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LicenseFortress Launches New Software License Management Service for Oracle


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LicenseFortress has announced the availability of LicenseFortress Legal Edition on Oracle.

Originally part of VLSS, a consultancy founded in 2005 with a focus on Oracle and VMware technologies, LicenseFortress was spun out as a standalone company in October 2017 with a focus on real-time software license compliance and customer alerting.

In addition to the new product, the company now offers LicenseFortress Discovery on Oracle, LicenseFortress Standard on Oracle, and LicenseFortress Premium on Oracle.

According to the company, LicenseFortress Legal Edition on Oracle provides the company’s standard level of service with all work overseen by a lawyer who has extensive experience with business and legal issues related to software. “Everything is done under the purview of a lawyer that specializes in licensing and all of the work performed gets the benefit of attorney-client privilege,” said Michael Corey, a LicenseFortress co-founder and past president of the IOUG.

As the frequency with which software vendors conduct licensing audits increases, customers need to be certain they are in compliance, said Corey. The goal is to help companies make sure that they don’t get caught unaware that they have incorrectly licensed a software vendor’s product, so they can take action before an audit occurs and pre-emptively avoid probelms.

The attorney-client privilege keeps communication confidential, and this privilege can be maintained in the face of a legal demand for access to communications, such as a discovery request or a demand that the lawyer testify under oath, according to the company.

“Some clients may feel better knowing the data collected is under the watchful eyes of legal counsel to give them the greatest level of protection," Corey noted.

LicenseFortress Legal Edition on Oracle is a full package offering.  In addition to a detailed list of all Oracle products, a copy of the customer’s Oracle License Service Agreement (OLSA) and highlighted entitlements, the customer will receive a comprehensive initial license review and audit, monthly compliance reports located next to each itemized Oracle product, and a catalog of webinars to train newly hired members of the customer’s team.

Initially focused on Oracle Database and related software, the company will release LicenseFortress for SQL Server next, and then will expand to the rest of the Microsoft platform. IBM is also on the company’s roadmap, with IBM DB2 as the entry point “because that is what we know best, and then we will expand beyond there,” said Corey.

The company also has other platforms and software on its roadmap, including Windows OS, Red Hat OS, and virtualization platforms.

For more information, go to www.licensefortress.com.


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