Oracle ULA

5 Oracle ULA Mistakes To Avoid

Oracle ULA Mistakes

  • Underutilizing Licenses: Not fully leveraging the software covered under ULA.
  • Ignoring Compliance: Overlooking Oracle’s compliance and usage policies.
  • Neglecting Exit Strategy: Failing to plan for the end of the ULA term.
  • Overlooking Non-ULA Products: Missing potential savings on products not included in ULA.
  • Skipping Negotiations: Do not re-negotiate terms based on current and future needs.

Understanding Oracle ULA

Signing an Oracle ULA is akin to entering a marriage. You should have a prenup to define any future break-ups. Oracle ULA contracts can be significant for some companies but terrible for others.

Many voice their unhappiness with the ULA and a general feeling of “over-paying” Oracle.

Why do many companies fail with Oracle ULA contracts?

This feeling of “failure/unhappiness” is created by the fact that they will first be audited at the end of the Oracle ULA.

Yes, for unprepared companies, Oracle will always find large license gaps, forcing it to renew its Oracle ULA.

Also, most companies lack in-house knowledge about the Oracle ULA agreement model, misunderstand Oracle ULA contract terms, make mistakes in building the Oracle ULA contract, and fail to understand the vast commitment made to Oracle by entering an Oracle ULA.

The commitment is a one-time license fee and a long-term commitment to supporting Oracle for many years.

Only when the Oracle ULA ends do they realize the drawbacks, and mistakes made become obvious. The result is unhappiness due to little or no flexibility with their Oracle contracts—the nasty “vendor lock-in.”

5 Ways to Avoid Making Oracle ULA Mistakes


1. Avoid having second thoughts about your Oracle “marriage”

By signing or renewing your Oracle ULA, you are “locking” yourself into a single CSI support stream. This is the main reason why Oracle is offering Oracle ULA.

If you, as an Oracle customer, have 30 different CSIs containing database and middleware licenses, and you then sign a ULA including both products, all those CSIs will become 1 CSI.

An Oracle ULA is almost a life-long commitment to paying Oracle money; you can call it a “marriage.”

2. Avoid becoming an unhappy Oracle ULA customer

Many Oracle ULA customers are unhappy because 30%- 50% of their Oracle ULA software is unused, and support cannot be terminated.

Only include your “CORE products,” which you can reuse for multiple purposes. Typically, that is Oracle Database and specific options. If you have an Oracle Middleware strategy, include the core products that you are using.

3. Avoid including products in your Oracle ULA that you don’t need

You should be careful to include unlimited products for “nice to have,” as in a few years, they might be unused – you will simply have an internal cost that nobody wants to pay for.

When you ask for a lower price or a different business term during negotiations, Oracle will often suggest that you add additional products to your Oracle ULA instead of giving you what you want.

4. Avoid putting bad eggs (contracts) into your Oracle ULA basket

You should also be reviewing each product and existing support contracts. The higher the support cost is for each product, the less favorable it can be to include in your Oracle ULA.

The best Oracle ULA is when you have no existing support stream to include in your Oracle ULA.

5. Avoid unnecessary renewal/extension fees by managing your Oracle ULA

While working at Oracle, customers with active Oracle ULA would contact me saying, “We need to renew/extend our Oracle ULA because we didn’t have time to deploy Oracle Software. How much will it cost?”.

The answer is millions. That is money wasted. Before you sign the Oracle ULA, you must evaluate and check with internal stakeholders to ensure you can deploy Oracle ULA products and then do regular check-ups of deployed software.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why do many companies fail with Oracle ULA contracts?

Many companies fail with Oracle ULA contracts due to a lack of in-house knowledge about the Oracle ULA agreement model, misunderstanding Oracle ULA contract terms, making mistakes in building the Oracle ULA contract, and failing to understand the vast commitment made to Oracle by entering an Oracle ULA.

What should I avoid including in my Oracle ULA?

Avoid including products that are “nice to have,” as in a few years; they might be unused – you will simply have an internal cost that nobody wants to pay for.


Navigating the complexities of Oracle ULA Questions requires a deep understanding of Oracle’s licensing agreements. By understanding how Oracle ULA works, you can effectively manage your Oracle ULA and avoid common pitfalls.

Remember, the key to successfully managing your Oracle ULA lies in understanding your contract, planning your deployments, and regularly reviewing your license usage.

With careful management and strategic planning, you can maximize the benefits of your Oracle ULA while minimizing potential issues.


  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson brings two decades of Oracle license management experience, including a nine-year tenure at Oracle and 11 years in Oracle license consulting. His expertise extends across leading IT corporations like IBM, enriching his profile with a broad spectrum of software and cloud projects. Filipsson's proficiency encompasses IBM, SAP, Microsoft, and Salesforce platforms, alongside significant involvement in Microsoft Copilot and AI initiatives, enhancing organizational efficiency.