Customized Database Technology – Oracle EBS Technology

Oracle developed the Oracle E-Business Suite programs as part of its strategy to gain a substantial share of the enterprise application software market.

To secure an advantage over other enterprise application vendors, Oracle grants its E-Business Suite customers restricted usage of the Oracle Database and Internet Application Server software. The software can only be used for the E-Business Suite, and usage is restricted to the out-of-the-box, unmodified functionality of the E-Business Suite software.

However, given the nature of business processes and/or integration with other applications, organizations must modify the Oracle Database and/or Application Server supporting the E-Business Suite application to build an overall business solution.

Database Customizations that Trigger Full-use Licensing

Common modifications to the Oracle Database include adding and/or modifying tables, columns, stored procedures, and triggers, which are part of the Oracle E-Business Suite application schema.

Organizations who do this should know they breach the restricted usage rights and should, therefore, additionally purchase separate Full Use licenses for the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and the Oracle Internet Application Server Enterprise Edition.

The number of licenses required depends on the total number of end users or processors for which modifications are deployed. Organizations may be required to license the Internet Developer Suite and/or Programmer software and license the usage of the developers who perform the modifications.

Common Modifications to the Oracle Application Server

This includes creating or modifying reports, forms, and/or workbooks. Modifications implemented as Java programs, which include Java-producing HTML interface or Java business logic, are also in this category. In these two scenarios, an organization owns a restricted-use license for the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and a limited set of other products. This restricted license may only be used with the licensed E-Business Suite application(s) and cannot be used for other purposes.

The organization is required to purchase Full Uses in case the restricted usage rights are breached. The number of licenses required depends on the total number of end users or processors for which the modifications are used. You can find more details about these modifications in Oracle’s Application Licensing Table.

Organizations must know Oracle’s licensing strategy when implementing modifications to the Oracle Database and Application Server supporting the E-Business Suite application. Failure to comply with the licensing requirements can lead to legal and financial consequences.

It is essential to consult with a licensing expert or Oracle representative to determine the appropriate licenses required for any modifications.


  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson possesses 20 years of experience in Oracle license management. Having worked at Oracle for 9 years, he gained an additional 11 years of expertise in Oracle license consulting projects. Fredrik has provided assistance to over 150 organizations worldwide, ranging in size and tackling various Oracle licensing challenges, including Licensing Assessments, Oracle audits, Oracle ULAs, and more.