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Top 10 Oracle Audit Triggers in 2024

Oracle’s audit processes have always been rigorous; in 2024, they’ve become even more stringent.

Whether you’re flagged by your Oracle Account Representative or by Oracle GLAS (LMS), it’s essential to understand the triggers that might land you on the Oracle license audit radar.

Top 10 Oracle Audit Triggers

Top 10 Oracle Audit Triggers

Here are the top 10 reasons why your company might face an Oracle software audit this year:

  1. Resistance to Oracle OCI: While adopting Oracle Fusion might seem like a safe bet, it doesn’t exempt you from audits. Expressing disinterest in transitioning your Oracle databases or middleware to OCI has emerged as a leading cause for audits in 2023.
  2. Ending Support Agreements: If you’ve terminated a significant support contract and it’s not due to a shift to Oracle Cloud, your chances of being audited increase substantially.
  3. ULA Renewal Decline: If you opt not to renew your ULA, expect an audit as part of your Oracle ULA certification process. Though it lacks an official audit letter, the Oracle audit team conducts it using standard audit tools and methodologies.
  4. Choosing Competitors Over Oracle: If you’re in commercial discussions with Oracle about software or cloud services and eventually opt for a competitor’s solution, it can trigger an audit.
  5. Mergers and Acquisitions: If your company is involved in M&A activities, be prepared. Such corporate movements are a standard criterion for audit selection.
  6. Inexperienced Discussions: If someone from your team, be it a vendor manager, procurement officer, or licensed professional, engages in discussions with Oracle and displays a lack of knowledge about Oracle licensing or contracts, it can raise red flags.
  7. Transition to Third-Party Support: If you shifted to third-party support for Oracle a few years back, Oracle might audit you, especially if you terminated support agreements.
  8. Legacy Licensing Metrics: Holding onto outdated licensing metrics, whether related to technology or applications, can draw Oracle’s attention.
  9. Unreported Growth with Enterprise-Wide Metrics: If you use enterprise-wide metrics for Oracle applications and experience growth without notifying Oracle, you’re at risk.
  10. No Oracle Java Purchase: If you haven’t acquired Oracle Java yet, it’s a potential audit trigger.

Facing an Oracle audit can be daunting, but being prepared and understanding the reasons behind it can make the process smoother.

Contact Redress Compliance; we offer an independent audit service if you’re currently undergoing an audit or wish to mitigate potential risks in your data center.

We’ll help you navigate your licensing position and ensure compliance.

FAQ: Understanding Oracle Software Audit Triggers

Why might adopting Oracle Fusion not exempt my company from audits?

Even if you’re using Oracle Fusion, showing resistance to moving databases or middleware to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) can prompt an audit.

How does ending support agreements with Oracle affect audit risk?

Terminating significant Oracle support contracts, especially without transitioning to Oracle Cloud, substantially increases your audit risk. Substantially increases your audit risk, especially without transitioning to Oracle Cloud.

What happens if I decline to renew my Oracle ULA?

Declining ULA renewal often leads to an audit as part of the ULA certification process, utilizing standard audit tools despite lacking an official audit letter.

Can choosing a competitor’s solution over Oracle trigger an audit?

Yes, opting for a competitor’s solutions during commercial discussions with Oracle can lead to an audit.competitors’

Why does my company’s involvement in M&A activities increase audit risk?

Oracle closely watches mergers and Acquisitions, which are common reasons for selecting companies for audits.

How can inexperienced discussions with Oracle lead to an audit?

Engagements with Oracle that reveal a lack of understanding about licensing or contracts can signal potential non-compliance, raising audit risk.

Does transitioning to third-party Oracle support invite audits?

Yes, moving to third-party support, particularly after ending support agreements with Oracle, might trigger an audit to check for compliance.

Why does holding onto legacy licensing metrics attract Oracle’s attention?

Using outdated licensing metrics can make your company a target for audits, as Oracle seeks to ensure current licensing and usage align.

What risk does unreported growth with enterprise-wide metrics pose?

Failing to inform Oracle about growth when using enterprise-wide metrics for applications puts your company at risk of an audit for potential non-compliance.

How does not purchasing Oracle Java potentially trigger an audit?

Not acquiring Oracle Java licenses, given their widespread use and Oracle’s enforcement efforts, can be a reason for Oracle to initiate an audit.

What steps can I take to prepare for a potential Oracle audit?

Ensure accurate documentation of all Oracle software use, understand your licensing agreements, and consider seeking expert advice to navigate the audit process.

Can my company’s public cloud usage impact Oracle audit decisions?

While not directly stated, shifts in cloud strategy, especially moves away from Oracle’s cloud solutions, could influence audit selection due to perceived non-compliance or decreased dependency on Oracle. While not directly stated, shifts in cloud strategy, especially moving away from Oracle’s cloud solutions, could influence audit selection due to perceived non-compliance or decreased dependency on Oracle.

How do I ensure compliance during Oracle software usage reviews?

Regularly review and update your Oracle licenses and usage, aligning them with current business operations and Oracle’s licensing policies.

What should I do if Oracle contacts my company for an audit?

Respond professionally, gather all necessary documentation, and possibly consult with a licensing expert to ensure a thorough and compliant response.

Is it beneficial to proactively manage Oracle licenses to avoid audits?

Yes, proactive license management and regular compliance checks can minimize audit risk and ensure readiness if an audit occurs.

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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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