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Licensing development and test environments - AMIS Technology Blog

Licensing development and test environments - AMIS Technology Blog | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Once in a while a company wants to know if her Oracle development- and test- environments needs to be licensed. And in a lot of cases this question simply can be answered as: yes, these environments must be licensed. The cases in which these licenses are not needed, are quite rare and a company shouldRead More

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Quite complete article about licensing testing environments !

The last tip for development environments : as for production environments, control which options you really use.

 

As theses licenses are used for testing, they are more often than production, activating database options.

 

Use http://www.easytrust.com to control these environments.

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Piaras MacDonnell's curator insight, August 7, 2014 11:34 AM

Good article on an oft neglected area of Oracle licensing, dev and test

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About Oracle’s Certified LMS Tools – Yet Again!

About Oracle’s Certified LMS Tools – Yet Again! | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Today we were on the road to visit a client who is looking at Flexera as a potential Oracle license management solution. The client and us were 'old friends' from our early days (almost 7 years ago now), but we always stayed in touch and willingly answered their basic licensing questions.  Looking back since our…

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I perfectly agree that the tool is not enough and you need also consulting in order to understand information coming form the verified tools. Easytrust offers E-learnin training about Oracle licensing and how to use our tool in an inventory process. This helps to bring some autonomy to customers. But it is not enough. These true positive could also be pointed out by tools (the patch example is a good example) and Easytrust as an Oracle best of breed solution is working on that.
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Piaras MacDonnell's curator insight, April 13, 2014 3:25 AM

More great advice on Oracle licensing for Daniel and Co.  

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Calculating Actual Application Usage From License Usage Data

Calculating Actual Application Usage From License Usage Data | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it

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Easytrust LM's governance component is a best of breed solution to monitor and compare Oracle usage with your contracts in a real time basis. Follow our Spring '14 version the 13th of february in Paris : http://tinyurl.com/p3koob9

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When monitoring licenses through a license manager, a one-to-one correspondence between the applications bought and the individual licenses delivered by the vendor may not always be true. Often, many of the application in a suite will share individual licenses and only the combined “set” of licenses identify a particular application.

>> http://blog.openit.com/calculating-actual-application-usage-from-license-usage-data/

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2013: A year in ITAM Review | The ITAM Review

2013: A year in ITAM Review | The ITAM Review | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
HP DDMI; IT Asset Management; Snow Software; SAP License Types; BDNA; Oracle Licensing; Open Source ITAM Software; Altiris; Nexthink; IT Asset Management Process; Microsoft Audit; Oracle Licensing; SCCM Asset ...
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ITAM review is doing great job around SAM for several years. Soon to be seen : Easytrust LM on "Tools for Managing Oracle Licensing" subject.

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Process of the Month – Maintain a Supported Software Catalogue ...

Process of the Month – Maintain a Supported Software Catalogue ... | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
his is one of those “fly-wheel” processes in SAM that doesn't often exist, but can seriously punch above its own weight. Maintaining a Supported Software Catalogue takes SAM audit and reconciliation data beyond pure SAM ...
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In the Oracle world as in others, it is of course important to have a clear vision of software to be supported and others.

 

For example one could say : I'll support my Oracle database for versions 11g and 12c but not for older ones which I consider not useful to support as Oracle ended it's support for them : versions 8 to 10.

 

The problem is : in the Oracle contracts you cannot desupport partially your software for the same line of products (databases for example) without signing a "termination letter" which means you throw away your licences and will not be able to use them any more.

So you have to choose : support all your Oracle licences or support none of them...

Even if your running version is too old to benefit from real Oracle support !


The other point is Oracle support includes updates. When you stop Oracle support you cannot update your databases : this will soon be a problem.

When you want to restart the support after stopping it you will have to pay penalities, making this approach not really interesting.

 

The last thing to know : when you stop the support into an Oracle contract  (or CSI) the support of this CSI is re-computed. Starting from the public prices and applying the standard "E-business duscount" (type on google to find the rates) and taking 22% of this price. This means if you bought these licences with a high discount, even if you remove some products from your CSI, you have a great chance to pay more than before...

 

Ask four Easytrust advices to know best practices around Oracle licences !

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Avoid Oracle ULA termination risks - Lexology (registration)

Avoid Oracle ULA termination risks - Lexology (registration) | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Avoid Oracle ULA termination risks Lexology (registration) The ULA is structured as an ordering document attached to an Oracle Master Agreement (OMA) (or, depending on when you first started doing business with Oracle, to an Oracle License and...
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Interesting legal point of view on Oracle ULA contracts. Practically, of course Oracle never used that clause, but legal is here to prevent from risks, so it can be a good idea to negociate this clause...

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The politics of software asset management - TechTarget

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The politics of software asset management
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One of the founding principles that often gets overlooked in software asset management is securing senior management buy-in.
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The resistance to change can be quite strong in Software Asset Management. I'd complete the vision by saying that you need a high level sponsor in order to move the lines.

 

The CIO is usually the right person as he his tho one who is reponsible in case of non-compliance.

 

But this is not enough, as many CIO still believe their teams already know how to do SAM (which is unfortunatly most of the time not true). It is important to insist on the optimization of costs and better governance brought by SAM.

 

 

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Questions to Consider Before You Sign an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement - Spend Matters

Questions to Consider Before You Sign an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement - Spend Matters | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Questions to Consider Before You Sign an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement Spend Matters Spend Matters welcomes another guest post from Gregg Spivack of NPI, a spend management consultancy focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom, and...
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All this is true : the most important fact is probably about support : after signing an ULA you will have only one CSI for your ULA products, referring to a single commercial deal, and you will hardly be able to reduce this support amount.

 

But on the other hand, from my own experience, many customers deploying ULAs over-deploy it largely. It means they ca reach very high discount rates, which makes the deal really interesting for them.

 

Oracle knows that perfectly (they have enough experience on these contracts all around the world). But to secure their support and customers is probably more important to them than doing great discounts.

 

Everybody also knows also that often solve compliance problems. It is a better solution for customers and for Oracle to find a commercial solution than doing a painful audit.

 

This is the rule for now. It is not sure that ULA contracts will last forever. When Oracle will consider that they secured enough their installed customers and support, they will probably stop this contract. 

There was already a rumor about these contracts not being available any more on next fiscal year. It seems to be only a rumor for now. But it can happen.

 

Oracle created some new contrats like prepaid contracts "pool of fund" maybe the next generation of big Oracle deals, but not a real unlimited !

 

Whatever the choice, it is necessary to govern an ULA contract for many reasons :

- To optimize the Oracle deployments depending on your strategy (renew or not renew)

- To prevent deployment of products and options not included in the ULA (most of the time unlimited for some products creates over-deployment for other products or options)

- To have internal metrics of billing if applicable

 

This is why Easytrust partners provide "ULA Manager" services in order to help customers govern their ULA better, using Easytrust LM software.

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Software License Compliance: Can Technology Help

Software License Compliance: Can Technology Help | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Everyone wants a piece of technology to manage Oracle licenses. Here are three reasons why relying on technology or apps won't help with license compliance.

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"This means that none of the tools tell you if you are in compliance"...


Reading this good article, we could conclude : no need for a tool to control my licenses, they can't tell me if I'm compliant or not.

Being on of these verified tool vendors (Easytrust Solution) I have to react about this.


The example given about activating Diagnostic / Tuning pack using AWR is a good example.

A customer using Easytrust LM ton control his assets is able to see immediately when an option is activated on his control dashboard. It is also possible to create alerts if someone activates an option for example.

So, it is true that only a tool can't tell you if you are in compliance, because it depends on your contracts. And only Oracle can tell you, this is also true.

 

But Easyteam (and other companies) provide services in order to help their customers having a clear vision about that. Sometimes with ex-LMS consultants who perfectly know this business.

 

So after you have a first vision on your compliance, given by a tool and services, you are able to put your assets under control, especially on the usage of unexpected options.

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Oracle Software License Compliance - Can Technology Help? This article discusses the tools that can be used to ensure Oracle license compliance. Also gain insights on the problems associated with Oracle software license.

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Software Asset Management – Five things to expect in 2014

Software Asset Management – Five things to expect in 2014 | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
With a new year comes an inevitable deluge of predictions for the year ahead. Keen to get in on the act, I proudly present, with no little fanfare, five things to expect in Software Asset Management in 2014!
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The 6th important thing in 2014 for SAM : Easytrust LM Spring' 14 version coming the 13th of february with many improvements to control and optimize your Oracle software assets !

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Software License Financial Management improve the bottom line performance of the enterprise

Software License Financial Management improve the bottom line performance of the enterprise | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
An overview of how IT financial managers can use software license management to add value to both their IT organization and the business that IT serves. The fundamental objective of software asset management is to ...
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Of course SAM can improve the bottom line performance of the enterprise !

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Second-hand software : a reality for software asset managers ?

Second-hand software : a reality for software asset managers ? | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Over the last 10 years, I have project managed some of the largest Software Asset Management (SAM) p...UK Government receptive to software license savings proposalsOver recent weeks, License Dashboard has been ...
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Very interesting point of view.

 

I would add about the support of these second hand software : what would be the price of it ? For Oracle, is it 22% of the price list or 22% of the discounted price when it was purchased by the first owner ? Is it part of the court decision to say that the support contract has to be transfered at the same price ? I guess no... this remains the main problem in terms of R.O.I.

 

Some clear positions on other restrictions second hand licences involves :

 

 

Nervousness that firms will damage their relationships with the software vendors that their businesses are reliant upon. When Oracle, for example, is embedded so deep within your organization, would you really want to get on their bad side?Used software may carry limitations over new software. While technically the product is identical, there is nothing to stop the vendors from changing certain aspects of support. Will they drop support and maintenance for used software? While this may be difficult for them to uphold in the courts, do you really want to be the test case?It’s messy. Buying a new software license is a clean as you can get. The licenses might still be challenging to manage, but that’s life, and there are tools to help. But they’ll certainly be simpler than those for used software where a full paper trail is required to prove that a legitimate change of ownership has occurred. You also need to be absolutely sure the reseller you’re buying from is the legitimate owner of the license in the first place, otherwise your next audit will be the most difficult one yet. 

 

 

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IBSMA – SAMSUMMIT 2013 – Chicago | SAM Charter

IBSMA – SAMSUMMIT 2013 – Chicago | SAM Charter | Oracle Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Presentations ranged on tackling Oracle audits,Cloud Computing and Risk Mitigation through Vendor Management and Contract Negotiation and Achieving Greater Returns with your SAM Programme. ...
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Interesting SAM conference in Chicago... Easytrust : we will be there next year !

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