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Cetrus Blog

Spending Money to Make Money: The Importance of SAM

Posted by Cat McGuire on Jul 25, 2018 7:50:20 PM

In ZDNet’s article “Three software licensing tips th

at can slice up to 30 percent off your costs” Colin Barker explains how Software Asset Management (SAM) tools are essential to saving money on software:

“It is difficult to optimize software spending because licenses are so complex and the whole process is labor-intensive. Because it requires specialized knowledge and does not scale, larger companies need a SAM tool which can automate the process” (Barker, 2016).

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Topics: Strategy

Software Billing is on the Rise

Posted by Cat McGuire on Jul 18, 2018 7:56:09 PM

We have seen this before. A company will come to us with a single question: How many licenses do I need? Our Activity Monitor Plug-in easily answers that question (and several others) with application monitoring.

However, many people do not realize that Cetrus Process Meter (CPM) also generates profit with Expense-2-Project (E2P) software billing. Sometimes we get so focused on a single problem, we forget to think about how an entire process can be improved.

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Topics: Strategy and Planning, Trending

2018 is Over Halfway Gone! 17 Articles to Help Improve Your Company and Reach Goals

Posted by Cat McGuire on Jul 11, 2018 6:21:36 PM

17 Articles to Help Improve Your Company and Reach Goals

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Topics: Strategy and Planning, Trending

Reports Showcase: Usage Summary by Application

Posted by Cat McGuire on Jun 13, 2018 2:42:14 PM

Welcome to the 3rd blog post in our “Reports Showcase” series where we show off one of our favorite reports and briefly explain how it benefits your company.

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Topics: Report Showcase

To Trust or Not to Trust: Bentley's "Trust-Based" Licensing

Posted by Cat McGuire on Jun 4, 2018 4:41:22 PM

Our customers are frustrated with Bentley’s “Trust-Based” licensing. This article explores the problem.

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Topics: Discussion, Trending

Reports Showcase: Application Use Ranking

Posted by Cat McGuire on Apr 25, 2018 4:48:29 PM

Welcome to the 2nd blog post in our new series “Reports Showcase” where we show off a report and simply (and quickly) explain how it benefits your company!

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Topics: Report Showcase, Analytics

Report Showcase - Daily Peak License Usage

Posted by Cat McGuire on Mar 21, 2018 5:50:37 PM

Cetrus Process Meter (CPM) provides the most detailed application use data. So? Data means nothing without a way to visualize and analyze it. This post is the first in a new series we are calling “Report Showcase,” where we will show off a report and simply explain how it benefits your company.

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Topics: Analytics, Report Showcase

Keys to Maximizing Your Subscription Licensing

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jan 17, 2018 4:59:46 PM

Subscription licensing gives you the ability to balance (lower monthly cost) long-term licenses, with (higher monthly cost) short-term licenses for each application. The actual cost effectiveness of yearly subscriptions decreases if the licenses are idle from long periods of disuse.  However, the cost-effectiveness of a short-term license increases if used for a maximum of their license period and purchased on an as-needed basis.

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Topics: Strategy and Planning, Analytics

You Wanted License Flexibility...Now What?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jan 15, 2018 6:55:37 PM

The shift to subscription licensing has been driven by three key marketplace trends: customer demand for flexibility (shorter license term commitments); Wall Street for financial transparency; and software development organizations for lower support costs.

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Topics: Strategy and Planning, Analytics

New Year, New (and Better) Licensing Decisions

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jan 10, 2018 2:54:21 PM

2018 is not just another 2017.  2018 is the year organizations realize they need different (and more) data than ever before to make informed application licensing decisions. In this post we’ll briefly touch on two of the major changes happening in the marketplace and what questions you need to ask to prepare your company for success.

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Topics: Insider, Analytics, Strategy and Planning