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LM-X License Manager Case Study - Schindler GmbH

LM-X License Manager – Customer Case Study: Schindler GmbH

Client: Schindler GmbH
Problem: Lack of flexibility of licensing schemes
Solution: LM-X License Manager

Problem

A software vendor based out of Germany, Schindler GmbH is the developer of S-Anywhere, a highly regarded software platform that includes modules for maintenance and repair management, facility management, tool management and inventory recording, as well as RFID technology for planning, recording and evaluating inspection rounds.

Like many software providers, Schindler GmbH needed a flexible licensing solution that could support many different licensing models, particularly network and node-locked licensing.

Schindler GmbH tried using HASP HL dongles from Thales, but this solution fell short of serving their customers’ needs. As Markus Schindler, IT Engineer, explained, “IT guidelines of our customers often prohibit the use of hardware dongles,” because many of their customers use outsourced or virtual servers.

How Schindler GmbH Approached the Problem

Schindler GmbH realized that they needed a different licensing solution that was able to accommodate their customers’ needs. “We searched for an alternative, and X-Formation’s LM-X License Manager offered the flexibility we were looking for,” said Schindler. LM-X provided Schindler GmbH with the licensing solution that not only had all the features they needed to achieve their desired results, but made software license management easy.

What It’s Like Now

Not only is LM-X a superior licensing solution with robust, bundled features that solve nearly any licensing needs—X-Formation provides exemplary customer service as well.

Schindler praised, ”Documentation and support was very good, and X-Formation pays attention to customers’ needs.” Schindler concluded,“LM-X is flexible and offers all the license types we need. Furthermore, if we have any questions, the X-Formation support team helps quickly.”

With quality software and fast, professional support in addition to providing flexible options for dongle-free licensing, LM-X was exactly the licensing solution that Schindler GmbH and their customers needed.

LM-X License Manager Case Study - Enventive Engineering Inc

Customer Case Study: Enventive Engineering, Inc.

Enventive Engineering, Inc. finds the full-featured, low-cost license management software its customers need with LM-X License Manager.

Client: Enventive Engineering, Inc.
Problem: Lack of critical features in its existing license management software.
Solution: LM-X License Manager

Problem

Enventive Engineering, Inc., helps mechanical product industries benefit from the most recent advances in variational computation by making complex tech simple to use. Companies use Enventive tolerance analysis software to accelerate and simplify their product development process workflow to foster innovations and build the mechanical products of the dynamic data and AI century.

At first, Enventive used an economical license manager for its software products, which worked well enough until customers insisted they needed floating licenses to best support their team-based approach to using the software. The old license manager could not support floating licenses, nor could it support the need for annual licenses with a customizable renewal date. Enventive’s customers wanted the ability to purchase new licenses on different dates while maintaining a single renewal date for all licenses.

Enventive realized that it needed a truly full-featured and flexible license management system. However, the license solution it was considering was not only expensive, but the product vendor was well known for devoting little time and attention to the needs of small businesses. It was crucial that Enventive provide its customers with the licensing options they needed. It also wanted a flexible solution that would grow with it, and a vendor that would be responsive to its needs.

How Enventive Approached It

After extensive research, Enventive found one licensing product that outshone the others: X-Formation’s LM-X License Manager. LM-X offered the features the company needed, with greater flexibility and a lower cost than comparable products.

Enventive was delighted with the results of its evaluation. Ralph Gifford, President and CEO of Enventive Engineering, said, “With LM-X, not only did we get all the features we needed, we got a responsiveness to requests for other features that was unbelievable. All we needed to do was mention that we’d like to see a particular feature, and the next thing we knew, X-Formation was handing us a new version of LM-X with the very features we’d asked for.”

While LM-X provided customizable renewal dates and a choice of node-locked and floating licenses, Enventive was particularly impressed with two other key features: Borrowed Licenses and Grace Licenses (both used to make licenses available when users are disconnected from the network). “It’s of the utmost importance that your licensing solution works for your customers,” Mr. Gifford explained. “Our customers see that we have the ability to offer these licensing options, and they are really impressed.”

What It’s Like Now

The LM-X License Manager helped Enventive supply its customers with the licensing options they needed at a lower cost than it would have paid for any other comparable solution. For Enventive and its customers, LM-X License Manager proved to be the best license management solution thanks to its extensive feature set, flexibility, pricing, and product support.

Case Study: Impararia appreciates LM-X’s unique approach to software protection and superior level of support provided by X-Formation

About Impararia

Impararia remains at the forefront of BIM & PLM industries as a key PLM system integrator active in a variety of industries, including aerospace and construction. They deliver innovative software that integrates CAD and PLM to help companies release their products faster and leverage costs.

The Business Challenge and the LM-X Solution

Before using LM-X License Manager , they hadn’t been using any license management solution. They chose X-Formation’s software license manager after benchmarking it against other tools available on the market and immediately paid attention to the superior level of technical support they received from X-Formation as well as the cost of the LM-X solution.

The biggest challenge Impararia was facing was trying to find a way of protecting their software before selling it. LM-X License Manager helped them secure their software thanks to its robust features that ensure uninterrupted access to the software for end users even when one of the license servers goes down or when a connection to the network is not possible.

Summary

LM-X’s full features and flexibility are an effective combination that assured satisfaction for both Impararia and their end users.

For Impararia, LM-X License Manager proved to be a great license management solution, with better flexibility, features, price and support.

Case Study: RTDynamics finds LM-X License Manager more attractive than their proprietary licensing solution

About RTDynamics

RTDynamics, a Germany-based software company, specializes in building desktop software applications for Windows and Linux.

Their products can be used in military, civil training and engineering simulations. For over 10 years defense and aerospace companies have been using solutions developed by RTDynamics to build pilot training, engineering, air combat and radar simulation applications.

The Business Challenge and the LM-X Solution

Before switching to LM-X License Manager , RTDynamics had been using its proprietary license management solution. They decided to switch to LM-X, though, because X-Formation’s software license manager turned out to have all the features they needed and enabled them to manage floating licenses, which they hadn’t been able to use before. On top of that, TCO (the total cost of ownership) over a five-year period, i.e. the estimation of the expenses associated with purchasing and using LM-X, was much better than in case of other license managers.

Summary

Thanks to the extensive features and flexibility of LM-X, RTDynamics was able to start using floating licenses which they use in their organization. Overall, their experience with LM-X was very positive and satisfactory.

Interested in evaluating the latest version of LM-X License Manager? Submit your request for evaluation today . Already using LM-X? Download the latest version of the vendor LM-X SDK and see what’s new.

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A new version of LM-X License Manager out today!

We’re proud to announce that we have just rolled out LM-X v4.8.1, a new minor upgrade of our software license manager. Some highlights of the release include:

  1. extending the range of valid values for HOLD and MIN_CHECKOUT directives from 1 to 86400 seconds (24 hours) to 1 to 31536000 seconds (1 year).
  2. eliminating a problem with a log file not being created when installing LM-X in a directory different than /home.
  3. fixing an issue which resulted in LM-X being started as a root user instead of a regular user indicated during the installation.

On top of that, we have fixed other bug fixes, so please read release notes for all details.

Interested in evaluating the latest version of LM-X License Manager? Submit your request for evaluation today. Already using LM-X? Download the latest version of the vendor LM-X SDK and see what’s new.

As with all of our product improvements, the improvements and fixes in this release were made in direct response to customer feedback. We do our best to listen to you and incorporate as many of your suggestions and requests as possible. This interactive process is ongoing, so please continue sharing your comments to help us make LM-X License Manager even better for you in the future.

10 Good Reasons to Choose LM-X License Manager

Making your customers happy is a big part of what makes you successful. With LM-X License Manager you can not only satisfy your users by providing them with diverse licensing models, but also give the users a hassle-free access to your software, all at a reasonable price .

We know at least 10 good reasons why LM-X License Manager is a better license management alternative to other solutions that exist today for both small and large companies. The following reasons should get a mention:

1. Simple to use.

LM-X License Manager follows a simple philosophy: The majority of end users don’t care much about licensing; they just want something that works and is easy to set up. LM-X supports these goals by helping vendors solve their licensing needs while helping end users to get their applications up and running as effortlessly as possible. Various features, such as easy-to-use setup tools, automatic license server discovery, and redundant license servers support these objectives.

2. Get the features you want, without extra baggage.

LM-X License Manager is slim: It doesn’t expose the complexity of legacy license management systems that have become so expansive and complex that even experts have problems supporting them and solving problems. LM-X also doesn’t burden you with hundreds of pages of documentation you must pore over to learn and reference how to use the features you’re interested in. Instead, LM-X gives you the essentials without laboring you with a ton of useless features that users rarely, if ever, need.

3. Get superior security for your intellectual property.

LM-X License Manager is more secure than our competitors solutions. We don’t include “back doors” that can override functionality or enable crackers to obtain information.

4. Feel confident that we can handle your needs.

LM-X License Manager is robust and proven in production (see our customer testimonials ). LM-X protected software is deployed with Fortune 500 companies and other large billion dollar corporations in the fields of computer graphics and movie production, automotive, aircraft, aerospace, military, bio-informatics, education, and several other industries.

5. Get unbeatable support.

We deliver support within 24 hours and want your feedback for improving LM-X License Manager. Using our issue tracking system , you can be part of the development team — entering and tracking issues, submitting enhancement requests, keeping up with the latest development activity, and more.

6. Get an end-to-end solution for software license management.

X-Formation offers you an end-to-end solution: LM-X includes License Activation Center (LAC) to help you distribute your software, and License Statistics can help your end users monitor and optimize their software license usage.

7. Get all you need for less.

LM-X License Manager is cost-effective. Unlike comparable software license management products, LM-X doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. And what’s more, you can evaluate LM-X for free.

8. Different licensing models.

LM-X offers a large number of license models that let you satisfy every type of customer, including network/floating licenses, single-user/node-locked licenses, time-limited licenses restricting usage periods and allowing subscription-based licensing models, trial licenses, pay per use licenses, and many more.

9. Get up and running quickly.

You can get started with LM-X immediately. LM-X comes with helpful samples and clear, uncomplicated documentation, and it doesn’t require complex training or other ramp-up time.

10. Get support for all major platforms.

LM-X License Manager supports all major platforms and has broad language support including C/C++, Java and .NET.

Ready to try LM-X License Manager? Get your evaluation copy today!

Questions? Doubts? Feel free to get in touch with us with any concerns.

Cyber Dyne’s primary choice for software licensing

Established in 2011, Cyber Dyne is a software and engineering company that helps companies assess how to maximize their performance by providing computational intelligence techniques applied in industrial solutions. Cyber Dyne is internationally famous for its open platform–KIMEME–used for multi-objective optimization applied in a number of fields of science, where optimal decisions need to be taken in the presence of trade-offs between two or more conflicting objectives. Cyber Dyne is a unique blend of strong academic background and cutting-edge innovations.

Why LM-X?

Cyber Dyne operates in the CAE market and needed an efficient tool that would fully protect and control their intellectual property. They quickly discovered that this need could be met with LM-X License Manager, which eventually became their primary choice for software licensing. A specific feature that Cyber Dyne particularly appreciated was a pay-per-use licensing model that captures license usage in a pay-per-use database. According to Cyber Dyne, this can be a potential opportunity to explore new business models in the future. Cyber Dyne have also stated they are pleased with LM-X License Manager because of an extremely good trade-off between the product’s price and versatility of features it offers. The overall experience with the product and X-Formation has been described as “really good”.

Take a minute to try the LM-X demo , and get a grip on your software license management.

Gain the upper hand over license management

It goes without saying that havingfull control over your license management system is necessary. Feeling out of your depth about getting the software up and running, or dealing with unneeded complexity of a license management system is something you can avoid. Read on… LM-X License Manager is a solution that offers a wide array of benefits both for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), who clearly recognize the importance of the applications they develop, as well as for end users interested in getting their applications up and running as smoothly as possible. LM-X is one of the best solutions on the market today for many reasons:

1. Easy-to-use setup tools and automatic server discovery accelerate the software installation process, and thus, save you lots of time. On top of that, clear, complete documentation will smoothly guide you through each stage of the setup process (from installation to license activation).

2. You will be pleasantly surprised to discover how painless and straightforward transitioning to LM-X License Manager from legacy license management systems can be.

Customers that have transitioned from competing license managers to LM-X said it was virtually seamless.

3. With LM-X License Manager you will have easier access to other company products that offer you end-to-end solutions for license management that range from licensing your software, fulfilling license requests, to monitoring license usage. License Activation Center (LAC) provides centralized license management, whereas License Statistics is used to monitor license usage. Teaming LM-X with LAC delivers centralized software license management for vendors and online license activation for end users.

4. Software protected by LM-X License Manager has proved to be effective and reliable – otherwise it wouldn’t be deployed with Fortune 500 companies and other corporations active in the fields of production, education, aerospace or aircraft, to name just a handful.

Been there, done that…

Trust us — we’ve spent a great deal of time developing our products. Although they fulfill various needs, target diverse markets and have different features, what they share is simplicity of use, an intuitive UI, and functionality that has been attracting our customers’ attention for close to a decade.

Take a minute to try the LM-X demo ,and take your license management to the next level.

Protect software on embedded systems: LM-X License Manager on ARM

In response to increasing requirements of ISVs we’ve implemented a new LM-X License Manager development environment:Linux OS on the ARM architecture. This latest extension to our already existing broad range of platform and language support allows vendors to enter the growing market of embedded systems and secure their software used on mobile phones, PDAs, digital media and music players, hand-held game consoles as well as computer peripherals such as hard drives and routers.

Licensing is a crucial component for ISVs developing embedded software. Instead of having to maintain a virtually unlimited number of product variations, vendors can develop a smaller number of products and use licensing to customize them based on customer preferences and needs. Licensing also allows vendors to enter new markets more quickly without reengineering existing products, offer more secure trial versions, and protect and grow revenue. Furthermore, with License Activation Center , vendors can centrally manage their products, customers, and entitlements. Contact us for more information on licensing software on embedded systems with LM-X License Manager or sign up for a free evaluation .

Protecting your software against piracy

Software piracy has expanded during last decade and has become a serious issue for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). New storage techniques combined with high speed peer-to-peer networks has made illegal copying and distribution easier and more accessible than ever before.

Unauthorized software copying causes significant lost revenue for ISVs and results in higher prices for end users. According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), “Piracy continues to rise on a global basis: the worldwide piracy rate increased from 41% in 2009 to 43% in 2010; largely a result of exponential growth in the PC and software markets in higher piracy, fast growing markets such as Brazil, India and China.”

X-Formation meets current global threats and helps you to protect your copyrighted software from being illegally duplicated and installed on unauthorized computers. X-Formation provides products that effectively protect you from illegal or unintentional license overuse:

1. LM-X License Manager . LM-X is a full-feature, easy to use license manager that’s easy to integrate with your products. LM-X secures your software, allowing you to employ various licensing methods: from standard licensing scenarios such as node-locked (stand-alone), floating (network), trial, time-limited, and perpetual licenses; to more complex solutions, such as feature-based, token-based, pay-per-use, and more.

2. License Activation Center (LAC) . LAC is an advanced, web-based license creation and distribution system that provides a centralized interface for ISVs and their customers. Software vendors enter their product and license generation details into LAC, and generate activation keys for individual licenses.

Licenses can be activated only by using a valid activation key along with hostid information as required by the vendor. The license activation process ensures the software can be accessed only for the intended user/machine, preventing applications from being installed and run on unauthorized computers. The entire activation process can be fully automated by the ISV or done by the end user online or using email.

While it may seem that software piracy is impossible to eliminate entirely, ISVs shouldn’t be passive about their response. ISVs must be proactive to protect their intellectual property and avoid falling victim to software piracy, an illegal and criminal activity. Contact us to evaluate our solutions, and see how easy and effective it is to use X-Formation products to protect your intellectual property from today’s piracy threats.