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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.

License Statistics helps MA Hospitals better forecast their future licensing needs and plan purchasing accordingly

The Business Challenge and the License Statistics solution

The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) is a large not-for-profit health organization comprised of hospitals and health systems, as well as related organizations.

Before using License Statistics , MA Hospitals did not use any license management solution. The vendor from whom they purchase software uses LM-X License Manager to protect and license his software applications and this vendor recommended that they try out License Statistics and see how it can help them gain full control over their company’s license usage.

Buying X-Formation’s license tracking solution enabled them to see which licenses were in use, identify licenses that were overused or nearing overuse, and, based on the collected license usage data, establish whether there is a need to add base or functional modules.

Overall, License Statistics proves to be a valuable tool that lets MA Hospitals collect and present data necessary to make smart, intelligent decisions for software budgeting by letting them:

  • Monitor how many licenses are available
  • See how often users were denied licenses and when these denials occurred
  • Check which applications are being used most

The above information allows MA Hospitals to make a solid justification for the need to purchase more licenses and avoid overspending on purchases and software renewals.

Summary

Although they’re still in the beginning stages of data collection, they already define their experience with License Statistics as very positive and say License Statistics is a valuable software license management solution that helps them:

  • Gain control over their IT assets
  • Improve the company’s business operations and profitability
  • Better plan future licensing needs

If you haven’t tried License Statistics yet, try out our online demo or download a free trial to find out how easily you can gain control of your IT assets and avoid the costs and risks of getting it wrong.

License Statistics helps BRVZ reduce the number of support cases caused by using up all available licenses

About BRVZ Bau-Rechnen- und Verwaltungszentrum GmbH

BRVZ is an internal IT service provider for all companies of STRABAG SE, a Europe-based technology group for construction services.

The company provides a wide spectrum of services for the construction industry that cover the industry’s entire value chain: building construction & civil engineering, transportation infrastructures, and many more.

The Business Challenge and the License Statistics Solution

Before using License Statistics , they did not use any software license management solution. The main reasons why they chose X-Formation’s License Statistics included:

  • Its competitive price

BRVZ wanted to avoid losing money from both under and over-licensing of software. They also wanted to view usage reports and found them necessary to calculate prices that their IT center charges from other business units based on the number of end users, as well as extrapolate such numbers for the future.

License Statistics provided all the functionalities that they needed, i.e.

  • Email alerts informing about license servers going down, feature utilization exceeding a specific percentage, as well as feature expiration.
  • Visually rich charts and graphs that give a quick, clear picture of license usage and help avoid over-licensing.

The ability to subscribe to receive email alerts enabled BRVZ to manage their licenses in a proactive manner and helped them reduce support cases caused by using 100% of available licenses from the license pool, saving their time, money, and resources.

Summary

License Statistics proved to be easy to handle and provided the functionality they were looking for, i.e. support for all types of license servers. They valued very good, quick support and said that response time to emails was very quick.

In addition, they said that both product documentation as well as knowledge base addressed the issues they were looking for.

If you haven’t tried License Statistics yet, try out our online demo or download a free trial to find out how easily you can gain control of your IT assets and avoid the costs and risks of getting it wrong.

Case Study: City Computer appreciates the ease of use of License Statistics and high level of X-Formation’s technical support

About City Computer

Founded more than 10 years ago, City Computer L.L.C. is an industry-leading engineering company which supplies all kinds of IT hardware and software solutions together with annual support and maintenance.

As system integrators providing high-level products and services, the company builds successful partnerships based on trust and commitment characterised by exceptional honesty, care and integrity; therefore, they’re able to constantly expand their customer base and continue on an upward trajectory.

The Business Challenge and the License Statistics solution

Before using License Statistics , the company had not used any software license management solutions. They found License Statistics easy to use because there was no need to install all modules like clients’ PCs and information could be easily accessed, whereas other management software solutions were much more time-consuming and less intuitive. The company was facing business challenges such as client dependency, money management issues, as well as problems related to quality and growth.

Compared with other license management software, License Statistics enabled City Computer to save lots of time, have up-to-date information at any point of time, as well as access numerous applications.

Summary

Most important performance improvements that were possible thanks to License Statistics were related to time and money, i.e. key areas all companies need to stay on top of. City Computer is very satisfied with X-Formation’s product, as well as superior.

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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License Statistics can help oil producing companies cut their operational costs

Oil industry has seen a deep downturn in the last months – the price of a barrel of oil has fallen more than 70 percent since June 2014. The drop, attributed to a number of reasons , including lower demand for oil by China due to the country’s economic slowdown or political conflicts in Iraq and Libya, is a blessing for some and no cause for celebration for others.

The “others” are oil industry companies.

Struggling to keep afloat

Countries and states involved in the manufacturing of oil, including the United States (with Alaska, North Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana topping the list), Venezuela, Nigeria, Ecuador, Brazil and Russia, are suffering economic consequences of the prolonged slump in crude oil prices: 16 oil producing companies in the US filed for bankruptcy in 2015 alone. Dozens of others are struggling to stay alive by cutting their payrolls and other costs in order to save cash. But despite their best efforts, the fact remains that there are almost no wells profitable to drill in the United States now.

The affected companies face many hurdles, from having negative credit rating to not being able to pay off existing loans, and their costs are critical. And here’s where License Statistics can step in, helping companies that have network licenses improve their ROI and keep afloat by:

  • optimizing license usage and software costs by as much as 30%
  • improving company productivity
  • enabling them to plan budget and, based on it, make informed decisions about how many licenses to purchase

Simplicity and advanced features

Providing an out-of-the-box software license management experience, License Statistics lets companies track and report a wide variety of license usage information.

License Statistics is designed to be easy to use and you can get up and running with it in a few minutes. There’s no need to spend time learning more advanced features you might not need. But when you’re ready, the power of those advanced features is there for you to tap into.

Whether you just need to monitor 10, 100, or 1000 licenses, License Statistics is right for you. It gives you all the simplicity of less powerful license management tools, but with all the features , flexibility and adaptability you would expect from license management products selling for much more

The much needed flexibility

  • There are no requirements for 3rd party software, yet License Statistics integrates easily with other applications, such as Excel, for reporting purposes.
  • License Statistics supports over 15 different license managers , including LM-X, FLEXlm, FlexNet, Sentinel RMS, IBM LUM, Reprise License Manager (RLM), and Dassault Systemes License Server.
  • Using the License Statistics API , you can automate report generation and extract reports on demand to easily integrate them with your business processes.
  • The optional Usage Client add-on allows you to use License Statistics to monitor standalone application usage.
  • Open database which allows for generating virtually any types of reports by using custom SQL queries.

Optimized software spending

License Statistics can help any company that has network licenses improve their ROI. And in situations where a software license costs thousands of dollars, knowing where there is license under-utilization isn’t just important: it’s essential.

If you’re new to License Statistics, we encourage you to find out why this smart software license management solution can help your business .

Please try out the online demo or download a free trial to find out how easily you can reduce business risks, cut software costs by up to 30% and much more.

Case Study: License Statistics helps Walter Leisinger AG keep track of historical license usage data and optimize license purchases accordingly

About Walter Leisinger AG

The Walter Leisinger AG is an engineering company with around 25 employees and over 40 years of experience.

The company’s core activities centre around surveying, planning, and civil engineering. Being familiar with local and regional conditions, Walter Leisinger AG is capable of offering individual counselling and solutions tailored to the specific needs of their customers. Thanks to following high standards of performance and quality management based on ISO, the company can boast a loyal, long-time customer base and is proud to be keeping up with latest industry trends and developments.

The Business Challenge

The company, like many businesses today, wanted to shift their focus on minimizing costs and on effective use of expensive software licenses. Before choosing License Statistics, they didn’t know how many licenses they were using. Walter Leisinger AG wanted to ensure that they had the right number of licenses to accommodate their operations and they wanted to optimize usage of licenses; therefore, the company was looking for an effective license management solution that would help them estimate license costs and plan purchases according to actual license use.

Solutions other than License Statistics were not supplying all information they needed; for example, they didn’t provide storing usage history for monitored applications. License Statistics made all the above possible out of the box and delivered many more powerful features, increasing productivity and the ROI of software investment.

The License Statistics Solution

Walter Leisinger AG chose License Statistics, because the software meets, at an affordable price, their requirements for monitoring license usage over a longer period of time (for example, over a year). License Statistics proved to be a full-featured license monitoring solution that helped them monitor historical data and make well-informed purchasing decisions based on such observations.

Summary

Thanks to License Statistics, Walter Leisinger AG can effectively monitor their license usage and accurately plan license purchases. The company is satisfied with all features of the product, as well as with the high level of technical support provided by X-Formation.

Case Study: RMC chooses easy integration and superior customer support with LM-X License Manager

About RMC

RMC delivers engineering consultancy services for the oil and gas (O&G) industry. With a wealth of experience dating back to 1980s, RMC is able to provide engineering consultancy services even for most demanding and complex industrial and commercial projects.

Currently, RMS is focused on developing the PCS (Pipe Calculation System), an application that provides pipe stress engineers with an interface for a finite element solver (Simulia Abaqus). PCS offers an easy-to-use interface that provides geometric modeling of pipe geometry, post-processing templates, report generation, as well as a number of other features used for finite element simulation of large piping systems.

The Business Challenge

RMC was facing many integration issues with third-party software providers delivering their APIs on a custom python kernel, which proved to be challenging for them. The company needed a licensing solution that would address their licensing needs and would offer a solution capable of integrating some custom APIs.

The LM-X Solution

LM-X License Manager fit the company’s requirements for the software well because it has all the needed features , works without hassles, and the support is excellent. According to RMC, LM-X provides first-class license management utilities even when it’s implemented in fairly uncommon software environments, which is exactly what they were looking for in a software license management solution.

Summary

RMC has been satisfied with the solution they’ve found with LM-X License Manager because LM-X was easy to integrate with their own solutions. They also discovered that X-Formation understands them and is able to address their unique needs by providing effective and quick customer support.

For RMC, LM-X License Manager proved to be the better license management solution, with better flexibility, features, and great technical support.

Diversity in technology industry: no longer a nice-to-have

At X-Formation we believe our company culture is one of our most valuable assets and the key for our success. We started in 2004 with just one person and today we employ around 30 people from different countries such as Denmark, Poland, Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, and Hungary. As a result, our company is a small melting pot of cultures, behaviors and habits and we continue our upward trajectory :-).

Not only did we recognize the importance of adding international dimension to our company, but we have also become a place welcoming both men and women. (Two years ago there were only two women working in our company full-time, but this number has quadrupled since that time.)

At X-Formation we know that there is a tangible value to diversifying the enterprise and … it is ultimately customers who win. Why? Well, extensive research, including the report Diversity Matters prepared by McKinsey&Company and the study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, makes it clear that diversity in the workplace, including gender diversity, can bring such advantages as:

  1. greater ability to keep high performers
  2. increased creativity and problem solving
  3. increased productivity
  4. enhanced communication skills
  5. more synergy in teams
  6. above-average financial returns
  7. more customer satisfaction

In many companies there used to be a concern–which was never formally expressed–could women balance work and home? Attitudes have changed, though, and the outlook is brightening now as gender equality in the workplace is the best it’s ever been. This is possible thanks to “results-only” work environments adopted by many firms that let their staff work whenever and wherever they want as long as they accomplish their tasks, changing parental roles, or flextime arrangements present in many companies (such as ours!).

There are more and more opportunities for women who work in the technology industry, whether in a regular post or rising to hold high-octane jobs because companies recognized that women:

  1. are more “supportive and rewarding” in leadership roles
  2. accept more challenges
  3. are more persuasive and score higher than men in it comes to assertiveness and persuasiveness
  4. are more comfortable showing their emotions and communicating things

Women value teams and bring in empathy and better stress tolerance, whereas men contribute with their negotiation skills and determination.

Though certain differences exist in male and female attitudes that may drive a wedge between feminine and masculine roles, having a more diverse set of employees, both in terms of nationality as well as gender, means you have a more diverse set of skills. 🙂

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.