Cetrus Blog

3 Tips for Perfecting your 2020 Software Portfolio

Posted by Cat McGuire on Jan 8, 2020 4:52:16 PM

Is the perfect software portfolio actually achievable? The short answer: yes, but the definition of “perfect” for your business will change continuously.

As your business grows, relocates, hires new people, consolidates, changes direction, wins new projects, etc., your resource needs will also likely change. This means that optimal software licensing is like a moving target, and you need to be Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen to continually hit the bull’s eye.

Here are three tactics we have seen companies do to make “hitting the bull’s eye” easier in a constantly changing environment.

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Topics: Analytics, Project Management, Strategy and Planning

3 Ways Cetrus Benefits Software End Users

Posted by Cat McGuire on Dec 4, 2019 6:40:47 PM

It’s a no-brainer that most people who are interested in Cetrus Process Meter (CPM) are in IT, BIM management, and Finance. We save them time and money because our data allows them to make informed decisions around software.

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Topics: Insider, Project Management

Let’s Talk Dollars - Project Association Brings Home the Bacon

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Dec 6, 2017 7:36:57 PM

Associating application use to projects provides data that generates many benefits (see our Expense-2-Project At-A-Glance HERE). The benefit which resonates most strongly is the positive impact to revenue and margins. Project association’s impact on revenue is not a one-time savings: it’s an ongoing, high margin boost to your bottom line. Below are 2 ways project association brings home the bacon.

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Topics: Trending, Project Management

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: Insider, Project Management

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: Insider, Project Management

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

3 Reasons Why AEC Firms Aren’t Billing for Application Use (and Why They Should)

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Oct 10, 2017 7:47:35 PM

AEC firms bill clients for their professionals’ time.  Geotechnical and construction firms bill for the use of physical assets, like bulldozers, ground penetrating radar, and drones.  So why not bill for specialty application use?

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Topics: Project Management