Like most software publishers, Oracle routinely audits their customers to ensure license compliance. Regardless of whether or not any compliance violations were identified, customers often move on from an audit with the feeling of a “clean bill of health” in terms of Oracle license compliance. Having “righted the ship,” customers may feel that they could pass a future Oracle audit. This, however, is a false sense of security as Oracle’s audit process and licensing policies are ever-evolving and expanding.
As Oracle seeks to drive additional revenue through audit activity, their audits have become more wide-reaching, and their licensing policies more severe. An Oracle audit conducted today may yield drastically different conclusions than an audit from 5 years ago, regardless of how Oracle programs are used. In other words, even if your environment hasn’t changed, the Oracle audit has.