What do Oracle verified tools do with your LMS data?

LMS data

The Software Asset Management (SAM) market has been (and still is) growing fast. The industry has been focusing on developing tools mainly for the big four software publishers (Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, SAP) simply because end users usually spend a large portion of their budget on these 4 publishers on an annual basis.

Due to Oracle’s way of distributing its software (no keys) and the large amount of add-ons you can easily install and use without having a license, many organizations started to be interested in a tool “that can do Oracle”, or the so called “Oracle verified tools”.  Such “verification” means that Oracle License Management Services (LMS) will accept data from these tools as an alternative to installing and using Oracle LMS measurement tools (LMS collection tool) to capture the usage of Oracle programs. However, Oracle made it very clear that the usage of a certified tool does not replace an Oracle audit or revoke Oracle’s contractual right to perform an audit.

The SAM tools will definitely help organizations to better manage their hardware infrastructure and Oracle programs deployed and to create an organized environment. But no organization should think that just because there is a SAM tool in place, it will do all the job – keep in mind that there are some details related to licensing scenarios which are not included in the SAM tool technologies and need more research.

The way the Oracle verified tools work, what data they collect and what are the benefits of using them are described in our “What do Oracle verified tools do with your LMS data?” whitepaper. Have a thorough read and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or need help to assess your Oracle compliance position.