Gartner Research

How to Make the Right Decisions About Oracle Unlimited License Agreements

Published: 27 April 2009

ID: G00166671

Analyst(s): Alexa Bona, Jane B. Disbrow


Organizations that require a substantial number of Oracle licenses may consider signing up for an Oracle unlimited deal or evaluate whether to renew their current unlimited deal. Software managers should follow several decision-making processes to ensure that this license model works for them.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Understand the Unlimited License Model
    • Potential Advantages of the Unlimited License Model
    • Potential Disadvantages of the Unlimited License Model
  • Determine if an Unlimited Deal Is Right for the Organization
    • Prepare to Negotiate
    • Check Current Maintenance and Support Payments
    • Create Realistic License Projections
    • Require Oracle to Complete Ordering Document
  • Negotiate Essential Aspects of the Agreement
    • Removal of Partial Licenses From Support
    • License Metrics
    • Rebundling or Functionality Replacement Clause
    • Minimum Discounts on Additional Products
    • Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
    • Long-Term Caps on Maintenance and Support
    • Six Months' Notice Before Unlimited Deployment Period Ends
    • Adequate Time to Determine Inventory After Deployment
  • Conclusion

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