The ultimate goal is to make sure that the fees you pay are a good return on the products you use. If your Oracle consumption increases during the ULA period (within the ULA parameters), the agreement can achieve huge cost savings compared to the purchase of licenses. But if your consumption decreases, you will almost certainly pay too much for your licenses. Is it important to understand your current and predicted use in the future? the potential cost-benefit of a possible ULA. The concept of an ULA: Invest in licenses in certain products that they want to use within a fixed time frame, usually 3 to 4 years, and pay for licenses for pre-defined products that they will probably need in the years to come. Aid must also be paid in advance, from the first year, on the basis of the amount of the investment. At the end of the period, you have the „installed and exported” licenses (according to the text of the contract). Whether you acquire your own internal delivery tools or outsourcing to a partner, your goal is to fully discover and invent all your Oracle deliveries. This will allow you to ensure full transparency in your Oracle estate, allowing you to manage your life cycles, consumption and licenses.
Although the focus has shifted to the cloud in recent years, some vendors continue to insist that software licensing contracts be unlimited for large companies. In many ways, the benefits of a customer engaged in the cloud or on unlimited licensing contracts are harmonized. The most important of these benefits is long-term commitment. This offer is not made to so-called „medium” companies. Such an ULA agreement may be very rich for companies (and Oracle), but in all agreements, you should be aware of the pitfalls and possibilities of such an offer, and that`s what it`s all about in this short blog post. Let`s start explaining (if not already clear) the stakes of an ULA and quoting part of a definition of an ULA written by Oracle: -> An unlimited licensing agreement is an indeterminate contract for unlimited use for a subset of Oracle products. While many companies do not see a problem of excess in an unlimited software agreement, the problem arises at the time of certification. Although the company now potentially has more licenses than it will ever need, they usually have a juicy maintenance bill that cannot be easily reduced.