Oracle Java Audit Triggers 2024

Oracle’s revenue from Java sales significantly surpasses its database license sales. But what drives this enormous revenue growth for Java?

The answer lies primarily in audits – both formal and soft audits. When Oracle contacts an organization, the focus is often on something other than the value of Java, but instead, it is on non-compliance.

These discussions can start amicably but may quickly escalate into pressure tactics if the customer is unwilling to cooperate with Oracle.

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Top 5 triggers for an Oracle Java audit

  1. Java Downloads and Updates: If anyone in your organization has downloaded or updated Java, be aware. Oracle meticulously monitors these downloads, and their logs can span up to 7 years.
  2. Pre-2023 Java SE Licenses: For those who purchased Java SE licenses before January 2023, renewing these old licenses isn’t an option. Instead, you’ll likely need to undergo a soft audit with Oracle.
  3. Formal Audits: Organizations that refuse to engage with Oracle, especially regarding security downloads, may face a formal Java audit.
  4. Limited Oracle Software Usage: If your organization uses little to no Oracle software, you might be more likely to be targeted for an audit.
  5. Lack of Oracle Cloud Strategy: Organizations without a strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) or Software as a Service (SaaS) are more prone to audits.


  • Act Proactively: Don’t wait for Oracle to reach out. Approximately 90% of all Java in your estate is likely unnecessary. Identify which deployments require a license and then uninstall or migrate away if you don’t plan to purchase Java licenses. This process takes time, so it’s best to start as soon as possible, not when Oracle is knocking on the door.

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  • Benefits: Focuses on saving time, reducing risk, and maintaining control for the client, backed by the expertise of former Oracle employees.

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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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