What do the Oracle Q4 figures mean for their customers?

In June 2020, Oracle released their Q4 financial reports. We were curious; are Oracle still neglecting their core customers to focus on the Cloud?

Traditional licensing and support seems to be stagnating

In their fourth quarter, revenue for Oracle’s Cloud services and licence support – their most significant profit margin – reached $6.8 billion, up 1% year-over-year. For the full year, Cloud services and licence support revenues were $27.4 billion total, up 3%.

Evidently, large portions of the ERP market are still relying on Oracle to support them. Meanwhile, recent reports from Oracle suggest that many organisations are currently delaying modernisation projects because of the pandemic. These organisations will continue to pay support fees for their “legacy” systems. While they’re unable to upgrade, those fees are going to Oracle with very minimal return.

One thing does stand out though. 1% is a small increase to their support revenue, considering Oracle apply a 4% automatic increase to their customers. Does this mean that Oracle are losing customers, or are Oracle putting those numbers elsewhere like into their Cloud business?

Cloud figures seem to be soaring

Fusion ERP, Fusion HCM, NetSuite ERP – the Cloud revenues are all up by at least 25% each.

While these figures are clearly indicative of Oracle’s escalating Cloud focus, we’re still taking these results with a pinch of salt. Oracle have been known to waive licence audit fines if the organisation in question instead pays a discounted price on a Cloud-based solution.

And, more recently during the pandemic, Oracle are offering Unlimited Licence Agreements for a one-year term, rather than the usual three years. The catch, however, is a Cloud lock-in clause when the term finishes.

We recognise that Cloud figures are rising and organisations are modernising their estates to the Cloud environment. But even so, not all of Oracle’s Q4 Cloud figures are necessarily from regular sales. This is something that Oracle keeps getting into trouble for

Are Oracle caring for their customers?

As Oracle move into their next financial year, they need to think about how they’re helping their customers, and more specifically, which type of customers they’re helping.

We’ve already seen evidence of Oracle neglecting their core, “legacy” customers to focus on their Cloud development, and now we have the Q4 figures to back it up.

It seems Oracle expect their customers to join them in the Cloud or face rising support fees on products which are either out of support or heading that way, regardless of how well they are working for their customers.

What should be your next step?

Oracle would have you believe that their support model is the only way of keeping your systems supported. This is simply not true. You can move to a third-party support provider like Support Revolution.

We’ll take care of your support and maintenance needs, instead of Oracle doing so, cutting your support costs by at least 50%. Plus, with our expert account managers and experience in consultancy, we’ll help you make the most out of your existing systems. Unlike Oracle, we’re here to help you meet your business goals, not your vendor’s goals.

If you’re fed up with Oracle’s practices, don’t put up with it any longer. Contact us and see how we can help you.

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