UPK

Navigating Oracle UPK Licensing – Avoid The Pitfalls

UPK

Navigating Oracle UPK Licensing – Avoid The Pitfalls

Oracle UPK Licensing

  • Licensing Options: Oracle UPK offers licenses based on UPK Developer and Application User metrics.
  • Costs: Prices vary by version (Standard or Professional) and include Software Update License & Support fees.
  • Benefits: Provides robust tools for creating, managing, and distributing training materials.

Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK)

Oracle User Productivity Kit

Oracle UPK is a versatile tool for developing system-related training materials, user manuals, and other documentation.

It is designed to aid in the successful implementation and adoption of Oracle applications and other third-party software applications. Key features of Oracle UPK include:

  • In-application Support: Oracle UPK provides interactive and context-sensitive help within the application, reducing the need for external support.
  • Knowledge Center: A centralized repository for storing and accessing content created using Oracle UPK.
  • Developer and Player: These are tools for creating and playing back interactive simulations, which are helpful for training and support.

Role and Features of UPK Standard Developer

The UPK Standard Developer is a critical component of Oracle UPK. It is a client-side tool for creating and editing UPK content.

The Standard Developer offers a range of features that enhance the content development process:

  • Recording: The Standard Developer can record all user actions in a target application, capturing every click and keystroke.
  • Editing: After recording, the content can be edited and enhanced with additional information, such as explanatory text or audio.
  • Publishing: The content can be published in various formats, including HTML, Word, PowerPoint, and PDF.

UPK Content Material Modules: An Overview

Oracle UPK comes with a variety of pre-built content material modules.

These modules cover various topics and are designed to help users understand and use Oracle applications effectively.

The content material modules include:

  • Application Overviews: These provide a high-level overview of various Oracle applications.
  • Process Flows: These illustrate the steps in completing specific application tasks.
  • Simulations allow users to practice performing tasks in a safe, simulated environment.

Oracle E-Business Suite Applications and UPK

Oracle E-Business Suite Applications and UPK

Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) is a critical tool for organizations that use Oracle E-Business Suite applications.

It provides comprehensive training and support materials that help users understand and effectively use these applications.

Key benefits of using UPK with Oracle E-Business Suite Applications include:

  • Improved User Adoption: UPK’s interactive training materials help users quickly understand and adopt new applications.
  • Reduced Support Costs: UPK can significantly reduce the need for external support by providing in-application support and self-service training.
  • Increased Productivity: With a better understanding of the applications, users can perform their tasks more efficiently and accurately.

Oracle UPK Professional Accelerated Certification

Oracle UPK Professional Accelerated Certification is a program designed for individuals who want to demonstrate their expertise in using and managing Oracle UPK.

The certification covers many topics, including UPK basics, content development, deployment, and administration. Earning this certification can provide several benefits:

  • Recognition of Expertise: The certification validates your knowledge and skills in Oracle UPK.
  • Career Advancement: It can enhance your career prospects and open new opportunities.
  • Increased Credibility: Being certified can increase your credibility with employers and clients.

Technical Specifications of Oracle UPK

Oracle UPK is a client-server application that requires specific hardware and software to function correctly.

The technical specifications include the following:

  • Operating System: Oracle UPK supports various versions of Windows, including Windows 7, 8, and 10.
  • Database: Oracle UPK requires a database to store its content. It supports Oracle Database and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Web Server: To deploy UPK content, a web server is needed. Oracle WebLogic and Microsoft IIS are supported.

Oracle UPK Licensing Metrics

Oracle UPK Licensing Metrics

Oracle UPK licensing is primarily based on two metrics: Application User and UPK Developer.

Understanding these metrics is crucial for correctly licensing your Oracle UPK and avoiding potential compliance issues.

  1. Application User: This metric refers to an individual authorized by your organization to use the licensed application programs installed on a single server or multiple servers. This is regardless of whether the individual is actively using the programs at any given time.
    • Example: If your organization has 100 employees authorized to use the Oracle UPK, you must license 100 Application Users, even if only 50 actively use the software at any given time.
    • Note: For certain Oracle programs like Oracle Order Management, Oracle Sourcing, Oracle iSupplier Portal, and Oracle Services Procurement, there are specific rules regarding manual and electronic order entries and use by external suppliers. It’s important to understand these rules to ensure correct licensing.
  2. UPK Developer: This metric refers to an individual authorized by your organization to use the programs installed on a single server or multiple servers, regardless of whether the individual is actively using the programs at any given time. UPK Developers can create, modify, view, and interact with simulations and documentation.
    • Example: If your organization has ten employees authorized to create, modify, view, and interact with simulations and documentation in Oracle UPK, you would need to license 10 UPK Developers, even if only five actively use the software at any given time.

Oracle UPK License Costs

Here is the pricing information for the User Productivity Kit (UPK) as per the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Global Price List:

  • User Productivity Kit Standard
    • License Price: $17,500
    • Software Update License & Support: $3,850.00
    • Licensing Metric: UPK Developer
    • Minimum: 1
  • User Productivity Kit Standard
    • License Price: $90
    • Software Update License & Support: $19.80
    • Licensing Metric: Application User
    • Minimum: 50
  • User Productivity Kit Standard
    • License Price: $45
    • Software Update License & Support: $9.90
    • Licensing Metric: Employee
    • Minimum: 500
  • User Productivity Kit Professional
    • License Price: $17,500
    • Software Update License & Support: $3,850.00
    • Licensing Metric: UPK Developer
    • Minimum: 1
  • User Productivity Kit Professional
    • License Price: $100
    • Software Update License & Support: $22.00
    • Licensing Metric: Application User
    • Minimum: 50
  • User Productivity Kit Professional
    • License Price: $50
    • Software Update License & Support: $11.00
    • Licensing Metric: Employee
    • Minimum: 500
  • User Productivity Kit Content Materials for Enterprise Performance Management Applications
    • User Productivity Kit for Hyperion Financial Management Plus (up to 4K employees and up to $1 billion in revenue)
      • License Price: $35,000
      • Software Update License & Support: $7,700.00
      • Licensing Metric: UPK Module
      • Minimum: Not applicable
    • User Productivity Kit for Hyperion Financial Management Plus (over 4K employees and/or over $1 billion in revenue)
      • License Price: $70,000
      • Software Update License & Support: $15,400.00
      • Licensing Metric: UPK Module
      • Minimum: Not applicable
    • User Productivity Kit for Hyperion Planning Plus (up to 4K employees and up to $1 billion in revenue)
      • License Price: $35,000
      • Software Update License & Support: $7,700.00
      • Licensing Metric: UPK Module
      • Minimum: Not applicable
    • User Productivity Kit for Hyperion Planning Plus (over 4K employees and/or over $1 billion in revenue)
      • License Price: $70,000
      • Software Update License & Support: $15,400.00
      • Licensing Metric: UPK Module
      • Minimum: Not applicable

FAQs about Oracle UPK

What is Oracle's User Productivity Kit (UPK)?

Oracle’s User Productivity Kit (UPK) is a comprehensive solution for project teams and end users to create, manage, and distribute software learning materials. It helps to increase project, program, and user productivity.

What are the licensing metrics for Oracle UPK?

Oracle UPK uses two primary licensing metrics: UPK Developer and Application User or Employee. The UPK Developer metric is for the UPK Standard and Professional versions, while the Application User or Employee metric applies to users of the applications documented with UPK.

What are the user minimums for Oracle UPK?

The user minimums for Oracle UPK vary depending on the licensing metric. For the UPK Developer metric, the minimum is 1. For the Application User metric, the minimum is 50, and for the Employee metric, the minimum is 500.

How is the pricing structured for Oracle UPK?

Oracle UPK pricing is structured based on the licensing metric and the version of UPK (Standard or Professional). There are also additional costs for Software Update Licenses & Support.

What is the difference between UPK Standard and UPK Professional?

UPK Standard and Professional provide a robust platform for creating and managing training materials. The Professional version, however, offers additional features such as multi-language support, integration with Learning Management Systems, and the ability to customize the User Interface.

What is the 'User Productivity Kit Content Materials for Enterprise Performance Management Applications'?

Yes, Oracle allows customers to upgrade from UPK Standard to UPK Professional. The upgrade cost would be the difference in the licensing fees between the two versions.

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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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