Follow these Nine Keys Rules of Oracle Licensing to maximise your Oracle investment
1) Establish proof of ownership, gather together all the licence agreements, support renewals, contracts and correspondence.
That’s right go and check those old files in the cupboard; speak to the Finance team and understand what Support fees you pay and when.
2) Understand your licence metrics – over time Oracle has introduced new ways of licensing their software.
Do check what licence metrics you have? Any concurrent or UPUs? Then be warned.
3) Measure your usage, depending upon which metrics you have, measure your typical and maximum licence usage for each product.
There are a number of scripts and tools that you can use ….. speak to your DBAs and check that what is being used matches what you bought.
4) Understand how access affects your compliance, for example accessing applications via the internet and through middleware can present a different count than you expect.
5) Understand how you transfer data to and from the systems as this can affect the licensing position.
6) Understand your backup and failover strategy as Oracle have changed how this is accounted for over time.
Any standby or mirroring environments must be fully licensed. See the Oracle paper on DR pricing http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/pricing/data-recovery-licensing-070587.pdf
7) Understand the impact of any changes you have made to standard eBusiness Suite applications as this can affect the level of licensing for the technology.
Check the terms of your contracts. The technology licences that underpin the Application may provide the right to free run time licences but these will be invalidated if any customisations are made.
8) Consider the impact of future business strategy on your licensing position.
Are you divesting, merging or acquiring new companies?
9) Get help from independent experts.
Well it goes without saying but getting a service from someone like Madora will ensure you don’t fall into any problems with Oracle with regards your licence estate.