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Zeenyx Software Relies on Reprise
We’ve been using RLM to license AscentialTest since 2009 when we first released our product. We’re happy that we made the right choice right from the start. Our customers consistently find that RLM is both easy to deploy and administer. They appreciate the web-based License Sever Administrator to manage their license usage. It is intuitive and easy to use.
How we use RLM
Almost all of our installations use the physical license-server model with a few exceptions where customers have chosen to use a hardware key so that they can deploy their license server on a virtual machine. We also use node-lock, time-based licenses to support our free trial offer.
We appreciate the flexibility of deployment choices with RLM. We are happy to see that Reprise continues to keep up with changing requirements in offering their RLM Cloud solution, which we plan to provide as an option for our customers in the future.
What’s best about Reprise is their responsiveness. Whenever questions arise, we’re confident in their timely responses in support of our efforts to provide the very best customer service to our clients.
About Zeenyx Software
Zeenyx® Software, Inc. provides an enterprise level Test Management System that encompasses test planning, development, data management, and execution. Founded in 2006, Zeenyx created AscentialTest™, a “next generation” testing solution that eliminates the need for programming skills, allowing users to build robust, highly maintainable, and reusable tests. AscentialTest is helping Fortune 500 companies reduce the cost of testing by making testers more productive.
Home Brew replaced by RLM at Live2D.
As a small developer of graphics software, we were looking for a way to securely distribute our software globally. Our first option in 2013 was to develop our own “home brew” license management system.
We wanted to protect our product in a way that was robust yet fair to our customers. However, developing such a protection system could drain too many resources that could have been used to improve our product. Even if we managed to develop a decent license management system, it would have required further development effort. We would still have to handle maintenance, patching holes, and developing a user interface that could be used across our organization.
We started looking for a turnkey software licensing solution from an experienced company. After speaking with multiple potential vendors, RLM stood out for many reasons. The professional support and advice we received from Reprise addressing both technical and commercial issues was Reprise’s most notable advantage. For example, Reprise asked us which parts of our product we truly wanted to protect. We then realized that we were trying to address every possible scenario, however unlikely. This question led us to focus on what was really important to our business and to avoid pitfalls.
After four years, RLM has become an integral part of our business and will continue to be in the future.
Mootzoid switched to RLM from “home-made licensing”
In 2008 Mootzoid started developing and selling plugins. At that time, no software license manager was used because the number of customers and users was just too small to justify investing time or money into a software licensing system.
As the user and customer base grew, the need for a software licensing system became evident. Mootzoid developed a very simple in-house software licensing solution in 2010.
It worked well at the beginning. However, problems became apparent after only a few months. Too much time was required to maintain and support this very limited proprietary software licensing system. Furthermore, larger studios and potential customers expressed their doubts about the ‘amateur’ licensing system.
Switched to RLM
In 2011 Mootzoid decided it was time to dump its in-house licensing and switch to a more robust system. Mootzoid wanted a system that was used by other software development companies. They also wanted a system that was familiar to systems administrators of larger studios. At that point, Mootzoid switched to RLM.
Adding RLM licensing to the Mootzoid plugins was done in one afternoon. Acceptance by the customers was good. Studios expressed their satisfaction that the Mootzoid tools were now using something that fit better into their existing licensing process pipeline.
Since 2011 all Mootzoid plugins running under Window, Linux and OS X are using RLM. The decision to make the switch has never been regretted.
Around 2008 Mr. Eric Mootz decided to stop freelancing and to instead develop and sell plugins for 3D applications under the name “Mootzoid”.
The first two plugins were a fluid solver and a particle mesher, both available for the Softimage platform only. In the years that followed, the plugins were continuously enhanced, were ported to other 3D applications and were used by increasing numbers of freelancers and studios around the world. During that time new tools were developed as well, including flocking solvers, particle renderers and versatile meshing plugins.
All tools have been used in many film productions such as TV commercials and movie projects. Several schools of 3D and universities in Europe, Australia and the USA take advantage of the Mootzoid free educational license model, using the plugins exclusively for teaching and research purposes.
In early 2015 MecSoft Corporation started looking for a solution that would allow it to transition away from a hardware key (dongle) based licensing to automated software licensing for its popular line of CAD/CAM products. They needed to make the shift due to the expense and delay programming and shipping individual dongles.
The resulting lack of automation in the license fulfillment process also hurt their ability to provide customers with immediate access to its software applications. They also realized that they needed a software based licensing system that:
- Could protect products and proprietary information.
- Could be effectively integrated with their existing sales platform.
- Was scalable to both current and future offerings and increasing sales volume
MecSoft looked at many different systems before finally settling on the Reprise License Manager (RLM). They decided to work with Reprise Software because Reprise offered a solution that:
- Was mature and sophisticated which met not only our needs but also those of our customers.
- Handled licensing scenarios that satisfied the existing demands of their product offerings, while also providing a viable platform for their future needs.
- Provided excellent documentation and tech support that allowed them to get started quickly and adapt to the initial integration process.
MecSoft released its products using RLM technology in 2015. According to Mr. Joe Anand, MecSoft’s President, “The systems are functioning as expected and, I am happy to say that, with the help of RLM, we have successfully met all the goals that we set for ourselves when we started this transition process. ”
Our Future with Reprise
Mr. Anand continued, “We have also talked with Reprise about their newest internet-based network licensing system, RLMCloud, and are planning to incorporate this system into the next release of products. We are thrilled that Reprise has been able to provide us with their cutting edge of licensing technology which has allowed us to focus on our core competency while taking advantage of theirs. “
MecSoft Corporation is a developer of standalone, as well as integrated CAD/CAM software solutions for both the subtractive (CNC machining) and additive (3D printing) manufacturing industries. With a focus on developing easy, powerful, and affordable CAD/CAM software solutions, its goal is to continue to provide manufacturing professionals with the best price-to-performance CNC and 3D printing software.
HighQSoft Moves to RLM and Introduces Licensing.
Previously, at HighQSoft, (server-side) software solutions were either distributed without licensing for trusted customers or with hard-coded user limits. Although this resulted in wide utilization of the software, it also risked a potential loss of revenue. While upgrading the products to include new and market relevant features, the decision was also made to introduce licensing.
Protecting the products and thereby increasing sales were only part of the idea. HighQSoft’s OEM customers demanded a transparent licensing process for them to adhere to internal purchase and compliance requirements. “Introducing a transparent license management solution was not only a benefit to us as a company but was also welcomed by our clients,” according to Dr. Ralf Nörenberg, HighQSoft’s Assistant Director. As another benefit, the confidence to introduce the products to emerging markets , e.g. Asia was strengthened.
Introducing RLM licensing into HighQSoft’s products was quite seamless but also had its challenges due to server-side aspects and target environments of customers usually being cut off from their intranet. Licensing has improved the relationship with customers as well as increased their general satisfaction. The utilization of RLM through Activation Pro works well and is frequently updated by Reprise.
For over 25 years, HighQSoft GmbH is an independent and premium partner for the development of measurement data management systems. For our clients, who mostly are from the automotive industries and adjacent branches, we develop complex infrastructure solutions to manage generated test data from engine test stands, wind tunnels, crash test and even self-driving vehicles.
Our leading products are utilized world-wide to be the backbone of quality assurance to have vehicle innovations become high quality series products. We are specialized in the development of software server applications to preprocess, store and manage, access and analyze measurement or test data. Next to distributing our software products, we offer a variety of IT consultancy to our customers in the main markets of Germany, USA and Japan.
Our customers value our consequent focus on the domain of Technical Computing (CAD).
ETA switches to RLM
ETA had used an in-house proprietary license solution for many years. With a growing customer base and increasing complexity of its product portfolio, there is new demand for a more flexible and more reliable license system.
After evaluating several licensing products, ETA found that RLM met all of its requirements:
- Cross platform (Windows, LINUX/UNIX and Mac OS)
- Advanced network license server (failover, roaming and token)
- Convenient tool for users to manage the license server
- Flexible license policy to fit various users
The integration of RLM into ETA’s software products went smoothly. With an extensive API and a very responsive support team, ETA streamlined its licensing system with RLM quickly and easily. Several helpful new licensing features were added to ETA’s newest releases using RLM’s enriched functions.
Advanced product development engineers working as structural analysts for the world’s largest automotive manufacturers established Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (ETA) in 1983. ETA’s expertise in the areas of vehicle durability, NVH, metal forming, crashworthiness, occupant safety and product design have provided an intimate knowledge of the challenges and needs of the product development engineer. Proactive in the creation and implementation of new analysis methods and solutions, ETA is also the developer of the Inventium Suite, PreSys, VPG and DYNAFORM software solutions.
After years of using a proprietary, dongle-based in-house solution, there was demand for a more professional solution at TraceTronic. The existing solution provided insufficient scalability because of an expanding customer base and an increasing license count. A reliable solution was needed to support floating license scenarios also.
After evaluating various software licensing products, TraceTronic opted for the Reprise License Manager (RLM), which satisfies these requirements and provides an extensive API. Now TraceTronic applications can be extended to support even complex license configurations while offering improved usage feedback and control for users.
TraceTronic connected RLM through Python using C and developed a graphical license management utility on top of it. With the utility, users can dynamically switch between roaming, floating and host-based license modes. Additionally, the utility can display details about license availability, expiry date and much more.
The integration worked seamlessly, especially the mapping from product options to customer-specific license options. The installation of the license server was achieved to our full satisfaction at our most demanding customer sites.
TraceTronic makes your ECU work smart and save. As a professional and experienced provider of complete solutions for development and validation of ECUs, we consider the big picture as a perfect interplay of highly specialized solutions with attention to detail. At TraceTronic, therefore domain experts interact with each other, bringing together function development and calibration of ECU software, development of test systems, test and validation of ECU software and software development. With the test automation software ECU-TEST and the analysis software TRACE-CHECK, we offer our customers powerful, high-quality software for the specification, implementation, execution and documentation of test cases as well as for the automated evaluation and validation of recorded measured data. Further information is available at www.tracetronic.com.
After years of license management issues with another technology provider, Intergraph Security Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) decided to evaluate a new solution that was easy to use, flexible enough to fit our evolving licensing models, and capable of supporting our clients’ diverse licensing needs. With these criteria in mind, Intergraph SG&I has made the switch to Reprise Software’s RLM.
In early 2014, Intergraph SG&I approached Reprise Software to evaluate RLM. During our evaluation period, we found RLM to be everything that we needed in an enterprise-class license management technology. With an elegant graphical user interface, RLM delivers an intuitive user experience for our team. RLM has the flexibility to fit our changing licensing models and business needs. Reprise also has a customer support team that is eager to meet our requirements, friendly to work with and experts on the technology’s capabilities. With RLM, we hope to achieve:
- Better security for us and our clients
- Easier license management across our portfolio of products
- Easier license authentication process for our clients
- Shorter custom development cycles
- Lower licensing management and operation costs
- Easier product and customer transitions
Over 2015, Intergraph SG&I will begin migrating its product portfolio and customers to RLM. Based on the success of its initial RLM implementation and migration, Intergraph SG&I plans to transition its entire product portfolio leveraging RLM over the next few years. The first products using RLM will be released in late 2015.
Intergraph helps the world work smarter. The company’s software and solutions improve the lives of millions of people through better facilities, safer communities and more reliable operations.
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) is the world’s leading provider of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) is the leader in smart solutions for emergency response, utilities, transportation and other global challenges. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B; www.hexagon.com), a leading global provider of design, measurement, and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.
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Tetcos Selects RLM and Activation Pro to Streamline Licensing Operations
We at TETCOS, a niche simulation software firm, have been developing NetSim since 2004 and PhySim since 2009.
In our initial years we used an in-house dongle based license management system. This solution was highly inflexible (for example, there was no possibility of having internet based activation) and prone to communication problems between clients and the license server.
In 2007, we approached Reprise Software, and they responded immediately with a free 30 day RLM evaluation. The RLM product was easy to use with a detailed product manual and their support very fast. In addition, their pricing was affordable, so we shifted to RLM.
Over the last several years, Reprise has continuously added features to RLM which has helped us improved our product offering. Here are a few examples that have helped us meet our customer needs better:
- The internet activation feature for providing easy evaluations to our customers. Rather than physically ship we just send an FTP download along with an activation key.
- License options such as License Roaming, Dongle based licensing, Minimum license checkout time, license sharing within a machine, etc.
- A diagnostic module that logs useful information at both the client and server enabled us to quickly resolve license related issues.
Most importantly, we have not faced any license related issue in the field and Reprise has kept the price affordable. RLM, and timely support from the Reprise team, has played an important role in our success.
Tetcos develops network simulation software, NetSim, and communication simulation software, PhySim and has an extensive and growing set of customers in over 15 countries. Visit: www.tetcos.com