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Oracle's New Unlimited License Agreement Variants Create Financial Complexity Given Limited Adoption and Use Restrictions

Published: 25 February 2016

ID: G00301127

Analyst(s): Rob Wilkes , Lori Samolsky


Two new variants of Oracle's Unlimited License Agreements, called Perpetual Unlimited License Agreement and ULA to PaaS, differ from the traditional ULA in term, use, certification and risk. Gartner's best practices for procurement leaders ensure ULAs are only selected when most effective.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • But Times Are Changing: Technology and Customer Cloud Adoption Has Caused a ULA Tipping Point
  • How Oracle's ULA to PaaS and PULA Change the Future ULA Options and Costs
  • Gartner's Understanding of ULA to PaaS
    • Oracle's Perpetual Unlimited License Agreement
  • What You Need to Know About Oracle's Unlimited License Agreements
    • Potential Advantages of the Unlimited License Agreement
    • Potential Disadvantages of the Unlimited License Agreement


  • Develop Realistic Growth Projections for Oracle Technology
  • Accumulate and Validate Current License Usage and Entitlements
  • Develop a Business-as-Usual and Growth Projection Model to Analyze Your ULA Proposal
    • Business-as-Usual Modeling Sets a Baseline
    • Will You Fail to Maximize Your ULA?
    • Ensure That You Capture the Full Business as Usual
  • Engage Stakeholders Early to Gain Necessary Time to Negotiate Terms and Conditions That Provide for Future Flexibility

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