Use to find, find to use
Tool vendors are fond of the term Oracle Discovery, even without true search capabilities. This confuses end users and even vendors themselves. An attempt to clarify.
Oracle Discovery is a term often used by tool vendors. They are all in the race to fix this major missing part in the software compliance industry. In reality however, it hardly ever means more than database discovery and/or database & option measurement. This not only covers less than 10% of the Oracle product range, there are also three stages of equally great importance, being: (i) discovery, (ii) usage determination and (iii) data interpretation.
Discovery means finding the installed products and the associated hardware. If the collected hardware is not sufficient, usage determination is needed to understand the usage and/or its intensity. The final and probably most complex step is data interpretation. There are many restrictions and licensing models, so it’s crucial to get the interpretation right. Missing one restriction could have major (financial) implications.
When comparing tool vendors and their solutions, one should be aware of these stages and determine the desired completeness and accuracy for each stage. There are substantial differences between tool vendors and also the moment varies at which an organization should invest. Many tools require database access for usage determination and often for discovery too. Setting this up could take days if admin rights are not properly registered. Other differences concern the supported operating systems and the Oracle products included. Oracle applications and products that Oracle acquired are rarely included.
It is B-lay’s business to help customers understand these issues and to support tool vendors in improving their solutions. We encourage the explicit usage of factual terms to avoid unnecessary confusion and disappointment.
This article was published on 03-08-2009
Mark co-founded B-lay in 2008 and is the company’s managing director since then. Additionally, to his managerial role, Mark is using the extensive software compliance knowledge he gathered since 1997 to help organizations worldwide get insight into the risks associated with using and managing their software licenses, as well as preventing compliance issues and save costs. This is also strongly visible in the Zyncc product line of B-lay. Prior to founding B-lay, he was responsible for all compliance activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa at Oracle. This included building the foundation for what now is the global Oracle License Management Services (LMS) team and onboarding the many acquisitions Oracle made over the years into the compliance program of Oracle.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Company Economics and IT from Hogeschool Enschede in the Netherlands.