Question: name a sport that will soon be a one billion dollar business with a global audience of over 300 million – but doesn’t involve a ball, pitches or even stadiums? The answer is esports (short for Electronic Sports).
But what does esports have in common with corporate IT? Well, there is one word that connects the two, and that word is subscription. In the past, a lot of video games were free-to-play, but those players looking for a better gaming experience had to resort to purchasing in-game add-ons for more competitive play. As a result, leading providers slowly changed their free business models to recurring subscriptions.
In the world of IT, Oracle is doing exactly the same, as they created a brand new subscription model for Java SE:
The good news is that any subscription includes updates, upgrades, and support for a monthly price. The bad news is that with Oracle’s new definition of ‘general purpose use of Java’, almost nobody will be able to access the language for free – and instead they’ll have to start paying for it.
Plus, as the one-time perpetual license model comes to an end, companies are faced with the potential of losing access to Oracle Premier Support. Worse still is that effective January 2019 Java SE8 public updates will no longer be available for ‘business, commercial, or production use’ without a commercial license.
‘Prepare for audit after inevitable change’, was a recent headline following the news.
Obviously, with support becoming a cost through the new subscription model (and a sizeable cost at that for larger Java users), the pressure is now on to work out exactly what you need to pay for. This is where expertise is needed, to ensure you can accurately:
Not that the counting and calculating process is an easy hurdle to overcome.
An obvious solution is to use Java Usage Tracker to report on Java versions, app name, type, and location. But this comes with a caveat: the tool also requires a commercial license to use (even though it’s included in the installer for free components).
Go it ‘alone’ and the complexity can quickly build:
So where can you go for help? Well, with COMPAREX you can take advantage of our Oracle Java Compliance Health Check. This is a process that first sees us gather all the necessary information (through questionnaires, interviews etc.), before summarizing our findings, conclusions, and recommendations – in a compliance report that enables you to:
Become your own star player
The Oracle Java Compliance Health Check from COMPAREX has been carefully designed to help ensure you stay ahead of the game in 2019. Working together we’ll generate insights needed to address any possible risks and identify your next move toward becoming the next electronic superstar.
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