Oracle ULA – What options do I have at the end of the ULA?
A while back, we published a series of articles explaining what Oracle ULA means, what are the most common clauses included in such agreement and how you can certify your Oracle programs on public cloud. We continue now with another series providing details on the options you have at the end of your ULA, the certification process and the Oracle ULA 2 Cloud program.
To quickly refresh the memory, an Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) offers end users the right to unlimitedly deploy a limited amount of Oracle programs, for a limited amount of legal entities, for a limited period of time. When this period ends, you’ll be confronted with a number of questions: What options do I have at the end of the ULA? Should I certify and convert my current deployment of Oracle programs into perpetual licenses? Should I renew my ULA as is for another period of time? Should I certify parts of the Oracle programs included in my ULA, convert them into perpetual licenses and partly renew the ULA for a subset of the initial Oracle programs? Or should I add other Oracle programs to a new ULA?
It can seem overwhelming and time consuming to go through all the scenarios and consider all the options. Though, if you don’t invest time in that, you might end up investing money in Oracle licenses. Oracle sales representatives will urge you to renew your ULA, but if that’s not what you need, you’ll be caught in a quite expensive agreement for a few years. A good preparation is therefore essential and it should start early. Based on our experience with other customers, in order to assess your situation and address the above questions, you’ll need about 6 months. Only then you can make informed business decisions.
This article provides you with an overview of the different options available at the end of the ULA and the things you should take into account to choose the most suitable option for you.
This article was published on 12-11-2019
Richard is one of the managing partners at B-lay. He started to work in the license management industry in 2004 and worked for almost 10 years at Oracle as regional director of compliance. He uses his knowledge of enterprise software vendors (such as Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft) to educate, equip and enable software end users in their challenges regarding proper software license management. Richard holds a master’s degree in IT, from University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.