Oracle ULA

Oracle ULA & Mergers and Acquisitions

Introduction to Oracle ULA & Merger and Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can significantly impact a company’s Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA).

Given that Oracle ULA pricing is based on a company’s estimated Oracle deployments, the addition of new entities can introduce complexities.

The pricing disparity between a small organization and a larger one is evident, with the latter potentially paying tenfold due to the assumption of more extensive Oracle deployments.

Oracle ULA Management:

Your company’s Oracle ULA management is determined by the terms negotiated in the ULA agreement. While terms can vary, some of the most common ones include:

  1. No Inclusion of New Entities:
    Some ULAs might not allow the addition of any new entities. This scenario arises if the possibility of M&A wasn’t considered during the ULA negotiation.
  2. Revenue-Based Entity Inclusion:
    New or acquired entities can be added to the ULA, but they might be restricted to representing only up to 10% of the company’s total revenue.
  3. Employee-Based Entity Inclusion:
    Similarly, some ULAs might allow the addition of entities as long as they don’t exceed 10% of the company’s total employee count.

Addressing the Absence of M&A Clause in ULA:

If your ULA doesn’t have a specific clause addressing M&A, you have a couple of options:

  1. Exclude the New Entity:
    You can decide not to include the acquired entity in the ULA.
  2. Negotiate with Oracle:
    The price for adding the new entity will be subject to negotiation. It’s crucial to benchmark and ensure you’re getting a fair deal.

Best Practices for M&A in Oracle ULA:

When considering adding a new entity to your ULA, it’s essential to:

  1. Review Existing Oracle Contracts:
    Understand the licensing agreements of the new entity. It might not always be beneficial to integrate them into your ULA.
  2. Assess Oracle Deployments:
    Familiarize yourself with the new entity’s Oracle deployments. Address any compliance issues during negotiations with Oracle.


What is an Oracle ULA?

An Oracle ULA is a contractual agreement that allows unlimited deployment of specific Oracle products for a set duration.

How do mergers and acquisitions impact Oracle ULA?

M&As can introduce complexities in Oracle ULA due to the addition of new entities and the associated licensing implications.

Can I add a newly acquired company to my existing Oracle ULA?

It depends on the terms negotiated in your ULA. Some ULAs might have restrictions based on revenue or employee count.

What if my ULA doesn't address M&As?

You can exclude the new entity from the ULA or negotiate its inclusion with Oracle.

Why is it essential to review the new entity's Oracle contracts?

Understanding their licensing agreements helps you decide whether to integrate them into your ULA or manage them separately.

What challenges arise when integrating an acquired company's Oracle deployments?

Potential compliance issues and discrepancies in Oracle product usage can arise, which need to be addressed during negotiations.

Why is the size of the acquired company significant in Oracle ULA?

The pricing of Oracle ULA is based on estimated deployments. A larger company might lead to more extensive Oracle deployments, impacting the ULA pricing.

Can I renegotiate my ULA terms post-M&A?

Yes, but it’s subject to discussions with Oracle and might involve additional costs.

What's the significance of understanding an acquired company's Oracle deployments?

This article provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges and considerations when dealing with Oracle ULAs in the context of mergers and acquisitions.

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  • 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.