Avoiding Conflicts of Interest in Software Asset Management

It can be tempting to tell yourself that any consultant will do when selecting someone to help you manage your Oracle products or implementation plan, but that’s just not true. And one topic that goes unmentioned far too often is the importance of evaluating any potential consultant to ensure there are no conflicts of interest.

When Oracle told a 1000-employee cloud-based software provider after a routine audit that they owed $57 million, they brought in a consult which determined that they owed exactly the same figure Oracle said they did.

Vendor Software License Audits Have Become More Frequent. Are You Prepared?

Database Trends

With the 1-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown just behind us, there has been a lot of dialogue regarding what different industries have experienced over the past year. Acknowledging this dubious anniversary, we sat down to collect our thoughts and share a few advisements with respect to our small corner of the legal and tech industry.

Oracle Overshares: Why keeping professional – not personable – is good policy

Sesame Street and organizations like the Salvation Army might tell you that sharing is caring, but there are people you shouldn’t open up to. Examples might include the local busybody who peers in her neighbors’ windows, your co-worker who just might be gunning for the same promotion as you, and, most importantly, your Oracle sales rep.

“The thing to remember is; they’re not your friend,” says Michael Corey, co-founder, and chief operating officer of LicenseFortress. Always remember, this is a business relationship – and no matter how much your Oracle rep might personally like you, they are inextricably linked to Oracle.

Why the Oracle Perpetual ULA is Insidious

Ok, we’ll admit it. We like to encourage a healthy skepticism of Oracle Unlimited Licensing Agreements (ULAs) here at LicenseFortress, but we’re completely willing to admit that there are scenarios where adopting a ULA makes great sense.

But, try as we might, we haven’t been able to identify a scenario for which adopting an Oracle Perpetual Unlimited Licensing Agreement (PULA) would be a good call.

In short, it’s a very expensive financing trick that might make anyone who cares only about the bottom line happy, but likely few others. We also don’t think it’s a stretch to say that a PULA is a bad investment.

Why You Should Plan for Oracle’s End-of-Fiscal-Year Now

You know that guy (or gal) that starts their Christmas shopping in July? I bet they’re sitting in a comfy chair right now, smugly sipping eggnog with their feet up on a table, without a care in the world. On the other hand, the rest of us are collectively grimacing at the numbers displayed in our bank accounts, worrying whether our friends and family will get the gifts we’re sending them in time, and racing to get them wrapped and under the tree (or handed off to the right people) before Christmas morning.

Like an HMO for Your Licenses: Why You Need Preventative Legal Services

Imagine, for a moment, that you could inoculate your organization against audits or negative legal entanglements regarding your Oracle agreements. And have regular checkups that help anticipate which snippets – both in code and in language – might give your legal and IT teams grief, allowing you to act proactively and prevent them from actually becoming a problem.

Oracle Changes to Term Licenses: 4 Facts You Should Know

Near the end of the summer, Oracle announced that it was making a “strategic decision to eliminate on-premise term licenses,” effective September 1, 2020. Oracle states this decision was influenced by the organization’s new focus on cloud and an increasing number of on-premise clients moving toward perpetual licenses. This means that with a few exceptions, Oracle will no longer be offering on-premise term licenses. Perpetual licenses are not affected by this announcement, and existing customers paying support on their term licenses will remain supported through the end of their terms.

Oracle New Disaster Recovery Requirements

On July 28, 2020, Oracle issued new guidance on Licensing Data Recovery environments. It is important to take the time and review these policy statements from Oracle. It is possible for Oracle through a policy to extend to your organization additional rights with your Oracle software that is not in the contract. A key point here it’s not a contractual right. Which means Oracle can easily just take it away.