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Open Source: An Open Sore?

Open Source has been an open sore when it comes to software licensing.  Forget about the well-established software procurement process the IT department has worked so hard on.  Instead, people are just downloading free and available open source codes off the web.  The result is that IT managers don’t know about these downloads and what software license is covered or not covered. So, Hewlett-Packard launched an enterprise software licensing tool for implementing open source governance and consulting services.  They are […]

Who would have thought about the fonts?

Here is the scenario – you buy new computers for the office that all come with an upgraded version of the latest operating system. On top of all that comes with the new operating system – training, compatibility issues with old computers, etc – did you ever think you would have to consider fonts??? Well, what many IT managers don’t realize, or don’t have the bandwidth to consider, is that all fonts are licensed and need to be kept up […]

Term vs. Perpetual Licensing—When Does Choosing a Term License Make More Sense Than a Perpetual License?

If you’re anticipating the need for additional Oracle licensing and your budget is small, you may be better off with a term license.  Depending on the business need – it may work out to your business’ benefit. What exactly is a term license? Oracle, for example, generally offers a one, two, three, four or even five-year term license. These licenses can be extended by purchasing an additional term or a perpetual license. The cost of a term license depends upon […]

BEA, Oracle, MySQL, Sun Microsystems….oh, my!

So, two big news items happened this week.  Oracle is buying BEA Systems and Sun Microsystems will buy MySQL.  So, Larry Ellison gets his wish (Was there any doubt?).  The good news is that BEA makes some mean middleware that will only strengthen Oracle’s offerings.   And, yowza!  The free, open source database used by Facebook, Google dozens of companies (including some Fortune 1000 and Global 100 companies IS being bought by Sun.  It’s only January.  Can’t wait to see […]

Named User Plus Licensing

We’re not often asked about Named Users, but questions should arise.  The most commonly misunderstand situation in software enterprise compliance is the need for licensing to cover non-production environments (e.g. development, test, archive, etc.).  This is one of the most common areas of having either over licensed -which means corporate IT is overspending- or have under licensed -which means the company is out of license compliance. When licensing by Oracle’s Named User Plus metric there are several things to consider […]

When BSA comes a-calling…..you better answer the door.

So, the BSA (that would be the Business Software Alliance and not the Boy Scouts of America) is coming down strong on software licensing and setting an example with six companies, who agreed to pay nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for unlicensed software.  Software from Adobe Systems, Microsoft Corp. and Symantec were being used without proper licensing. All the companies are required to settle claims monetarily, execute software licensing management best practices and adhere to their software licensing agreements […]

Virtualization: The Promise land?

Software can be sold as a virtual appliance with its own OS to run as a virtual machine on your existing server or VMware using cloud computing. Is this the future? The benefits: flexibility and maintenance for software delivery. But many don’t support virtualization platforms….yet. Oracle’s virtualization technology goes hand in hand with support for their apps. In fact, Oracle has announced that its virtualization software will support both Oracle and non-Oracle applications. They are one of the ones ahead […]

What’s To Know About Oracle’s DB Management Tools?

A feature known as Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) is built into Oracle database versions 10g/11g. AWR basically gathers all of the metrics and statistics that are utilized by the Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor (ADDM), which in turn enables a significant amount of database management tools and self-management functions. Clients that have employed ADDM and AWR functionalities report having experienced increased database performance. But, be alert….If your database administrators’ are making use of the AWR information (and they likely are), it’s […]

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