The SLA metrics required depend on the services provided. Many elements can be monitored as part of an ALS, but the scheme should be kept as simple as possible to avoid confusion and excessive costs on both sides. When selecting metrics, check the process and decide what is most important. The more complex the monitoring scheme (and associated corrective measures) is, the less likely it is to be effective because no one will have time to properly analyze the data. If in doubt, opt for the simple collection of metrics; Automated systems are the best, as expensive manual metric input is unlikely to be reliable. Ideally, ALS should be aligned with the technological or commercial objectives of the commitment. The wrong direction can have a negative impact on the pricing of deals, the quality of the service delivery and the customer experience. Select the measures that motivate good behavior. The first objective of any metric is to motivate the corresponding behaviors on behalf of the client and service provider. Each side of the relationship tries to optimize its actions to achieve the performance goals defined by the metrics. First, focus on the behavior you want to motivate.
Then test your metrics by placing yourself instead of the other side. How would you optimize your performance? Does this optimization support the results initially desired? Any customer who pays for Oracle`s infrastructure services with the SKUs defined in the Oracle PaaS and IaaS Public Cloud column documents can claim service credits. Those who purchase the above services through the Oracle store must have completed at least one billing cycle with Oracle before they can obtain service credits. For more information, see Oracle PaaS and IaaS Public Cloud column document. A compensation clause is an important provision in which the service provider agrees to exempt the client company from possible violations of its guarantees. The exemption means that the supplier must pay the customer all third-party procedural costs resulting from the breach of the guarantees. If you use a standard ALS provided by the service provider, it is likely that this provision does not exist. Ask your in-house advisor to design a simple provision to include it, although the service provider may wish for further negotiations on this issue. The service received by the customer as a result of the service provided is at the heart of the service level agreement.
Most service providers provide statistics, often through an online portal. There, customers can check whether ALS is being met and whether they are entitled to service credits or other penalties under ALS. Typically, these processes and methods are left to the outsourcing company to determine that these processes and methods can support the ALS agreement. However, it is recommended that the client and the outsourcing company work together during the SLA contract negotiations to clear up misunderstandings about the support process and method, as well as management and reporting methods. The goal should be to fairly integrate good practices and requirements that maintain service efficiency and avoid additional costs. Cloud providers are more reluctant to modify their standard SLAs because their margins are based on providing goods services to many buyers.