There are dozens of firms out there blogging about how Oracle audits have been on the rise all year and how it’s only a matter of time until you get audited. These firms are trying to scare you into calling them and buying their SAM tool, more Oracle licenses, or their consulting services to help you “get ready for an Oracle audit”.
Palisade Compliance, as the largest independent-from-Oracle compliance firm, is in a unique position to give you the facts. Because companies come to us for help with audits, we know what Oracle is doing when they are doing it. If more companies come to us asking for help with an Oracle audit, then we know Oracle is doing more audits. If audit requests are down, we know Oracle is auditing less. We receive requests from around the world, so our data is spot on.
So, what is Oracle doing?
In 2020, Oracle audits were down almost 40%.
Part of this was because Oracle actually did fewer audits, and part of this reduction was because Oracle’s customers successfully pushed back on Oracle’s audit requests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If people are telling you that Oracle increased audits in 2020, they are giving you bad, wrong or misleading information.
What are we facing in 2021?
2021 is a totally different story. Oracle is getting ready to do more audits in 2021 to support their revenue targets for May 2021. At Palisade Compliance, we can already see this, as there has been a 30% increase in Oracle audit defense requests in recent weeks.
We also believe, through our network and job postings, that Oracle is staffing up their audit teams overseas, getting ready to conduct more audits in 2021.
These facts all lead us to believe that Oracle wants to make up that 40% audit reduction from 2021 and increase their numbers in 2021.
What can you do about it?
First, if you do get an audit letter from Oracle you can continue to push back because of the ongoing pandemic. If your company truly cannot conduct an audit because it will unreasonably interfere with your business operations, then you may have a contractual path to negate Oracle’s audit request.
Remember, Oracle uses many names for their audit department. These include: License Management Services (LMS), Global License Advisory Services (GLAS), and Software Investment Advisors (SIA).
Second, be in compliance. You’re much less likely to be audited if you are in compliance. Oracle only audits companies they believe are out of compliance. That’s the entire reason they audit you. Being in compliance not only reduces the likelihood of an audit, it completely eliminates the risk of a non-compliance finding.
Third, call us if you think if you have a compliance issue, if you are not sure of your compliance position, if you have just received the audit letter, or if you are knee-deep in the audit process with Oracle. We are the leading firm to help you reduce your Oracle licensing risks and costs. There is a reason why we are the Gold Standard for Oracle licensing, contracting, and cost reduction. Read our client testimonials and learn more.