Oracle provides relational database software for around four in five of London’s borough councils, and has issued audits to 14.8 per cent of them in the past year. In addition, a third of London’s borough councils spend over $130,000 (£100,000) a year on licences when the spending power of London’s boroughs is decreasing by 5 per cent year on year.

These are the topline results of our eye-opening Freedom of Information (FOI) campaign researching the use of Oracle in London’s borough councils. The results have revealed widespread Oracle usage, with some local authorities in the Capital spending more than $650,000 (£500,000) a year in licensing fees.

Oracle has a widely reputed history of aggressive sales tactics among private sector customers and, if these findings were applied nationwide, then 64 councils across Britain would be subject to an audit by Oracle, potentially leading to significantly higher licensing costs without a great deal of additional value provided to the councils. In a time when public sector budgets are already heavily scrutinised, this is unwelcome news for Council Tax payers.

Local councils should be continuously looking to provide increased value to the communities they serve and should always be on the look out for viable technology alternatives. TmaxSoft’s ability to easily migrate solutions from Oracle to our Tibero database, with subsequent savings and improved TCO, and a clear and understandable license model where the migration takes but a couple of weeks, should be compelling reasons for councils to consider switching away from Oracle to Tibero. A move away from Oracle will enable local councils to better control and manage their database licensing costs, cutting unnecessary expenditure and directly benefiting their taxpaying constituents.

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