Users and analysts welcome Oracle pricing guide

Oracle aims to address criticism from users over the complex nature of its licensing pricing with publication of a new guide next...

Oracle aims to address criticism from users over the complex nature of its licensing pricing with publication of a new guide next month.

The company claims the "Software Investment Guide" aims to address 90% of the questions users ask Oracle about its licensing policies.

Having reviewed a draft of the document, Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) president Tom Wyatt said: "I felt that it was a document that brought a lot of information from different sources into one particular area."

The document would be a great resource for users to understand the terminology of software pricing and how that applies to an organisation's structure, he added.

Gartner research director Jane Disbrow said: "Oracle is trying to make it more convenient to try and understand its pricing and licensing," she said. "The guide helps, but it is not the perfect solution. This is a high-level overview and does not cover the level of detail so somebody could take it and price out a product."

Jacqueline Woods, Oracle's vice-president of Global Pricing and Licensing Strategy, said: "There was a sentiment that people could not find the information, or did not know where it was or thought it was hard to get to. Now it is all in one place and organised in a fashion that is easy to go through."

The Oracle Software Investment Guide was first announced at Oracle's European OracleWorld conference in June. It is scheduled to be available for downloading on Oracle.com next week.

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