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  • Vendor Declaration of Independence Tool

    By Craig Guarente on September 20, 2017
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    It’s not just Oracle that can wreak havoc on your budget.  Other IT vendors are also trying to lock you into their solutions both technically and contractually.  As IT, software, and cloud contracts get more and more complicated, costly, and risky, many companies are seeking out 3rd party advisors to help navigate through these treacherous waters.   When choosing an advisor,

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  • The Oracle Partner Dilemma

    By Dan DeVenio on September 19, 2017
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    Our clients have choices of organizations they can engage to help them with their Oracle Licensing and compliance needs.  Often Oracle Partners also dabble in this type of service.  While we believe Oracle resellers and partners provide a great service to the Oracle software ecosystems, our clients have consistently suggested that a completely independent organization is the right solution for

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  • You Think You Have Time Because You Have a ULA?

    By Anna-Rita Stanley-Best on September 18, 2017
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    What am I talking about, you are asking yourself… Most probably the second biggest issue, in Australia and New Zealand, following closely behind the ambiguity of Virtualisation is Unlimited License Agreements and the value obtained or not from the contract. Although the terminology for certifying your ULA back to Oracle’s standard metrics might seem straight forward, the majority of organisations leave verification of

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  • Oracle Kicked Us Out of OPN and it Was a Blessing

    By Craig Guarente on September 13, 2017
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    If you read my blog, then you know I’m constantly talking about the importance of being independent of Oracle. Well, when I started Palisade in 2011 I didn’t have the same understanding of the need for independence as I do now. I did always recognize the importance of not being an Oracle reseller. But at the time, I was willing

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  • Oracle & Their Partners Are Sharing Your Information

    By Craig Guarente on September 6, 2017
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    We’ve talked many times about the need for independence when looking for help with your Oracle contracting, compliance, and spend reduction initiatives. I’ve written in the past about how we’ve seen Oracle partners share information with Oracle that can cause you big headaches and millions of dollars. The amazing thing about this is that the practice of Oracle and their

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  • The Importance Of “Independent-From-Oracle” Advice

    By Craig Guarente on August 30, 2017
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    When you have a business problem, and you are looking for guidance, you want to get the best possible guidance from a firm that is independent of that problem.  That’s common sense, right?   I mean, if you were being audited by the IRS, would you go to an accountant that is an IRS partner and makes a commission from the

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  • Questions From Oracle’s Earnings Announcement

    By Craig Guarente on June 23, 2017
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    Oracle announced its Q4 earnings Wednesday, and their Non-GAAP EPS was up 10% year over year. In addition to that good news, revenue from both its cloud offerings and on-premise licensing were better than expected. This is great news for Oracle, and investors have rewarded the stock with an almost 10% jump today. Given some of the lack luster recent

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  • 5 Questions to Ask Your Oracle Advisor

    By Stephen Sopko on May 31, 2017
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    It is May 31, Oracle’s end of financial year.  Also, the time of year when every IT, procurement, and management consultant becomes an “Oracle expert”. The good news about our success at Palisade Compliance is that we have inspired competition. Why good news? Because it validates that there is a thriving market for expert Oracle advice delivered in a responsible

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  • Oracle ULA – The good, the Bad and the Ugly!

    By Dan DeVenio on May 28, 2017
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    Many clients look into Oracle’s ULA (Unlimited License Agreement) to see if that’s the best fit for their company. The limited term is typically 3 years, and the ULA has many good, bad and ugly attributes. Below is a base understanding of the ordering vehicle and some of the basics: ULA – Officially the “Unlimited License Agreement” Limited in term

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