Licensing Oracle BI Programs – Did you keep track of all the changes?
Oracle introduced Business Intelligence (BI) portfolio in 2006 as a combination of Siebel business intelligence and Hyperion business intelligence offerings. Oracle BI is a suite of products that is composed of technologies and applications designed to provide users with a comprehensive enterprise performance management platform.
In the following sections we’ll have a brief look at the changes that Oracle Business Intelligence went through in the past 13 years in terms of available programs, specific components that are part of different licenses and the minimum quantities that end user must purchase.
For example, in April 2006, Oracle introduced Oracle Business Intelligence Standard Edition One, the minimum number of licenses an end user was required to purchase was 50 Named User Plus licenses. In addition, the program could only be deployed on machines/servers with a maximum capacity of 2 sockets. In December 2006, Oracle decided to lower its minimums and changed this into a minimum of 5 Named User Plus licenses. However, Oracle also introduced a maximum of 50 Named User Plus licenses for the deployment of Oracle Business Intelligence Standard Edition One as of that date; reinforcing the fact that this “entry” product could only be used by smaller enterprise organizations.
In July 2007, Oracle introduced Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus with a minimum number of 50 Named User Plus licenses (not per organization, not per server, not per Processor). The program could be deployed on any machine/server, without any limitation. In February 2011, the minimum number of licenses changed from 50 Named User Plus to 25 Named User Plus and in August 2013 the minimum dropped again to 20 Named User Plus licenses.
The changes as put through come down to the fact that Oracle changed its licensing and pricing for Business Intelligence programs to add more value to a smaller price (lower minimum number of licenses) having a better position to compete with its competitors (e.g. IBM Cognos, Tableau, SAP Business Objects, etc.).
To find out more about all the changes that Oracle Business Intelligence went through in the past 13 years, read out latest whitepaper “Licensing Oracle BI Programs – Did you keep track of all the changes?”
Since 2015, Roxana is a Software Entitlement Specialist focused on educating clients on licensing issues with Oracle, SAP and Microsoft. In her role, she works with customers to assist them in understanding and improving their software environment by reviewing their software license agreements and provide them advice regarding legal and financial risks. With a legal background, she also helps customers identify legal weaknesses in their contracts and optimize them.