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We started our career in software licensing a decade ago. Back then, SAM was still the new kid on the block for most companies. Nearly all software audit programs were scaling up, and there was no real fear of the software boogeyman. The most popular SAM tool was a spreadsheet.

Today, some of the most notorious audit cases make newspaper headlines. The same goes for management or procurement issues. SAM is now a popular kid, and most IT leaders want to make friends with him. Given the right economic traction, technology has a way of changing things. The spreadsheet is…


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In the past few years, we’ve seen how on-demand access to assets, rather than ownership, has set the tone for financial transactions. We’ve seen that in industries like accommodation, transportation, entertainment, computing, and software.

Aside from other obvious advantages, such as convenience, increase in choice and offering, and scalability there is a strong financial incentive convincing people to rent or subscribe rather than to own.

Why would I buy a movie when I can subscribe and get access to hundreds of movies? Why would I buy a server and the hassle associated with it, when I can rent any number…


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We don’t believe that the adage, the reporting is only as good as your data, will hold for much longer. We should by now have ways to collect quality data and to clean and maintain existing data sources.

Looking back at our past jobs in ITAM, the one thing we always felt was missing was the opportunity to perform deep technical, hands-on tasks. That’s not the case anymore, we think now we have the technology and the knowledge to make ITAM attractive to diverse technical people. Because it’s an interesting problem to solve. And, because right now, the possibilities are…


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For more than a decade AWS has been leading the cloud services market being by far the most popular cloud service provider. AWS has a compelling business model and a rich service offering. They did a very good job at convincing companies to move to their cloud by taking away most of the operational load, enabling professionals to focus on the core parts of the business.

With the emergence of cloud and pay-as-you-go models, some thought that software licensing would be a thing of the past and that the need for SAM would be minimal or only focused on on-premise…


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Required Data

Your DB Admins and product owners will help you find and collect the data you need. If you don’t have all this information already collated in a spreadsheet, create one. The Oracle Server Worksheet (OSW) is a great place to start. Bonus here is that in the event of an Oracle audit you won’t have to waste time filling it in, you’ll already have one that you can trust.

If you don’t have the OSW template, don’t worry, you can create a similar spreadsheet capturing the same information. The essential columns you need to have in your spreadsheet are:

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The big debate

The debate on spreadsheets vs. tools is a sort of SAM version of the chicken and the egg. And just like in the aviary version, the jury is still out. Yes, tools are supposed to make our lives easy and we’d all love to ditch the spreadsheet and still have clean, reliable and complete data. Unfortunately, SAM tools are notoriously bad with enterprise software and will generally struggle to accommodate a complex infrastructure topology in order to satisfy requirements for most license metrics.

Not to say that SAM tools are bad, far from it, but most of them will only…


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For over four decades, Oracle DB has been one of the most popular commercial databases in the world. Many enterprises rely on it as a mission critical component of their business. During this time, aside from it’s obvious business utility the database product has also become well known for its complex and ever changing contractual terms and conditions. The value every Oracle DB asset brings to an organisation is coupled with a certain level of risk. In this blog post we’re going to explore some of the most common risk scenarios.

License Inventory

Every installation of Oracle DB has to be licensed…


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If you are part of the SAM world or if you manage Oracle software within your organisation, surely the Oracle Review Lite or Oracle LMS script popped more than once in the conversation.

To support their license management and audit strategy, Oracle has built tracking mechanisms inside the Oracle Database software. These mechanisms log any use of certain licensable features which would eventually require purchasing additional Oracle products like Database Options and Packs. …


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“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.”

-Noam Chomsky

As technology evolves, software copyright laws become fuzzy and open to interpretation. This year we’ll see the Supreme Court review the legal status of a copyright dispute related to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) between Oracle and Google. Previously the ruling was in favour of Oracle, who accused Google of infringing the copyright of the Java API, for its reimplementation in the Android OS.

An API is “a set of functions and procedures allowing the creation of applications that access the features or data of an operating system, application, or…

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