Oracle License Compliance & Management
Auditing your use of Oracle software is about far more than counting. It is about interpreting information and reviewing client contracts and business practices to ensure there are no gaps.
Oracle does not make it easy for their clients to manage their licenses and stay in compliance. Vague contracts, unclear policies, aggressive license auditors, and changing technologies are just some of the obstacles Oracle’s customers face. Add to this the pressures faced by every company to be more efficient and generate more profits.
While Oracle license compliance is not your day job, if you are an Oracle customer, managing your licenses and staying in compliance is a requirement for you to be successful. Failure to stay in compliance and manage your Oracle assets will result in penalties and multi-million dollar, unbudgeted expenses.
Palisade Compliance is the world’s leading independent Oracle licensing and contracting advisory firm. Our founder, Craig Guarente, spent 15 years at Oracle and was their Global Vice President of Contracts and Business Practices as well as the Global Process Owner for Oracle’s LMS Audit teams. In 2011 Craig started Palisade with a mission to empower clients to take back control of their Oracle relationship. Over the last five years, we’ve built a delivery organization comprised 100% of former Oracle auditors and contracts professionals while creating our unique methodology proprietary technologies.
- Palisade Compliance has developed a complete set of license compliance and license management services to support our clients that include:
- Independent License Audits
- License Optimization
- Pool of Funds/Enterprise Agreement Reporting and Management
In addition to our unmatched Oracle experience, Palisade Compliance is completely independent of Oracle. We are not Oracle resellers and we make no more or less money should you decide to spend more or less on Oracle. Our only goal is your success.
Contact us to learn more about our license compliance services.
Independent Oracle Audits
Auditing your use of Oracle software is about far more than counting. It is about interpreting information from both manual and automated data collection, then reviewing client contracts and business practices to ensure there are no gaps. Erroneous output from automated scripts can be easily misinterpreted, with double counting or false positives leading to perceived non-compliance. However, Palisade’s independent auditing can demonstrate that none exists.
What makes Oracle unique among the major enterprise software publishers is that there is no single audit paradigm. Because of the company’s growth by acquisition strategy, a dozen different ways to audit various Oracle database, middleware, and applications exist. Also, it is very easy for customer technology staff to accidentally activate an option or install additional software. The lack of installation controls in Oracle software easily enables millions of dollars in potential non-compliance. Finally, Oracle is unique because non-compliance is a judgment more than a number on a report. Virtually every product requires some degree of interpretation, with customer-beneficial and Oracle-beneficial extremes surrounding a real answer.
The penalties for getting this wrong are steep. Oracle software is expensive, and non-compliance can result in license and back support fees in the millions of dollars. Even more expensive, Oracle customers routinely buy software they do not need: You can avoid the expense of over-licensing with a proactive count of software utilization before new purchases!
Oracle’s audit methodology is slow, manual, cumbersome, and subject to interpretation at almost every step. There is little incentive for Oracle to improve the process because the threat of an audit is important leverage in many customer negotiations. Also, Oracle derives substantial revenue from auditing customers, and a highly subjective process makes it more difficult for most customers to challenge findings.
This is why Palisade’s independent auditing can make a real difference when it comes to saving you time and money. We use a variety of methodologies based on your unique situation that are designed to achieve results equivalent to Oracle’s more efficiently. Palisade then goes further and provides you with all the options to mitigate your risks, optimize your deployments, and reduce your spend with Oracle.
- Our experts produce a Compliance Scorecard that details:
- What do you own?
- What are you using?
- What are the gaps?
- What are your options?
- How do you move forward?
Armed with this information, Palisade Compliance clients are able to achieve compliance, reduce costs, and take back control of their Oracle licensing. Contact us for more information on a Compliance Scorecard.
Pool of Funds Management
While the ULA is Oracle’s preferred licensing contract, there are many other contract vehicles available to Oracle’s customers. The Pool of Funds Contract and Enterprise Agreements are two very different contracts, but they have one thing in common. Both contracts require that the Oracle customer provide Oracle with periodic reports.
Many software companies require their customers to report back information. Oracle, however, takes it to another level, as they have inserted their LMS audit team into all of these agreements. It’s not in your contract, but when you signed a Pool of Funds or Enterprise Agreement, you signed up to work with Oracle’s auditors.
Unfortunately, this reporting process is not as simple as the contract indicates. Failure to report properly could result in a multi-million dollar compliance problem or simply a lost opportunity. Your firm only gets one chance to submit an accurate report. After that, Oracle will use your submissions to claim non-compliance and try to extract additional revenue.
Palisade Compliance can empower your organization and enable you to submit accurate and timely information that reduces your risks, optimizes your opportunities, and keeps you in compliance with Oracle. Get the most out of your Oracle contracts and engage with Palisade today.