Ain’t no cure for the summer time blues..

You are sitting at your desk and you look up for a moment at the hot sunny day outside and your mind drifts to thoughts of BBQ’s, pool parties, camping and summer time activites. The kids are out of school a little while longer and you want to make sure they are having a good time, while also wondering if they are making a mess of the house while you are at work. “The phone rings loudly as your [...]

SLC’s Take on 3Si

  There I was sitting on the plane on the way to my first ProcureCon – IT Sourcing and wondering what to expect, who will I meet, what will I learn, what are the industry trends and what are my current customers missing out on? As those thoughts continued to run through my head I arrived and set up our booth and prepared for anything that came our way. I spent a lot of time listening to presentations and talking [...]

What the CFO doesn’t know won’t kill you… or will it?

It’s mid-May and as you prepare to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you are in the middle negotiating your Unlimited License Agreement with Oracle. You had an opportunity to certify out with enough licensing to cover your install base for an estimated three years, but now you don’t think you have time.  Are you simply going to get the best deal you can and pick up where you left off in three years? As you go through the process you [...]

Spring break season – Break the spend cycle!

You have been looking at your screen for hours as you shuffle through your Oracle support renewals and after adding them all up you let out a big sigh and think, “it seems high but I guess I have to pay it.” You might even feel that if you even question the amount or ask for reductions you might end up paying even more or be questioned about your use. The saying “don’t rock the boat” might feel true [...]

Don’t be Fooled this Year by Oracle, Know Your rights During an Oracle Audit

  SLC Helps 100’s of Clients Fight Oracle Audits and uses this experience to help you leverage your entitlements and contracts in your favor. At SLC our main focus is to redefine and improve the Oracle license costs.  What do we mean by this? Well, here at SLC we have a team of Oracle license experts with over 15 years of experience, in which we know the ins and outs of all Oracle contracts and strategies. With this expert knowledge, we [...]

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Don’t just wear green – Save some green!

  Don’t get pinched by Oracle! Look at these 3 tips to lower your Oracle licensing costs.   1) Lower the Cost of Your Technical Support So you are paying for maintenance and support, but are your costs higher than you think they should be?  Do you understand the fair market value of your licenses and how to reduce your Oracle Support costs? SLC is the only company that can take products not being used and remove them from your support contracts, which [...]

Top 2 Tips For Successfully Navigating Through An Oracle Audit

If you have ever been nominated for an audit you’ll agree it is a moment in time when you feel your stomach flip. In today’s tough economic climate there seems to be an increase in audit activities from Oracle. This is because over the past 8 or 9 quarters, Oracle has missed their numbers. Therefore, a good way to get revenue is to audit customers and find areas where they might be out of compliance, which is easy revenue [...]

What Triggers An Oracle Audit?

There is no random auditing process at Oracle as they would like to have you think. The way an audit works in Oracle and the nomination process is your Oracle sales rep nominate you for an audit. What happens is your Oracle salespeople are not getting the numbers that they need, they’re not hitting the revenue targets that they need to hit. Therefore, they’re going to nominate you or whoever’s within their territory for an audit. It’s a way [...]

How Often Can Oracle Audit You?

Most Oracle contracts have an audit clause that Oracle will not audit more than once per year. If you got audited a year ago, that’s 12 months’ timeframe, from the date of your audit closure, they cannot audit you for another 12 months. That’s pretty much the standard language that Oracle has. You should not see an audit more than every 12 months. If they’re coming back in 6 months, you can tell them to go away.

What’s Important To Know About The ULA Certification Process?

A lot of customers are afraid of the certification process as it’s a big unknown. Is it better for me to renew my ULA or is it better for me to just certify my ULA? Here are some of the things that customers should know about certifying a ULA: In the ULA contracts, Oracle leaves it wide open. There is no definition as to what information needs to be provided to Oracle other than a count, a certified count, certified by [...]