From Customer Stories

Announcements of RLM customers.

Tachyon Design Automation switches to RLM

Summary: Tachyon Design Automation tells why they switched to RLM – to take advantage of its flexible licensing solutions to support multi-cores.

The Past

Previously Tachyon DA used an internal licensing system for our flagship product, CVC, a Verilog simulator with industry leading performance. Our in-house system only allowed node locked licenses and lacked the ability to support simultaneous simulations. As the industry moved to multi-core CPUs and we received more requests for floating licenses it became evident that our solution was in need of updating. We decided it was probably better to take a look at third party solutions than spend the time updating our own license manager.

The Switch to RLM

We found RLM to be a simple yet powerful licensing solution. RLM allowed us to immediately add support for multiple count (multi-core) and floating licenses with minimal effort. We were also able to maintain some of our original licensing mechanism on top of existing RLM features. It quickly became apparent that it was a good idea to go with RLM for CVC’s license manager instead of updating our own. This allowed us to concentrate our efforts on what we do best, while letting Reprise handle staying current with all the latest licensing models.

About Tachyon Design Automation

Tachyon Design Automation specializing in Electronic Design Automation (EDA)  software. Our flagship product, CVC, is a Verilog simulator which provides industry leading performance and capacity.

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Lumina Decision Systems picks RLM

Summary: Lumina launched the 4.2 release of its flagship product, Analytica®, in early 2010 using Reprise’s licensing solutions for the first time. This replaced an internal license code scheme that they had been using for more than 13 years.


Licensing Challenges of the Past
Prior to Analytica 4.2, Lumina would issue a license code for each individual end user of its products. The license code would be entered during installation to enable the appropriate edition of the product.  In many organizations, the end-user and the purchasing agent are not the same person. So the identity of the end-user was often not known to Lumina unless the end-user voluntarily filled out a registration web form.

Licensing Motivations
As they attempted to improve support relationships with end-users, it became apparent that they needed better information gathering mechanisms to find out who their end-users were. The solution was to adopt a license-activation mechanism for distributing licenses. The advantage of using activation-based methodology is that it provides a natural time to collect the most up-to-date CRM information from their customers.  It also allows them to set up subscription-based support services automatically. For example, their customers can now set up access accounts for the web-based Analytica Wiki which provides reference materials on Analytica while their customers are using the product.

Lumina also wanted to start offering a floating license option, which would not have been possible using the old method. Floating licenses have several advantages.  Large organizations can make Lumina’s product available to an extended user group, which increases product exposure and familiarity.  Floating licenses also allow them to focus on organization-wide sales instead of low-margin individual sales. This is convenient for them and their customers both, since it reduces the amount of time their staff has had to spend processing Analytica license transfers between individuals.

Selection of Reprise
“We surveyed several options prior to undertaking this change in licensing scheme,” said Lonnie Chrisman of Lumina.  ” These included expanding the current in-house solution to include activation and floating license support, or integrating with one of several existing license manager products on the market.

Lonnie added, “We carefully considered four major license manager offerings in this space, focusing primarily on the level of end-user friendliness and transparency, flexibility of the product, openness and documentation for the programmer, and overall capabilities.  Flexibility was especially important knowing that we would have to adapt it in many customized ways to integrate it into our installers, products, and back-end systems. Reprise’s offering stood out compared to the other offerings on all counts.  We also attended a conference on license management sponsored by one of Reprise’s competitors where we solicited opinions from existing IT managers who use these products. They repeatedly recommended Reprise over the other options.”

Based on the recent success with RLM, Lumina will continue to use Reprise for the release of version 4.3 in March 2011. Analytica 4.3 is a major new release of great importance to Lumina and their customers.

About Analytica
Analytica® is a visual modeling tool for building and sharing quantitative decision models.  Popular with top quantitative and statistical analysts, Analytica’s success is based on its ability to speed the development process by an order of magnitude while improving the transparency of complex decision models. Analytica models are organized as a hierarchy of influence diagrams, providing a highly intuitive and visual depiction of the encoded logic. Its efficient handling of multi-dimensional intelligent arrays™ allows users to break out of the two-dimensional spreadsheet paradigm, enabling unparalleled flexibility and scalability, explicit representations of uncertainty, and optimization capabilities.

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The Sidwell Company selects RLM

Summary: RLM provides the foundation for a modularized floating license and pricing model for Parcel Builder from The Sidwell Company.

Parcel Builder includes several modules which can be licensed separately in order to provide a scalable application for customers with a variation of software requirements and budgets. Traditionally, Parcel Builder modules were licensed by a unique identifier generated at the time of the first install and was stored in the registry. This type of licensing system had some vulnerabilities and limitations, such as ghosting, virtual machine usage, etc. If clients required a reinstallation of the software, or a reconfiguration of installed modules on different workstations, they needed to contact Sidwell to provide new licenses.

RLM Introduced

In order to provide a more flexible solution, Sidwell sought to include concurrent licensing capabilities in Parcel Builder 4. Concurrent licensing would give enterprises with multiple installations the ability to utilize different modules from their current workstations without issuing additional licenses. After thorough research, Sidwell found that the Reprise License Manager (RLM) offered the best solution for providing the enterprise-class license management required by Parcel Builder. Sidwell’s software developers found RLM to be the best solution due to its affordability, ease of customization, and exemplary technical support throughout the entire software development cycle.

About The Sidwell Company:

The Sidwell Company, located in St. Charles, Illinois is an industry leader in the development and implementation of GIS solutions for cadastral mapping, land records management, aerial photography, photogrammetric services, and software development for local governments across the United States. Sidwell has become a recognized name on a national scale with the success of their Parcel Builder™ software suite, which is an extension to ESRI®’s flagship GIS software, ArcGIS® 10. Parcel Builder has been adopted by over 160 counties across the country as their land records-based GIS maintenance solution. Parcel Builder has undergone three major updates since its inception in 2004, and is now at Version 4.

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Reprise License Manager (RLM) Selected by SDL


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2011,  San Jose, CA

Reprise Software Inc, a leader in software license management solutions for independent software vendors announced today that SDL, the leading provider of Global Information Management  solutions, has selected the Reprise License Manager (RLM) as the software license manager for their SDL Structured Content Technologies division’s SDL Contenta®, SDL XML Professional Publisher™ (SDL XPP™) and SDL LiveContent™ products.  RLM represents a robust, and more easily maintainable licensing platform on which SDL Structured Content Technologies can support its future licensing capabilities.

“We chose RLM because it allows us to stay current with evolving licensing technologies while providing a familiar structure for our existing customers,” said Jennifer Goodman, vice president of product management for SDL’s Structured Content Technologies division. “We particularly like the possibility of implementing new business models by making changes in the license file without requiring a recompile or new release of our software.”

“SDL SCT’s license management requirements demand a robust, powerful, yet affordable license manager,” stated Matt Christiano, CEO of Reprise Software. “We are proud that SDL’s Structured Content Technologies division recognizes the flexibility, simplicity, power and value of the Reprise License Manager .”

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About SDL

SDL is the leader in Global Information Management. Global Information Management enables companies to engage with their customers throughout the customer journey –from brand awareness, to sales and after-sales support– and across languages, cultures and channels.

SDL’s best-of-breed Web Content Management, eCommerce, Structured Content and Language Technologies, combined with its Language Services drive down the cost of content creation, management, translation and publishing. SDL solutions increase conversion ratios and customer satisfaction through targeted information across all customer touch points.

Global industry leaders who rely on SDL include ABN-Amro, Bosch, Canon, CNH, FICO, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, KLM, Microsoft, NetApp, Philips, SAP and Sony. SDL has over 1500 enterprise customers, has deployed over 170,000 software licenses and provides access to on-demand portals for 10 million customers per month. It has a global infrastructure of more than 60 offices in 35 countries. For more information, visit www.sdl.com.

About SDL Structured Content Technologies

SDL’s Structured Content Technologies division is the worldwide leader in Component Content Management and Dynamic Publishing software. Leveraging XML standards such as DITA and S1000D, the division’s suite of products empower global companies to efficiently create, share, manage and publish technical information that is up to date and tailored to the interests of their global customers.

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TexEDA selects the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

LayTools Upgrade includes the Reprise License Management

Summary: TexEDA smoothly transitions to the Reprise License Manager and away from an exclusively dongle-based licensing solution.

The Past
TexEDA has been offering Integrated Design solutions for almost sixteen years. Until recently, the licensing of that software was managed using hardware keys (dongles) – parallel port varieties in the early days and USB versions in recent years. Although effective and secure, dongles are generally unpopular with customers. They also pose problems during evaluations, particularly when a customer in a remote part of the world needs to run a fully licensed version rather than one with reduced capability. Further, dongles have been known to be damaged, fail to function, and, since software prices are an important consideration, dongles can become a significant part of the software cost.

The Present
Despite the advertised benefits of a software licensing solution, there was reluctance based on security concerns, cost, effort to include the license manager lines in the code of the various application programs, and backward compatibility. The decision was taken, however, to move to software licensing when TexEDA embarked on a major software update. TexEDA identified Reprise as a possible partner and discussions with them resolved the perceived barriers in the past. Today, with RLM’s support, all the applications in LayTools software tools set are licensed with or without hardware keys. The  transition was seamless to the customer even though it was introduced at the same time as a major software re-organization and as a new installation approach was introduced.

About TexEDA IC Design Products – LayTools
TexEDA (formerly Catena Software) has enhanced its comprehensive IC design product, LayTools, over the past sixteen years. LayTools is a professional-grade custom IC development suite optimized for complex analog, digital, and mixed-signal IC design and offering the same sophisticated features as other high-end products on the the market. The applications include such key packages as schematic capture, a sophisticated simulator, a layout editor, physical verification, and automatic place and route. All the products operate under a design manager framework. LayTools is available on a range of platforms (including Windows, Sun-Solaris Unix, and Linux).

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GeoStation Corporation Selects Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Geostation Corporation selected the Reprise License Manager (RLM) based on its complementary design, functionality, ease-of-use and value characteristics. RLM helps Geostation customers optimize their usage of licenses.

Geostation Corporation, a trusted provider of geographical information systems (GIS) to the upstream petroleum industry, announced today that it has selected Reprise Software, Inc.’s ‘RLM’ as the multi-user, networked environment, License Management System of choice, and that GeoStation 5.2 and future releases of GeoStation will ship with RLM.

Commenting on the selection and process, Bruce Keffer, GeoStation Corporation President, said, “We selected RLM for GeoStation® for reasons of fit, functionality, reputation and value.” Bruce added, “Our focus has always been on design, functionality, ease-of-use and value, and our feeling is RLM perfectly compliments the philosophy.”

RLM tracks and provides GeoStation user community administrators with valuable user and usage metrics, which in turn facilitate the management of application availability and optimal sizing of shared GeoStation license pools.

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CMG Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Computer Modelling Group (CMG) switched its license manager to RLM to license two distinct types of products: simulators, and pre and post processing tools. The simulator licensing model is a per-simultaneous-run model, no matter which user or computer is making the run. The other tools are sold on a more traditional per user basis.

More details about CMG’s use of RLM

CMG is a leading provider of reservoir simulation software to the global market. They began as a company known for its expertise in heavy oil, and have expanded this expertise into all aspects of reservoir flow modelling. Over the past 32 years, CMG has remained focused on the development and delivery of reservoir simulation technologies that assist oil and gas companies to determine reservoir capacities and maximize potential recovery.

CMG’s technology is comprised of two very different types of applications that put difficult demands on a licensing system. The first type comprises simulator applications (STARS, GEM, and IMEX), which are Fortran-based batch calculation engines that can run on anything from Windows laptops to high-end Linux clusters. These simulators model very complex oil and gas reservoirs and CMG is continually improving runtime performance by porting to different platforms and chips. The licensing model is a per-simultaneous-run model, no matter which user or computer is making the run. In addition, customers can license different optional capabilities in each of the simulators and the number of licenses consumed for a run can vary depending on the situation.

The second type of application that CMG provides is the pre- and post-processing tools run on Windows platforms. These applications are licensed on a more-traditional per-user basis.

Transitioning their products to Reprise from their previous licensing technology was relatively painless. The development model fit CMG’s commercial model very well, and the Reprise libraries were intuitive and easy to use. In addition to replacing the previous licensing technology with Reprise in their next major release, they were able to retrofit Reprise into older versions for customers that were not yet ready to upgrade.

Because their customers need maximum performance from CMG’s software, they occasionally need to port their technology to new platforms and chips. This means that the licensing technology needs to be ported as well, and Reprise has proven to be very responsive to those needs. Since selecting Reprise, CMG added two new platforms not initially in Reprise’s suite, and Reprise was able to provide their technology on these platforms in short order.

Although the Reprise technology works well “out of the box”, not every customer environment is the same and occasionally CMG needs assistance. Reprise has proven to be very responsive in helping to troubleshoot problems, and this helps CMG keep its customers up and running. CMG says that they probably make greater use of Reprise’s support than they did with their previous licensing vendor, but that is because with the previous vendor they just stopped asking for help.

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Portfolio Decisions Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: After using several other software license management solutions, Portfolio Decisions found the Reprise License Manager (RLM) to be easier to install and support while offering increased licensing flexibility and control.

Who We Are

Portfolio Decisions is a management consulting and software firm specializing in the analysis of decision options and alternatives. We take business planning to the next level. A conventional business plan is valuable, but like a paper road map when you re on a trip, it is limited and static. Our approach is like a GPS combined with Google maps – valuable even when you’re navigating unfamiliar territory or facing changing circumstances and complex choices.

What We Do

With our approach, decision makers can link business investment decisions to strategy and explore ways of meeting or exceeding their performance goals. Perspectives, our portfolio management tool, helps identify and assess strategic options interactively – in real time, yet comprehensively – honoring both financial and operational metrics, near term and longer term considerations, and project interactions. Foundations, our data management tool, compiles and manages data from disparate sources, preserves an audit history, and facilitates processing of economics data, forecasts, strategic plans, budgets, and post-review data for planning and valuation needs.

Our Clients

Our clients include global corporations, midmarket companies, and private equity firms. Highly skilled professional engineers, economists, and financial staff use our tools for strategic planning, budgeting, and quick responses to senior executive requests for acquisition assessments.  Our clients require reliable access to software, the ability to install without IT support, and the ability to move software licenses from desktops to laptops by themselves, so they can continue to work from home or on the road, For our part, we do not compare ourselves to Google maps or a GPS lightly; we take seriously our commitment to speed, flexibility, and comprehensive, data-supported analyses. Clearly, no one wants a licensing issue to slow down the results. We prefer to spend our time helping companies derive more value from their businesses rather than installing and policing licenses of our software.

Our Licensing History

For a small company, Portfolio Decisions’ history with licensing products is a long road with several twists and turns.  Initial products we investigated were so burdensome to users that we elected to simply trust our user base.  This went well for a time, but one inappropriate incident half a world away told us we needed a licensing product.    The initial product we used was painful for clients to set up and horrific to administer.  Our next product used a web site to initiate a license.  Due to security settings, we often cannot get internet connections at our clients’ sites, so licensing with the web based product could become a cumbersome and often embarrassing process.  The consultant onsite could not complete the job without calling another consultant who had internet access.  We sometimes spent longer licensing our tool than the tool takes to optimize a portfolio. This painful path caused us to continue to search for a solution that protected our intellectual property without putting undue burden on our staff or our clients.

The RLM Solution

Since implementing Reprise’s RLM solution, we have nearly eliminated our licensing headaches.  RLM has been simple to implement and even simpler to use.  The licensing product is integrated by our development teams but administered by our portfolio management consultants.  Most clients use a node lock license which we administer in accordance with lease agreements.  The license structure is easy to tie to expiry dates on software leases. We can offer a single license file for multiple products which makes the client’s life easier, and we can use roaming licenses to meet clients’ varying demands.  Reprise has been easy to work with and very supportive. Our clients are equally happy with the Reprise security solution. Once again, we are happily engaged using our expertise to help decision makers gain insights into the performance implications of their decisions while we are also confident that our intellectual property is protected.

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Vision Software Solutions Ltd Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Vision Software Solutions Ltd

Summary: A New Zealand based software company chooses the Reprise License Manager (RLM) to launch its product that uses subscription licenses activated over the Internet.

We are a New Zealand based start-up company still very much in our launch phase having spent the last 5 years in development mode. We have only just recently made our software product available for sale.

Our product “VSS Thunder” is a project management type tool designed for the building and construction industry with small to medium sized businesses specifically in mind. Our aim is to reduce the paperwork load of their businesses and give our customers greater visibility on all aspects of their projects, meaning hopefully spending less time in the office as a result.

Russ Lines (our founder) is a builder by trade so the concept came out of his need for a simple solution for his business but it quickly became apparent that other builders could benefit from it as well.

We sell subscriptions to VSS Thunder online via our website vssthunder.com so protecting our software via a licensing system is very important for us as is the ability for our customers to easily activate their keys over the internet. We have been with Reprise for over a year now and are a very satisfied customer. We appreciate the support Reprise has given a small start-up company like ours – especially one based on the other side of the world!

Our aim is to eventually take our product worldwide and we are confident that our relationship with Reprise will help us get there. Watch this space.

Shane Lines
Marketing Director, Vision Software Ltd

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SketchList Selects the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Here at SketchList Inc. we use RLM for four primary reasons. First, it protects our investment in our software by assuring us that only paying users can use our software. Second, it provides us with flexibility in our pricing plans by allowing us to time limit keys we sell to our customers. Third, the RLM software and services are high quality and professional in nature. And finally the RLM pricing and scheme provide fair value to our company.

Licensing Challenge: To develop a scheme that allows us to sell online, offer trials, provide many pricing options, and address both the PC and MAC computer users with a minimum of operational burden.

Why RLM: While the consultants charged with recommending the solution had originally selected another package, the pricing for that package / service was too high and inflexible. After RLM was introduced to the consultants they tested it, incorporated it into the SketchList product, and have since recommended it to other clients of theirs. We were able to introduce RLM to our environment and test it to our satisfaction within the trial period. We are currently using it to provide keys for a new release that is in beta, and have seen no problems.

About SketchList Inc: SketchList 3D is a software product that helps professional woodworkers prepare winning bids for new projects and customers. It allows woodworkers to use virtual 3D objects – boards, doors, drawer and hardware – to quickly and easily design and demonstrate their proposed work to prospects. Photo-like quality images in 3D help their prospects see what they are buying. In addition, all drawings and reports necessary for building the project are being created as designs are developed.

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