Cetrus Blog

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

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: Trending, Strategy and Planning

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: Trending, Strategy and Planning

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: Trending, Discussion