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Gorilla Guide

The Gorilla Guide to Oracle Licensing

This book will discuss the ins and outs of Oracle’s licensing web, clarifying the murky points. We’ll also go in depth on the petrifying and dreaded “Oracle Audit,” providing clear advice on how to prepare for it; advice that includes calling in the cavalry when needed, to protect you from Oracle’s clutches.

Tags: Oracle Licensing, Oracle, Guide


12 Secrets of Passing an Oracle Audit

You’ve heard the stories [or shall we say nightmares] about Oracle audits. And you have always been fearful of what an Oracle audit might reveal should your organization be the subject of an audit.  And rightfully so, as there are many missteps one can take throughout the audit process that can take your audit from bad to worse. Outlined in this guide are the best-kept secrets for dealing with an Oracle audit at every step of the process.

Tags: Self-Help, Oracle, Oracle Audits


LicenseFortress Product & Services Guide

Control and manage your Oracle software licenses with the LicenseFortress Discovery tool. LicenseFortress Discovery provides real-time monitoring of Oracle license compliance in on-premise, hybrid and cloud environments, including the VMware Cloud on AWS. The LicenseFortress Discovery tool is the same product that the LicenseFortress team uses for our Standard and Premier subscription bundles, including the industry's only Oracle software compliance and audit protection guarantee [Premier]. 


Tags: Product Guide, Oracle, SAM, SAM Tool, Services

State Exchange

State Health Exchange Saves $3.9 Million with the Help of LicenseFortress

In June 2016, the Exchange engaged LicenseFortress® to help it find ways to decrease its annual $1.7 million support costs. LicenseFortress® is an Oracle license management service that reduces software costs by optimizing active licensing and retiring licenses no longer in use. LicenseFortress® assists Oracle customersto make the best decisions in optimizing and negotiating their licensing.

Tags: Customer Success, White Paper, Support Costs, Oracle, Contract Negotiation, Optimization, Unused Licenses

Why Waiting for an Oracle Audit is the Wrong Approach

Why Waiting for an Oracle Audit is the Wrong Approach

If you head up IT and your organization is an Oracle customer, are you sleeping well at night? If you are monitoring your Oracle licenses, you can sleep soundly. And if you are not monitoring your licenses, you will be losing more than just a few nights sleep. In fact, you may be in for the shock of your career.

As an Oracle customer, there is nothing more certain than an Oracle audit. Keep that in mind if you are just sitting around and doing nothing awaiting the inevitable audit. There are zero reasons to just sit around and wait for an audit and seven reasons why you should prepare now. 

Tags: Self-Help, Oracle, Oracle Audit, Risk Exposure, Oracle Risk, Audit Risk

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Small Manufacturer Avoids a Big Oracle Bill

This use case examines a small manufacturer's experience with an audit. This company had been an Oracle customer for almost 10 years, running only three databases and paying less than $15,000/year for their Oracle licenses. Regardless, this organization almost rang up a $1 million fine.  Read the full case study to see how LicenseFortress eliminated risk, reduced their licensing fines and remediated their Oracle deployment to optimize their investment. 

Tags: Customer Success, White Paper, Oracle Database Licenses, License Deployment, Third-Party IT Service, Hardware Upgrade, Test Environment, Oracle Audit, Oracle Fine, Audit Fine, Compliance


Solution Provider Saves $3M in License Compliance Fees

This Enterprise Software Solution Provider (ESSP) has been an Oracle® customer for over a decade. In 2014, ESSP was audited by Oracle and found in violation of their license agreement. Unfortunately, some database features, Diagnostics and Tuning Pack, that ESSP did not use — and was not paying for — were accidentally turned on. ESSP owed Oracle $200k for unpaid license fees, which was 300 percent more than their existing Oracle annual spend.

Tags: Customer Success, White Paper, ESSP, MSP, Third-Party, Oracle, License Violations, Custom Templates


License Health Check Report (Sample)

Discover your optimal deployment with the License Health Check.

Find out how our License Health Check can get your Oracle licensing back on track and let our experts make a remediation plan to eliminate any compliance issues.

Tags: License Review


The Seven Sins of Oracle That Will Land You at the Top of the Audit List

Let’s face it if you’re an Oracle® customer, you’ve heard about Oracle License Management Services (LMS), and you know they come in and perform Oracle software license compliance audits. If you have not been audited yet, rest assured they have you on the list. Here are common reasons your organization has skyrocketed to the top of the Oracle audit list. 

Tags: Self-Help, Oracle, Audit Help


Emergency Audit Kit

No one wants to be on the receiving end of an Oracle audit.  It’s time-consuming and, given the realitve complexity of Oracle environments, entails risk.  Neverthless, there are thing you can do to make the process easier and mitigate any potential downside. 

Tags: Self-Help, Oracle, Audit Help


How Not to Sweat an Oracle Audit

An Oracle audit can be time-consuming, expensive, and stressful. This paper describes the best practices, third-party expertise, and tools that not only make an Oracle Audit less stressful, but also eliminate Oracle back-license costs, back-support costs, and audit fees.

Tags: Self-Help, Oracle, Audit Help


LicenseFortress Saves Client Over $16M in Oracle Licenses

A current client of VLSS and Oracle customer – a digital content company we’ll call DCC – saved more than $16 million in license fees while moving their OBIEE deployment to a virtual environment through our License Fortress service. Even better, LicenseFortress enables DCC to have confidence that their ongoing Oracle licensing is efficient, compliant – and guaranteed.

Tags: Oracle Audit, Virtual Environment, Oracle