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Intergraph SG&I Switches to RLM for Flexible License Management

INGR_Color_CMYK_Logo_480pxAfter 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.

About Intergraph

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.

© 2015 Intergraph Corporation. All rights reserved. Intergraph is part of Hexagon. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo, are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Tetcos Selects RLM and Activation Pro

Tectos selects RLM and Activation Pro

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.

About Tetcos:

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

GNS Science adopts Reprise License Manager

GNS Science reaps business benefits from Reprise License Manager (RLM)

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GNS Science had reached a point with our GLOBE Claritas product where our in-house software licensing system was starting to act as a barrier to business.  We needed the flexibility of being able to license per user, or per core, as well as offering modular licensing for some key components. We also needed those licenses to be robust, and server based.

With the Reprise License Manager (RLM), we got all of this, and more. We were able to extend our product lines to include high and low capacity solutions at attractive price points, as well as deliver a scalable cloud-based licensing solution. By using Reprise we have been able to unlock whole market segments that we were priced out of with our in-house solution. RLM gives us the flexibility of being able to license per user, or per core, as well as offering modular licensing for some key components, while at the same time providing robust, server based licenses.

The support from Reprise has been excellent, and their pace of development means that we can continue to offer our clients new functionality, such as “roaming licenses” for remote or in-field use.

I would not hesitate to recommend Reprise RLM as an excellent solution for a business-to-business product suite allowing tailored solutions with minimal overhead.

 

About GNS Science

The GLOBE Claritas seismic processing software is produced by geophysicists who work within the Business Development Group of GNS Science. GNS Science is New Zealand’s leading supplier of earth and isotope scientific research and consultancy services.  http://www.globeclaritas.com/

 

GiGa Infosystems Selects RLM

GiGa Infosystems selects RLM to Simplify Licensing

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Without much experience in the field of software licensing, ISV GiGa infosystems evaluated several commercial license server suppliers in 2012. The main goal was, and still is, to issue licenses easily and also be able to create licenses for evaluation purposes to our customers.

The ease of implementation and flexibility of the RLM solution compared to the competitors made the decision easy for the staff.

RLM allows us to issue licenses, as we need them within seconds: limited in time (e.g. evaluation), limited seats (floating licenses) or a combination of both.

Our customers who are using RLM are pleased by the simple steps, which are required to install RLM within their infrastructure. All issued licenses are transparent to the end user.

GiGa infosystems is start-up from Germany providing a database solution for 3D geology. This innovative software solutions brings several benefits to its users: possibility of format conversion, coordinate transformation, simultaneous multi-user access, management of large scale 3D models as well as versioning of the data. Furthermore the stored data can be viewed within a web browser front-end making it possible to communicate the results.

Drillscan uses RLM to Increase Efficiency

Drillscan uses RLM to Increase Efficiency and Overcome the Limitations of Dongles

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DrillScan was using an in-house software licensing library since 2004 based upon a commercial hardware dongle solution.

Although functional, this solution lacked flexibility due to limited storage space on the dongle. In addition, special knowledge was required to prepare dongles to send to customers. It was especially cumbersome for trial versions that required sending physical packages all over the world.

After testing various commercial software-based licensing solutions in 2012, we chose the Reprise License Manager for its performance, feature set, price and extensive API, allowing us to tailor it to our needs.

Using the generic RLM license server alone saved us months of development time and testing on multiple platforms. We were able to quickly implement RLM within our software while maintaining the degree of flexibility we were hoping for.

Through a custom web interface, creating an RLM license is quick and easy, and costs for license renewal and sending trial versions are reduced to almost nothing.

Nearly all of our customers now use the new RLM software licensing scheme and the feedback was very positive both in terms of ease to set up and the flexibility to create licenses tailored to customers needs.

About DrillScan
DrillScan is a French company founded in 2001 with the goal of providing expert services and innovative software to the drilling industry. Our expertise is based on the results of 25 years of research carried out with French Institutions, and extensive laboratory and field validations in collaboration with operators. DrillScan provides solutions in the fields of directional drilling, torque & drag & buckling, and drill string mechanics. http://us.drillscan.com/

LMS International selects RLM

After an extensive comparison with other commercial license manager solutions on the market, LMS opted for RLM from Reprise. Following a successful trial period, which allowed LMS to also validate the technical support of Reprise, the vast majority of the LMS customer base has already migrated to RLM. Customer feedback is very positive.

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Reprise Licenses 300th RLM Customer

This month Reprise Software licensed our 300th RLM customer.

We wanted to take a moment to thank all our customers for making Reprise successful, and thought this would be a good time to take a look back at the history of RLM and FLEXlm.

Back in the FLEXlm days, we had about 300 customers in 1993/1994, when GLOBEtrotter took over the FLEXlm product from Highland Software.  That was 6 years into the life of the product.  We ultimately got to about 2000 customers by 1999.   So we added about 300 customers/yr (on average) for those last 6 years.  Or 25/month.

It has taken Reprise 5 years to get to 300 customers.   Last quarter (Q1/2011) we added 24 new customers which was the largest number for any quarter in our history.

The other comparison is that in the FLEXlm days, nearly all of our customers were new to license management,  since license management was a new technology at the time. At Reprise, about 65% of our customers are new to license management, and the other 35% are switching from another technology.  We are pleased that companies both new and old to license management are selecting RLM as their licensing solution.

So, once again, thanks to everyone for another great milestone in Reprise Software’s history.

Ellexus chooses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Ellexus chooses the Reprise License Manager

Ellexus chooses the Reprise License Manager

Ellexus LTD, a software start up from the UK, recently released a tool called Breeze for managing scripted flows such as those used in hardware design and software builds. They surveyed several licensing providers before choosing RLM from Reprise Software.

“Our business has been growing steadily since we purchased the RLM licensing package in January 2011 – you may have seen our article in EEtimes,” said Dr. Rosemary Francis of Ellexus. “We have been very happy with Reprise and so far it has been well received by our customers. It was really easy to integrate into our product and straightforward to cut new licenses.  Our customers have large computing infrastructures that mean that they need a robust floating license model that gives their teams flexibility and cuts down on administration cost. The simplicity of the Reprise setup procedures has made their lives – and ours – easier. ”

About Ellexus

Breeze is designed to help customers understand complex software flows such as scripted builds and compilation flows. Breeze traces the interactions between programs, scripts and data to help develop and debug mix-vendor and mixed-language builds. It helps to automatically document flows as a means to package up solutions for third parties and remote engineers or to understand a new flow from a customer or vendor. Breeze can be used to troubleshoot issues with compiled and scripted flows and is language independent. It works on your existing system and gives you an overview of the system as well as detailed information for debugging.

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.

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.