Cetrus Blog

Top 5 Lessons Learned from my 1st Autodesk University

Posted by Cat McGuire on Nov 19, 2018 7:50:24 PM

A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth last week! We loved talking with all of you and we hope you got as much out of AU as we did.

This is a short list of what I learned (as Cetrus’ Marketing Manager) from my first Autodesk University:


  1. If you have a “spin to win” wheel at your booth, and you are female, you will undoubtedly be called Vanna White. (FYI – You should probably refrain from calling someone that in general.)
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Topics: Trending, Discussion

Haunted by Software Licensing? Let CPM be your Garlic.

Posted by Cat McGuire on Oct 24, 2018 6:02:35 PM

There is an efficiency-killing evil plague affecting many Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) firms. It’s called…wasting resources. OOoOooOooo terrifying!

Too dramatic? Yeah probably. However, the truth is that wasting resources affects profitability, thus poisoning the strategic planning and overall success of the company.

Where is it? Well, inefficiencies in resources can occur just about anywhere (cue Jaws theme). Our experience shows that software is an area where over-licensing causes companies to spend around 30% more than they should.

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Topics: Strategy and Planning

Why IT Administrators like Cetrus Process Meter (CPM)

Posted by Cat McGuire on Oct 10, 2018 7:53:18 PM

Frequently we are asked questions such as:

"How will CPM affect our IT department?"

"Does CPM give IT an additional huge workload?"

"Have you had push back from IT departments on installing CPM?"

"What's the reaction you typically get from IT?"


We ALL want to keep IT as happy and stress-free as possible. So to answer your questions, and put your worries at ease, our own sales and IT departments came together to build this document.

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Topics: Discussion

The Key to Software Billing - Activity States

Posted by Cat McGuire on Sep 26, 2018 4:51:37 PM

Wouldn’t it be great if you suddenly paid less for software licensing? What if you could actually make money by simply using software? Hello profits and bonuses.

Beep beep beep! It’s time to wake up because those dreams can be made a reality. With the right data, you can turn software overhead costs into profit. The key to software billing is capturing application use activity states. You need data that shows exactly how active people actually are when using software, otherwise you risk inaccurate charges and unhappy customers. 

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Topics: Analytics, Discussion

Fall into Software Savings

Posted by Cat McGuire on Sep 19, 2018 7:35:42 PM

September 22 is the official first day of fall!

Personally, I think fall is wonderful. It brings colorful trees, cozy blankets, and everything pumpkin (pumpkin spice bread is my favorite).

But for corporate America, it often indicates the beginning of endings: yearly deadlines and financial goals. This can be extremely stressful and will cast a moody haze over a cheerful holiday season if you let it.

To help meet these deadlines for your software/overhead resources, consider cutting down software licensing costs. In our experience, most firms are around 30% over-licensed. So just picture cutting down software overhead by 30%...are your financial goals suddenly a lot closer?

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Topics: Strategy and Planning

Bentley Acquires Plaxis and SoilVision

Posted by Cat McGuire on Sep 5, 2018 7:26:36 PM

What this may mean for licensing, and how you can prepare.


On April 26, 2018 Bentley published a press release announcing that they are acquiring Plaxis and SoilVision to advance their “comprehensive software solutions” (Bentley, 2018).

“The acquisitions, with Bentley’s market-leading borehole reporting and data management software gINT, serve to make Bentley a complete source for geotechnical professionals “going digital.” Finally, BIM advancements can be extended to the essential subsurface engineering of every infrastructure project.” (Bentley, 2018)

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Topics: Trending, Discussion

Shed a Light on Your Software Licensing

Posted by Cat McGuire on Aug 29, 2018 4:22:50 PM

Could you answer (with 100% certainty) the following questions?

  • What applications are installed on each machine in your company?
  • Are all licenses used every day?
  • When checked out, are applications always actively used?
  • Do employees ever “park” applications on their computer to ensure they access a copy at all times?
  • What times of the year do you need additional licenses due to high demand?


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Topics: Analytics, Strategy and Planning

Economic Downturn in 2019?

Posted by Cat McGuire on Aug 15, 2018 7:39:49 PM

Would you be prepared?

On websites from Forbes to Huffpost, economists are forecasting a downturn of the US economy. Naturally there are differences in each prediction. The timeline ranges from around the end of 2019 to the end of 2020, and the predicted severity ranges widely from “[it’s] really gonna suck” to “worse than the great depression” (Delaney; Mauldin). 

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Topics: Trending, Strategy and Planning

Get a Sneak Peek of Our New E-Book!

Posted by Cat McGuire on Aug 1, 2018 7:39:58 PM
We wrote an e-book called How to Save Money on Software Licensing and we're so freaking excited about it, we're releasing Chapter 1, Step 2: Analyze Your Peak Use early  just for you!

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Topics: Insider

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