The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a glorious history of fearless space exploration. But when the stars foretold a possible audit by Oracle of its software deployments, NASA failed to achieve liftoff, thereby wasting millions of taxpayer dollars.
In The Register piece regarding a recent report published by NASA’s Office of Inspector General, we learned remarkable details regarding how an atmosphere of fear and trepidation impacted NASA’s management of its Oracle software deployments. Indeed, the remarkable facts set forth in the report hit directly on the tenets that shaped the formation of Beeman & Muchmore: namely, the waste of unmanaged software entitlements and the justified (but manageable) fear of Oracle’s auditing machine.
In the recent report, NASA’s Office of Inspector General observed that the agency has exposed itself to several risks as a result of poor Software Asset Management (SAM), rating NASA’s SAM capabilities as ‘basic’ (the lowest ranking) with “management of the software life cycle largely decentralized and ad hoc." Among other things, the report calls for NASA to immediately set its SAM straight.
NASA is currently analyzing where it went wrong and how it can vastly improve. From The Register:
The report uses the example of NASA's Oracle deal to demonstrate the issues, detailing how the agency was "unwilling to risk a license audit by Oracle because of the lack of solid, centralized visibility into deployment and use of the software."
Officials in NASA's office of the CIO told the Office of Inspector General they "knew better than to try our luck with an audit."
"Simply put, merely the potential threat of being audited by the vendor encouraged overbuying when the accuracy of Agency Software Asset Management was suspect," the report states.
Here is a rundown of the most striking statements from the report:
While NASA’s visibility and marquee value resulted in its Oracle software deployment problems receiving significant media coverage, Beeman & Muchmore knows that these issues go far beyond the travails of the space agency. Indeed, fear of Oracle’s predatory licensing practices permeates all corners of the world of commerce, and we intend to maintain our gaze on Oracle to better serve our clients.
Published on January 23, 2023
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