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The Key to Software Billing - Activity States

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

Cetrus Process Meter (CPM) tracks application use down to the second and captures three different activity states:

  • Active time: when an application is actively being used
  • Inactive time: when an application is open, but not actively used
  • Timeout: when an application has sat idle for a long period of time

With CPM’s Plug-in Expense-2-Project (E2P), users can associate project names/numbers with individual file sessions on applications. When an application is opened E2P will pop open a screen with cashed project information. The user simply enters the correct project information, and the association is complete. Tracking will continue until the window is closed.

Defining three different activity states ensures detailed and accurate data. This is why we consider it to be the key to unlocking software billing.

Take a look at the graphic below. It shows how E2P’s project billing works alongside CPM to save money and increase profits.

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Concerned about customers? To put your mind at ease, Uri Eliahu, President of ENGEO, explains “Our customers have never questioned the additional software fee. The E2P software billing is small compared to the total invoice for engineering services, and clients are generally aware of the high cost of software.”

For a complete overview, check out Chapter 3: Recoup Licensing Costs in our E-Book: How to Save Money on Software Licensing.

Thank you for reading!

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