Achieving cost reduction and control over your Oracle license estate is complex.
Adopting the correct approach and methodology will help you realise value for money and reduce risk of non-compliance.
From Version 1’s experience, we would consider the following questions as typical cost control issues when trying to manage a large Oracle estate.
How should we manage our Oracle licenses given that we (plan to) outsource our IT operations to our outsource partner?
We can assess the impact of outsourcing on your obligations under your Oracle license agreements and identify opportunities and risks relating to the management of your Oracle estate.
How does our Oracle SAM process compare with best practice? Does it provide sufficient control?
We can provide an assessment against our Capability Maturity Model which will give you a view of how your current practices measure up to best practice. We can also provide advise on how to make improvements where required.
Are our current Oracle license terms fit for purpose?
We can assess whether your Oracle agreements are able to support changing business needs e.g. mergers and acquisitions, business expansion, internationalisation, outsourcing, etc.
If we have changed the way in which we use Oracle E-Business Suite, is this covered by our existing software licenses?
We can assess your current use of Oracle E-Business Suite against a set of pre-defined metrics to determine your current product use.
How can we reduce the effort required to determine usage across our large Oracle estate?
Auto-discovery tools automate the majority of the data collection process reducing both the time and effort required to determine usage on large Oracle estates. This approach has the additional benefit over a manual approach of repeatability, completeness and data consistency.
We are nearing the end of our ULA. What information do we need to provide to Oracle in order to determine the on-going license?
Our Discovery service can be used to determine current usage for the products within the scope of your ULA. This can then be used as the basis for your declaration to Oracle.
We are not willing to provide Oracle with access to our systems for an audit. How can we meet their request without having to grant them access?
As an Oracle partner we are able to act as an intermediary and help you to prepare usage information against an agreed set of metrics.
We have multiple license agreements with Oracle that use a number of different metrics. How can we reduce the complexity of these license metrics and make them easier to manage?
We can help you negotiate with Oracle to migrate to a simpler license model using fewer metrics.
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