Apr 29, 2010
Oracle� products, including its popular database technology and E-Business Suite, are widely deployed in many companies.
Because Oracle does not automatically lock out unlicensed use of its products � and because those products have such broad business applicability � Oracle deployments can readily sprawl far beyond their original scope. By the same token, for a variety of reasons, IT organizations also often wind up buying more Oracle licenses than they need.
Either way, these IT organizations inevitably experience multiple events that result in Oracle license management �fire drills.� These inevitable events include software usage audits by Oracle, contract renewal negotiations, license restructurings driven by business change such as M&A or corporate reorganizations, and license restructurings driven by infrastructure change such as server consolidations or platform migrations.
License management fire drills occur because IT organizations lack accurate, up-to-date information about how Oracle products are actually being used, accessed, and permissioned across the enterprise � and how their Oracle deployment compares to their actual contracts.
To avoid these consequences, IT organizations should pro-actively implement proven software license management best practices � including the ongoing, automated monitoring of their Oracle deployments in relation to their current licensing agreements.
These best practices enable IT organizations to handle the inevitable events associated with Oracle software ownership without the disruption and cost associated with rushed manual inventories.