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Oracle License Audit Report – Pay or Not Pay?

It may stir up some debate, but it’s worth noting that Oracle doesn’t treat all its customers equally when resolving an Oracle license audit commercially.

Why is this the case? Here are a few reasons:

  • The proficiency of Oracle’s License Management Services (LMS) consultants varies greatly, and a significant portion of their work is manual.
  • There are numerous grey areas in the world of Oracle licensing and contracts.
  • Often, the decision on how to resolve an Oracle LMS audit report falls on the sales representative.

The Oracle Audit Report and Negotiations

The Oracle Account Representative ultimately has the final say on resolving the Oracle Audit commercially. This representative can either play the role of a lenient or strict enforcer.

The outcome is that some companies end up paying for non-compliance issues that others are not compelled to pay for.

  • Some companies pay for soft partitioning/VMware issues, while others refuse and face no penalties.
  • Some companies pay for contractual issues, while others refuse and face no penalties.
  • Some companies pay for historical usage, while others face no penalties.

The companies that don’t pay any Oracle audit fees are the ones that have effectively tackled the Oracle challenge.

Understanding the Oracle license Audit Reprot

As we approach 2020, some companies are still grappling with Oracle licensing. The simple reason is that they don’t invest enough in Oracle License Management, resulting in higher Oracle license audit fees or overspending on Oracle Software.

I always advise companies that the way to save money is not by hiring low-cost consultants to help with Oracle Licensing.

Instead, savings come from ensuring zero non-compliance and optimizing existing investments, so you only buy the necessary software.

The Oracle Audit Report

We’ve created a chart based on the advice we give our clients

. It’s a valuable tool when you have an Oracle Audit report and want to gauge its severity. If you’re faced with the question, “Should I pay, or should I not pay,” and need a definitive answer, this chart is for you.

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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, enhancing organizational efficiency.