OpenLM Newsletter 2012 #01


Dear valued OpenLM users,

On this first edition of the OpenLM 2012 Newsletter I would like to greet you all, and wish you a happy and successful new year. 2011 has been very good for us here at OpenLM, all thanks to your support. Our team has grown bigger, and is now able to provide better support to our improved product.

We are proud to introduce the OpenLM Mobile touch interface. This interface may run on any mobile device operating system; e.g.: IOs, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile etc. With the help of some of our faithful customers, we have managed to perform a successful Beta trial for this interface. The OpenLM Mobile Touch interface is available to all customers under a valid maintenance agreement with no additional cost.

Based upon requests from our customers, and following Dassault Systemes migration from IBM-LUM to their proprietary DSLS license manager, OpenLM has quickly adapted to provide support to DSLS. We look forward to receiving further customer requests, in order to meet our users’ needs.

We have recently launched a new and enhanced company website. This site is clearer, more informative, useful and generally – nicer than our old one. Among other things, It features a new introductory animated video on OpenLM. We hope that you will like it.

Best Regards,

Oren Gabay, CEO


OpenLM updates

OpenLM goes mobile !

 

The OpenLM EasyAdmin Mobile application enables system administrators to keep track of the license management systems, while being out of office. This document describes the essentials of the OpenLM EasyAdmin for mobile application; installing the application, and running it on a Mobile set.Read more…

 

OpenLM Live Webinars

OpenLM is now hosting a couple of Online Webex Webinars each week. This Webinars give an overview of the OpenLM system; its components and capabilities, and is intended for newbies as well as for experienced users. Please check out the date for the next webex Webinar on OpenLM’s site.


OpenLM resources

OpenLM introductory video

 

 

 

 

 

OpenLM Video tutorials: OpenLM server configuration – License server tab

 

 

 

 

 

 

OpenLM Video tutorials: Active Directory Synchronization

 

 

 

 

 

 


Monthly Articles

Get more out of your floating licenses

Being this our first edition of the OpenLM Newsletter for 2012, We found it adequate to give a brief summary of what the OpenLM utilizer actually is. This is good reading material for Newbees, and nice to remember for more experienced users. Read more…

OpenLM system structure

Another important article for first timers, this one elaborates all about the OpenLM system structure; Where should every module be installed, and what are the interconnections between them. Read more…

Products and Packaged licenses in OpenLMs EasyAdmin web application

This Article deals with two adjacent subjects: Renaming features as products, and gathering these features into licensed packages in the OpenLM EasyAdmin web application. Read more…

Configuring FLEXlm FLEXnet Option File Using OpenLM Easy Admin

FLEXlm (Flexera FLEXnet) option files grant license administrators close control over various operating parameters within the constraints of the license model. Licensed features can be dedicated, denied or reserved to users or groups of users, according to the option files setting.

The OpenLM solution incorporates synchronization of License administration tools with the organizations LDAP (Active Directory), keeping the FLEXlm option file up-to-date as users leave or join the organization, or move between groups. Read more…


 

Points of interest

IBM Rational – FlexNet Token based licensing:

The IBM Rational License Server uses FLEXnet for licensing IBM Rational products. This article presents the main characteristics of FlexNet Token based licensing, and the benefits of this method. Read more…

Autodesk cascade licensing and the PLIST

Cascade Licensing allows a product to obtain a license from a network license manager pool when that license manager is servicing more than one product. Cascading was implemented primarily to address mixed-product environments where both suite and base products co-exist.

Read more…

FlexNet Producer Suite Is Distinguished by the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Market Share Leadership Award for Software-Enforced License Management

The Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Share Leadership is presented to the company that has demonstrated excellence in capturing the highest market share within a segment of its industry. Read more…

Collecting project information for usage using OpenLM Software

Preface

OpenLM Software allows organizations to collect usage data for billing and management purposes. OpenLM supports different policies, by groups or by project. Collecting information by groups is most common, the organization is using OpenLM in order to collect information according to any sub-division: subsidiaries, divisions, departments, etc.. The information is then used in order to implement the billing policy selected by the organization: charge by the hour, distribute maintenance costs between cost centers, or other.

Billing usage time by the active project is mainly used by project oriented companies. It helps such companies to calculate a more accurate cost of the project by collecting the usage time for each project.

Supported Software Systems

The process of collecting project information for software usage is supported for software systems that are using license managers such as FLEXlm (FLEXnet), SafeNet RMS, SafeNet HASP, IBM LUM, LMX and more.

These types of license managers are used by high-end software systems such us: ESRI ArcGIS, AutoDesk Autocad, Pro Engineer, PTC, Catia, Matlab and more.

Setting project support settings

OpenLM interfaces that allow the system administrator to perform the following actions:

  • Create new projects.
  • Set project state (Active, Not Active).
  • Assign users to projects (or remove).

Version 1.5 of OpenLM provides these interface by using OpenLM Users Management Module. From version 1.6 and on, we integrated these interfaces into OpenLM EasyAdmin.

The project collecting capability needs to be activated from OpenLM Server Configuration form. This can be done by navigating to the Projects tab. The following options are available:

Activating projects capability (“Log Project Information”).
Minimal Usage Duration – User can set a short period of usage that won’t be considered as actual usage.
Agent’s Behavior – Allows the system administrator to select one of two policies, by using OpenLM Agent functionality or by Environment Variables. The use of OpenLM Agent functionality is more user friendly and provides a more accurate results.

Environment Variables – The use of an environment variable is simple, set the name of the environment variable and OpenLM will automatically collect the information based on the environment variable settings. Using these option may also require the use of “Add unknown projects”, OpenLM server will automatically create unknown project names reported by users.

OpenLM Agent functionality – OpenLM actively collects project information for usage sessions. OpenLM Agent provides the following functionality:

  • Active Project prompt popps up automatically from OpenLM Agent when the user is activating the licensed software.
  • Active project prompt to pop-up every few minutes, in case the user switched to another project.
  • Active project prompt can be set to disappear automatically when the user ignores it.
  • The user can also activate the active project prompt from OpenLM Agent icon at any time.

Generating Reports

OpenLM EasyAdmin->Reports Tab provides reports based on active project. The user can generate usage reports at any time and limit the query by almost any argument.

Individual sessions can be reported by using OpenLM EasyAdmin->License activity tab.

Synchronization with external systems and sharing information

OpenLM allows organization to synchronize project assignment information automatically with external systems like the organization project management system.

OpenLM supports the update of the project list and and assignment of users to project through OpenLM API.

External systems can also access the project information and totals by using OpenLM API.

Summary

OpenLM System provides a complete infrastructure that allows organizations to implement a billing policy for licensed software usage. The system supports billing policy based on groups or users, projects or both together.

OpenLM Supports automatic synchronization of project information with external system like project management systems.