Cetrus Blog

The Traffic Jam of Software Efficiency: Hogging a Lane

Posted by Cat McGuire on Jul 17, 2019 8:22:36 PM

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.

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Topics: Trending, Informed Business Decisions

Overwhelmed by Ads? Here's a Report Showcase to Brighten your Day!

Posted by Cat McGuire on Nov 28, 2018 7:36:13 PM

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!)

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Topics: Trending, Report Showcase

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

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

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: Trending, Strategy and Planning

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: Trending, Strategy and Planning

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: Trending, Strategy and Planning

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

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

3 License Planning Tips for 2018 You Can't Afford to Ignore!

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Oct 25, 2017 4:21:05 PM

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.

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Topics: Analytics, Trending