Everybody knows about IRS audits. Much less well understood are Oracle audits where the software behemoth comes into a company and – much as the IRS wields the proverbial fine-toothed comb to hunt for irregularities – Oracle uses its version of a fine-toothed comb to sift through a company’s software library and its licenses. Every piece of software is inspected, and so are the appropriate Oracle licenses and contracts.
What you don’t know just may cost you money – lots of it – when dealing with Oracle. But just six smart steps, taken early, can help position most companies to get what they want out of their Oracle relationship without breaking the bank.
All over the world, Oracle customers regularly find themselves having to negotiate with Oracle about how to pay for software that they never intended to buy. Most companies find this process quite unpleasant and would prefer to avoid it. This research mission seeks to answer a simple question:
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