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Cetrus Blog

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

New Year, New (and Better) Licensing Decisions

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jan 10, 2018 2:54:21 PM

2018 is not just another 2017.  2018 is the year organizations realize they need different (and more) data than ever before to make informed application licensing decisions. In this post we’ll briefly touch on two of the major changes happening in the marketplace and what questions you need to ask to prepare your company for success.

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Topics: Insider, Analytics, Strategy and Planning

Improve Your 2018 Margins with Application Use Data

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Nov 27, 2017 5:19:10 PM

A business truism is that competition and margin pressures increase every year.  AEC firms need to improve the quality and quantity of their project data, to identify ways to stay competitive and increase profits. Let’s face it, to remain an industry leader you need to find innovative and creative ways to reduce costs and improve your business practices. One source of project-related data (that just recently became available) is file-level application and license use information.

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Topics: Project Management, Insider

Insights from Autodesk University 2017

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Nov 20, 2017 7:10:41 PM

At Autodesk University last week we had some great discussions with Autodesk users.  They described an amazing variety of licensing problems and monitoring needs. Needs ranged from simply seeing peak consumption of licenses, to wanting Revit plug-in monitoring.  In addition, there was a lot of concern about how to report use as licensing models move to SaaS and cloud pay-per-use.

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Topics: Project Management, Insider

Project Association

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jul 19, 2016 7:37:55 PM

This is the third post in a series of use cases for application use data. In this post, we’ll look at the three ways that associating application use to a project can impact organization revenue and efficiency.

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Topics: Insider

Application/License Trending and Planning

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jul 6, 2016 11:29:08 AM

In a previous blog post, we discussed that granular use data supports a number of use cases to justify the cost of implementing and maintaining the data collection process. This post will focus on the value of trending data and how it can apply to short-, medium- and long-term planning. We’ve selected three use cases based on analyses we’ve had from customers and prospective partners. These are:

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Topics: Insider

Process Meter V3 Released

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jun 29, 2016 2:38:14 PM

Application deployment and licensing has evolved from standalone applications to include concurrent/metered licenses, enterprise licenses, cloud-delivered licensing, cloud-server batch, browser-based applications, and APIs. Existing monitoring solutions using license log files can’t monitor and report on applications that receive licenses from outside the enterprise. New approaches to application use monitoring are required to provide the use data enterprises need for license cost reduction and application use optimization.  

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Topics: Insider

License Cost Reduction Use Cases

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jun 23, 2016 4:18:34 PM

In our last blog post, we said we were going to look at some of the Use Cases associated with license cost reduction. Reducing license costs assumes there is an overabundance of license availability/capacity relative to the actual need. Different vendors have different licensing approaches, and may have multiple approaches depending on their license or application types. The common elements that enterprises need to understand in order to determine if and how much over-licensing exists are:

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Topics: Insider

Who’s Using What Application for How Long?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on May 20, 2016 8:08:27 PM

This is the fourth in a series of posts in which we discuss the application use reporting question, “Who is using what application and for how long?” In our last post we discussed data attribute issues around “For how long.” In this post we’ll look at some of the use case categories our customers need addressed.

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Topics: Insider

For How Long?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on May 9, 2016 2:19:35 PM

This is the third in a series of posts in which we discuss the application use reporting question, “Who is using what application and for how long?” Last post we discussed some of the issues with gathering and reporting on the attributes of identifying “What is the application.” This post we’ll look at data attribute issues around “For how long.” In our next post we’ll look at some of the use cases.

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Topics: Insider