Comparison between OpenLM and "FlexNet Manager for Engineering applications" - OpenLM Software License Management
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FlexNet Manager Alternative

OpenLM is the only real alternative to Flexera’s “FlexNet Manager for engineering Applications” (FNMEA) for monitoring and controlling FlexLM licenses, which is both highly robust AND extremely cost-effective.

Can OpenLM provide all the required data without access to the FLEXlm report logs? Yes, we can!

Below is a comparison between the key capabilities offered by both systems for engineering software license management:

Features FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications The OpenLM
Real-time Reporting and Management

Flexnet doesn’t report in real time. It relies solely on periodic production of Report Logs on the license server side, and their propagation to the Flexnet Manager. OpenLM combines multiple sources of information to provide real-time or near real-time license reporting and management.
Central interface for license management throughout the organization

Supported license manager (LM) types FLEXlm, IBM LUM, Reprise RLM, Sentinel (RMS), DSLS More than 20 supported LM types OpenLM supports an overwhelming list of LM types, including all those supported by FLEXlm
License usage analysis and reporting

Ensure compliance

Usage optimization

Real-time productivity features

• OpenLM monitors and acts on idle licenses
• OpenLM informs users of license availability
• OpenLM enables end users to be proactive with the licenses they need
Transparency and clarity for both administrators and users

OpenLM was designed with the concept of clarity in mind;Not only administrators, but all users in the organization benefit by having licensing information clearly available to them
Monitoring applications on end user workstations

OpenLM can track application usage even when license managers are inaccessible or non existent
Automatic maintenance of FlexLM Options files

OpenLM will automatically manage and maintain FLEXlm Options files, keeping them in sync with organizational unit structure and membership.
Reporting  FlexNet  OpenLM
Raw data access

This is the “License Activity” report. OpenLM has several advantages here:1. Reporting according to multiple selection of Features, Products, Users, Groups, Projects and Workstations2. Pivot – summary (“group by”) according to various categories
Comprehensive built-in reporting

Custom Reporting and business inteligence (BI)

Powered by Cognos

OpenLM maintains OLAP database custumers can query using any reporting or BI Software.
APIs for creation of custom reports

OpenLM exposes a comprehensive SOAP API
Usage over time reports

Heatmap reports depicting usage patterns of selected period
Peak usage reports and high water mark reports

License utilization report

Percentage of concurrent licenses in use per each concurrency level.Enables administrators to objectively identify the number of required licenses for their organization
Denial reporting

“True Denials” reporting

The “True Denials” mechanism is applicable to any license manager monitored by OpenLM
Activatable and Detachable (“Borrowed”) Licenses support

Real-time license availability monitoring

Actual usage compared to license consumption time

OpenLM provides the percentage of activity per session
Presentation  FlexNet  OpenLM
User friendly web-based interface

At-a-glance summary view

Dashboard • License Server Status
• License Feature Usage
• License Feature Denials
• Excess License Usage by User
• License Server Status
• Top 10 denied Features
• Top 10 denied users
• Top 10 used Features
• Top 10 users of most features
• Top 10 current idle sessions
• Top 10 current longest sessions
Data of highest priority is easily accessible, and can be act upon by license administrators
Aggregate data to meet reporting needs

Report in different time frames, User-entities, Features, Vensors, Servers may be aggregated to present single or multiple charts
Report scheduler

Share any report with users through URL

Organizational groups and projects  FlexNet  OpenLM
Import LDAP organizational structure

Organization structure management

Manual and file based organizational structure
Monitoring of license usage per Project

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Both facilitate tracking of license usage according to projects.Flexnet publisher only supports license attribution according to the LM_PROJECT environment variable.OpenLM interactively and dynamically switches between active projects:Users will be promted to attribute their usage time to specific projects they’re working on
Intervention  FlexNet  OpenLM
Proactive license alerts

Advanced alerting configuration: Alerting by days and hours, destination groups according LDAP, multiple conditions
Real-time license availability notifications

Manual administrative interface for license retrieval and Application shut down

Administration can remove a license or remotely shut down an application on a remote desktop while saving user information
Managebility  FlexNet  OpenLM
Managing access roles and permissions

OpenLM employs resource-based roles and permissions to conrol access to every aspect of the system
Cross-platform support

License files  FlexNet  OpenLM
License file editor

License file editing is coming to OpenLM soon
FLEXlm Options file management

OpenLM will automatically manage and maintain FLEXlm Options files, keeping them in sync with organizational unit structure and membership.
Remote access to license server files

OpenLM Interface provides remote access to all license servers files (license file, logs, Options files)
License Management  FlexNet OpenLM
Control users/groups access to any license server

The OpenLM Router provides additional, standardized license access control for ALL license manager types
Idle license harvesting

OpenLM provides 3 methods for harvesting idle licenses manually or automatically:• Suspending idle processes• Saving and shutting down idle applications• Custom scripting
Control license server remotely

FlexNet manager is only able to Stop/Start/Reread FlexLM license managers.OpenLM is able to access and manage a much wider variety of LM types.Moreover – the OpenLM Broker provides a flexible platform for running all sorts of commands and scripts on target license servers
Apply license restriction according to time of day (“follow the sun”)

Provided by the OpenLM Router
Enforce license compliance according to geolocation

Provided by the OpenLM Router
Workstation license server configuration managed centrally

The OpenLM Router facilitates the configuration of the licensing environment, and serves as a hub for all active workstations
Simple server redundancy configuration for any LM server type

The OpenLM Router facilitates the deployment of instant multi-server redundancy constellations, for any LM type, and without a 3rd Server overkill – as implemented by the FlexLM Triad constellation


Bibliography note: Most of the data about Flexera’s FlexNet Manager for engineering applications is based on official Flexera documents (1, 2).