Oracle License Audit Defense: Change the game

Software Cost Reduction and License Compliance. How to handle Oracle Audit better

Changing the game to manage Oracle License Audit Defense better involves different activities to be carried out effectively:

  • Understanding why Oracle wants to audit you
  • Getting to grips with the audit process
  • Making sense of the audit reports and the mistakes encountered
  • Negotiating the best settlement
Software Cost Reduction and License Compliance. How to handle Oracle Audit better
Software Cost Reduction & License Compliance


Understanding why Oracle Audits happen

 Oracle license audits are not random. The customers are targeted to get in more revenue.

Some reasons for a potential license audit are:

  1. The customer has not spent any money on fresh Oracle licenses for 2 – 3 years.
  2. There was a change in sales territory allocation within Oracle and the customer is assigned to a new sales rep.
  3. The customer is growing and the IT team is investing in non-Oracle technologies & applications.
  4. The customer has been audited by another publisher.
  5. There has been a merger or acquisition in the recent past.
  6. The customer is using E-Business Suite.
  7. The customer has purchased new hardware in the datacenter.
  8. The customer is using VMware, Nutanix, or other virtualization technologies or appliances.
  9. The customer decides to certify, rather than renew, a ULA.
  10. The customer has put in a question in a support request about a product that is not purchased.


Key Features of a formal Oracle Audit LMS Engagement

Oracle License Management Services is the established authority on Oracle licensing policy. Their job is to validate the compliance position of your Oracle deployments, identify license violations and correct them by purchase of licenses where necessary.

A formal Oracle License Audit goes through the following stages:

  1. A formal notice for an audit or a correspondence discussing the measurement of your deployment.
  2. A declaration of usage by the customer through the update of an MS Excel spreadsheet.
  3. Deploy tools to gather installation and usage data.
  4. Analysis of the gathered usage data.
  5. Inform you regarding the deployment & usage of audited products in your network.
  6. In case of non-compliance, collaborate with the sales team internally within Oracle to submit a commercial proposal that will correct the license gap through a negotiated purchase.

Oracle License Audit Defense Final Settlement

Benefits of Rythium’s Oracle Negotiation Services Services

These services help our customers in

  • Not overpaying for Oracle licenses and subscriptions
  • Having visibility into the data needed for negotiations.
  • Understanding the Oracle pricing methodology for different contracts
  • Ability to evaluate multiple proposals.
  • Reducing costs
  • Mitigating future commercial and legal exposures
  • Getting a formal letter stating the end of the license audit.


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About Rythium Technologies

Rythium Technologies is a leading provider of software license management (LMS) services. We help our clients reduce their software costs, manage their IT assets, and achieve compliance. Our Oracle LMS services include: Oracle ULA services, Java License Advisory, Oracle license audit defense, Oracle contracts management and Software Procurement consulting. We have worked on more than 200 Oracle license management projects in the past 7 years. We provide services in India, Middle East, South Asia and Africa.



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Sheshagiri helps companies reduce Software License & Support costs through deployment optimization and risk management in software license compliance audits. His core skills are Software License Management, Enterprise Software Sales & Sales Management.

Sheshagiri is, currently, the Managing Partner & Principle Licensing Advisor at Rythium Technologies. Prior to this, he was a Vice-President in Oracle Corporation.