The Campaign for Clear Licensing held an Oracle roundtable at the Home Office today. The objective was to discuss issues regarding Oracle licensing and audit behaviour.
In attendance today were:
- Representatives from 3 countries
- Public and Private Sector
- Independent SAM practitioners and end user organizations
- 6 x FTSE 100 Companies
Thank you to everyone for providing feedback.
Our survey is still open so please take a minute to share your opinions on Oracle Licensing (Anonymously if required)
The next step is to take a summary of key concerns and priorities to Oracle next month, with a view to beginning a long-term constructive dialogue.
Giving Software Buyers a Voice
The CCL began last year to provide a collective voice for software buyers to raise concerns over license programs and auditing without jeopardizing their broader relationship with suppliers.
Top priorities for CCL members include:
- Software audit processes
- Clarity regarding license programs
- Communications regarding changes to license programs
The CCL aims to support the development of better relationships between customers, software publishers and resellers via constructive, evidence-based feedback.
Oracle is the first publisher to collaborate with the CCL with a view to building on-going positive dialogue and a neutral feedback mechanism for the market.
Jonathan Koop, Vice President, Global License Management Services at Oracle Corporation said:
“Oracle License Management Services (LMS) are pleased to be able to have the opportunity to meet directly with Campaign for Clear Licensing members and welcomes the chance to listen to customer feedback first hand. LMS is focused on giving customers the necessary licensing knowledge to enable them to reconcile usage with their license entitlement and to be able to extend this understanding to the customer’s own teams and management. LMS work in partnership with customers to help them overcome the complexities, costs and risks associated with licensing. The opportunity to work collaboratively with customers can only result in stronger Software Asset Management and a greater understanding for both the customer and Oracle.”
This is a great opportunity to minimize the ‘them and us’ approach that exists across much of the market and encourage responsible software publishers and informed customers. All business today is dependent on software and licensing is how we transact and deliver that software. It is time to encourage trust and openness in licensing programs. We look forward to working with Oracle to improve working relationships and clarity regarding licensing.
Again, the survey is still open here:
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About Martin Thompson
Martin is also author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management.
On a voluntary basis Martin a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
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