From Customer Stories

Announcements of RLM customers.

HPC-SA Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “After we professed for years that users should adopt our ray-tracing software because it is our specialty and it was better to rely on our proven tools, we discovered that licensing is exactly the same: instead of trying to do it ourselves, wasting time and money, it would have been better if we have gone directly to the specialists to adopt a field-proven off-the-shelf solution like RLM.”

About HPC-SA:

HPC-SA and RLM licensing

The main activity of HPC-SA is high performance ray-tracing in 3D environments. HPC-SA  also develops ready to use high performance propagation software (multi-physics thermics-lighting-solar green building software, Monte-Carlo based radiative simulation software, etc.). Also HPC-SA can provide ISVs with high performance ray-tracing modules including diffraction, radiosity, occlusion and visibility.

Among others, HPC-SA has developed the radiosity engine used in the Artlantis renderer and the propagation module used in the ErgoSpace satellite software. Thanks to the HPC-SA’s ray-tracing technology, both Artlantis and ErgoSpace are amazingly fast and accurate.

Last but not least, HPC-SA’s core technology, a ray-tracing acceleration library named RayBooster, is available to drastically speed-up almost any software using ray-tracing. RayBooster has been successfully used in scientific wave propagation software within top laboratories (ONERA, Ecole Centrale de Paris), and is the heart of the other ray-tracing software from HPC-SA.

In the beginning, we wrote our protection mechanisms ourselves, just checking for the host identity. This was barely effective in basic environments, leading to additional work and errors, but was not effective at all in complex environments, like clusters.

Why reinvent the wheel?
After we professed for years that users should adopt our ray-tracing software because it is our specialty and it was better to rely on our proven tools, we discovered that licensing is exactly the same: instead of trying to do it ourselves, wasting time and money, it would have been better if we have gone directly to the specialists to adopt a field-proven off-the-shelf solution like RLM.

With this in mind, we can recommend RLM, as it offers all the needed features for a very fair price. Not only is RLM effective, but the Reprise Software support is effective too.

For more information, please visit http://www.hpc-sa.com

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SIAS Limited Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “After some research SIAS selected RLM as the supplier of the next licensing solution. RLM offered all the flexibility needed to cope with our unique licensing model. The test code supplied in the RLM kit was tried on a network spanning multiple time zones and successfully checked out and checked back in some 10,000 licences. RLM support was also a great help in integrating their libraries into our mix of programming environments.”

About SIAS Limited:[]

S-Paramics and RLM licensing

S-Paramics, from SIAS Limited in Scotland, UK, is a road traffic microsimulation software suite.  It assists city planners and transport planners in assessing the impact of the changes to the flow of traffic. A model of the road network is built and calibrated using surveyed data on journeys and traffic flows. Then changes are made to the model such as new roads, new traffic control systems or additional road trips, perhaps from a new retail development. S-Paramics simulates every individual car, truck and bus on the road network in both versions of the model.

The major software module in S-Paramics is the modeller, which edits road network models, simulates the vehicles and provides a visualisation of the moving traffic. There is a separate batch mode of the modeller which performs the simulation only. The Data Analysis Tool then takes the results of the simulations and identifies the changes in speed and flows as well as quantifying the benefits of the road network changes.

Licensing Models
Licensing S-Paramics is quite complex.  The three main modules are individually licensed.  For example a customer may have more batch mode licences than desktop modeller licences and will use them to operate a grid computing batch farm.  S-Paramics is licensed according to the size of the simulation model, measured by the number of vehicles present in it, so some details of function and model size must be encoded in a licence. Most customers also have time limited licences which require renewal annually and hence there is an expiry date in the licence. Finally, many customers continue to use old versions of S-Paramics, preferring to keep the number of variables to a minimum when comparing new road designs with runs from previous base models.

RLM replaces problematic dongles
Two different dongles have been used in the past. The first was a serial port dongle (pre-USB and it had to work on Unix, Linux and Windows).  This was replaced because the failure rate approached 40%. The next dongle, a USB key, works fine when licensing individual PCs but the network dongle proved troublesome when communicating over corporate networks spanning several timezones. The latest release of the dongle management software also saw the dongle manufacturer taking more control of the configuration process making it hard to integrate into SIAS’s own procedures. For SIAS to continue to offer licences for older S-Paramics releases while using the new dongle security we would have had to duplicate the licence data and in effect double the number of licences available from each dongle.

Why RLM?
After some research SIAS selected RLM as the supplier of the next licensing solution. RLM offered all the flexibility needed to cope with our unique licensing model. The test code supplied in the RLM kit was tried on a network spanning multiple time zones and successfully checked out and checked back in some 10,000 licences. RLM support was also a great help in integrating their libraries into our mix of programming environments.

http://www.paramics.co.uk

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Lanner Group LTD Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Lanner has deployed the Reprise License Manager at a large multi-national automobile manufacturer. Both parties are delighted with the simplicity and reliability of the system. Lanner is now undertaking the work to roll out RLM as a standard licensing mechanism to all customers within its autumn release of WITNESS Power with Ease.  Its plans also call for RLM to be used with its PRISM and Px-SIM range of products early in 2010.

About Lanner Group LTD:

Lanner chooses RLM for its flagship dynamic process analysis software WITNESS

Lanner develops simulation software that enables organisations to understand and improve their business processes. Lanner’s simulation technology works by enabling users to represent their real world processes in a dynamic animated computer model and then experiment with alternative ‘what-if ?’ scenarios to identify the optimal solution.  It includes the natural variability and complexity of interactions in users’ processes that spreadsheets or planning based techniques can’t reflect.

Dynamic Process Analysis
Lanner’s technology is used by the most technically respected and demanding organisations in manufacturing, and in the service and financial sectors. It is also chosen by many of the worlds leading software providers. Based in the UK with subsidiaries and partners in Europe, The Americas and the Far East, Lanner applications are used by more than 3,500 companies globally.

With Lanner, customers can access simulation technology through a range of industry standard and industry tailored desktop tools; so making dynamic process analysis accessible and convenient. For great general purpose 2D and 3D process modelling, our customers choose WITNESS simulation. For those needing a simulation engine to embed within their own software solution, they adopt Lanner’s L-SIM.

Lanner’s Plans and RLM
Lanner has deployed the Reprise License Manager at a large multi-national automobile manufacturer. Both parties are delighted with the simplicity and reliability of the system. Lanner is now undertaking the work to roll out RLM as a standard licensing mechanism to all customers within its autumn release of WITNESS Power with Ease.  Its plans also call for RLM to be used with its PRISM and Px-SIM range of products early in 2010.

Flexible license management allows Lanner to protect multiple product configurations, across a variety of deployment scenarios, and yet maintain a single license control database. By integrating the RLM Internet Activation into our Salesforce.com based business information system, Lanner expects to achieve a significant reduction in cost and time within the license fulfillment process.

RLM Integration with Salesforce.com
With RLM Internet Activation, Lanner will be able to support sales to customers worldwide without the time-zone delays normally related with a UK based customer service team.  The self-service license fulfillment removes the need for e-mail exchanges, saving of attachments, and users having to follow complicated instructions. Not only will RLM deliver better customer service, it will vastly reduce the load on our customer support team.

“With our implementation of RLM v7, our maintained customers will get upgrade rights downloaded to their license servers or to their node-locked client applications automatically.” says David Jones Lanner CEO.  “We are looking forward to being able to offer short-term trials, upgrades and additional licensed seats, simply by adjusting our Salesforce.com records. This will be a key component in helping Lanner grow its business.”

http://www.lanner.com

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SilhouetteFX Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “Users are able to activate and deactivate over the Internet, activate on a machine without Internet access and permanently remove a license from a machine which can be verified using a removal code. The ability to activate and deactivate licenses, allowing customers to move licenses between machines as needed, has been a huge time saver for us since the process takes place without assistance from our customer support department.”

About SilhouetteFX[]:

SilhouetteFX turned to RLM in 2006 to manage its license delivery and fulfillment for its motion picture visual effects customers. Silhouette’s rotoscoping and paint software has been instrumental in creating special effects for Hollywood’s top blockbuster movies. Licenses supplied to customers are either nodelocked or floating and are available for Macintosh, Windows and Linux based systems.

Once we knew that RLM worked solidly, we went to the next step and wrote our own activation system built around RLM for nodelocked licenses. Users are able to activate and deactivate over the Internet, activate on a machine without Internet access and permanently remove a license from a machine which can be verified using a removal code. The ability to activate and deactivate licenses, allowing customers to move licenses between machines as needed, has been a huge time saver for us since the process takes place without assistance from our customer support department.

RLM integrates seamlessly with our custom activation system and together they meet all of our licensing needs at an affordable price. We couldn’t be happier.

SilhouetteFX brings together superior software designers and visual effects veterans.  Add an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, 3 Emmy Awards and experience in creating visual effects for hundreds of feature films, commercials and television shows and you have a recipe for success.

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Frontline Systems Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

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.

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Lattix Inc. Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “We found that the flexibility of RLM allowed us to migrate to the new licensing scheme with minimal training for our internal staff and our customers.   Based on our experience with Reprise Software, we recommend RLM as the most cost effective choice for a license management solution.”

About Lattix Inc.:Lattix

Lattix offers an innovative solution for automated analysis and enforcement of software system architecture.  We pioneered the Dependency Structure Matrix (DSM) approach which uses system interdependencies to create the most accurate and scalable blueprint of software applications, databases, models, and systems.  DSM provides a compact representation that can easily scale up to tens of thousands of classes or files, whereas conventional box-and-arrow diagrams become unusable for systems composed of even a few hundred boxes.

With Lattix, architects and developers can analyze their systems in detail, edit the structure to more easily achieve refactoring initiatives, and specify design rules allowing them to formalize and communicate the architecture to the entire organization. Lattix enables companies to improve and maintain quality, enhance testability, lower costs through more effective development, and manage risks by better understanding of the impact of proposed changes.

Lattix provides the most comprehensive solution for systems that use Ada, C/C++, Java, .NET, and Pascal languages; Oracle, SQL Server, and Sybase databases; Spring and Hibernate frameworks; and UML or SysML models. Lattix also provides support for automated web-based reporting of architectural metrics, violations, and incremental changes.

Until the most recent release, Lattix 4.8, licenses were only available as Named-User.  Our customers had been asking for a floating license option to expand their use of Lattix throughout their development organization, across a variety of platforms.  With RLM and its strong support, we were able to quickly develop and deliver the necessary licensing for the full range of our product options.  We found that the flexibility of RLM allowed us to migrate to the new licensing scheme with minimal training for our internal staff and our customers.   Based on our experience with Reprise Software, we recommend RLM as the most cost effective choice for a license management solution.

Learn more about Lattix at http://www.lattix.com/products/products.php. : A free evaluation license is also available for download from http://www.lattix.com/dl/gettingstarted.php.

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3 Engineers LLC Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: RLM’s attractive prices and the Reprise management team’s experience won over startup 3Engineers. Flexible license policies can match the ones of future CAD/CAM platforms.

RLM Customer Story:

Xpresso is speech-recognition software for SolidWorks, a 3D solid-modeling CAD package. Xpresso allows designers to simply say commands, eliminating actions that do not add value. Using Xpresso reduces hand movement and augments the use of additional navigation devices, streamlining the design process and making it up to 15 percent more efficient.

Our license manager selection process was driven by the need to contain expenses as a startup and to find a solution that would not become a distraction from our product development efforts. We recognized that the Reprise team had the necessary elements for stability and success, and that RLM was adopted by other vendors in the CAD/CAM market. Ultimately we selected RLM because of their responsive support, pricing that made sense, and the relative ease of incorporating it into our product.

Xpresso uses single-seat “node locking” licenses that compliment the SolidWorks licensing strategy. In addition to per-year release licenses, limited duration trial licenses ensure that potential customers can get a “shot” of Xpresso.

Having the flexibility to provide more than just node-locked licensing ensures that as we expand to provide speech recognition capabilities to additional CAD/CAM platforms we can complement their licensing strategy. RLM’s interfaces are simple and clean; the cross-platform solution is stable; and their pricing strategy from market entry through revenue generating is attractive and compelling.

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Computer Modeling Group, LTD Licenses The Reprise License Manager (RLM)

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”).

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PQ Systems turns to the Reprise License Manager (RLM) for concurrent-user Licensing Solution

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.”

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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.

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Kineo Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

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.”
About Kineo:

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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.

Licensing Challenges
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

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