How do I harness the power of the license manager? What rights should I give to my customers? Let's first look at basic elements of a license that you can control, then look later at some other important parameters that can further refine your licensing policies.
Summary: Computer Modeling Group, Ltd., the world’s largest independent reservoir simulation vendor and the largest supplier of advanced processes modeling, has licensed the Reprise License Manager (RLM).
“RLM’s simplicity, capability and value were apparent to us early on in our evaluation of various vendors,” stated Rob Eastick, Manager of Visualization and Deployment. “What made the selection of RLM obvious was the outstanding support we received during the evaluation, which we’ve continued to receive after our purchase. We are impressed at the continued innovation we’ve seen in RLM.”
“Computer Modeling Group’s license management needs are similar to those of other companies in the Oil and Gas and other industries that demand a robust, powerful yet affordable license manager,” stated Matt Christiano, CEO of Reprise Software. “We are proud that Computer Modeling Group recognizes both the power and value of RLM and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship between the companies.”
RLM is now in its sixth major release since the company’s founding in January, 2006. Well over 130 independent software vendors (ISVs) have adopted the Reprise License Manager to help ensure compliance with the terms of their license agreements in the field, making Reprise Software the fastest-growing provider in the license management marketplace.
With its built-in web server for administration and a published spec for its report log output, RLM helps lower costs for enterprise end users of software as well.
About Computer Modeling Group, Ltd.
Computer Modeling Group Ltd. is a computer software technology and consulting company serving the oil and gas industry. CMG, recognized by oil and gas companies worldwide as a leading developer of reservoir modeling software, has sales and technical support services based in Calgary, Houston, London, Caracas and Dubai. CMG is the leading supplier of advanced processes reservoir modeling software in the world with a blue chip client base of international oil companies and technology centers in over 40 countries. The Company’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol (“CMG”).
Since software license keys contain entitlement information, it makes sense to protect those data from tampering and corruption. It would be tempting for an unscrupulous user to change a license count from 10 to 100 by simply tacking on an extra zero, or to upgrade your v2.0 licenses to v5.0 with a similarly simple edit.
Summary: “The license sharing feature provided in RLM’s product was another important component of PQ Systems’ decision-making. The company wanted to consume only one license token even when a user runs multiple instances of a protected application on a computer. Other vendors did not offer the license sharing, nor did they allow sharing licenses on a per-user basis under terminal services.”
About PQ Systems:
When PQ Systems, Inc. needed a solution that would allow the software development company to offer concurrent-user licenses to customers, the firm turned to RLM.
“We looked at a number of potential licensing vendors,” says Bob Sledge, software developer, “but RLM offered the product that best fit our needs.”
One consideration was the appeal of a local license server, rather than a “license server in the cloud,” Sledge points out. “We did not want our customers to require internet access in order to use our software.”
The license sharing feature provided in RLM’s product was another important component of PQ Systems’ decision-making. The company wanted to consume only one license token even when a user runs multiple instances of a protected application on a computer. Other vendors did not offer the license sharing, nor did they allow sharing licenses on a per-user basis under terminal services. “This was a big plus for us,” says Sledge.
A final consideration was the cost of RLM, which unlike some of its competitors, does not require the vendor to “sell an organ to be able to afford it,” Sledge says.
PQ Systems, Inc., is a developer of software products that support improvement of products and processes in a variety of industries. PQ Systems was incorporated in 1984, when the first version of its popular SQCpack software program was released, concomitant to its consulting services to help companies improve products and services using data analysis. Since that time, the firm has expanded its product line to include software programs for measurement systems analysis, design of experiments, and charting from existing databases. Its markets, too, have broadened, from manufacturing to healthcare and education, as organizations have increasingly realized the benefits of process analysis for quality improvement. Among its technology customers are Agilent Technologies, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, and Medtronic.
With headquarters in Dayton, OH, the company has offices in Australia and UK as well. Among its best-selling process control and charting products are SQCpack and CHARTrunner, as well as GAGEpack. Committed to helping customers improve, the company provides on-site and general subscription training services and training materials. Website: http://www.pqsystems.com.
Summary: “Kineo CAM chose to migrate to the RLM system because of the overall value that Reprise Software was offering. RLM is simple, stable, and it is priced attractively. Reprise Software’s support and sales teams are very responsive.”
Kineo Computer Aided Motion “Kineo CAM” is an independent software developer and the leading provider of technology for Automatic Motion and Path Planning, KineoWorks ™.
Kineo CAM’s main market is PLM (Product Lifecycle Management). Being focused on the development of the most efficient solutions, off the shelf software and dedicated services, Kineo CAM addresses a wide range of industries such as automotive, aerospace, defense, medical and handling equipments, nuclear power plant construction and decommissioning, etc.
Its portfolio of tools aims to serve the most advanced uses of automatic path planning for industrial needs such as mounting and dismounting system analysis, human tasks and robotic feasibilities in constrained 3D environments. Through its Motion and Path Planning expertise, Kineo CAM enables digital mock up users to save money, shorten development time and increase quality in Product Design (validation of mechanical mounting/dismounting) and Process (simulation of operations in cluttered 3D environments) with off the shelf software, commercial plug ins, standard middleware libraries, customized developments and customer consulting.
One of the challenges Kineo CAM has been facing is to have an efficient and safe electronic license management solution enabling the generation of node locked, floating, perpetual, short term, trial, demo and rental licenses.
Kineo CAM chose to migrate to the RLM system because of the overall value that Reprise Software was offering. RLM is simple, stable, and it is priced attractively. Reprise Software’s support and sales teams are very responsive.
Find out more about Kineo CAM at http://www.kineocam.com
Independent software companies are increasingly relying on innovative software licensing and pricing strategies to create steadier revenue streams. They are looking for smoother and more predictable revenue growth to make financial planning easier and to increase business efficiency and to maximize value to shareholders.
Summary: “… One of our key contacts recommended RLM since they were using it already. We have been very happy with our experience to-date, and would highly recommend RLM to any small start-up such as ours that wants to focus on what makes you great and leave license management to the pros.”
Cardiovascular Simulation, Inc.
The mission of Cardiovascular Simulation, Inc. (CSI) is to be the world-leader in software for cardiovascular applications including medical device design, biomedical research, and virtual surgical planning tools for therapeutic interventions. The company is a very small startup located in Mountain View, California, working in facilities provided by the Fogarty Institute of Innovation.
Cardiovascular Simulation, Inc.’s flagship software solution cvSimTM is a software application for patient-specific cardiovascular modeling and simulation. Based on technology originally developed at Stanford University, it enables users to create cardiovascular models from medical imaging data for quantification and blood flow simulation. Please visit our website (www.cvsim.com) for more information.
The selection of RLM was based on both philosophical and practical considerations. From a philosophical standpoint, the value-add of the CSI team is our extensive knowledge of cardiovascular modeling and simulation methodology. Therefore, whenever possible, we rely on cost-effective commercial libraries and open-source software for non-core technology such as license management.
From a practical standpoint, we needed a license management solution that was easy to implement, cross-platform (Windows & Linux), and cost-effective for a bootstrapping small start-up. Another particularly important consideration for us was that our software embeds several other commercial kernels that require a per-seat royalty fee so robust license management was critically important. We discovered Reprise by tapping into our network. One of our key contacts recommended RLM since they were using it already. We have been very happy with our experience to-date, and would highly recommend RLM to any small start-up such as ours that wants to focus on what makes you great and leave license management to the pros.
An important but easily overlooked aspect of a software license management system should be its support for and use of multiple license servers. The customers of software applications typically have more than one server machine on which to deploy license servers.
Software pricing and licensing experts agree that optimal pricing strategies are rooted in value pricing. This means that the customer and the vendor find a satisfying middle ground where the value that the user receives from the software is proportional to the price that he pays.
Summary: Reprise Software Inc. today announced that Achronix Semiconductor, developer of the world’s fastest field programmable gate array (FPGA) called Speedster, has licensed the Reprise License Manager (RLM).
”The Reprise License Manager’s capability, simplicity and value were a good fit for our company,” said Raymond Nijssen, chief software architect at Achronix Semiconductor. “We were impressed with what we saw in Reprise and RLM and believe our customers will be too,” Nijssen added.
The Reprise License Manager from Reprise Software, now in its fifth major release, was created by the original developers of FLEXlm/FLEXnet to offer software companies an alternative. RLM is more powerful and has a smaller footprint than older license managers. With a built-in web server for administration and a published spec for its report log output, RLM lowers costs for end users of software as well.
“We welcome Achronix to the ever-growing list of RLM licensees”, stated Matt Christiano, founder and CEO of Reprise Software. “We’re gratified to see more companies in the electronic design space trust Reprise and RLM to offer a superior license management solution with good value.”