$20,000 saving in annual licensing cost
ROI seen in 6 months.
GWU’s CCAS IT group, The Office Of Technology Services (OTS) purchased OpenLM’s license management solution for academic institutions about a year ago, and we interviewed Wesley Berry, the Assistant Director for IT Service Delivery, to find out what benefits it provided to the College.
Wesley told us that there are about 1,000 users of scientific and engineering software on campus. The users are mainly students, but there are also researchers in their research faculty who use the software as well. The licensed software can be grouped into three main categories: Mathematical software, such as Maplesoft, MATLAB and Mathematica, CAD software, such as Autodesk’s AutoCAD, and Revit, and Geospatial and remote sensing software, such as ERDAS Imagine and ENVI. Most of the software vendors use Flexnet for their license manager; exceptions are ENVI, which uses Intergraph’s license manager, and Wolfram that uses MathLM for its Mathematica application.
OTS’s search for license manager software began at the beginning of 2017, spurred on by the belief that they were paying for more licenses than they needed. It was also suspected that some of the older software was not being used to any great extent. The IT department researched several license management products, and it looked like OpenLM fitted the bill best, based on its competitive pricing and easy-to-use UI. They downloaded the 30-day free trial version of the OpenLM core product. It took only one week to decide that this was the right software for Columbian College.
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