As you know we always do our best to bring you useful information relating to Oracle Licensing. We decided to share a number of great articles from around the web that we believe are worthy of highlighting. So here are Madora’s 10 favourite articles we found which are well worth a read and bookmarking. These range from a beginners guide of the basic terms used in Oracle Licensing to a highly technical blog on VMWare. Please note they are in no particular order. Enjoy!
http://www.orafaq.com/wiki/Oracle_licensingExcellent reference guide for the Oracle beginner containing basic common terms. If you’re new to Oracle and need an overview on the basics, read this article. A little dated (2011) but a good primer for those new to Oracle.
“If you use Standard Edition or Standard Edition One on a 2 processor system you simply need 2 licenses. However, if you use Enterprise Edition you need to take the number of cores into account as well.”
Audience; IT, Procurement. Level: Beginner
A general informative podcast discussion with some leading experts in the industry from around the World (Martin Thompson, Craig Guarente, Richard Spithoven and Piaras MacDonnell). Great discussion relating to Oracle License Management including; audits, discovery tools, Oracles re-pricing policy, support and discovery tools.
“The other thing to watch out for which I’m seeing happening and can get you into a lot of trouble is failover strategies where you have, let’s say, two or three notes in a cluster and that’s your production, but then they had a separate ESX host they’re failing over to. It’s very often forgotten. That is inclusions licensing, and those cores would be included.”
Audience: IT, Procurement. Level: Intermediate.
http://www.itassetmanagement.net/2013/08/19/software-contract-checklist/Great comprehensive checklist for any software contract. If you’re involved in negotiating the terms and conditions of a contract this is a must use checklist.
“To ensure consistency, I’ve created a software contract checklist which I’d be happy to share. Important clauses/T’s & C’s such as license grant, license model and metric, support clauses, audit, data retrieval and retention (if applicable), etc. I’ve developed a standard addendum to a Publisher’s SLA as a means of ensuring our concerns were presented and addressed”
Audience: IT, Procurement. Level: All.
http://www.eprentise.com/blog/the-changing-enterprise/tips-for-reducing-the-total-cost-of-ownership-of-oracle-e-business-suite/Great article with some good tips for reducing the costs of ownership of E-Business Suite users and adding value. A must read blog for all things ebiz suite.
“If your organization is a global one, do your best to adopt a single global chart of accounts and single global instance in order to take advantage of R12 functionality and additional cost savings. Interfaces only have to be written once, and analytics have a complete view of all the data without ETL (Extract-Transform-Load) from multiple diverse environments.”
Audience: IT. Level: Expert
http://blogs.flexerasoftware.com/elo/2012/09/oracle-database-licensing-in-a-vmware-virtual-environment-part-1-of-3.htmlFor an informative introduction to VMware start here.
“Oracle only requires purchasing licenses for the hard partitions where an Oracle database is installed and/or running: only processors allocated to these partitions will be considered in the license calculation.”
Audience: IT. Level: Intermediate
Excellent comprehensive blog on VMware, followed by an interesting extensive discussion. Best article we’ve read on the subject by far, well written and unbiased a must read.
“So one way to reduce (current and/or future) license spend is to reduce the number of licensed cores. It’s that simple. So how do you get to that?”
Audience: IT. Level: Technical Intermediate and Expert
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/oracle-negotiations-101-is-there-any-leverage/47276Written in 2011 but has some great tactics for negotiating with Oracle and working with your sales rep. Great article to read if you’re planning on buying from Oracle and entering into negotiations.
“Oracle targets your top executives so you can’t push back when a deal lands on your desk. Discounts come in volume so small purchases are out. Your only real move is to save money and balance that with long-term support.”
Audience: IT/Procurement. Level: All
http://www.enterpriseappstoday.com/management-software/7-tips-for-getting-a-great-software-deal.htmlAnother article on negotiating a good deal with Oracle.
“Unfortunately, the big discounts offered may cause serious indigestion later when you discover how much of the package you really don’t need in the form of shelfware.”
Audience: Procurement. Level: Beginner/Intermediate
The article addresses the question of deploying Oracle databases to the cloud.http://www.itassetmanagement.net/2014/04/30/deploy-oracle-cloud/
” While it is a common practice to deploy pre-production (development and QA) environments into the cloud there has been a hesitation in deployment of production environments especially where Oracle products are in the technology stack.”
Audience: IT and procurement. Level: Intermediate
Of course one of our own blogs had to feature in this list! The 5 Fatals is our most popular blog to date, the article details the 5 most costly mistakes we come across on a regular basis. Read it and also check out 5 Fatals Part 2.
“A number of products have a minimum number of licenses that must be purchased, fairly standard software practice in the industry. However, there is added complexity with Oracle with some metrics such as Named User Plus.”
Audience: IT, Procurement. Level: Beginner/Intermediate.
These are Madora’s top articles on the web which should be bookmarked. From beginners to technical experts, you can gain a lot of knowledge from the web. But of course if in doubt you can always speak to the experts in Oracle Licensing. If you want to attend a 2-day training course we run them periodically throughout the year and we also tailor courses specific to your individual organisation’s requirements.