Software License Reviews – Are you ready?

by Kenny Wilson, Group Commercial Director

With Oracle’s Q3 FY13 nearly done and dusted, and its full year point only a few months away, it’s not uncommon to see Oracle reaching out to its client base with requests for license reviews. This can often provide a useful insight into this industry giant’s performance going into Q4 – however more compelling, usually prompts considerable consternation and discomfort in the marketplace, even more so with those particular organisations under the spotlight.

Even if you believe you have a fully managed and controlled license estate, this type of vendor communication can set the heart racing of even the most experienced IT professionals. On the flip side, if you have always struggled as an organisation to maintain your software asset management process, then a request for a license review can cause untold stress, disruption and expense.

So, ask yourself – is your organisation ready for an Oracle license review? Would you know where to start? Where would you go to find the information the vendor is looking for and do you fully understand the implications of being over or, more worrying, under licensed.

In our day-to-day working with large enterprise organisations with expansive Oracle estates, we have witnessed the chaos a request for a vendor audit can cause. Our deep understanding of Oracle and its licensing complexities, including Unlimited License Agreements, has enabled us to assist with the entire process and ensure the best possible outcome for all parties. Our publication, ‘9 Critical Steps in Planning an Oracle Software License Review’ which is based upon many years of working with clients with complex licensing arrangements, will offer you an insight into how to prepare for a license audit and the first steps to take should you receive a request from the vendor.

As experts in Oracle licensing, optimisation and Oracle Software Asset Management, our Rocela Control™ service can also help you manage your Oracle estate on-going, thus minimising the stress and inconvenience of a future vendor audit and ensuring value for money in your software investment.

So, if you are under threat of an Oracle license audit and require independent Oracle advice, read our publication and contact us for assistance.

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Oracle experts Rocela events for 2012

Rocela’s Oracle experts have been involved in a considerable number of client side activities this year – from assisting large enterprise organisations declare their Oracle ULA to helping a global utilities company upgrade to Oracle R12.

Our website, twitter and blog all try to educate, deliver value and convey our deep knowledge of ‘all things Oracle’ however there is nothing better than looking us in the eye and asking us the difficult questions.

That is why we are planning a Roadshow of events for 2012 – taking us all around the UK (Edinburgh, Aberdeen, London, Manchester) to talk to large enterprise organisations on;

• Oracle Thought Leadership – a peer to peer ‘behind closed doors’ session discussing Oracle trends, product roadmap, Cloud, ULA’s, Virtualisation, Strategic Vendor Management to name a few.
Rocela Control ™ Session – a presentation on the complexities of Oracle license management and how our proven SAM methodology, Rocela Control ™ can help. This will also include a client case study, where one of our customers will present on their situation, what problems and impacts this was causing and how engaging with Rocela benefited.
• R12 Sessions – presentations and peer to peer discussions on how we can help assess whether Oracle R12 is best for your organisation and how its new features/functions will benefit.

We have run a number of these sessions before which have prompted the following comments;

“Great to hear from other contacts in the industry and how they have tackled the same sort of issues we are facing.” IT Director, Retail Company

“(This session) has helped us consider whether Oracle R12 is the right move for us.” IT Manager, Public Sector Organisation

“Rocela has given me an invaluable insight into the benefits and pitfalls of Oracle’s ULA’s – many of which I was not aware of before!” License Manager, Financial Institute

If you are struggling with the complexity of Oracle licensing, need to reduce risk and cost or need advice on Oracle R12, then please email Linda Anderson on linda.anderson@rocela.com with your contact details and highlight which event you would be interested in attending.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2012.

Control your Oracle licensing, Control your Oracle costs

As Oracle’s product portfolio has grown over the years, so has the challenge of how to manage and co-ordinate the resource that often lies at the heart of modern enterprises.

Even since Rocela was founded and started offering help with software asset management and Oracle licensing, these changes have been wide-ranging and show no sign of slowing.

As a result, we’re announcing the latest service offering from Rocela, which has been carefully developed with all these changes in mind – Rocela Control™.

Taken from our page about it on Rocela.com:

Rocela Control™ is the world’s most sophisticated service for cost saving and optimisation of Oracle licensing.  This service delivers;

  • Oracle cost management and control
  • Oracle license compliance optimisation
  • Reduced license complexity and risk

We think it’s a real step forward and think you’ll agree. To find out more, head to Rocela.com or get in touch.


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