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Oracle Customer Success — S&C Electric Company

S&C Electric Company

S&C Electric Optimizes IT Licensing Investment and Streamlines License Management after Comprehensive Review


Our relationship with Oracle License Management Services helped us expand our understanding and awareness of how licensing is deployed within our business. This information is now managed and reviewed on a regular basis at all levels of our organization to maintain compliance. As a result of this process, S&C now proactively budgets expense and capital spending in advance, based on our understanding of the current license deployment and how our potential future growth could impact licensing.

— Mark Wood, Vice President, Information Technology, S&C Electric Company

S&C Electric Company is a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems. Founded in 1911, the Chicago-based company designs and manufactures switching and protection products for electric power transmission and distribution.

S&C's products help deliver electric power efficiently and reliably. Some are used to switch circuits—others minimize damage to equipment in the event of a fault or reduce the area of an outage by automatically rerouting power flow. S&C's sophisticated power-quality products can deliver uninterrupted power for an entire facility, for crucial process industries. In addition, S&C offers a wide range of engineering, laboratory, and testing services for electric utilities and commercial, industrial, and institutional power systems.

S&C provides solutions for customers worldwide, and has engineering offices and manufacturing facilities in Chicago, Illinois; Franklin, Wisconsin; Alameda, California; Duvall, Washington; and Orlando Florida. S&C subsidiaries operate in Toronto, Canada; Wales, United Kingdom; Melbourne, Australia; and Suzhou, China.

The company runs its core business processes on Oracle Database, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, and Oracle Fusion Middleware. As an industrial manufacturer, it is focused on optimizing efficiency and productivity, even when it comes to getting the most from its Oracle investment, including licensing configurations. In 2012, S&C worked with Oracle License Management Services to review its Oracle licensed assets.

Why Oracle

The company’s most recent Oracle License Management Services engagement delivered several important benefits. The IT team expanded its knowledge of licensing metrics and policies, which assists the company in understanding financial implications of future Oracle purchases. Further, the engagement helped the company plan for a move to an Oracle Linux environment. “With the knowledge gained from Oracle License Management Services, we developed a realistic budget that was spot on and avoided any financial surprises during the implementation,” Rangarajan said.

Since we have a large Oracle footprint spanning over two decades, we have many licenses to manage. It can be challenging to keep up with the latest licensing changes and how they impact S&C’s financials.

— Dev Rangarajan, Manager, Database Administration, S&C Electric Company


The team completed the review process in about five months and benefited from Oracle-provided scripts, which helped S&C to gather required information quickly and accurately. “The Oracle License Management Services team was easy to work with and willing to accommodate our schedule as we were in the midst of a new production rollout,” Rangarajan said.

Following the successful engagement, S&C Electric joined an Oracle License Management Services advisory group to continue to expand its knowledge and contribute feedback for future customer-focused strategies.

About S&C Electric Company


Chicago, Illinois, United States



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Published:  Feb 26, 2016