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Independent Advice on Oracle Cloud licensing in 2024

Independent advice on Oracle Cloud licensing typically includes:

  • Unbiased Guidance: Providing neutral, objective advice on Oracle Cloud licensing without influence from Oracle.
  • Cost Optimization: Strategies to minimize licensing costs while maximizing value.
  • Compliance: Ensuring alignment with Oracle’s licensing terms to avoid legal and financial risks.
  • Negotiation Support: Assisting in negotiating terms and conditions with Oracle.
  • Customized Solutions: Tailoring licensing solutions to fit specific organizational needs and requirements.
  • Risk Management: Identifying and mitigating risks associated with Oracle Cloud licensing agreements.

Understanding the Need for Independent Advice on Oracle Cloud

Understanding the Need for Independent Advice on Oracle Cloud

As Oracle customers increasingly transition their workloads to public cloud platforms, including AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud, the demand for reliable information on how to effectively and efficiently license Oracle on these platforms is growing.

Observations from Online Resources

When reviewing online material on Oracle licensing for various cloud platforms, a typical pattern emerges:

  • Much of the available information and “educational” content is authored by partners of these cloud providers. A simple verification often reveals that companies discussing Oracle on AWS or Oracle on GCP are listed as partners with these cloud platforms.

Why Impartial Advice is Crucial

This prevalence of partner-authored material may not serve the best interests of Oracle customers. When evaluating the most cost-effective and suitable cloud platform for Oracle workloads, unbiased, independent advice is crucial. Unfortunately, the current landscape is influenced by financial incentives:

  • Companies like Microsoft often compensate large software resellers for directing customers toward Azure.
  • Similarly, technology partners recommending AWS or Azure are typically incentivized to advise clients to deploy Oracle on these cloud platforms.

The Importance of Unbiased Recommendations

Given this environment, Oracle customers need to seek genuinely independent advice. This ensures that decisions are made based on the customer’s specific needs and best interests rather than influenced by external financial motivations.

Four Reasons to Seek Independent Advice on Oracle Cloud Licensing

Four Reasons to Seek Independent Advice on Oracle Cloud Licensing
  1. Diverse Licensing Rules Across Cloud Platforms:
    • Cloud platforms, including AWS, GCP, and others, have unique Oracle licensing rules. It’s crucial to have advice that prioritizes your best interest rather than guidance influenced by the incentives of a specific cloud platform’s partners.
  2. Variation in Added Value Offerings:
    • Different cloud platforms offer unique benefits. For instance, Oracle Cloud provides exclusive advantages like free diagnostic and tuning services and the unique option to purchase per hour. An unbiased advisor can help explore all cloud options, ensuring a well-rounded recommendation rather than a one-sided push toward a particular platform like AWS.
  3. Utilization of Existing Oracle Investments:
    • As an Oracle customer, leveraging your existing Oracle software licenses optimally depends on your chosen cloud provider. An independent advisor ensures you are presented with all available options, allowing for a more informed decision.
  4. Experience with Large Company Partnerships:
    • Having worked in large companies with partnerships with Microsoft, AWS, or Google, I understand that such companies may prioritize their broader partnership over individual customer needs. Independent advice ensures a focus solely on your specific requirements.

Benefits of Independent Advice on Oracle Licensing

Benefits of Independent Advice on Oracle Licensing

  • Unbiased and Interest-Free Recommendations:
    • Independent advisors offer impartial advice without a vested interest in promoting a particular product or solution.
  • Objective Oracle Environment Assessment:
    • An independent advisor can objectively evaluate your Oracle environment and usage.
  • Comprehensive and Holistic View:
    • Being vendor-neutral, an independent advisor can provide a full-spectrum analysis of your Oracle licensing.
  • Fresh Perspectives and Improvement Areas:
    • An independent advisor can offer new insights and identify areas of improvement that internal teams might miss.
  • Honest Licensing Posture Assessment:
    • Gain an unbiased and truthful assessment of your Oracle licensing status and compliance.
  • Optimization and Cost-Reduction Strategies:
    • An independent advisor can guide you in optimizing your Oracle environment, reducing costs, and minimizing compliance risks.
  • Navigational Assistance Through Oracle’s Complexities:
    • Benefit from expert guidance in understanding Oracle’s intricate licensing rules, structures, and policies.
  • Compliance Assurance with Licensing Agreements:
    • Ensure continuous compliance with your Oracle license agreements through expert, unbiased advice.

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  • 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, improving organizational efficiency.

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