Cetrus Blog

Why Finance Executives Like CPM

Posted by Cat McGuire on Jan 30, 2019 8:25:39 PM

Cetrus Process Meter (CPM) provides software application use data and analytic templates so you can make informed licensing decisions and increase profitability. Below are some key examples of how CPM works to make your job easier.

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Topics: Analytics, Finance

CPM v4.1 - What's New?

Posted by Cat McGuire on Jan 16, 2019 7:46:44 PM

About CPM

Cetrus Process Meter (CPM) is a powerful tool that helps companies save money on software licensing. By installing an Agent on users’ desktops, CPM is able to collect detailed information about how software applications and licenses are used. Armed with this data, Cetrus customers are able to see how many licenses to buy and analyze application use to maximize efficiency. For more info about all that we can do, check out our platform page here.

CPM v4.1

Last week we released a new and improved version of CPM!

What’s new?

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Topics: Insider

How Customers Use CPM Data

Posted by Cat McGuire on Jan 9, 2019 8:08:13 PM

Our product, Cetrus Process Meter (CPM) collects detailed information about software application and license use. As our product and customer base grows, we are learning that clients have uses for CPM data that we never considered.

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Topics: Analytics, Strategy and Planning

Overwhelmed by Ads? Here's a Report Showcase to Brighten your Day!

Posted by Cat McGuire on Nov 28, 2018 7:36:13 PM

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Holidays in general, we get it. You’re probably overwhelmed with the amount of advertisements and special sales inundating your daily routine. So instead of doing the same thing by tossing yet another advertisement at you, we want to share a new report that is in the making. (Shhh, it’s not available yet!)

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Topics: Trending, Report Showcase

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