We are a small company. We own 1 license of the following products: WaterCAD, Flowmaster, Descartes, StormCAD, SewerCAD, Map, CivilStorm. There are only 4 of us in the office that use these products, and they are rarely used. In response to the 4 ways "How to Reduce Usage": 1) All 4 of us need the software on our machines. 2) The products listed above are not interchangeable. 3) We close the programs after we are done using them 4) We are aware that we only have 1 license for each of the above programs, and that going over the 1 license results in an overage.
The "Trust Licensing" policy has really been a problem for us. Since the SelectServer is unable to tell us if a license has been used or not, we never know if we will be opening a second instance of the program. We are not blocked or warned before opening the second instance. In order to avoid overages, every time we want to open one of the programs, we email all of the users in the office and ask them if we can reserve the program for a specified hour. It's a hindrance to our productivity.
We want the ability to only use only the licenses that we have purchased. When I open a dgn that is already in use, I am not able to work in that dgn. When that happens, we wait for the coworker to finish in the dgn. If I open our networked licensed AutoTurn, and the license is already used, I am not able to use the program. When that happens we wait for the license to free up. When I open a second instance of WaterCAD, I see no warning, then I get a phone call from our account manager telling me we need to purchase a second license. The result: The "Trust Licensing" policy will eventually force us to purchase software that we do not need.
The SELECTserver system is not a real time licensing system, there is indeed no mechanism build in it that allow you to know what has been happenning with your licenses over the last hour or so.
1 license for 4 user might be enough regarding your use of the product but need a really good organisation,
You need to use other tools to be sure the license is available on the hours you use it,
If the different colleagues are not in the same location, that is not seen by each others, you might want to use instant messaging.
And remember that you need to need to wait the next hour if a colleague just closed the product.
Thanks for your reply Claude. It sounds like you have a good understanding of the problems that are imposed on us with Trust Licensing. What is the time schedule to change the policy?