When employees leave software applications open on their desktop for long periods of time, without using them, we call it “hogging a lane.” Why? It blocks the flow of traffic, creates frustration, and ultimately results in over-licensing.
With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Holidays in general, we get it. You’re probably overwhelmed with the amount of advertisements and special sales inundating your daily routine. So instead of doing the same thing by tossing yet another advertisement at you, we want to share a new report that is in the making. (Shhh, it’s not available yet!)
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:
- 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.)
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)
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).
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.
Our customers are frustrated with Bentley’s “Trust-Based” licensing. This article explores the problem.
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.
Software is a significant and often growing portion of AEC firm costs. Changes to software costs can have a big impact on profitability. There are 3 main activities that should be part of every Finance and IT leader’s 2018 license planning.