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.
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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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License Statistics v4.18 is here!

We’re pleased to announce another release of License Statistics, the industry-leading license monitoring solution. We’ve launched this release as part of our continued commitment to software excellence for all our Customers.
In this major upgrade we’re introducing an opt-in system that lets License Statistics users decide if they want to have anonymous information on how they are using License Statistics collected. The purpose is to analyze visitor traffic and paint a complete picture of License Statistics users to gain better insight into how they are using the product, and what we can do to further improve the user experience. For example, we may see:
  • most frequently used usage reports
  • most commonly used License Statistics versions
  • the number of sessions in which a page was viewed
  • average session duration
  • other anonymous metrics
Based on what our Customers tell us they want and need, we have also enhanced settings for selecting LDAP user groups they want to import, making it possible to easily import any of LDAP user groups. This improvement will enable our Customers to quickly exclude even dozens of groups from being imported in situations when they only need to import a few of them.
Furthermore, we have also enhanced License Statistics’ monitoring mechanism, thereby improving the product’s robustness, as well as ensuring even better correctness of the delivered data. The new, enhanced monitoring, which aims to maximally parallelize querying, may impose extra resource requirements for the installations of License Statistics using really slow and resource-hungry query tools.
When upgrading to this release, you must upgrade from v4.10 or later. Because of the high volume of changes introduced in this release, ensure you back up your database  before upgrading License Statistics to this version.
Be sure to see the full v4.18 release notes.
In case of any problems or questions about new monitoring, please contact X-Formation support.
We’re happy that we have fulfilled so many customer requests and look forward to hearing your reactions to this newest release of License Statistics.
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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.
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Case Study: REEL opts for License Statistics to optimize the use of its network licenses

Company overview

REEL’s core business involves developing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining complex handling and lifting equipment systems. REEL also provides specialized services that center around three main activities: maintenance, modifications and improvements, as well as the supply of spare and exchange parts.
With almost 70 years of tradition in the industry, presence on four continents and impressive portfolio of services, REEL has managed to successfully build its position in several key industrial sectors, such as nuclear energy, aluminium production, aeronautics, defense, and offshore.

Challenge

REEL has established its presence as a provider of handling and lifting equipment systems all around the world and it continues exploring and targeting new customers. Yet entering new markets (and developing existing ones) entails deploying additional CAD software licenses across the company, especially when it is accompanied by high turnover of temporary employees. As a veteran in the industry, REEL remains intimately familiar with the importance of tracking license usage across the organization.

The choice: License Statistics

One of the big reasons REEL decided to start using License Statistics is the software’s unmatched ability to track and report software license usage gathered from a number of supported license servers, let alone the software’s ease of use and support REEL received from X-Formation. License Statistics turned out to be a solution that helped REEL effectively manage and maximize license investment, improve productivity and make informed license management decisions.

Summary

Using License Statistics allows for cost reduction through software license optimization. After switching to X-Formation’s solution, REEL is able to more accurately forecast its future licensing needs and cut its operational costs.
Interested in License Statistics? Remember that we’re only a click away if you’d like to discuss this unique license monitoring solution with us more.
Try License Statistics demo and take advantage of the outstanding features it offers.
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