Would you know an Oracle audit when you see one? An Oracle audit often begins under a less threatening guise than through a formal audit letter.
When it comes to working with Oracle, customers should be aware that appearances can be deceiving.
Sometimes, this deception appears in the guise of Oracle’s License Management Services (LMS), which is the group within Oracle that is tasked with driving compliance revenue through both formal software audits and less clearly defined ‘advisory’ engagements. These advisory exercises generally come about when a customer seeks assistance from the LMS group to confirm or advise on appropriate licensing for the customer’s Oracle portfolio.
The Dangers of Working with Oracle LMS
Customers may be altogether unclear on what Oracle programs they are using and request guidance from Oracle to help them assess their Oracle footprint. Such advisory engagements are usually brokered by an Oracle sales rep, and are positioned as a value-add service. But there are a few things customers should be aware of before engaging voluntarily with LMS.