Oracle ISV

What is an Oracle ISV? – What Are The Benefit

Introduction to Oracle ISV

Oracle Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) are third-party organizations that develop, market, and sell software applications that run on Oracle platforms.

Standard license models for ISVs are ASFU and ESL.

While Oracle ISVs can leverage Oracle’s vast ecosystem, it’s essential to understand the intricacies involved in becoming and operating as an ISV.

What is an Oracle ISV?

An Oracle ISV is a company that creates software applications compatible with Oracle’s products. These applications can range from niche solutions to broad enterprise software, all designed to integrate seamlessly with Oracle’s suite.

How do you become an Oracle ISV?

Becoming an Oracle ISV involves:

  • Developing software that’s compatible with Oracle products.
  • Ensuring that the software meets Oracle’s standards for integration and performance.
  • Engaging with Oracle to establish a partnership.

Which contracts do you need to sign?

To formalize the relationship with Oracle, ISVs typically need to sign various agreements, including:

  • Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Agreement
  • Specific software licensing agreements
  • Any other relevant contracts that pertain to software distribution, marketing, or joint ventures.

What is Oracle OPN?

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle’s primary partner program. It offers resources, tools, and benefits to help partners grow their business and drive customer success using Oracle solutions.

What are the benefits of Oracle OPN?

While Oracle OPN offers several benefits, some of the notable ones include:

  • Access to Oracle’s software for development purposes.
  • Training and certification resources.
  • Marketing and sales support.

What are the benefits of Oracle OPN from an Oracle licensing point of view?

From a licensing perspective, Oracle OPN provides:

  • Free licensing options for development and testing.
  • Access to Oracle’s latest software for compatibility testing.
  • Clear guidelines on licensing requirements for ISV applications.

What are the main ISV license agreements?

Oracle offers several licensing agreements tailored for ISVs, including:

  • Oracle Application Specific Full Use (ASFU)
  • Oracle Embedded Software License (ESL)
  • Proprietary Application Hosting License

What is Oracle ASFU?

Oracle ASFU is a licensing model that allows ISVs to bundle Oracle technology with their applications and distribute them to end-users. The end-users, however, are restricted from using the Oracle technology for any other purpose outside the ISV application.

What is Oracle ESL?

Oracle ESL is a licensing model for ISVs that allows them to embed Oracle software into their applications. The Oracle software becomes an integral part of the ISV application and is inseparable from it.

What is Oracle Proprietary Hosting Application Licenses?

This license allows ISVs to offer their applications as hosted solutions using Oracle technology. It’s designed for ISVs that want to provide Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions powered by Oracle.


While becoming an Oracle ISV can open doors to a vast ecosystem, it’s crucial to understand the commitments, benefits, and challenges. By being informed, companies can make the best business model and growth trajectory decisions.


  • 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.