From Customer Stories

Announcements of RLM customers.

Runge Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Reprise Software Inc., the fastest-growing company in the software license management industry, today announces the licensing of its flagship Reprise License Manager (RLM) by The Runge Group, a global mining technology company providing mine planning software and specialist consulting services. Runge will use RLM in its Mining Dynamics, XPAC, Talpac, XERAS and related mine management software solutions.

Now nearing its fourth major release, the Reprise License Manager TM (RLM) offers innovative license models and policies to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), allowing them to maximize customer satisfaction as well as revenues. The needs of Enterprise software end-users are also addressed, as RLM provides numerous options for maximizing license availability and ease of configuration and reporting all without additional costly administration tools.

Runge CTO Scott Henderson said, “After a detailed review of offerings in the marketplace and extensive evaluation of RLM, we’re re pleased to be able to offer our end users the greater flexibility available through the use of RLM for license management.”

Matt Christiano, Reprise Software’s founder and president said,”We welcome Runge to the growing list of software vendors adopting RLM for license management. Runge’s use of RLM highlights RLM’s broad applicability to increase both customer satisfaction and software vendor revenues across many industries.”

RLM helps increase end user customer satisfaction and software vendor revenues through the use of easy-to-implement, flexible license terms automatically included with software shipped to end users. Software vendors specify the license terms given to customers by describing them in an easily-read text certificate protected by a digital signature. Over time, end users’ rights can evolve from an initial demo/eval to a purchase of perpetual or time-limited rights, followed by new releases, additional “seats” or copies as well as optional add-on features. In the forthcoming newest release of RLM, an innovative license model allowing use of software only by a select list of named users can be easily implemented. This kind of innovative thinking is among the many characteristics that set RLM apart from older, legacy license managers.

About The Runge Group

The Runge Group is a leader in the provision of technology and services to the global mining industry. The company leads its industry with mine planning, equipment optimisation and financial analysis software solutions. Its consulting expertise streamlines client operations from resource management to mine closure.

The Runge group operations 17 offices around the world and includes MRM Mining Services in South Africa, Minarco-MineConsult in Sydney, Jakarta and Beijing, GeoGAS in Wollongong in Australia and Pincock Allen & Holt in the USA.

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Simerics, Inc. Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “The most important factors that Simerics considered when selecting RLM were the support of floating and node-locked licenses on multiple platforms and RLM’s reasonable price structure for their new startup company.”

About Simerics, Inc.:[]

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Simerics, Inc., based in Huntsville, Alabama, develops, markets, and supports a software product called “PumpLinx” which is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool for the three dimensional analysis and design of fluid pumps. Simerics was founded in 2006 and began shipping its product in April of 2007.

The software is sufficiently accurate, easy-to-use, and fast that it can be used by designers as a practical alternative to hardware tests. PumpLinx allows engineers to improve designs, fixGear Pump problems, and integrate the pump into a system in less time and with less cost. (see inset of water jet pump). It uses CAD data as input and is able to accurately model the full range of pump dynamics, including cavitation. Output includes engineering data relevant to the pump engineer, including flow, cavitation, pressures ripples, loads, torques, and power.

The software is aimed at industries that design and/or utilize pumps, including the automotive, hydraulic, aerospace, and petroleum industries.

Simerics offers various license types for PumpLinx including Commercial, Evaluation, Distributor and Training License versions. The software is also offered in multiple configurations based on the functionality purchased. They use the Reprise License Manager (RLM) to control which set of functions are enabled.

Simerics designed a custom RLM hostid based on CPU type / HDD ID / Network card addresses.  It is used to ensure that the software is used only on machines that are licensed to run it.

The most important factors that Simerics considered when selecting RLM were the support of floating and node-locked licenses on multiple platforms and RLM’s reasonable price structure for their new startup company.

To learn more about Simerics and its products, please visit their website.

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Vico Software, Inc. Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Vico Software found that RLM provided the needed functionality to replace its older dongle-based licensing solution. RLM’s “roaming license” capability served the needs of Vico Software’s mobile construction industry customer base.

RLM Customer Story:

Vico Software, a Reprise License Manager (RLM) customer since September 2006, develops and sells software solutions for the construction industry, a market that has been known for its sub-optimum use of materials, low efficiency, and late and over-budget projects.

Vico Software’s business is focused on trying to make the construction industry more efficient through the integration of design, construction and management processes, thus improving project predictability; providing early identification of constructability problems; and synchronizing design, costs and schedules. With over two hundred customers and more than one hundred and fifty projects completed, Vico Software has a proven track record of delivering results towards these objectives in several international markets, primarily in the US, UK, Nordic (mostly Finland) and the Middle East.

Before adopting RLM, Vico Software used dongles (hardware keys) to license its products.  Although dongles served their needs well for several years, the advanced licensing demands of their customers (especially those from their largest and best customers) began to surpass the dongle’s ability to support them. So, Vico Software began to look for a replacement licensing technology that provided a more flexible software licensing platform without the use of dongles.

After a comprehensive evaluation process, Vico Software selected the Reprise License Manager. In addition to the advanced technology within RLM, including license roaming (a critical feature for Vico’s marketplace), what impressed Vico was Reprise Software’s quick support turnaround time and its responsiveness to requests for additional features.

Vico Software sells both dedicated (standalone) and floating licenses with a perpetual and/or subscription pricing model.

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Leading image rendering company uses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “In the beginning SiTex Graphics developed our own licensing manager; but as our customer base grew, we realized we needed a manager that would provide our customers with better performance, manageability, and reliability in a large production environment.  RLM met those requirements, and the outstanding support during our testing phase as well as the affordable pricing made adopting RLM an easy choice.”

About SiTex Graphics:

Leading image rendering company uses RLM to license compute-intensive applications

Scott Iverson, President of SiTex Graphics, talks about his company and his reasons for selecting RLM from Reprise Software.

SiTex Graphics develops advanced 3D rendering software used to create visual effects for television and film.  Our AIR rendering software has been used on numerous feature films including the Oscar-winning Happy Feet and the latest installment of the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard.  The computation-heavy, bandwidth-intensive nature of visual effects requires that our customers maximize the use of their rendering licenses. With the tight deadlines imposed by a production environment, AIR is typically run 24/7 on render farms scaling to hundreds of processors.

Below is an example of SiTex Graphic’s rendering software at work. Except for the actor, it is a completely CGI rendering of a speeding Mercedes-Benz.

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In the beginning SiTex Graphics developed our own licensing manager; but as our customer base grew, we realized we needed a manager that would provide our customers with better performance, manageability, and reliability in a large production environment.  RLM met those requirements, and the outstanding support during our testing phase as well as the affordable pricing made adopting RLM an easy choice. Partnering with Reprise Software has freed us from the increasing demands of developing and maintaining our own license management software, allowing us to focus on improving our primary software products.

We’ve appreciated the flexibility of RLM as we have adapted our licensing model to accommodate the spread of multi-core machines.  Our licenses have always allowed multiple processes running on the same machine to share a license.  With multi-core machines we wanted to preserve that behavior while refining the licensing policy to require more than one license for machines with many cores.  RLM provided the necessary flexibility to implement that change out-of-the-box.

RLM makes our software even more powerful and effective by providing our customers with the options and information they need to maximize its use. We’ve been pleased enough with RLM to recommend it to other developers in our area, and they have likewise been impressed with the simplicity, flexibility and affordability of RLM.

For more information about SiTex Graphics, please click here.

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Dynamic Design Solutions Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

[]Summary: Sometimes DDS’ customers need to take their computer on site to work at remote locations like factories, or test facilities. They have traditionally used dongles to be able to use the same node-locked license of software on their office PC as well as notebooks. DDS is now promoting the use of floating license and use a RLM-supported “roaming” license whenever they need to take a notebook outside of their office.

About Dynamic Design Solutions:

Dynamic Design Solutions is an independent and privately owned developer of software tools for validating simulation models, optimizing engineering designs and integrating and automating simulation processes.  Their specialty is to bridge the world of engineering based on experimentation and prototype testing, with the new world of virtual product development and simulating product performance before any prototype is built. In order to be useful for decision-making, these virtual models need to be calibrated using real-life data and that is where their software comes in. DDS’ customers are active in the mechanical and civil engineering industries.

DDS serves a niche market today, so their licensing needs are modest in terms of number of licenses but, their customers are located worldwide and range from very small local consultants to multinational enterprises. Because of the nature of their software solution, most customers are supported centrally from their head office in Belgium. Consequently, they work hard to reduce support calls as much as possible by providing extensive documentation, and a web-based knowledge base. When they were looking for a replacement of their prior licensing solution, ease-of-use and trouble free installation were top criteria.

DDS found all these requirement fulfilled by RLM in addition to:

  • Attractive pricing (all-in-one offering at an affordable price per OS)
  • All licensing models that are needed fulfilled by RLM (node-locked, floating)
  • Easy and smooth communication with sales and technical support
  • Basic architecture similar to legacy software already known by their staff.

DSS chose to replace their legacy licensing vendor because of slow or nonexistent technical support, vague roadmap for new OS support (i.e. 64-bit), and sudden changes in business model and price level.

DDS is sensitive to piracy issues as well. They found older versions of their software on several piracy web site and therefore had to reinforce protection. Using stronger encryption is often at an extra cost with competing license managers but is included in RLM. For a company like DDS, with a small customer base, it is relatively easy to switch license managers. Changing to a newer license manager that has not yet had the same attention from the hacker community as legacy software is probably a very efficient way to reinforce protection.

DDS relies on RLM for standard license models like node-locking individual licenses and floating network licenses.

Sometimes DDS’ customers need to take their computer on site to work at remote locations like factories, or test facilities. They have traditionally used dongles to be able to use the same node-locked license of software on their office PC as well as notebooks. DDS is now promoting the use of floating license and use a RLM-supported “roaming” license whenever they need to take a notebook outside of their office.

Some of their larger customers that run sophisticated computing centers, have asked for a way to guarantee license availability in case of a server failure. This is made possible by the failover licensing feature in RLM which permits a second backup license server to automatically take over in case the first (main) server fails.

Finally, DDS found it very important to provide full versions of their software for a temporary trial period. Converting such a time-limited version to a regular paid license is then only a matter of changing the license file.

For the future, DDS looks for improvements in:

  • Internet-based licensing
  • Further automation of installation and configuration (wizards)
  • Reduction of administrative costs related to licensing

For more information about DDS or to contact them please visit them at http://www.dds.be

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HiPERiSM, LLC Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Initially, HiCLAS1 implemented RLM to handle its beta test period, relying on uncounted node-locked licenses with a short term expiration date. As its products come to market, other models will be deployed including network floating licenses and node-locked counted licenses.  RLM’s breadth will also help  HiCLAS1 when it moves into other advanced high-performance computing environments.

About HiPERiSM, LLC, and AS1MET Services

Maintaining a healthy planet is an increasingly important global issue. The US Clean Air Act mandates that state and local government agencies continuously monitor air quality in order to ensure attainment of standards. These agencies and their contractors rely on various atmospheric modeling tools written largely in the last decade or so to monitor compliance with long term emission targets. Although the science that supports these computerized models is solid (having been sponsored by the U.S. EPA and developed in Fortran), they have never been effectively optimized for speed on desktop computers. In fact, today some models currently take thousands of hours to complete an analysis.

Enter HiPERiSM Consulting, LCC, and AS1MET Services, who have teamed as a joint venture under the brand name HiCLAS1.  This emerging company is focused on enhancing environmental modeling tools to not only improve their operating performance, but to offer more practical solutions on lower cost commodity platforms, thereby expanding the potential user base.

HiPERiSM is targeting the primary users of these models – Federal, State and County agencies, environmental contracting companies, power companies, and independent environmental modelers who either apply them or re-package these models with their own add-on products. The total market size is measured in the thousands world-wide.

The HiCLAS1 venture realized early on that its intellectual property needed protection and that a flexible and professional licensing scheme was required as an integral part of its commercial strategy. Reprise Software’s License Manager (RLM) was chosen based on its team’s prior experience, expertise, and its reputation of developing and supporting high quality and reliable licensing products.

Initially, HiCLAS1 implemented RLM to handle its beta test period, relying on uncounted node-locked licenses with a short term expiration date. As its products come to market, other models will be deployed including network floating licenses and node-locked counted licenses.  RLM’s breadth will also help  HiCLAS1 when it moves into other advanced high-performance computing environments. HiCLAS1 currently supports Microsoft® Windows and Linux platforms.
For more information on HiPERiSM, LLC, please visit http://www.hiperism.com and for details on the HiCLAS1 joint venture visit http://www.hiclas1.com.

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T-Splines Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: T-Splines switched from FLEXlm to RLM to support node-locked, floating and demo/trial licenses. “It just works.”

About T-SPLINES:

When T-Splines, Inc.’s Matt Sederberg decided to switch from FLEXlm, Reprise Software and RLM were a natural fit.  “RLM’s price certainly made sense to us, and we’ve been pretty impressed with their responsiveness in handling technical issues.”

T-Splines makes a 3D modeling plug-in to the Autodesk Maya 3D modeling, animation, effects and rendering solution.  Their specialized software is used by animators, industrial designers, computer game developers, and architects to create detailed, intricate 3D models.

The license models that T-Splines uses are pretty standard; “node locking” individual copies to a customer’s machine, or using floating licensing for limiting use across a customer network.  They also use RLM to put expiring licenses in beta products, thus ensuring that those copies get upgraded when the released version is shipped.

“A nice thing we found with RLM is that it’s lower-profile and so doesn’t have the same attention in the hacker community.  It’s the ‘Macintosh’ of licensing software (in that it seems to draw less attention from hackers/bugs)” said Matt Sederberg, “besides, we don’t have to worry about RLM very often.”  In other words, it just works. A better compliment from a customer would be hard to find.

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Keeneo Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Keeneo selected the Reprise License Manager (RLM) based on its breadth of the license models and Reprise Software’s pricing flexibility.

Reprise Software is pleased to announce that Keeneo SAS, the leading company in 4D Intelligent Video Surveillance, has adopted Reprise Software’s Reprise License Manager (RLM) for its IVS product line. Keeneo will use RLM to enable flexible secure license models that will allow it to package and price its software to match its customers’ preferences.

First available in May, 2006, the Reprise License Manager TM (RLM) offers innovative license models and policies to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) while better addressing the needs of enterprise software end-users. Although RLM resembles popular licensing systems in architecture and administration, its advantages are apparent in its simplicity, performance and value; three under-served areas in the marketplace today.

Keeneo’s Managing Director, Thomas Herlin said,”Our products need to be configured differently for each client installation. The Reprise License Manager allows us to vary the size and scope of our license models for each customer by simply modifying the license keys specific for each one. Our products have a main kernel plus optional modules that may be licensed separately. With RLM we can handle custom licensing scenarios with ease. Also, as a recent start-up company ourselves, we appreciate Reprise’s flexible pricing model as well.”

“We are happy that Keeneo has selected the Reprise License Manager as its license management solution,” said Matt Christiano, Reprise Software’s Founder and President. “Innovative companies, like Keeneo, have unique licensing requirements because of the nature of their product mix. RLM was specifically designed to make it easy for software developers to integrate licensing into their products and to control licensing policy without further code changes to those products.”

RLM supports a core set of license types with license policy removed from the software and placed into the license key – in order to make integration and support easier for Independent Software Vendors, and to make the meaning of the license more transparent to the end-user community. Perhaps most important to end users, Reprise Software is committed to fully documenting the usage data format and partnering with third party report writer vendors to support it in order to expand the available sources of end user reporting tools.

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Runtime Design Automation Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Reprise Software is pleased to announce that a leading company in the Electronic Design Automation industry, Runtime Design Automation, has adopted Reprise Software’s Reprise License Manager (RLM) for its Flowtracer software product line. Runtime Design Automation will use RLM to enable license models that will allow it to package and price its software in ways that its customers prefer.

Available since May, 2006, the Reprise License Manager TM (RLM) offers innovative license models and policies to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) while better addressing the needs of enterprise software end-users. Although RLM resembles popular licensing systems in architecture and administration, its advantages are apparent in its simplicity, performance and value; three under-served areas in the marketplace today.

Runtime Design Automation president Andrea Casotto said, “For Runtime Design Automation, Reprise offers the right combination of license management features, value and vendor responsiveness. Since license monitoring is a key advantage of our Flowtracer/LM product, we needed to use license management technology from a vendor that would give us the hooks we need to ensure our customers can use our product successfully. Additionally, as adoption of RLM continues to grow, our customers will benefit by having more tools available to them under the control of Flowtracer /NC.”

“We are happy that Runtime Design Automation selected Reprise as their license management vendor and welcome them to our growing list of customers,” said Matt Christiano, Reprise Software’s founder and president. “I’m confident that this decision by Runtime Design Automation will be the foundation of great success for both companies, especially as end users see the advantage of running applications licensed by RLM under the event-driven scheduling of Flowtracer/NC. It’s hard to think of a better spotlight for both our technologies.”

RLM supports a core set of license types with license policy removed from the software and placed into the license key – in order to make integration and support easier for Independent Software Vendors, and to make the meaning of the license more transparent to the end-user community. Perhaps most important to end users, Reprise Software is committed to fully documenting the usage data format and partnering with third party report writer vendors to support it in order to expand the available sources of end user reporting tools.

About Runtime Design Automation

Runtime Design Automation (Santa Clara, California) develops and markets workflow and workload management technology and products to optimize the efficient use of hardware and software computing resources.   The company is privately held. Telephone: 408-492-0940.   Website: http://www.rtda.com

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