LicenseFortress: Helping Companies Eliminate Oracle License Compliance Risks

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Michael Corey, Co-founder
“Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight,” is how Michael Corey, co-founder of LicenseFortress, advises companies that are going to get audited by their software vendors. Conducting license compliance checks for over ten years, Corey has witnessed several instances where companies fail to understand software licensing nuances and lack knowledge around license metrics pertaining to software deployment, usage, configurations, and cloud architectures. Such blind spots are why software vendors like Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft find software audits an easy way to generate additional revenue.

With over 30 years of experience around Oracle offerings, Corey realized that Oracle licensing and compliance could be a challenging affair, especially around Oracle workloads in the virtualized and cloud environments. Software vendors can take advantage of this, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, to meet their sales quote and generate revenue. Major software giants have already begun to intensify the velocity of software audits to increase revenue lost due to COVID-19. Any use anywhere in a company’s infrastructure can create a software compliance issue. This is especially an issue in today’s remote working environment. Undetected, such use is a ticking “time bomb” for companies and needs to be “neutralized” immediately.

In these situations, many customers turn to license consultants for help. These consultants not only lack the technical expertise to recommend an optimal solution, but they also often have a conflict of interest as a software reseller. Other customers turn to the software vendor on the proper way to license their software. Vendors like Oracle tout policy as if it were a contractual obligation. The result in either scenario is the same; many companies are substantially over licensed. On the other hand, Software Asset Management (SAM) tools often lack technical capabilities. Many SAM tools do not provide real-time monitoring and alerting based on license compliance or understand the complexities of an Oracle database. None of these solutions solves the problem of software compliance on their own.

These shortcomings compelled Dean Bolton and Michael Corey to lay the foundational stone for LicenseFortress, an Oracle software license management, and audit protection service provider that identifies and eliminates license compliance issues in real-time. “We took the best aspects of SAM tools along with licensed experts that understand complex architecture to build the realm of LicenseFortress and backed it with legal protection and a financial guarantee,” mentions Corey about his establishment.

Built by Oracle experts, LicenseFortress works with clients to optimize their license purchases and utilization, including license recycling, retirement, harvesting, and renewals.
Through an in-depth analysis of the client’s Oracle Licenses and Service Agreements (OLSA), deployment, production, and nonproduction licensing, to know whether the client is in compliance, out of compliance, or underutilized. LicenseFortress maximizes a customer’s licensing utilization based on their entitlements and requirements.


We will never let our clients bring a knife to a gunfight. When they are being audited, we will always carry the “guns” of our experience and knowledge


LicenseFortress Premier or LicenseFortress Standard is offered as a subscription-based model assessed on the number of workloads in a client’s infrastructure. With its real-time monitoring and alerting of a customer’s environment, LicenseFortress provides customers with a continuous Effective License Position. The service also includes access to license experts, education, contract negotiation, legal defense, and, most uniquely, indemnification of audit fees. The LicenseFortress subscription supports customers 365 days a year, giving them complete confidence in their Oracle compliance.

Proving commitment to excellence and helping its customers, LicenseFortress restructured a client’s environment and saved its client’s half a million dollars a year of Oracle maintenance fee. Ninety-eight percent of the company’s clients have witnessed an instant ROI through LicenseFortress license health checks. With a combined experience of over 50 years around Oracle, Corey and Dean Bolton, co-founders of LicenseFortress, have proven their mettle in the Oracle database and license management arena. Recently, Dell Technologies is now reselling the LicenseFortress solution to provide their customers complete piece of mind their Oracle deployment is 100% compliant.

LicenseFortress’s success can be vouched from the fact that it has doubled its clientele over the last six months. Striding forward, the company will extend its capability to include Microsoft-based offerings as well. “We will never let our clients bring a knife to a gunfight. When they are being audited, we will always carry the “guns” of our experience and knowledge to help them,” concludes Corey.

Company
LicenseFortress

Headquarters
Westlake, OH

Management
Michael Corey, Co-founder

Description
LicenseFortress identifies, quantifies, and eliminates unexpected and unwanted license compliance risks in real-time.Built by Oracle experts, LicenseFortress works with clients to optimize their license purchases and utilization, including license recycling, retirement, harvesting, and renewals. Through an in-depth analysis of the client's Oracle Licenses and Service Agreements (OLSA), deployment, production, and non-production licensing, to know whether the client is in compliance, out of compliance, or underutilized. LicenseFortress maximizes a customer’s licensing utilization based on their entitlements and requirements

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