Summary: Internet activation of licenses with Reprise is a key benefit that Frontline is extending to its customers in the V9.5 product line release. In a beta test involving about 75 users around the globe, Internet activation has offered better reliability, better security, and most of all simplicity for end users who just want to get the software running.
About Frontline Systems:
Frontline Systems Inc. (www.solver.com) is a leading developer and marketer of software for mathematical optimization and risk analysis with Monte Carlo simulation. Frontline’s products for Microsoft Excel are upward compatible from the Solver in Excel, which Frontline developed for Microsoft. Frontline’s software is used throughout the world in nearly every industry, by thousands of large companies, universities, and other software companies; its products range from free versions bundled with textbooks to concurrent-use licenses costing tens of thousands of dollars. License management that is convenient for the end user but protective of intellectual property developed over two decades is crucial for Frontline’s business.
Frontline is rolling out the Reprise License Manager v7 in its latest (V9.5) product line release, replacing SafeNet Sentinel RMS. According to Daniel Fylstra, Frontline’s president, switching to Reprise has solved a series of problems with SafeNet Sentinel, ranging from unreliability in the field to problems in large companies with Windows Vista and Terminal Services. Frontline also expects to lighten its technical support load, where about 50% of cases have involved Sentinel licensing issues. “I can’t convey how relieved we’ll be to retire the Sentinel license manager,” Fylstra says.
Internet activation of licenses with Reprise is a key benefit that Frontline is extending to its customers in the V9.5 product line release. In a beta test involving about 75 users around the globe, Internet activation has offered better reliability, better security, and most of all simplicity for end users who just want to get the software running. As Frontline rolls out its commercial release, it can offer self-service license fulfillment for credit card purchases through its Web store for the first time, thanks to RLM Internet activation.
And Frontline is taking advantage of new features in RLM v7, such as activation whitelists and activation re-hosting using RLM’s refresh capability, to meet some of its key objectives in 2009. “We want to give our academic users access to our best software, while protecting our much higher price points for commercial users,” says Mr. Fylstra. “With Reprise v7, we can use whitelisting to ensure that academic users are actually connected through a *.edu domain.” After spending the last few years coping with the costs and limitations of its old license manager, Frontline is now beginning to find ways to use RLM to help grow its business.