What is an Oracle Audit and what does it mean for you?

Most software licensing agreements contain some form of audit clause. Vendors wish to protect against abusive use of their software and IP thus including an audit clause allowing them to audit their customers to check compliant usage is thus a great deterrent to keep organisations in check but also a great way to obtain financial…

Commoditisation of SAM

In recent decades, we saw a change in consumer behavior, disrupting traditional business models across industries. This trend seems to point out that most consumers are comfortable and happy when they have access to the products they want and care less about owning the products. We see companies reimagining how their customers access and interact…

Licenseware raises 120,000 Euro in Seed Funding

Romania, Bucharest. — May 18th, 2021 —  Licenseware, the Romanian startup that helps companies manage their IT costs, raised a first round of investments worth 120,000 euros. Early Game Ventures led the round with participation from the software development company Fortech. Digital2Law provided the legal support of the transaction. “Our investors believe in our team,…

Licensing Automation Streaming Sessions (LASS)

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…

What you have is cheaper

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…

Tech Driven IT Asset Management

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…

Oracle DB Analysis Tutorial

Part 2 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. The bonus here is that in the event of an…

Oracle DB Analysis Tutorial

Part 1 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…

Oracle DB Compliance Risk Scenarios

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 its obvious business utility the database product has also become well known for its complex and ever-changing contractual terms and…

Why Do I Need To Run Oracle Review Lite?

If you are part of the SAM world or if you manage Oracle software within your organization, 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…