Risks are an inevitable part of a business. However, the success of your organization depends on your ability to manage and respond to risks adequately. Data collected by Gartner shows that revenue-motivated vendor license compliance audits are increasing for organizations of all sizes and industries. Software asset managers must understand audit trends and prepare the organization against compliance risk and unbudgeted costs.
As organizations are more likely than ever to be audited by their software vendor the number one question we receive is, “How at risk is my organization in the event of an Oracle audit?” In this eBook, you will be able to quantify your organization’s Oracle audit risk through traditional risk calculating practices in a risk matrix.
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.
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.
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.
Your company has a small Oracle® investment. You think you are safe from an Oracle audit because Oracle has "bigger fish to fry." And even if you were out of compliance, the audit bill can't be that bad, right? That is where you are wrong. There is a hierarchy to the audit process; however, Oracle audits ALL of their customers. Additionally, a small Oracle investment can still translate to BIG compliance problems resulting in catastrophic audit bills that are crippling to a small business. 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.
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.
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.
In today's world, most enterprises rely on extensive IT infrastructures to support mission-critical Oracle databases used with business applications. These infrastructure environments can be very complex – and can present significant challenges to enterprises regarding performance, management, and licensing compliance, to mention just a few of the potential issues.
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.