solutions on time and under budget. Our goal is to optimize your software investment by enhancing your understanding of Oracle’s licensing and pricing practices. We help Oracle licensing customers and partners implement compliant licensing strategies worldwide.

How We Started

LicenseFortress was created in 2014 by VLSS’s founder and chief architect, Dean Bolton, to help companies and organizations take control of their investments while removing the threat of non-compliance. VLSS spent nearly two decades specializing in Oracle and VMware technologies. VMware saw that many of their customers were subject to Oracle’s aggressive auditing tactics, especially in cloud environments, and approached VLSS about finding a solution. Today LicenseFortress can proudly point to 96% customer satisfaction rates and 90% customer retention among clients that range from Fortune 100 companies to government agencies and small-to-mid-sized businesses.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Security Manager
Health Insurance Provider
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It has been a real pleasure working with LicenseFortress for the past several months. Their expertise in Oracle licensing takes a tremendous burden off of our internal operational support teams, as this is very complex space.
Sr. IT Administrator
Global Data Processor
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The combination of IT and legal is perfect. No other firm can do so like LicenseFortress.
IT Director
National Software Provider
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LicenseFortress was very responsive in supporting our requests for review/validation of the work we completed. Their guidance and experience negotiating with Oracle was very calming in a very stressful process.
Sr. IT Administrator
Global Data Processor
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Clear and efficient communication and cooperation. Solving issues quickly.
Supply Chain Management
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From day one - we have received nothing but professional, timely, and quality work and service. LF has always been honest and straightforward. Without a doubt one of the best in the business.
Sr. Vice President
Global Software Company
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They provided top-notch advice and guided us through a very sticky audit. They were there every step of the way. It's clear that they know what they are doing in this field while at the same time not charging exorbitant fees for their services..
Sales Director
Technology Solutions
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Excellent consulting and competence.
Sr. Programmer Analyst
Sporting Goods Retailer
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Simply put, LicenseFortress has been outstanding in every facet of this engagement. Every member of the team is supportive, flexible, responsive, and absolutely expert in the area of Oracle licensing.
Head of Technology Procurement
Wealth Manager
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Nothing was too small an ask and all was met in quick time with detailed advice and good humor.

The Management Team

The LicenseFortress management team is comprised of industry leaders and innovators who have been on the forefront of cloud computing from its inception.

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Dean Bolton
Co-Founder + Chief Architect

Dean Bolton launched his IT career in 2000 after completing his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He started working with Oracle databases early in his career at an internet systems and applications design firm. Since then, he has continued working as an Oracle developer, database administrator, architect, consultant, and evangelist.Today, Dean is the managing partner of VLSS LLC, a premier Oracle and VMware consulting firm. He serves as the lead enterprise architect with a focus on Oracle applications and database solutions. Dean is an Oracle 12c DBA Certified Master, Exadata Specialist, SQL Certified Expert, and VMware vExpert. Dean is a recognized Oracle licensing expert with presentations at VMworld, IOUG Collaborate, UKOUG, and OpenWorld.

Mary Petricone

Mary Petricone joined LicenseFortress as Controller in May 2019 to plan the overall financial strategy and direction at LicenseFortress, allowing the company to pursue an aggressive growth strategy and meet its client and investor expectations.
Mary is an expert at identifying and solving business challenges and promoting growth within companies and organizations. Throughout her nearly 20-year career in accounting, auditing, and financial planning, Mary has established a reputation for aligning financial and business metrics to support business strategy. Mary is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Emmanuel College and an MBA from Bentley University.
In addition to her work as a financial strategist, Mary is an ambitious advocate for the disabled. She chairs the Lowell Area Department of Development Services Citizen Advisory Board, where she advises the department about disability issues. She has successfully organized significant events drawing legislators’ attention to the needs of those affected by disabilities.

Michael Corey

Michael Corey
Co-Founder + Chief Operating Officer

Michael co-founded Database Technologies (DBT), the first East Coast consulting firm specializing in Oracle and other relational databases (later acquired by Level 3 Communications). Under his direction, the organization experienced triple-digit growth. Deloitte & Touche and Hale and Dorr recognized DBT as the fastest growing technology company in New England and the 51st fastest growing technology company in the United States. Michael also founded Ntirety, one of the first Managed Service Companies focused on database services and consulting (later acquired by HOSTING). Michael was honored with a gubernatorial appointment to the Massachusetts Robert H. Goddard Council for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, where he currently sits on the executive committee.
Michael is a prominent and prolific speaker and author. He frequently presents at international technology and business conferences traveling everywhere from Australia to Brazil. In 2017, Michael was named #42 among the cloud industry’s top 100 most influential people. Michael is a recognized Oracle ACE, VMware vExpert, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP (formerly Microsoft SQL Server MVP). Michael is the original Oracle press author; his newest book is Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right from VMware Press. Michael is a regular columnist on Clouds Trends for the Big Data Quarterly magazine.

Board of Advisors

The role of our advisory board formalizes a long exchange of ideas. Through periodic meetings, we leverage the industry expertise of these professionals as a sounding board on the strategic direction of the company. We are confident in their advice and counsel, which enables us to continue to be the industry leader in Oracle license compliance management now and in the future.

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Don Sullivan

Don oversees business-critical applications and databases working for VMware. He develops collateral related to Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, selected AI/ML projects, and third-party companies. Don also leads the teams that include the “VMware Experts Program,” which sponsors well-known subject matter experts in the application’s disciplines to work with VMware as members of these elite programs, as well as the VMware Solutions Lab (VSLab).

Don is a Global Oracle Resource who spent seven years working at Oracle as a senior principal instructor and an advanced technology consultant (ATS). Don was one of the original creators of the Oracle Certified Master Practicum and instructor of the “Oracle Internals” seminars, considered among the most technically in-depth classes offered by Oracle University. Don is the co-author of the official VMware press book, the definitive source for Oracle on vSphere, “Virtualizing Oracle Databases on vSphere.” Don is a credentialed VMware CTO Ambassador and a vExpert.

As a Global Database specialist, Don has worked with VMware Professional Services as a solutions architect and VMware Sales as a database specialist systems engineer starting in 2010. Before moving to VMware, Don worked at the startup Polyserve during Hewlett Packard’s acquisition. In 2014, Don advanced to the VMware Cloud Platform Business Unit to direct Business Critical Operations, where he oversees business-critical applications running on VMware technologies.

Don is a frequent speaker at VMworld, Dell Technologies World, VMug & Quest Oracle Community/OUG events. Don wrote his master’s thesis on deeply recursive triggers in Sybase Transact SQL.

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