Oracle charging for Java updates

Oracle Now Charging for Java Updates:  But does it affect you?

From the end of January 2019, Oracle are no longer providing Java updates for free – they are going to charge customers a fortune for these instead.  But does this affect you? To understand this, we are going to use an example.  Let’s say that you are a customer running Oracle e-Business Suite on Oracle database 11g.  You may be …

Confused by SAP Indirect Licences

Confused by SAP indirect licences? You’re not alone

Diageo fined £millions by SAP, but are you still at risk? Indirect access – when referring to SAP – is when you use third-party or custom applications to access data held in SAP systems. SAP’s indirect licences and access became (in)famous last year when SAP won a legal battle against long-time customer Diageo. It turned out that they had been …

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18 months since WannaCry – what’s your patching strategy?

Was WannaCry a one-off incident? Last year’s WannaCry ransomware attack affected many organisations from both the public and private sectors across the globe. It targeted an exploit in IT systems (EternalBlue) by encrypting data and then demanded ransom payments. WannaCry is thought to have hit over 300,000 computers in organisations as powerful and diverse as the NHS, FedEx, Chinese oil …

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Are you prepared for ‘Making Tax Digital’

What is ‘Making Tax Digital’? Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a move by the UK government to introduce a modern streamlined tax system that makes it easier for businesses and individuals to keep their tax records up to date and to transfer information to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). MTD is HMRC’s policy to move all business-related tax reporting online. …

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Oracle EBS R12.2.8 available, but is it worth the hype?

Our highlights of Oracle’s E-Business Suite (EBS) R12.2.8 This month Oracle have released EBS R12.2.8 as their latest E-Business Suite version, which their marketing team state includes new features, statutory and regulatory updates, and enhancements for stability, performance and security. This is a cumulative update, so what this means is that as well as providing new updates for this release, …

Don’t risk the brand damage of unpatched systems

Don’t risk the brand damage of unpatched systems

“More than 4,000 known bugs in SAP and 5,000 in Oracle software pose security threats” In July this year the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert citing this study by security firms Digital Shadows and Onapsis that highlights the risks posed to thousands of unpatched business systems from software makers Oracle and SAP. The report highlights that: 17,000 SAP …

Amazon moves off Oracle

Amazon plans a speedy getaway from Oracle?

Amazon is a long-time user of Oracle and its technologies, but for how long? Since Amazon launched AWS and its own provision of data centre technologies, it’s been turning lots of its longtime suppliers (like Oracle) into heated rivals. And as Amazon’s own technologies began to match the usual lineup, rumours started circulating about which suppliers Amazon will begin to …

Have you applied the Oracle Security Alert for CVE-2018-1176 yet?

Have you applied the Oracle Security Alert for CVE-2018-11776 yet?

Oracle release security alerts in-between their quarterly Critical Patch Updates to shore up issues in their systems. These are NOT automatically applied for you though meaning that you could be vulnerable. The latest Oracle security alert (a vulnerability in Apache Struts 2) was released on the 31st August meaning you could have been at risk for over a month. This …

Our visit to the Gartner London 2018 IT Summit

We’re back from the Gartner London 2018 IT Sourcing, Procurement, Vendor & Asset Management Summit. We’d like to thank everyone who came to talk to us at this highly energetic event, and for all the questions and interest you had in 3rd party support for Oracle and SAP. So what were the highlights of the event for us? You asked …

SAP: “The End of Innovation”?

With many IT budgets being squeezed, it is worth examining the validity of one of the most common reasons SAP customers give for remaining with SAP support; access to software upgrades that provide new functionality. When SAP released version ECC 6 of their ERP software in 2006, they introduced the concept of Enhancement Packages (EHP), which could be installed to …