License Statistics v4.20 is out!

License Statistics v4.20 is now available and includes the following important improvements:
  • Enhanced License Server Activity report with new information about License Reservations.
  • Increased user experience by significant improvements to the License Server Activity report in the License Servers page; for example, by including more information about each feature such as its version and type.
  • Dropping support for embedded 32-bit MySQL installers and introducing one universal database folder named mysql (64-bit) for both Windows and Linux.
  • A new notification slider informing about the existence of old, inconsistent data in the database.
  • New, enhanced SQL Console.
  • We’ve also made fixes in many areas, including parsers, data accuracy and report performance, so be sure to see License Statistics v4.20 Release Notes for full details.
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A new video on generating a License Statistics report using Excel

Recently we have made a video in which we guide you through the steps of generating a License Statistics report using an Excel spreadsheet.
Knowing how to easily create a nifty graphical representation of a License Statistics report may come in handy especially if you want to quickly convert the license usage data to a visually attractive chart to get a clear picture of your license usage.
In the video we used the Usage Per User report, but you can use Excel to view any of the License Statistics reports.
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Case Study: Pemex Exploracion y Produccion uses License Statistics to explore areas for savings

About Pemex Exploracion y Produccion

PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion, part of Pemex, the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, is dedicated to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons across Mexico. Company’s main activities involve oil and natural gas exploration and exploitation, conveyance, storage in terminals, as well as first hand commercialization. PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion dominates the rankings in offshore hydrocarbons production and scores very high in crude production and crude reserves.

The Business Challenge

Before discovering License Statistics, PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion didn’t use any license management solution. However, with the increase in reserves and production of hydrocarbons, the company began to recognize the need for an efficient license monitoring software with powerful reporting capabilities that would effectively measure and manage license usage and optimize software costs.

The License Statistics Solution

PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion chose License Statistics, because X-Formation’s software monitoring tool turned out to be a flexible and adaptable solution that let them measure the volume of demand for software products to optimize investment costs. Through better planning, the company was able to stay on top of its license requirements. What PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion appreciated most about License Statistics was its ability to show license usage based on how many licenses were used for how long and the percentage of utilization for these licenses.

Summary

License Statistics proved to be a reliable technology for measuring the utilization of licenses and providing effective and precise measurement that allows to make well-informed decisions regarding software spend during the entire process in PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion. In addition, License Statistics’ pay-per-use option enables them to appropriate license costs for each of their divisions based on real license usage.
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Public holiday notice

Dear Customers,
Please be advised that our office in Krakow, Poland, will be closed on Friday, May 1st due to a public holiday. Our sales staff will be unavailable on this day, so answers to your questions may be delayed.
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and greatly appreciate your patience.
Kind regards,
X-Formation Team
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Apologies for delayed responses

Dear Customers,
We would like to inform you that our office has been flooded with water from a broken pipe and we needed to cut off electricity in the entire building. Despite these difficulties, our sales team will remain available via phone and email, but answers to your questions may still be delayed. We hope to get the situation back under control as soon as possible.
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and greatly appreciate your patience.
Kind regards,
X-Formation Team
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7 BIG reasons to choose License Activation Center

As we’ve already informed you on our blog, License Activation Center (LAC) can help you accelerate the growth of your company by streamlining software license creation, distribution, and activation. And today we’d like to present 7 big reasons why LAC is the best choice for ISVs that want efficiency and flexibility with their software license management. Read on…
  1. No upfront investment.
    LAC eliminates installation, administration, and maintenance requirements freeing up the large IT spend that normally goes with running self-hosted solutions. Instead, software vendors can focus on what they do best (develop software) and apply resources where they can improve their company’s bottom line most. And since there is no software or hardware to install, deployment time is reduced to a matter of minutes instead of several weeks or even months. Software vendors can start benefiting from on-demand license management almost immediately.
  2. License management and activation anytime and anywhere.
    Because LAC is delivered as SaaS and there is no software or hardware to install, deployment time is reduced to a matter of minutes instead of several weeks or even months. This allows vendors to start benefiting from license management almost immediately and at a minimal cost. And if vendors are not happy after several months of usage, they simply do not renew their subscription (that is to say if they’re not using the free version). As a cloud-based solution run from a web interface, LAC can be accessed 24/7 from any location where there is an internet connection and a web browser. As an example, see our video on activating a license using email.
  3. Fits your needs today and tomorrow.
    LAC’s flexibility allows software vendors to scale up or down and use more of the software as their needs evolve without adding infrastructure. Vendors can easily introduce more effective product and pricing models with a few simple clicks that also better suit the needs of their customers. LAC gives ISVs a clear idea of what their costs will be, allowing for more precise budget forecast than in case of on-premise software.
  4. Simple to use.
    LAC was developed to be straightforward for both software vendors and end users. Defining products, creating license orders, overall software license management, and product activation have been stripped down to a few, easy-to-follow steps anyone can understand, even without a manual.
  5. Always up-to-date and upgrade free.
    Software upgrades happen dynamically and transparently with no impact on IT resources. Vendors and end users are always using the most up-to-date version of the software with access to the latest innovations and features, without the headaches of manual upgrading.
  6. Measure results.
    LAC provides reporting capabilities that present information on exactly how many licenses were activated, for which products, and by which users. Vendors can use this information to later improve their product portfolio and open up new customer engagement opportunities.
  7. Get the complete software license management solution.
    Protect intellectual property and implement diverse licensing models with LM-X License Manager, create and manage license orders and activations with License Activation Center, and allow end users to monitor their license usage with License Statistics.
    Try LAC today and see how it can help you fully implement full automation from license order creation, to activation, to software delivery.
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Easter Public Holiday Notice

We wish to advise that our office in Kraków, Poland, will be closed on Monday 6 April due to public holidays. Our sales staff will be unavailable on this day, so answers to your questions may be delayed.
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and wish you a Happy Easter.
Kind regards,
X-Formation Team
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License Statistics v4.19 released

We’re happy to announce that we have just released a major upgrade of our license monitoring software, License Statistics. This major release brings a set of significant improvements, most of which were made in response to customer feedback. By including you, our Customers, in our development process, we make sure that your voice is heard and your problems get solved. 
Here are just a few of the most exciting highlights in this release:
  • Introduced a new 64-bit version (x64) of License Statistics for both Windows and Linux and dropped support for 32-bit versions of these platforms. As our Customers’ deployments continue to grow, we have observed that the current 32-bit version does not always sustain demands caused by high usage of the application. Modern systems have more memory available than ever before and enable us to offer even better customer experience. It should be noted, however, that when using Linux, it is still required to have all 32-bit compatible libraries installed (this will no longer be needed in the near future).
  • The License Server Uptime chart, which provides a perfect way to visualize data about your license server status, now displays more precise information and lets you select a date range to include in the displayed results, giving you a more complete picture of your server status at a glance.
  • Improvements to reporting usage statistics for expired features.
  • Handled minor inconsistencies caused by differences between the timezone of the license server and the timezone set in the user’s system.
  • Enabled full implementation of LDAP support for the Current Users report.
  • Added the ability to query the server in restricted mode first instead of an admin mode to increase security for Dassault license server.
We’ve also fixed a few parsing-related issues for IBM LUM server and OLicense Server.
Full details on the changes made in License Statistics 4.19 can be found in Release Notes.
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 License Statistics even better for you in the future.
Try the demo or download a free trial now!
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Attention, please! We have moved to a new office!

This is a follow-up article to my previous one, “Here we grow again”, in which I wrote about X-Formation’s growth over the past years, and the need to buy a bigger office that would allow us to grow even further and better meet the demands of our 500+ Customers. And today you can get a first-hand scoop on the latest developments at X-Formation as we’re delighted to inform you that we have just moved into our own sparkly new office, where everything is different and better: from giant, geeky pixel wall art to our own car and bike parking space. While preparing the interior, we had two magical words in our mind: utility and design. We still have some things to get done and we want to spice the office up a bit, but we’re getting settled :-).
Moving to new premises is a big jump in space and luxury, because the new office is almost the double the size of the one where we used to work, has more natural light, different color theme on each floor that matches each floor’s pixel wall art inspired by Mario, Lemmings and Pacman, and new colorful kitchen furniture!
Recently we have also recognized the importance of adding flowers to workspace (it’s not just that they look pretty, but they can be a great way to boost productivity—more on this topic soon), so we have enhanced the interior with some energizing flowers and plants.
We believe our new office will create a more productive environment, and will let us increase our workload and accommodate more employees so that we can serve our Customers better and faster, and bring more value to their businesses. We’re sure our office will have a huge impact on the future of X-Formation.
We have a number of meeting rooms now, each of which is uniquely decorated and gives a distinct and inimitable experience. There are also three modernly furnished and very useful kitchens with colors matching game themes, a cosy canteen with a TV set and countless channels to choose from, a great games room with foosball, and, most importantly, spacious rooms for developers and other teams greatly facilitating communication between all of us.
In conclusion moving from the old office to the new office is a big step ahead. Keep an eye for more updates on how we’re getting settled in our new work environment.
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X-Formation moving premises!

Dear Customers,
We’re excited to inform you that we are in the concluding stage of relocating to the new office, which is more suited to our needs and will let us grow even further in the future.
Due to moving to sparkly new office space, our telephones will be offline on 20 February 2015 until the end of the day. Also, please note that answers to your emails may be delayed on this day.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Kind regards,
X-Formation Team
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