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Centralizing Software Usage and Software License Management

Posted April 22, 2010 9:00 AM by FlexeraSoftware

Over the past few months, I've had many professionals in the supply chain and procurement space say they would be interested in finding a process that provides a way to depict their Oracle database deployments in a manner they can easily understand and then use to communicate and negotiate their software license agreement with Oracle. They've explained that they're frequently given information about their IT Departments' use of Oracle that is not easily translated into Oracle licensing metrics.

Raw Data or Wrong Data?

These professionals also complained that they frequently get this information in a variety of different formats from different divisions or groups within their own company, and some of the IT personnel put their own interpretation on what should be licensed, or how it should be licensed, before delivering the raw data to them. (And after talking a little more, almost all individuals expressed a general uneasiness about the accuracy of the information they were getting - from CPU counts to database option usage).

Competing Counts

In a recent example, a procurement officer told me that he had two different divisions of his company delivering named user count minimums using a different interpretation of the Oracle licensing rules: one enforcing named user minimums at the server level, the other providing a summarized count of named user minimums. This results in inconsistent data and the inability of having a true understanding of what is actually being used, by whom, and how often.

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