Oracle licensing can be complex: licensing rule changes, a mix of older and newer metrics, the bundling and unbundling of products, and more. Any of these can easily cause your organization to fall out of software compliance. Not only does such non-compliance translate into unforeseen expenditures, it can also consume the time and efforts of some of your valuable resources. And it may also result in reputational damage.

Whether you are on-premise, cloud-based, a hybrid of the two – or even considering a move to the cloud – it would be important to understand that the environment exists in a defensible software license state.

In an effort to help you quickly identify potential problem areas we have assembled a list of top-level questions that touch upon the most common situations that cause clients to be out of software license compliance. It is not intended to delve deeply into your environment or identify all possible software compliance risks, but rather to illustrate where specific concerns for the most common software compliance issues might lie within your environment. These concerns are a function of Oracle’s evolving interpretations of deployments within its customers’ environments.

This Oracle licensing analysis does not represent Oracle Corporation’s official opinion and conclusion regarding software license usage and compliance. Official findings are the sole prerogative of Oracle Corporation’s License Management Services (“LMS”) group.

The answers are weighted based on the potential cost that we typically find that such situations portray as licensing shortfalls.

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* 1. What is your contact information?

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* 2. What is your job title?

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* 3. Do you use virtualization for the Oracle environment?

(The most common virtualization used in the marketplace is Vmware, but this could also include IBM Server LPARs, Linux KVM, Hyper-V and Oracle VM.)

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* 4. Is there a defined Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity plan for the Oracle environment?

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* 5. Is the environment accessed from an external user population?

By external user population we are referring to non-employees who have external access to the systems or receive data sent from the internal systems. It is not referring to employees who are accessing the system remotely.

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* 6. Have you recently upgraded / added onto the hardware or platform supporting Oracle? Or do you plan to move to the Cloud as part of this upgrade?

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* 7. Does your organization make use of any Database Enterprise Edition Management Packs (e.g., Diagnostics, Tuning) or Options (e.g., Partitioning, Advanced Security)?

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* 8. Does the environment include the use of older Oracle license metrics?

Older technology license metrics include: CD-Concurrent Device, UPU-Univeral Power Unit, NUSS- Named User Single Server, NUMS-Named User Multi Server, NU-Named User.

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* 9. Are the licenses to be used under an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (“ULA") or Enterprise License Agreement (“ELA”)?

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* 10. Does your organization access the Oracle environment from different geographies or countries?

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* 11. Was your last purchase of Oracle within the last year to 18 months?

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* 12. Does the environment make use of Application Programming Interfaces (“API”)?

Virtually all IT environments today use APIs, and their main function is to provide a conduit to move data between different applications

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* 13. Is Internet Application Server Enterprise Edition and/or Database Enterprise Edition licensed beyond the included licenses for the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications?

This question stems from the fact that Oracle E-Business Suite Applications include licensing for Internet Application Server/Weblogic and Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, but can only be used with a completely unmodified version of the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications.

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* 14. Do the user accounts for the Oracle environment remain in place after the individual has left the organization?

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* 15. Is a generic account used to access the Oracle environment?

A generic account is an account is a single account that is used by many different people or even by an API.

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* 16. To your knowledge, have you recently or are you planning to merge with or acquire another company?

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* 17. Does your organization make use of any unsupported licenses or use third-party support for the Oracle environment?

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* 18. Does your organization deploy any Proprietary Hosted Solutions?

A Proprietary Hosted Solution is a custom application created by an organization for use by their client base, multiple clients not just something custom for one client. Such solutions also need to utilize Oracle Technology software, typically Database Enterprise Edition, that will be utilized to support the custom application.

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