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Let’s Talk Dollars - Project Association Brings Home the Bacon

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Dec 6, 2017 7:36:57 PM

Associating application use to projects provides data that generates many benefits (see our Expense-2-Project At-A-Glance HERE). The benefit which resonates most strongly is the positive impact to revenue and margins. Project association’s impact on revenue is not a one-time savings: it’s an ongoing, high margin boost to your bottom line. Below are 2 ways project association brings home the bacon.

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Topics: Trending, Project Management

Improve Your 2018 Margins with Application Use Data

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Nov 27, 2017 5:19:10 PM

A business truism is that competition and margin pressures increase every year.  AEC firms need to improve the quality and quantity of their project data, to identify ways to stay competitive and increase profits. Let’s face it, to remain an industry leader you need to find innovative and creative ways to reduce costs and improve your business practices. One source of project-related data (that just recently became available) is file-level application and license use information.

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Topics: Insider, Project Management

Insights from Autodesk University 2017

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Nov 20, 2017 7:10:41 PM

At Autodesk University last week we had some great discussions with Autodesk users.  They described an amazing variety of licensing problems and monitoring needs. Needs ranged from simply seeing peak consumption of licenses, to wanting Revit plug-in monitoring.  In addition, there was a lot of concern about how to report use as licensing models move to SaaS and cloud pay-per-use.

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Topics: Insider, Project Management

Join the Discussion - The Frustration with Personnel Billing Accuracy

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Nov 1, 2017 5:00:55 PM

A common frustration we hear from companies with a mixture of Fixed-Bid and Time & Materials contracts is the difficulty of reporting time to each project accurately. Let’s discuss it! (Comment at the bottom.)

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Topics: Project Management, Discussion

3 License Planning Tips for 2018 You Can't Afford to Ignore!

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Oct 25, 2017 4:21:05 PM

Software is a significant and often growing portion of AEC firm costs. Changes to software costs can have a big impact on profitability. There are 3 main activities that should be part of every Finance and IT leader’s 2018 license planning.

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Topics: Analytics, Trending

3 Reasons Why AEC Firms Aren’t Billing for Application Use (and Why They Should)

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Oct 10, 2017 7:47:35 PM

AEC firms bill clients for their professionals’ time.  Geotechnical and construction firms bill for the use of physical assets, like bulldozers, ground penetrating radar, and drones.  So why not bill for specialty application use?

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Topics: Project Management

Benefits of Ranking Users for License Optimization

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Aug 23, 2017 7:52:36 PM

Every year at renewal time, the question “How many licenses do I need?” drives the beginning of a frustrating data gathering process. For metered applications, the simple answer is to determine how your peak number of users compares to your number of licenses.  The reality is that (especially for firms consolidating licenses, using application suites, using several similar versions, or with expensive engineering applications) calculating an optimal answer is much more complicated. 

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Topics: Analytics, Trending

How Moving License Keys to the Cloud Changes Use Analysis

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Aug 9, 2017 5:10:08 PM

In a previous post we discussed some of the recent trends occurring in the Asset Management space, including applications in the cloud (here). This week, we’ll share our thoughts on the implications of cloud-based license keys on use analysis.

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Topics: Analytics, Trending

Ranking Use for License Optimization

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Feb 23, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Once a year at renewal time, the question “How many licenses do I need?” drives the beginning of a frustrating data gathering process. For metered applications, the simplistic answer is to determine how my peak use compares to my number of licenses.  The reality is that, especially for mid-size companies, firms consolidating licenses, firms with similar applications, or Autodesk application/Suite/Collection users, etc., calculating an optimal answer is more complicated.  We’ll try to address those some of those complexities in future posts. 

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Process Meter V3.2 released – individual window and file session monitoring delivered

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Feb 8, 2017 12:51:26 PM
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