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StrataData Consolidates its Licensing Around RLM

StrataData has been developing StrataBugs, a niche geological database product for recording and interpreting stratigraphic (and in particular biostratigraphic) data, since moving out of the corporate world and becoming an independent software vendor.


They started with two license models:

  • A self written system which was based inside a host database for their multiuser corporate clients, and
  • A stand alone dongle based license for single user PCs.


Using RLM, they were able to migrate to a more flexible licensing model which seamlessly integrated their existing dongles for those that wanted to retain them, as well as provide all the benefits of floating, server-based licensing where appropriate.


StrataData’s clients appreciated the flexible model, which includes temporary licenses and roaming licenses. As a small company they appreciated the technical support from Reprise Software who provided quick answers from experts, instead of frontline staff merely filtering support messages.


When a client wants to see their product’s usage metrics, StrataData instructs them to switch on report logging, which saves StrataData from changing their code. When corporations ask them if their license files are compatible with another popular licensing system, StrataData let’s them know that the similarity of RLM largely overcomes any reluctance they may have about installing another license server. Overall, it’s been a very successful implementation.


About StrataData Ltd

StrataData is a small UK geological services company working in the oil & gas and geotechnical industry and with academic institutions. Founded in 1992, the software product, StrataBugs, has become the de facto standard for industrial biostratigraphy. As a small company, they prefer to deal directly with the experts at Reprise rather than the less personal service other larger providers offer.

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Activation Pro

What’s the difference?

Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Software License Manager

RLM provides runtime checking that verifies that your application is licensed to run and that the current usage of your application is within the limits you have ser every time your application runs.

As a Software publisher, you integrate RLM into your product, and RLM keeps track at runtime of who is using the licenses of your software.

RLM can do this entirely within the client library (linked into your application), or, more commonly, your application makes a request of the RLM Lincese Server to check out a license.

The lincese server runs either on your customers network, or in the cloud if you are using our RLMCloud™ service.

RLM provides runtime checking that verifies that your application is licensed to run and that the current usage of your application is within the limits you have ser every time your application runs.

RLM Activation Pro

Software Activation Manager

Activation Pro is
used once when your customer purchases your software in order to retrieve the license which is specific to that customer.

Software Activation’s purpose in life is to get the licenses for your product to your customers with a minimum of fuss.

Activation Pro also has a server component wich we call the activation server.

Your application contacts the activation server and supplies a short text activation key, and in exchange, the activation server returns the license which enables your product.

Generally, this is done once, right after your customer purchases your software, not every time your software is invoked.