Cetrus Blog

A Business Etiquette Dilemma: How can I Bill Clients for Software?

Posted by Cat McGuire on Feb 6, 2020 4:57:56 PM

One of Cetrus’ key values is allowing customers to generate revenue through software use. This is done through our Plug-in Expense-2-Project (E2P).

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Topics: Discussion, Finance

From 'Don't be a dumbass' to 'Be a software badass'

Posted by Cat McGuire on Nov 6, 2019 7:58:52 PM

With Autodesk University (AU) 2019 in less than two weeks, I thought it’d be fitting to tell a story that is the basis for our messaging at AU.

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Topics: Insider, Discussion

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

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

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

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

Join the Discussion - The Frustration with Personnel Billing Accuracy

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Nov 1, 2017 5:00:55 PM

A common frustration we hear from companies with a mixture of Fixed-Bid and Time & Materials contracts is the difficulty of reporting time to each project accurately. Let’s discuss it! (Comment at the bottom.)

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Topics: Project Management, Discussion