We focus on offering flexible solutions to meet our customers needs and our agile approach allows us to implement these quickly.
We pride ourselves on having excellent communications and work hard to maintain them at all times.
Everyone in the company is valued for their ideas, skills and knowledge; which can only help benefit our customers.
Madora Consulting was set up in 2012 to help Oracle users and partners understand the complexities of Oracle licensing.
We have helped many customers improve their licence position and have assisted our partners in delivering enhanced services to their clients.
We provide services to help you carry out your own internal audit, investigate cost savings or move to the cloud. Madora was recognised in 2015 with the UK Oracle User Group Silver partner award.
UKOUG Independent Partner of the Year Award 2015
We will guide you through the whole process and help mitigate the financial impact of unbudgeted spend.
We will perform an assessment of your existing Oracle licensing set up to help you understand your options around moving to the cloud. This will involve a review of your licence estate, usage and costs.
We can work with you to implement a programme to manage your Oracle Estate more efficiently. This can range from a regular review to full blown asset management.
We offer online licence training which covers from how to calculate the number of licences required through to interpretation of the contracts.
Director - Oracle Licence Expert
Jane is a former employee of Oracle with over seven years experience as an Account Manager. Jane also later managed the SAM practice for Rocela providing a managed SAM service to large and small Oracle enterprise users. Jane specialises in Oracle contracts, Oracle applications, negotiation and software asset management. Jane's interests include horse riding, nutrition therapy and running.
Director - Project Management & Governance
Charles has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. Originally working for Digital Equipment Corporation in field service, latterly as a large account site manager. He became lead project manager for Joraph consulting and more recently held positions at UKBiobank and the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research). Charles has a background in information security and process, specialising in project governance. He is a registered Prince2 practitioner. Charles has a passion for cycling and competes at world level in his age group
Director - Oracle Licence Expert
Keith worked at Oracle Corporation for over four years as a Technical Development Director. Keith was also a founding member of Rocela and was responsible for designing and building their successful SAM delivery practice. Keith specialises in Oracle technology, Hardware architectural impact on licensing and software asset management. Keith's interests include singing baritone with the St Alban's Chamber Choir, writing and sketching.
Director - SAM Programmes
Julie Hatcher is a former Manager of Version 1's (Rocela) Software Asset Management Team with 9 years experience leading a team of Customer Advisors, who perform Software Asset Management. Before joining Rocela, Julie worked for 5 years for Gap Consulting and Barclays Bank for 20 years in a number of management roles including Service and Quality Management. Julie's interests include walking, cycling, reading, music and watching football and cricket.
We are Oracle license 'engineers', with a primary focus on four offerings; First responder to oracle audits, diagnosing audit risk, preventative software asset management and Oracle Licensing training.
Our Oracle pedigree is over 40 years between Keith, Jane and Julie. We are a small but specialist consultancy with a focus on providing independent client side advice. We also differ from some of the other firms in this space in that we primarily work with and through third parties to support them in their engagement with end users. Operating as a boutique firm Madora can absolutely maintain the highest level of service and accuracy needed.
What we would do is start with a project planning and kick off meeting to understand exactly what you’ve got where in terms of your Oracle estate. We would look at the scope of your estate and the likely scope of the Oracle audit, because it might be that we can put this into different pieces for Oracle because they won’t necessarily audit all of your full company straight away. Therefore we can prioritise which bits to do, we can find out who the people are in the different countries that are responsible for this and basically put a project plan together to gather all of that information and we would talk to you about discovery tools so, help you to choose a suitable tool if that’s the best way of going or we can show you how much manual level will be needed to get the data if you prefer to do it that way.
Yes. There’s special rules around support and what you can and cannot cancel and what you have to have on support and so people can think they can cancel licences but really they can’t, they can’t save any money by doing that. Certain ways of doing that to enable a customer to be able to reduce their support annual cost.
We have used all the leading Discovery tools and can work with your in-house tool. Alternatively we can recommend a solution that makes sense for your organisation. If you don't want to use a tool we use our proprietary scripts to find the data we need to build a usage report.
There are quite a lot of rules and regulations about how a tool is set up, although the tools will be able to discover where the software is, they may not be able to discover exactly how that translates into the licence terms and conditions that you have got because Oracle sells everything on non-standard terms and conditions.
Primarily in the UK and in Europe but we also extend anywhere in the world because most of the work that we do can be done online, remotely, across Skype or using VPM links into systems. With the addition of the Madora Academy we are now truly international with clients in North and South America, the Middle East and Australasia and Europe
At the moment customers spend money on buying licenses and they spend money on annual support. If they’re buying the wrong licences, they could be buying too many of a particular kind, so they are spending too much money. They could have spare licences because of projects that have finished but, they're not reusing them so that’s money they could save by reusing, recycling licences and they're not doing that. Or it could be they’ve purchased the wrong set of licences and they're spending money every year on support for those licences that they don’t need. The other thing is that they’ve set the architecture up in a less than optimal way so they're ending up buying licences they don’t need or they're in breach of the licences so that’s a risk for non-compliance because they’ve set it up incorrectly. Madora have the expertise to look at a customers Oracle estate to see if any such scenario is present.
We are Jane and Charles McCulloch, Julie Hatcher, Keith Dobbs and Kay Williams. We also work with a number of trusted long established associates for larger projects.