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It goes without saying that Oracle licensing rules are complicated and they also change frequently with very little notice which can lead to your organisation becoming non-compliant without you even knowing. If you are found to be using your software incorrectly, you are responsible and could face a hefty fine – paying for licences and 40% of the support and maintenance upfront is a figure that would blow any annual IT budget and result in any further software investment utilising unbudgeted spend.
Like other vendors, Oracle may use customer audits as a revenue opportunity, but it is difficult to predict what will provoke an audit. Reasons include; a change in software spend or employee size, company divestment or acquisition, or even a change in your IT strategy.
At Phoenix, our Oracle Review will help you take control of your Oracle estate and prepare for an audit. Staying on top of Oracle licensing rules is a well-paid, full time job and specialists are hard to come by, but outsourcing your Oracle estate allows you to pass over all of licence management tasks to a team of trained, up-to-date experts who manage Oracle environments on a day-to-day basis.
While your time is focused on optimising the software you have installed, Phoenix will take all the pain out of discovering your Oracle software and usage, proactively managing any licensing rules changes and applying them to your environment, providing you with everything you need to make informed decisions, both tactically and strategically.
Through our many years of Oracle licensing experience, we have found that many customers are stumbling over the same challenges time and time again – the two main struggles we see are:
Oracle licensing rules from multiple published sources could apply to one product set. New terms and conditions could have been applied since deployment of the software
Even if the tool picks up the bare minimum, it may not determine editions and user information, it also may not identify processors and virtualisation environments. This means manual work for the SAM Manager, using valuable time and resource