Month: May 2008

SearchCIO’s Linda Tucci interviews Eliot Colon

Our very own Eliot Arlo Colon, President of Miro Consulting, was interviewed last week by Linda Tucci of SearchCIO on Oracle licensing issues.  On the interview, Eliot talked about how to get the most out of your next Oracle licensing contract.  The interview is available online via podcast. Listen to Eliot’s interview… http://media.techtarget.com/audioCast/CIO/mirotuccifinal.mp3  If you want to hear more about what Miro has to say about software licensing, Eliot and I will be doing a live webinar on June 25 […]

Quick Byte: Oracle Licensing Tip #3

Though Named User Oracle licensing isn’t available to new contracts anymore, companies still maintain and renew their Named User Oracle license agreements. Named User Plus Licensing….means you pay per named user, NOT concurrent user. Named User licensing limited the number of authorized Oracle individuals on a specified computer. Oracle licensing models for Named User Plus require you to adhere to the following Oracle user minimums: · Oracle Database SE ONE: 5 Named User Plus licenses · Oracle Database SE: 5 […]

Week in Review (Around the World): Software Licensing and Compliance

In the News This Week •   Network World Customers frustrated over Microsoft virtualization licensing      There is no way to circumvent Microsoft licensing policies on virtual servers •   CNN Microsoft, Czech Republic Sign Pact On Licensing And Supply      The agreement is aimed at simplifying the enterprise software licensing process over a period of 3 to 5 years. •   Computing Schools set to go open source      UK schools are replacing the software licensing framework of Microsoft and other software vendors by going […]

BSA and IDC confirm increase in piracy in 2007…

The BSA, together with IDC, put out their annual piracy survey this week concluding that some software piracy has fallen across the globe but the worldwide rate has risen three points to 38%.   According to John Gantz at IDC “By the end of 2007, there were more than 1 billion PCs installed around the world, and close to half had pirated, unlicensed software on them.” Losses jumped from $8 billion to $48 billion for software companies – the BSA is […]

Microsoft and the European Commission (EC) – not getting along…

Microsoft is having a hard time with complaints across the board about its software licensing and interoperability practices – most recently with a complaint forwarded to the EC from a UK education group called Becta. The EC has been engaged since January in investigating interoperability issues surrounding Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document formats for Office 2007. The majority of complaints filed is about the software licensing agreements (SLAs). Becta is recommending that the UK educational community not use Office […]

What is going to happen when Larry Ellison retires?

There has never been a discussion of retirement of a successor named to Larry Ellison, but blogger Tom Foremski is predicting that at the very least it would be a former Oracle employee and he points specifically to Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com – he also predicts that Oracle would then acquire Salesforce.com. Benioff spent 13 years with Oracle prior to founding Salesforce.com and the rumor mill can’t get enough on the topic of Ellison’s retirement, although sources […]

Quick Byte: Oracle Licensing Tip #1

According to Oracle licensing rules, multi-core processors are to be counted as a single CPU in Standard Edition products. However for the Enterprise edition, the Oracle licensing rule is different…each core will be counted as a separately, but with pricing discounts. Recently, on a Pythian Group blog, Mark Brinsmead smartly pointed out that recent changes to Oracles licensing rules for the Standard Edition may result in higher pricing. He rightly pointed out that “When licensing Oracle programs with Standard Edition […]

The early bird gets the worms….

It’s no secret that the Oracle sales process is geared toward the end of the quarter – leaving sales rep less capable to offer aggressive discounts. If you are planning on making a large software purchase – don’t wait until the end of anything – month, quarter or year. Sales reps are pushing to close the big deals at the end of their cycle and will likely push your own contract to the back burner with bigger fish to fry.   […]

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