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Oracle's Focus on Java SE Compliance Can Cost Millions

Published: 26 May 2017

ID: G00325302

Analyst(s): Mark Driver , Rob Wilkes , Melanie Alexander


With Oracle looking at Java compliance, sourcing and vendor management leaders must carefully audit their use of Java technology to ensure compliance and avoid costly audit settlements.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Java License Compliance Is Not Straightforward as Many Have Assumed
  • Enterprises Are Struggling to Use Java SE for Free but Retain Necessary Security Patches and Updates for Production Code
  • Many Licensees Have Not Carefully Managed Their Java SE Installations
  • Oracle Is Now Auditing Java SE's Use to Flush Out Commercial Opportunities and to Ensure Compliance With the BCL


  • Check Which Features Were Actually Downloaded When Oracle Java SE Was First Installed, and If Any Are the Commercial Features
    • Understand How the Various "Parts" of the Java Platform Fit Together
    • If Using Oracle's JRE, Accurately Determine Which JRE Product You Need
    • Some Typical Licensee Challenges
  • If the Commercial Features Are Required, but There Is No Budget for Them, Evaluate Alternative Lower-Cost Options
    • Evaluate Alternative JRE Binary Implementations From Third-Party Providers to Avoid Field-of-Use Restrictions and Limited Patch Release Cycles Offered by Oracle
  • Map Java SE Fields of Use Against the Ambiguous Definition in the BCL, and Use Leverage to Negotiate Amendments
    • If You Use Oracle's JRE, Verify Field-of-Use Compliance With the Oracle BCL
    • Plan Java SE Support Roadmaps Carefully

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