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You could escape Oracle Managed Cloud Services in just four months

Written by: Kiran Gorajala

6th December 2018

Are you an unhappy Oracle Managed Cloud Services (OMCS) customer? If so, it’s likely that you are one of the many voices out there complaining about how much you pay for the quality of service that you receive. Well, you will be happy to know that you are not alone. We talk regularly with organisations… Read more »

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

Written by: Ben Banton

29th November 2018

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… Read more »

Confused by SAP indirect licences? You’re not alone

Written by: Dan Griffin

19th November 2018

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… Read more »

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

Written by: Dan Griffin

8th November 2018

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… Read more »

Are you prepared for ‘Making Tax Digital’

Written by: Kiran Gorajala

30th October 2018

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… Read more »

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

Written by: Kiran Gorajala

25th October 2018

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… Read more »

Don’t risk the brand damage of unpatched systems

Written by: Ken Metcalfe

18th October 2018

“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… Read more »

Amazon plans a speedy getaway from Oracle?

Written by: Dan Griffin

9th October 2018

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… Read more »

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

Written by: Bryan Couch

4th October 2018

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… Read more »

Our visit to the Gartner London 2018 IT Summit

Written by: Dan Griffin

3rd October 2018

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… Read more »

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