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Prepare for Oracle Java Audit – 7 Essential Steps to Take

In the ever-evolving software licensing landscape, Oracle’s approach to Java licensing has become a focal point for many organizations.

If you’ve recently received a Java Audit letter or email from Oracle regarding Java licensing, especially if you haven’t purchased yet, it’s crucial to act strategically.

Also, simply saying no or ignoring the e-mails may be futile, as Oracle has a habit of coming back.

How to prepare for an Oracle Java Audit

How to prepare for an Oracle Java Audit

1. Pause Before Responding: If Oracle reaches out, resist the urge to reply immediately. If you’ve already engaged, request some time to review their communication.

2. Assess Your Java Licensing Position: Reviewing older and newer Java versions is essential. Remember, older versions often require a license, so don’t overlook them.

3. Optimize Your Java Licensing: While Oracle now uses an employee metric, legacy metrics remain valid. Aim to minimize your Java exposure based on these older licensing metrics.

4. Understand VMWare Implications: If your organization uses Java on VMWare, familiarize yourself with the associated licensing implications.

5. Engage with Oracle Informed: After fully understanding and optimizing your Java licensing landscape, you can confidently communicate with Oracle. Ignoring Oracle’s outreach isn’t advisable, as some organizations have faced legal threats and even official audit letters.

6. Craft a Negotiation Blueprint: After clearly understanding your Java licensing position, devise a negotiation and communication strategy.

7. Knowledge-Powered Negotiations: Engage in discussions with Oracle with insights about your Java position and a clear understanding of what you owe.

Negotiating with Oracle might be challenging, but you can navigate these waters effectively with the right approach. Even if Oracle hasn’t approached you yet, it’s wise to proactively review your licensing to prepare for future interactions.

Lastly, if you’re seeking expert guidance, Redress has been at the forefront, assisting over 40 global organizations with Java licensing over the past three years. Our expertise ensures both time and cost savings for your organization.

Contact us to learn more about our specialized Java audit defense service.

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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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