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The Struggle is Real

I just recently spent time at the Gartner Symposium / ITXpo in Orlando Florida. While there I spoke with several C-level executives as well as some IT engineering people and what I learned is that everyone has the same basic goals but are so busy trying to accomplish them that even the simplest activities may never get accomplished. What do I mean by that you may ask? Have you ever heard “can’t see the forest for the trees” or [...]

We’re Traveling!

  Going to Gartner Symposium/ITxpo? Stop by and talk to us about your Oracle experience! We know you have a lot to accomplish in a very short time frame so how to you prioritize what you want to see and who you want to talk with? Start with a list of your biggest pain points and highest spend rates. I would bet that if you use Oracle, it is on the top of your list. Stop and talk to us [...]

How to Out-Smart Oracle LMS

While it may be back to school for some, we never stop learning. Oracle is constantly evolving, growing, acquiring and looking for ways to make their systems and methodologies more complex. Why would they do these things you might ask? The answer is simple – revenue – they want to be able to see as much as they can about your installs, environments, systems and configurations as possible and in a way that only they can decipher. Not only [...]

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 [...]