Deploy Oracle workloads on VMware at no risk: With over 10 years experience, we have a proven track record. As frequent speakers at VMworld and Oracle User Groups worldwide, we excel in coordinating Oracle to VMware migrations and mitigating audit claims from Oracle.
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Oracle’s licensing complexities touch many stakeholders and departments within your company. We speak all of their languages and unite them to make the best decision for your organisation.
We help IT teams to audit and evaluate Oracle deployments. Our workshops aim to implement sustainable architectures and IT governance controls, without unnecessarily increasing license spends or compromising on performance and availability. Read more…
Guaranteed: Our support savings projects lead to improvements of your CAPEX and OPEX. Controlled and predictable. At the same time, we help to prevent unforeseen costs arising from a potential Oracle audit. Read more…
Opinions from Oracle are often not reflected in the agreements. Which opinions are relevant, and which are not? What exactly is your right to use, and how to apply the ambiguities to your Oracle environment? Read more…
Below are the most frequently requested Oracle services provided by us. Please contact us for custom projects and reference clients.
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It is more sensible to learn about your compliance position from us than form Oracle: We simulate an Oracle audit and provide detailed information of any exposure, allowing your IT teams to take control before Oracle does.
Are you subjected to an Oracle LMS audit? Prior to sharing any information with Oracle, we run an internal audit while managing your communication stream with Oracle. We ensure informed decisions are made.
Your audit resulted in an excessive claim. You are unable to push Oracle’s buttons or reach satisfying results. License Consulting will perform a free due-diligence review within 48 hours, and report to which extend we can improve your negotiation position.
Oracle‘s support agreements have not been designed to be flexible but to ensure Oracle’s continued revenue streams. Do you want to reduce support without encountering Oracle’s re-pricing practices? We can help you. No Cure – No Pay.
Many organizations end up being forced into a ULA renewal without having any leverage to determine a fair deal. We ensure your ULA is managed efficiently towards it’s certification, and that any commercial pressure is on Oracle – not you.
This service is endorsed by VMware and Oracle User Groups across the world. It ensures that every company can run Oracle workloads on VMware while ensuring they only pay for the Processor quantities utilized for Oracle workloads.
Understand the licensing implications of Oracle’s Java licensing changes, and pursues to identify risks and opportunities with regards to Oracle Java deployment. As part of the service, we will prepare you in the event Oracle starts any sales or audit initiatives with regard to Java.
One step ahead of the game
Oracle’s audits go by the book. To us, it’s like watching the same chess game over and over again. Being able to predict Oracle’s next (counter) move gives us the advantage to level the playing field.
- Preventing alleged non compliance during an LMS audit.
- Reducing alleged noncompliance after an LMS audit.
- Reducing the annual spend on Oracle support.
- Our Internal (friendly) Audit establishes the size of your financial risk.
- We help you understand your effective license position (ELP).
- We guide your team on how to reduce compliance risks.
We know how to delay the Oracle LMS audit. And while doing so we can perform a due diligence audit within 48 hours. No one in the market, not even Oracle, can produce an analysis faster and more detailed than we do.
- Oracle Internal License Audit
- Oracle License Audit Defense
- Oracle LMS Audit Negotiations
- Oracle Support Savings
- Oracle ULA Certification
- Oracle to VMware Compliance
- Oracle Java Assessment
The Oracle Internal License Audit service addresses the scenario where your organisation aims to establish an Effective License Position which simulates the situation where Oracle would come in and audit the environment.
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This Oracle Internal License Audit includes:
Establishing the size of the financial risk;
Helping you understand your effective license position (ELP);
Guiding your team on how to reduce compliance risks.
The Oracle License Audit Defense service addresses the scenario where your organization has received notice of a license review from your Account Manager (soft audit) or a full compliance audit. Usually you will receive an audit notification from Oracle LMS (License Management Services) or a 3rd party acting on behalf of Oracle.
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The Audit Defense service can start at any stage in the lifecycle of an Oracle Audit. And yet, the earlier we are engaged the simpler, straight forward and predictable the audit will be for your organization. Depending on each situation we may either operate in the background or directly engage with Oracle on your behalf.
This Oracle License Audit Defense includes:
- Quickly establishing the size of the financial risk;
- Helping you understand your effective license position (ELP) before the auditor has
- received any evidence;
- Guiding your teams in mitigating any false-positives;
- Reviewing and sanitizing any information submitted to auditor;
- Advising your teams throughout the audit process until audit closure.
Our service is divided into the following stages:
Each stage is divided into Inputs, Activities and Outputs.
The Oracle LMS Audit Negotiations addresses the scenario where Oracle LMS, or one of their audit partners, conducted a compliance audit within your organization.
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This service can start at any point prior to signing a proposal from Oracle.
The Oracle LMS Audit Negotiations includes:
- 48-hour assessment;
- Full forensic analysis of data previously provided to Oracle;
- Review of your internal objectives and concerns about the audit results.
- Statement of Work;
- Reduced Bill of Materials & negotiation value based on:
- (Re) Positioning of Oracle LMS technical findings;
- (Re) Positioning of current contracts and definitions to reduce claim values.
- Determining and agreeing to a negotiation strategy;
- Execution support throughout the negotiation;
- Audit closure.
The License Consulting Support Savings addresses the scenario where your organization believes or even knows it is overpaying support for Oracle software licenses but is unable to effectuate a cost reduction.
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In particular the following sections in the Oracle support agreement contain elements which make it difficult for end-users to reduce support:
- Matching Service Levels;
- Pricing following Reduction of Licenses or Support Level;
- License Set.
This service is provided at a no-cure-no-pay model. The service can start at any stage throughout the year, but ideally 8 weeks prior to the next support renewal cycle and/or commencing a compliance review conducted by License Consulting or Oracle LMS.
The Oracle ULA Certification & Renewal Management service addresses the scenario where your organization has engaged into an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) and the Unlimited Deployment Period will end within one year.
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This Oracle ULA Certification & Renewal Management includes:
- Helping you understand your effective deployment position on ULA products;
- Helping you understand what opportunities and threats the ULA can bring regard to the ELP and future Oracle deployment needs;
- Advise on most beneficial strategy (certification as contractually required and/or renewal);
- Advising your teams throughout the Certification Process until the ULA has been Certified or Renewed.
The Oracle to VMware compliance service addresses the scenario where your organisation aims to deploy Oracle workloads on VMware whilst ensuring license compliance.
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This service helps organizations make objective decisions about whether or not they can virtualize Oracle on VMware, and assists them in implementing such environment in the most optimal way whilst ensuring license compliance. During the project all contractual, legal and technical considerations of your organization are clarified. Clients who then choose to migrate to VMware are guided, to ensure that the license footprint of Oracle on VMware is limited to a minimum, but implemented in a VMware architecture that meets their operational requirements. As part of the implementation plan, potential VMware architectures are discussed. Oracle workloads subjected to virtualizing are audited comprehensively in order to validate their license requirements in a detailed level.
This service includes:
Workshops to educate contract, legal- and IT specialists and to discuss and address all concerns with regard to licensing Oracle on VMware;
Forensic audit of current workloads of the Oracle software deployment;
Optimizing the Oracle workloads to further reduce the future license footprint;
Coordinate workshops to discuss caveats of potential VMware implementation scenario’s;
For up to 3 potential VMware implementation scenarios:
Provide Capex/Opex cost calculations;
Document compliance and governance strategies for each scenario to eliminate future compliance risks;
After implementation: Internal License Audit to ensure the VMware implementation would withstand the scrutiny of an Oracle LMS audit (see service description “Internal License Audit”);
Providing documented guidelines for handling an Oracle LMS audit.
Upon request we assist clients to discuss their IT changes with Oracle to ensure all risks have been addressed, and no unforeseen compliance claims can arise in the future.
The Java Assessment service addresses the scenario where your organisation aims to better understand the licensing implications of Oracle’s Java licensing changes, and pursues to identify risks and opportunities with regards to Oracle Java deployment. As part of the service, a set of customized documents is prepared that is to be used as a guideline to engage with Oracle, in the event Oracle starts any sales or audit initiatives with regard to Java.
More information on Oracle Java assessment service
This Oracle Java Assessment includes:
- Workshop to explain Java licensing changes imposed by Oracle
- Ambiguity workshop: Identification of defective licensing areas
- Review and analysis of pre-existing Java deployment information
- Collection of additional deployment information
- Analysis of Java deployment and licensing information
- Workshop discussing the data
- Quantifying a ‘worst case’ risk profile for your organization
- Guiding your team on how to reduce any compliance risks.
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