Cetrus Blog

Haunted by Software Licensing? Let CPM be your Garlic.

Posted by Cat McGuire on Oct 24, 2018 6:02:35 PM

There is an efficiency-killing evil plague affecting many Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) firms. It’s called…wasting resources. OOoOooOooo terrifying!

Too dramatic? Yeah probably. However, the truth is that wasting resources affects profitability, thus poisoning the strategic planning and overall success of the company.

Where is it? Well, inefficiencies in resources can occur just about anywhere (cue Jaws theme). Our experience shows that software is an area where over-licensing causes companies to spend around 30% more than they should.

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Topics: Strategy and Planning

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

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: Strategy and Planning, Trending

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: Strategy and Planning, Trending

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: Strategy and Planning, Trending

Keys to Maximizing Your Subscription Licensing

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jan 17, 2018 4:59:46 PM

Subscription licensing gives you the ability to balance (lower monthly cost) long-term licenses, with (higher monthly cost) short-term licenses for each application. The actual cost effectiveness of yearly subscriptions decreases if the licenses are idle from long periods of disuse.  However, the cost-effectiveness of a short-term license increases if used for a maximum of their license period and purchased on an as-needed basis.

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Topics: Strategy and Planning, Analytics

You Wanted License Flexibility...Now What?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jan 15, 2018 6:55:37 PM

The shift to subscription licensing has been driven by three key marketplace trends: customer demand for flexibility (shorter license term commitments); Wall Street for financial transparency; and software development organizations for lower support costs.

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Topics: Strategy and Planning, Analytics

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