How to avoid License Compliance Risks at Oracle Database level?

Keeping you as an Oracle user or as a Database Administrator safe and compliant.

Are you aware of the license compliance risks you pose to your IT organisation?

License Requirements are ill-defined by default

Very often implementations of the Oracle ‘Plugin’ are unsuccessful, and those who succeed find out that the tools do not give the correct conclusions about the usage of some Database Options and Management Packs.

DBA_Feauture_Usage_Statistics

While the data collected here shows part of the picture, it should not be used for license compliancy purposes. It is illustrated by the fact that during compliance audits Oracle will extract a lot more data from the Oracle system tables than the DBA_FEATURE_USAGE_STATISTICS.

Cloning of Oracle Database configurations

Once the clone has been made and a claim is on the table, it can be very difficult to proof the source of such data, so clients find themselves negotiating whilst lying on their backs. This can and should be prevented at all times.

Advanced Compression - and 18 other Database Options

Database Administrators are exposed to all (new) functionality commencing version upgrades. With the lack of any warning from Oracle, simple tasks may trigger huge license requirements. Even years after the fact, such use can be uncovered during an Oracle initiated audit.

Oracle Diagnostics Pack and 4 other Enterprise Management Packs

The use of Oracle Enterprise Management Packs is sometimes not detectable with ‘hard’ evidence. In many cases it is circumstantial, based upon the mere possibility to use them rather than evidence about such use. Like many Database Options, it is difficult and often impossible to un-install them or make them inaccessible.

Infrastructure Design & Virtualization

Oracle users who are taken off-guard by large compliance claims quite often learn that a different deployment of the same Oracle database software could have eliminated the claim or even incur a support saving.
In the absence of transparency, clients have no control mechanism in place. When re-drawing the infrastructure such information is key: Without it, informed decisions are out of reach.
Are you willing to bet your paycheck and claim you are in control about the use of Oracle Database Options and Management Packs?
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Oracle’s Database Audit scripts on-the-fly

The Oracle LMS scripts – better known as ‘Oracle Review Lite’ scripts –
are used during compliance audits by Oracle’s License Management Services team.

Unfortunately the output is unfit for interpretation by Oracle’s clients, even for one single database instance. It consists out of many csv files with data that cannot be interpreted correctly by even the most experienced Database Administrators.

With License Audit, Oracle users can now independently discover:

  • What the data means before sending it out to Oracle
  • How to ensure license compliance on an ongoing basis
  • Pro-actively take measures to optimize the license- and feature deployment
  • Create deployment snapshots to re-draw the Oracle IT infrastructure…whilst reducing costs!

Frequently Asked Questions

How correct is your analysis?

With over 20 years in experience: Extremely correct. However, we always continue learning new things. Should we learn about an imperfection, you will get a 100% refund. Accordingly we will update our analysis engine, continuously improving the quality.

How you are keeping the analysis engine up to date?

In the same way we stay up to date for many years: By staying up to date with Oracle scripts, and continue to analyse the data with our human operated data-warehouse. Everything we learn during our regular consulting work, is implemented in License Audit.

We have Flexera or another Oracle Certified Tool: Should we use this?

Oracle’s Certified Tool program is no longer up to date. Most vendors are dealing with outdated scripts. For Certified Tooling vendors, the analysis algorithm is created by Oracle and is aimed at generating license revenue rather than information or optimization. To test drive the difference, just compare the outcome from an Oracle Certified Tool with ours. We have been working with Oracle Certified Tools because some also recognize that our expertise is much more useful and valuable than the scripts and algorithms provided by Oracle. In fact, most of our ‘managed service’ clients are using Flexera company wide. We encourage them to use discovery tools such as Flexera, but can always demonstrate that it’s better to rely on us when it comes to data analysis.

Have you implemented analysis for all Database Options and Management Packs?

Yes.

Can I re-use this data for our SAM process or CMDB?

We offer export relevant data in Excel, at a host host and database level.

How about data privacy concerns?

The audit output from Oracle does contain sensitive data. Once we have analyzed it, we only store the outcomes containing not much more information than a host- and database name. All sensitive data is automatically destroyed. We are running on secure servers, unaffected by the Patriots Act. We only use relevant portions from the data and not all data. In addition, you can delete your data online as well once you have run your own analysis (and exported it to Excel).

Do you provide some advisory around the findings?

Yes! In fact, for every single finding we explain why we come to our conclusion. This information can be used by your technical team to optimize the estate.

Where can I get the audit scripts?

The audit scripts are sent to you by Oracle upon audit notification. If you are not under audit and have no audit scripts you can request a copy from Oracle or an Oracle Partner.

I don’t want to ask Oracle or an Oracle Partner for audit scripts. Now what?

We will eventually develop our own proprietary scripts, which will be much more ‘lean and mean’ than Oracle’s scripts. Also, our scripts will collect much less privacy sensitive data than Oracle and pull a lot more data from the database, which can be used to provide you with optimization tips and guidance. In addition – on top of Oracle’s script we add additional queries to provide better advisory to our clients.

Communication from Oracle regarding license has been clear and straight forward?

We asked respondents regarding the communications about license program changes from Oracle. An overwhelming 92% disagreed or strongly disagreed that communication from Oracle had been clear and straightforward.
* source: www.clearlicensing.org

Pricing

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  • - A single analysis of 150 database instances costs €2,693 in total (€17.95 per database instance)
  • - 33% Discount: to analyse 150 instances every quarter, purchase 600 instances at €11.95 per database instance

  • * After purchase each credits automatically expires after 12 months

Meet the License Audit Team

Daniel Hesselink

Founder

Daniel Hesselink has been working in the software licensing industry since 1995. He has had positions at vendors, distributors and resellers. His skills resulted him training staff, partners and end users with regard to software licensing. As a former auditor for Oracle License Management Services (LMS) he was also training new LMS and Sales staff throughout EMEA.

During the last decade Mr. Hesselink has been working client side, assisting end users in actively improving their Oracle license compliance and improving their negotiation position against Oracle. Due to his combination of technical and communicative skills, he is regarded as an industry expert for Oracle licensing and a frequent guest speaker at Software Asset Management venues throughout the world, as well as IT industry events as such as VMWorld.


- Knowledge about all Oracle licensing agreements
- Technical skills in Oracle IT audits, including Oracle audit script analysis
- Ability to translate specialized subject matter to a variety of stakeholders (Legal / Finance / IT)
- Define and execute achievable roadmaps for Oracle clients regarding license compliance, ULA certification, license- and support reductions
- Improved the ROI on for Oracle ULA certification in excess of $100 million whilst identifying and eliminating any compliance risks.
- Acting as strategical advisor for an entire central government with regard to Oracle vendor management, across all ministries.
- Reduce an alleged incompliance in excess of $4 million imposed by Oracle LMS to less than $150,000 for a global High Tech company, exclusively revisiting the audit script results.
- Reduced the spend on Oracle support for a Healthcare organization in excess of 70% per year without changing the application deployment.
- During audit defense, eliminated Oracle’s requirement to run audit scripts for multiple customers.
- Assisted many clients in implementing Oracle deployments on VMware vSphere 6.x whilst reducing their Oracle licensing footprint.
- Training of IBM Partners for implementing Oracle database environments on IBM Power Systems.
- Fully automated the process of Oracle Audit script analysis.
Arno-Mastik

Arno Mastik

Founder

Arno Mastik has been working in the software licensing industry since 1998. He has had several positions at Oracle, amongst others at Support Sales and as an auditor for Oracle License Management Services (LMS). His exceptional technical skills allowd him to become Consulting Manager at a large Oracle consulting firm, when in 2012 he decided to join License Consulting.

At License Consulting, Mr. Mastik used his skills to improve the data analysis skills for Audit Defense activities. He liaises with the technical teams at our clients, assisting them in safeguarding operational excellence whilst keeping compliance in control. His meticulous work and drive for perfection was a pre-requisite in even attempting to fully automate the Oracle script analysis.


- Knowledge about all Oracle licensing agreements
- Technical skills in Oracle IT audits, including Oracle audit script analysis
- Ability to translate specialized subject matter to a variety of stakeholders (System Engineers / DBA / Application Management)
- Define and execute achievable roadmaps for Oracle clients regarding license compliance, ULA certification, license- and support reductions
- Improved the ROI on for Oracle ULA certification in excess of $100 million whilst identifying and eliminating any compliance risks.
- Implement Oracle licensing strategies across large international as well as large central government organizations.
- Acting as strategical advisor for an entire central government with regard to Oracle vendor management across all ministries.
- Reduce an alleged incompliance in excess of $4 million imposed by Oracle LMS to less than $150,000 for a global High Tech company, exclusively revisiting the audit script results.
- Reduced the spend on Oracle support for a Healthcare organization in excess of 70% per year without changing the application deployment.
- During audit defense, eliminated Oracle’s requirement to run audit scripts for multiple customers.
- Assisted many clients in implementing Oracle deployments on VMware vSphere 6.x whilst reducing their Oracle licensing footprint.
- Fully automated the process of Oracle Audit script analysis.


Why not checking with some of our customers?

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As an Oracle Gold Partner, we’ve been working with this team for a long time and they’ve always been able to impress us and our clients. Their data analysis skills are exceptional and have helped us giving our clients much better advise in terms of Oracle system architecture, whilst optimizing the licensing and support costs. The fact that we can now bring it as an online tool to all our clients with the possibility to do an analysis for free, is really a game changer!
Jaime MendozaCEO
With the Oracle Database script analysis we are able to deeply understand the actual use of Oracle database software. It allowed us make informed decisions about our virtualization plans, whilst keeping license- and support costs at in par with our strategy.
Bart BrakelManager Infrastructure
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License Audit analyzes Oracle’s database audit scripts on the fly. The Oracle LMS scripts – better known as ‘Oracle Review Lite’ scripts – are used during compliance audits by Oracle’s License Management Services team. Unfortunately the output is unfit for interpretation by Oracle’s clients, even for one single database instance. It consists out of many csv files with data that cannot be interpreted correctly by even the most experienced Database Administrators.

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The founders are former Oracle auditors, and have analyzed the script output for many decades. For a long time, they expected Oracle would provide this knowledge to Oracle Enterprise Manager, which never happened. Now, their extensive knowledge has now been automated. This web application makes their expertise available for Oracle clients worldwide.
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