Wibu-Systems Press Releases https://www.wibu.com en Copyright Wibu-Systems Sat, 28 May 2022 09:12:30 +0200 Sat, 28 May 2022 09:12:30 +0200 TYPO3 news-5471 Tue, 24 May 2022 05:23:27 +0200 Wibu-Systems takes its second German Innovation Award for AxProtector JavaScript https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-wins-the-german-innovation-award-for-axprotector-javascript.html Jury impressed by the innovative protection solution for JavaScript applications Jury impressed by the innovative protection solution for JavaScript applications

Wibu-Systems, the innovators behind the CodeMeter software protection, licensing, and security technology, wins the 2022 German Innovation Award for its AxProtector JavaScript. The German Design Council chose to honor the sophisticated protection software in recognition of its innovative ability to encrypt and license native JavaScript applications. This is the second success for Wibu-Systems in the competition for the coveted award, following the 2021 award for its novel CmCloudContainers.

The German Innovation Award is presented by the German Design Council, the storied and high-profile organization set up in 1953 to fly the flag for innovation and engineering excellence in the post-war boom years. Its jury of leading representatives from industry and academia choose their award recipients carefully to honor innovative solutions and products that bring real added value to the lives of their users and, in their own words, to make innovation visible. In the tough competition for the popular award, Wibu-Systems was proud to see its AxProtector JavaScript nominated and to have the innovative protection solution ultimately win the award in 2022.

AxProtector JavaScript is one of the core members of the AxProtector family of encryption and protection software that makes up the backbone of the CodeMeter security and licensing ecosystem. In particular, AxProtector JavaScript is designed to secure server- and client-side standalone JavaScript applications with Wibu-Systems unbeaten and award-winning encryption technology, add dedicated reverse engineering and anti-debugging capabilities, and prepare them for any licensing model with CodeMeter.

With AxProtector JavaScript, developers have the full range of protection options available: Applications can be encrypted in their entirety and license checks added for the fundamental licensing functionality; individual features or functions can be encrypted and licensed separately for added flexibility in how software can be marketed and distributed; or the system only adds the protection features to safeguard the IP in the software without license checks. This IP Protection mode is a particularly effective choice for trial or freemium software. For the highest possible security, AxProtector JavaScript encrypts the application on method level and adds a native AxProtector runtime library.

Fully integrated in the CodeMeter universe, AxProtector JavaScript lets developers benefit from the extensive integration and automation capabilities of Wibu-Systems’ flagship software and from its flexible choice of license containers, ranging from hardware CmDongles to software CmActLicenses or the new CmCloudContainers for even greater freedom and mobility – the license container innovation that won the previous German Innovation Award in 2021.

“Even for a company committed to innovation like Wibu-Systems, these consecutive wins are an outstanding achievement,” said Oliver Winzenried, the company’s co-founder and CEO. “2021 gave us reason to celebrate with the prize we won for our novel CmCloudContainers. To repeat this performance in 2022 with a product that is as innovative, but also as technically specific as AxProtector JavaScript, demonstrates that we are moving in the right direction with our research and development efforts.”

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news-5442 Thu, 19 May 2022 06:25:29 +0200 KEYnote 43: Subscriptions, additive manufacturing, and other novel business models made possible by CodeMeter https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/subscriptions-additive-manufacturing-and-novel-business-models-possible-with-codemeter.html Exploring new cybersecurity technological advancements in the spring/summer issue of the Wibu-Systems’ magazine Exploring new cybersecurity technological advancements in the spring/summer issue of the Wibu-Systems’ magazine

The 43rd issue of KEYnote, Wibu-Systems‘ popular semi-annual magazine focused on the company’s CodeMeter software protection, licensing, and security products and services, is now available online for reading or for download.

The cover story of this spring/summer issue features a seemingly old-and-unglamorous software distribution model that is coming into its own in today’s connected economy and smart industry: Subscription services. Long familiar from print media and the gaming or streaming market, subscription licenses have the potential to revolutionize business models in many other industries and professions. With more and more device features and capabilities determined not by the hardware’s limitations, but rather by software, the makers of smart devices now have the perfect tool to get their products into their clients’ offices, factories, hospitals, or homes. Subscriptions serve to lower the often exclusionary threshold of upfront equipment or installation costs for users while publishers gain a steady revenue stream of subscription fees in return. The risks of illicit use and lost revenue disappear if the device manufacturer opts for CodeMeter protection and licensing: The smart licensing settings allow a creative variety of subscription models with optional up-sell, add-on licenses for activating additional device features at the point of need.

Another hot topic addressed in KEYnote 43 is additive manufacturing: 3D printing finally realizes its full potential in the industrial world. The technology has the ability to make manufacturing-as-a-service a viable alternative to the monolithic and rigid supply chains that have revealed their shortcomings in the upheavals of the last two years. But this new flexibility and versatility comes at a cost, as the dependence on data flowing freely around the world brings new threats and risks of IP theft, manipulation, and piracy. Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology is the perfect solution to deal with this danger, as its encryption and licensing capabilities make it an ideal choice not only for protecting individual IP, but also for creating entire new data and service marketplaces with reliable security and dependable monetization options. This KEYnote article introduces real-life use cases that show the technology already in action in the automotive supply industry.

Cloud licensing is a popular choice for many companies venturing into new business models. Compared to software or hardware-bound licensing, cloud licenses promise an unprecedented level of freedom with the ability to access software or other protected IP from anywhere and at any time. An interesting KEYnote article describes the process for distributing and managing cloud licenses with CodeMeter.

This issue also provides readers with an introduction to Wibu-Systems’ multitool for software protection, CodeMeter Protection Suite. It provides a thorough description of the different AxProtector tools for encrypting and protecting software and data, including more specialized features like the dedicated IP Protection mode that is perfect for trial or freemium software or the unique CodeMoving technology for running particularly sensitive code.

MATLAB by MathWorks Inc. is a popular tool for numeric computing in many math-heavy industries and professions, from engineering to finance. Clever developers can turn their MATLAB solutions into standalone applications and build a business from their innovations. This hands-on article demonstrates how CodeMeter is the perfect choice for developers to encrypt, protect, and license their MATLAB standalone applications.

KEYnote 43 magazine also includes a look at CodeMeter’s ability to restrict licenses to individual regions by way of a geo-blocking; a peak behind the scenes at Wibu-Systems’ security incident response team; the training services offered by the technical specialists from Karlsruhe; and more news and updates from all around the CodeMeter world.

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news-5431 Tue, 10 May 2022 08:13:00 +0200 Wibu-Systems at Hannover Messe 2022: Back to the industrial future https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-at-hannover-messe-back-to-the-industrial-future.html Showcasing the vision of a secure and trustworthy digital industry Showcasing the vision of a secure and trustworthy digital industry

After a two-year hiatus, Wibu-Systems, the IT security, protection, and licensing specialists from Karlsruhe, are returning in person to Hannover Messe from 30 May to 2 June for a busy and exciting four days of networking, discovery of new technologies, and introduction of Wibu-Systems’ own innovations to an enthusiastic audience. Coinciding perfectly with the Hannover Messe’s thematic focus of industrial transformation, the company’s expo team (at hall 5, booth B43) is looking forward to talking about the potential of subscription-based business models, versatile online and offline licensing options, and the importance of certificates for secure identities in the digital realm.

Wibu-Systems is coming to Hannover Messe 2022 with a strong portfolio of hardware, software, and cloud products and services built around its flagship CodeMeter technology. Wibu-Systems’ representatives are particularly excited about the chance to speak about the more intangible qualities of their solutions: The ability to enable new business models with smart licensing schemes and help the evolution of a new industrial landscape centered around trustworthy, integer, and secure identities.

Secure licenses have been the key to Wibu-Systems’ success for the last three decades, and they remain the go-to method for securing invaluable IP. From its roots in software licensing, the CodeMeter technology has made the leap to the industrial world with industry-grade protection hardware for embedded devices and machine controllers. As the vision of Industry 4.0 is becoming a reality, manufacturers and their clients are looking for ways to secure and monetize their digital assets on their journey from design to the factory and ultimately to the retailer chain. The flexible licensing models provided by CodeMeter are the perfect solution, enabling a myriad of possibilities: Temporary or pay-per-use licenses, single-feature and feature-upgrade licenses, single-user or network licenses, and many other models, that can also work in offline scenarios, which are not uncommon in a manufacturing world in transition.

Subscription licenses are increasingly recognized as far more than a means to protect IP, but as genuine business enablers. As another technology that has emerged from the software world, where subscriptions are already the norm for many mass-market applications or software suites, subscription licenses are an excellent way to get complex and often expensive hardware into more widespread use, as the often prohibitive investments needed to buy such devices outright are removed and offset by the option of essentially renting them for a more manageable annual or monthly fee, or pay-per-use scheme. CodeMeter’s licensing options give manufacturers free rein to find the package that suits them best, from straightforward lease subscriptions to more carefully modelled offerings. This could include the option to buy or subscribe to a basic feature set and then activate additional features on the fly and in response to actual needs.

Licenses are only one side of the equation for a secure and trustworthy digital industrial future. Digital certificates also feature prominently in Wibu-Systems’ plans for Hannover Messe 2022, as they are the perfect means to securely identify devices, users, and everything else needed to make the digital economy work. Their usefulness has never been doubted, but the effort to create, distribute, and manage certificates has always been just complex enough to become too high a threshold for many users. And in the smart factories, this complexity only increases, as every actor, device, and object in the process chain must have a secure and authenticable identity, issued by a trusted certification authority, protected from tampering, and easily accessed for authentication in the field. CodeMeter Certificate Vault is Wibu-Systems’ solution to this conundrum, bringing the ease and comfort of Wibu-Systems’ flagship licensing technology to the world of certificates to streamline the management and distribution of licenses.

On this topic, Stefan Bamberg, Senior Key Account & Partner Manager at Wibu-Systems, will address the crowd in his talk "Can you identify yourself? Secure identities in practice". The lecture will take place on May 31 at 11:15 a.m. on the Tech Transfer Conference Stage in Hall 2 at Booth A60.

“While we have our spiritual and physical home in the great IT security and innovation community of Karlsruhe, Hannover Messe is something of a home away from home for us,” Oliver Winzenried, CEO of Wibu-Systems, noted. “With the help of CodeMeter, we believe that all manufacturers, of any size, economy, and industry, that are embracing digital transformation, can find their way forward, with a servitization approach that meets their clients’ demand and with their IP fully protected across the complete product lifecycle.”

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news-5417 Wed, 27 Apr 2022 08:19:37 +0200 T4M: CodeMeter brings real traceability to medical device software https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-brings-real-traceability-to-medical-device-software.html Wibu-Systems answers the critical needs of medical technology enterprises Wibu-Systems answers the critical needs of medical technology enterprises

Wibu-Systems, the leading provider of software protection, licensing, and security solutions, is joining the VDMA exhibit (hall 10, booth 124a) at the medical technology fair MedTecLIVE with T4M from 3 to 5 May. The company’s expo team will be on site to introduce the CodeMeter technology and show visitors how CodeMeter tools can guarantee traceability with cryptographically protected information.

Traceability matters. For medical technology businesses, this is true in more than one way: Medical devices in the field must only run the software that was certified for them, and uncertified software should not be allowed to run on these machines. Added to that, the makers of medical devices need to have a record of when their software and hardware was accessed and by whom. This is essential for tracing back any changes, as tampering with the software or its intricate configurations can have undesirable, often critical repercussions on many levels, from accurate usage monitoring and billing to reliable diagnostics performance. If the worst came to the worst, this could have serious real-life consequences for medical treatments and patients’ health outcomes.

The makers of medical devices can use Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology to encrypt and sign their applications and data. On top of software protection and safeguards against reverse engineering or smart licensing of individual features for authentication and monetization, CodeMeter provides the level of traceability that the German Act on Medical Devices demands. The cryptographic keys that make all of this possible are managed, securely and automatically, by CodeMeter, and the entire solution is designed to integrate smoothly with existing processes on all common technology platforms.

Stefan Bamberg, Senior Key Account & Partner Manager at Wibu-Systems, emphasizes: “For medical devices in particular, our CodeMeter technology is a perfect fit. It fulfils many of the needs of medical device makers with a single solution: Authentication, know-how protection, monetization, and traceability. And for the latter, that means traceability on both levels, for the certified software itself and for tracking any changes to it. I am looking forward to meeting my colleagues from the medical technology business and exploring these issues in more detail with them at T4M.”

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news-5409 Tue, 12 Apr 2022 06:40:08 +0200 T4M: Greater transparency for software updates with CodeMeter https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/t4m-greater-transparency-for-software-updates-with-codemeter.html How medical technology enterprises benefit from certified software updates How medical technology enterprises benefit from certified software updates

At MedtecLIVE with T4M, hosted from 3 to 5 May 2022 in parallel with the Control expo in Stuttgart, visitors at the shared VDMA exhibit (hall 10, booth 124a) can meet with Wibu-Systems, the premier maker of software protection, licensing, and security solutions. Medical engineering professionals will have an opportunity to learn more about the CodeMeter licensing technology and its ability to track and check the integrity and authenticity of software updates.

Software updates are an important issue, even more so for pharmaceutical or medical technology businesses. Whenever the legal and regulatory landscape changes or whenever a software bug is discovered, the response has to be immediate to make sure that the software runs as it should and as per legal and technical requirements. There should never be any negative repercussions for patients because of software updates: Required updates must be rolled out in a way that the integrity and authenticity of both the updates and the target software are protected and verified. Device makers need a way to be sure that their diagnostic or other medical devices are running only with the software and updates certified and released for them.

With Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology, developers can protect and license their work, check its integrity and authenticity, or even track software updates in the field. A vendor can determine that all updates protected with CodeMeter are installed in full and in the right order. An internal counter ensures that a downloaded update can only be used once, with the software it was meant for, and not shared with other unauthorized users. CodeMeter License Central, the versatile license management tool, can easily be integrated into existing back-office systems and automate license updates with minimal effort. With WebDepot, the vendor can see immediately which license updates have been activated and which are still outstanding.

If users should miss a critical update, CodeMeter technology identifies which versions are actually in use: The most recent, required version or an older, possibly faulty version that should be replaced as soon as possible. As an added benefit, the system checks whether the software was certified for the market or region it is used in.

Stefan Bamberg, Senior Key Account & Partner Manager at Wibu-Systems, explains: “During the event, we plan to showcase our versatile CodeMeter technology and demonstrate its specific ability to track software versions. Not only do our tools automate the delivery of software updates, but their tracking capabilities allow our clients to always be in sync with their users.”

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news-5386 Tue, 29 Mar 2022 09:04:00 +0200 T4M: Wibu-Systems’ time-based licensing models for new medical technology business models https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/t4m-time-based-licensing-models.html Licensing and monetizing medical technology Licensing and monetizing medical technology

Hosted in parallel with the Control trade fair, Stuttgart’s expo grounds will also feature this year’s MedtecLIVE with T4M from 3 to 5 May 2022. Wibu-Systems, the premier provider of software protection, licensing, and security solutions, will be on site at the VDMA’s booth (hall 10, booth 124a) to show how the makers of medical devices can boost their revenues with smart time-based licensing models.

Time-based licenses have been a regular and very effective feature in software licensing for a long time, but the technology is now slowly making its way into the real of medical technology and medical software development. Licenses of this type, often sold as subscriptions, mean that users can rent their software or medical device, or even individual features and functions of it, for a defined period of time. Common models include subscriptions for the basic feature set and a selection of add-on features, paid for with a simple and affordable annual license. The users benefit from the lower upfront costs, and vendors can enjoy a steady and reliable flow of income, which can often be more profitable even than outright sales of software or machines. The same mechanism can also be used to distribute trial versions.

The makers of pure software solutions or software-driven devices can turn to the platform-independent CodeMeter technology by Wibu-Systems to protect and license their products. The necessary license management can be integrated into existing process chains and extensively automated to handle even large numbers of subscriptions.

Stefan Bamberg, Senior Key Account and Partner Manager at Wibu-Systems, believes: “Licensing models give business exceptional freedom to introduce flexible business models for each market or region, without ever having to rework their actual software. At T4M, we will be showing visitors how their requirements and challenges can be solved with our CodeMeter technology.”

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news-5213 Thu, 10 Feb 2022 07:44:13 +0100 The green path embraced by Wibu-Systems https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/the-green-path-embraced-by-wibu-systems.html Wibu-Systems and the ecological potential of technological innovation Wibu-Systems and the ecological potential of technological innovation

Wibu-Systems, the IT security, protection, and licensing pioneers, is enjoying its first year in its new headquarters in Karlsruhe. The new facilities, with a vibrant community inhabiting attractive workspaces in modern, eco-friendly spaces, draw inspiration from the latest design, quality, and environmental principles.

 

 

Sweeping one’s own yard: Doing the possible to achieve the impossible

Goethe’s famous dictum that the whole world would be clean if everybody only swept in front of their own door serves as a reminder that every individual and company should do their part to improve our environment’s prospects, however insignificant or far removed they may seem.

Wibu-Systems’ products, services, and business practices are designed with this quiet commitment to sustainability and care for our environment in mind. This extends from small and seemingly insignificant choices of product design to the fundamental principles of the company. The designers and product developers of Wibu-Systems are known for their attention to detail and careful work, and part of that attention goes to the optimal choice of materials and cleverly economical hardware design. The recent change in the design of Wibu-Systems’ packaging for its dongles reflects its eco-friendly nature.

The same thinking motivates larger business decisions taken by the company, such as the dedication to long-standing partnerships with local and other national enterprises, including Infineon, the supplier of the smart card chips embedded in the hardware-based license containers, one of the most sustainable companies in the world. Furthermore, Wibu-Systems made the conscious decision to maintain its tried-and-proven technological approach to hardware and software security, namely advanced encryption techniques integrated in an ecosystem of hardware, software, and cloud products and services, instead of following the trajectory of other cybersecurity businesses and using notoriously energy-hungry blockchain technologies. As cryptocurrency mining and other blockchain-related activities are beginning to threaten the energy security of entire countries, time is confirming Wibu-Systems business decisions, while its CodeMeter protection technology remains unbeaten both in hacking contests and real-world operations.

Wibu-Systems’ new Karlsruhe campus: A smarter place

Wibu-Systems recently moved into its new headquarters on the purpose-built campus in Karlsruhe. An ambitious project in every sense, the new campus combines office spaces, production and development facilities, and the House of IT Security, a unique space dedicated to development in cybersecurity with co-working and co-innovation opportunities for other enterprises and institutions active in the field. From the outset, Oliver Winzenried, the company’s founder, CEO, and mastermind behind the new campus, had a vision of a greener, more inspiring, and all-around better place to work.

The green credentials of the new campus are not limited to the evident and visible, like the inclusion of solar power or electric vehicle charging stations from the outset. Wibu-Systems also took the conscious, but less conspicuous decision to connect the new buildings to Karlsruhe’s distance heating system, which leverages economies of scale for a more efficient and thereby greener way to heat many buildings at the same time. Even more impactful are other architectural and design choices, such as the use of smart and eco-friendly materials, a sophisticated lighting and shading system that maximizes the local environment’s ecosystem and minimizes the need for air conditioning or artificial lighting.

Beyond climate protection: Thinking bigger

Wibu-Systems’ efforts do not stop with environmentally conscious products and business practices. Instead, the company understands its core business as contributing to a better and more climate friendly world.

As the industrial world has finally acknowledged and accepted the opportunities offered by automation, digitalization, and smart manufacturing, Wibu-Systems has seen a shift in its own outlook. The company’s long-standing experience in software and data protection increasingly found new applications in helping enable, secure, and monetize the infrastructure that makes smart industry possible. With its encryption technology helping to protect invaluable IP, like product designs or production data, and its software and hardware increasingly working in the networks that connect manufacturers and their clients or in the controllers that keep smart factories running, Wibu-Systems and its CodeMeter family of IT security, protection, and licensing solutions are doing their part to make the vision of modern, digital manufacturing possible.

Oliver Winzenried sees Wibu-Systems’ biggest environmental contribution on this manufacturing side: “We have done our homework, but for me, the new industrial age we are seeing now will be a greener age. Smart factories will be key to overcoming many of the wasteful practices of the old economy that has brought us to this place.” Indeed, the advent of genuine customization with additive manufacturing – 3D printing writ large – or made-to-order production has the potential to break with the paradigm of mass-scale production of cookie-cutter products. This can mean more energy efficiency in industry with tools and machines truly made and scaled to match their needs or even a move away from unsustainable consumer habits, potentially replaced by more customized and longer-lasting products. Wibu-Systems’ products and innovations, like smart data marketplaces, can be part of this transition.

Oliver Winzenried: “I am, by nature, a tech optimist. Technology is to blame for many of the world’s ills, but I know that technology will also be our way out. And on the modest scale possible to us, we will continue to do our bit to make this happen.”

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news-5208 Thu, 03 Feb 2022 08:05:16 +0100 Now taking tenants: Flexible co-working spaces in the IT Security Club https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/flexible-co-working-spaces-in-the-it-security-club.html A crucible for IT security talent A crucible for IT security talent

A new creative hub for IT talent, the IT Security Club offers start-ups and established enterprises, government bodies and research institutes working in the field of IT security access to a unique, flexible co-working space. The IT Security Club is located in the House of IT Security at Karlsruhe’s Zimmerstrasse 3, right next to the new head offices of Wibu-Systems, a leading provider of software protection, licensing, and security solutions.

The IT Security Club was initiated by Wibu-Systems as a shared venture with archis Architekten + Ingenieure, headed by its executive duo, Elke Winzenried and Natalie Wieland. Archis Architekten + Ingenieure took charge of designing the modern, but eminently practical working environment, while Wibu-Systems is a strong ambassador for the topic of IT security. The company is dedicated to promoting IT security research and practice in cooperation with leading academic institutions and private enterprises in the field and will be available to contribute to promising collaborative projects.

One of the unique features of the IT Security Club is the presence of an experienced innovation manager, whose services can be booked by tenants and non-tenants alike. The innovation manager will support them with finding cooperation partners or applying for domestic (if the company is headquartered in Germany) or EU funding for their IT security ventures. The innovation manager will also host innovation workshops where new ideas and concepts are born, help draft marketing concepts for products created in the research projects, find and analyze the requirements of pilot users, and scan the market for potential competitors.

The two stories of the House of IT Security feature not just attractive and modern workplaces, but also communal areas and meeting spaces. Tenants of the co-working space have a range of lease options to choose from: There are 12 desks in closed offices, 26 private desks for uninterrupted work in a more intimate space, 34 permanently assigned fixed desks, and 56 flex-desks for people to have their free pick upon arrival. All places are equipped with modern, auto-adjustable desks and ergonomically designed chairs. Vitra furniture and lighting by Artemide underline the quality of the space. The facilities include the Work Café, meeting rooms, the Agora, and the work lounges, where tenants and members can come together and share in the community spirit.

The beauty of the place is not just skin deep: The sense of quality visible in the interiors and design also extends to the energy efficient and sustainable architecture of the building itself. The House of IT Security is equipped with solar power, smart thermal / cooling fins for noiseless air conditioning, and both natural window and built-in ventilation. The materials for the building were selected with the same care given to the building services and infrastructure.

The co-working spaces are officially accepting tenants since January 2022. Short-term leases, starting at only three months duration, offer exceptional flexibility for prospective tenants. Alongside the actual work spaces, the leases include reception services, drinking water, power, internet and WLAN connectivity, professional IT equipment including printers and scanners, private lockers, 24/7 access with intelligent access controls, cleaning services, and showers on site. Depending on the category, leases range between €310 and €550 per month, and non-tenants can benefit from a special passive membership deal for only €360 or active membership for €750 per year. Passive members have access to the Work Café, while active members can also use the attractive meeting rooms. The innovation manager’s services are available for 3960€ per year for tenants and €4800 per year for non-tenants.

Elke Winzenried explains the thinking behind the IT Security Club: “The members and tenants of our IT Security Club have the great opportunity to focus on one of the most pressing issues of our time: IT security in all its forms. And they can join in a creative community of like-minded specialists in an inspiring atmosphere. The benefits for our tenants include the all-inclusive packages and optional services of our innovation manager.”

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news-5192 Wed, 26 Jan 2022 05:10:34 +0100 CloudProtect: Software protection in a hybrid world https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/cloudprotect-software-protection-in-a-hybrid-world.html Wibu-Systems helps create a pathbreaking scalable protection model Wibu-Systems helps create a pathbreaking scalable protection model

Just as the world came to terms with a new age of virtual data and remote work, Wibu-Systems, the encryption and licensing specialists from Karlsruhe, helped put the finishing touches on the CloudProtect project, a collaborative initiative made in Germany aimed at providing more robust protections for machine operating software, configuration data, and digital designs.

Run in cooperation with the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, CloudProtect was initiated in the summer of 2018 to develop a new way to protect software, digital artifacts, and other IP in the increasingly connected and automated world of commerce and industry. With extensive financial support from the German Ministry of Education and Research and with intensive and dedicated research, a demonstrator system was designed to showcase in practice how the common cloud infrastructure could be bolstered with ingenious security technology to deliver a system with the level of protection, scalability, and availability that the modern economy depends on.

In the digital future envisioned at the outset of the project and made real for many people around the world far sooner than expected as 2020’s events forced the hands of businesses and governments everywhere, software and data have become more mobile and ephemeral than ever before. Office workers moved wholesale into the comforts of the home office. Broken supply chains brought not only empty supermarket shelves, but also a rethinking of conventional manufacturing and logistics practices, giving industry automation and smart industry solutions another boost. Enterprises that had already seized on the potential of the cloud and Internet-driven business models had a marked headstart over their brick-and-mortar rivals.

In this environment, protecting data has become an uphill challenge, and even more so for the invaluable digital assets that have become the backbone of today’s economy: Machine operating systems, configuration data, designs, and confidential business intelligence. Encryption is accepted as the means to keep such data secure, but it comes with its own challenges, as the necessary cryptographic operations have to happen in secure environments, the required keys must be stored and handled securely, and the entire infrastructure has to be set up to ensure that every actor and device involved in the process is genuinely trustworthy.

In the CloudProtect project, the developers at Wibu-Systems and their academic peers in the teams at the Technical University of Darmstadt, led by Professor Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, and the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, led by Professor Andreas Schaad, decided to face these challenges by way of a clever technological trick: Using enclaves, specially protected memory areas in the cloud, to handle all the critical encryption work safely distanced from the actual software operations. The enclave technology, Intel’s SGX, was chosen after further enhancement of its security with a unique cache randomization technique that toughens up the system’s weak spot − its susceptibility to certain side-channel attacks.

Wibu-Systems, the industry partner on the project and long-standing pioneer in IT security and encryption in Germany, integrated the teams’ work into a fully-fledged and working cloud-based software protection demonstrator. Finished on schedule in July 2021, the model solution delivered successfully on its promise. It provides tamper-proof software protection capabilities for the unpredictable and ephemeral world of today’s digital economy, in a highly available, highly scalable, and extremely secure package. With technologies like those underpinning the CloudProtect project or Wibu-Systems’ own range of encryption and protection products and services, the new normal of remote work, smart factories, and commerce happening in the cloud has the tools and concepts it needs for a secure and trustworthy future.

Dr. Carmen Kempka, Director Corporate Technology at Wibu-Systems, sees the bigger picture: “Our work life has become quite arbitrary in practice: We work from random workplaces − from home, in the office, on business travel, from anywhere on earth. Applications are outsourced into the cloud or need to be accessible from arbitrary places and devices. With CloudProtect, we have given the world a model for how this can be done better and more securely.”

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news-5181 Wed, 19 Jan 2022 04:55:11 +0100 Glaser Protects its CAD/CAM IP with CodeMeter While Providing the CAD Design Expertise for Wibu-Systems New Headquarters in Karlsruhe https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/glaser-protects-its-cadcam-ip-with-codemeter.html Wibu-Systems and Glaser Programmsysteme Leverage Each Other’s Technologies for Mutual Benefit Wibu-Systems and Glaser Programmsysteme Leverage Each Other’s Technologies for Mutual Benefit

Wibu-Systems, a global leader in the development of software protection, licensing, and security solutions, and Glaser Programmsysteme GmbH, a specialist in CAD software for the construction industry, have leveraged each other’s world class technologies on 2 fronts: Wibu-Systems’ provides Glaser with CodeMeter technology to protect its IP and enable flexible licensing solutions for its customers while Glaser provided its engineering expertise in the design and building of Wibu-Systems’ new headquarters and adjacent House of IT Security on its campus in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2021.

The business relationship between Wibu-Systems and Glaser began in 2012 when the company was introduced to the CodeMeter licensing and protection platform and decided to migrate its ISBCAD software to the .NET framework 4.0, which their current system did not support. To protect its ISBCAD software, Glaser needed a reliable and secure means to prevent copying and reverse engineering. They also needed a licensing platform with enough flexibility to scale their software packages to meet the usage models required by their customers. Plus, the creation and distribution of licenses had to be integrated into their existing sales processes.

Glaser evaluated two licensing systems and chose CodeMeter as the optimum solution. Dipl.-lng. (FH) Matthias Glaser, Managing Director, explained why: “Using CodeMeter has empowered us to license ISBCAD reliably and with pinpoint precision for the needs of our clients. The remote update feature has streamlined our sales processes, getting our products faster into the hands of their users. CodeMeter also puts us in a perfect place to respond to new challenges coming from our clients’ IT preferences, such as virtualization or remote desktop solutions. The extensive and committed support that we experienced from the Wibu-Systems team at every step of the way has been exemplary and went a long way towards us reaching our goals in the ambitious timeframe we had set for the project.”

The collaboration between the two companies did not stop there. In 2017, Wibu-Systems began planning its new expanded campus in Karlsruhe, Germany, incorporating a new modern facility for the company’s headquarters alongside a novel cooperative endeavor, called the House of IT Security. Both buildings were created with the joint expertise of the structural engineers of Haag Ingenieure from Ettlingen, Germany and the CAD specialists of Glaser. The engineers at Haag’s turned to Glaser for their specialized construction ISBCAD engineering software. ISBCAD narrows down the functional spectrum of regular, unspecific CAD applications to concentrate specifically on creating perfect architectural and structural engineering plans, with particularly powerful functions for reinforcement, cladding, and formwork calculations. The resulting data could be easily exported with a range of file formats and interfaces at the user’s disposal. This included the ability to produce the data for enveloping surface calculations, a must-have for designing buildings to comply with Germany’s strict energy efficiency standards. Wibu-Systems was proud to announce the completion of the project and moved into its new facility from January to July 2021.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and co-founder of Wibu-Systems: “We wanted to create something more than just a new office block – a smart place that adds something to our environment and to our community here in Karlsruhe. That meant intelligent engineering to make this site as inviting and community-forming as we wanted it and as eco-friendly and secure as we needed it. Haag Ingenieure helped us achieve exactly that, by an amazing coincidence, with CAD software made by our clients Glaser and protected by our very own CodeMeter technology."

Matthias Glaser added: “We see serendipity at work, with our company’s ISBCAD software contributing to a new home for our software product partner. With our own commitment to always provide reliable and innovative products and services for practitioners and our belief in maintaining lasting and sustainable relationships with our clients and partners, we are proud that our company was part of this venture.”

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news-5161 Tue, 14 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0100 KEYnote 42: CodeMeter support for Docker and much more https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/keynote-42-codemeter-support-for-docker-and-much-more.html Fall/Winter issue of the Wibu-Systems magazine celebrates the highlight innovations of 2021 Fall/Winter issue of the Wibu-Systems magazine celebrates the highlight innovations of 2021

Twice a year, the software protection and licensing specialists at Wibu-Systems publish the company’s popular KEYnote magazine with a roundup of all the latest innovations, tech news, and other stories from the industry. The fall/winter 2021 edition is the 42nd issue of the KEYnote magazine and will again be received by clients and users of Wibu-Systems’ products and services as well as security industry professionals at large.

This issue gives particular attention to Wibu-Systems’ new offerings for Docker and SAP’s Entitlement Management system, and covers the expanding capabilities of the company’s flagship CodeMeter technology with a closer look at professional licensing-based business models and the new protection technology for JavaScript software. In addition to an abundance of technology and business news, this issue features a special introduction of the IT Security Club, the dedicated co-creativity space for IT protection and security engineers and entrepreneurs on the new Wibu-Systems campus in Karlsruhe, Germany.

SAP’s Entitlement Management System (SAP EMS) was released in 2018 to facilitate the handling of entitlements in highly scalable environments. It is a natural companion for CodeMeter’s licensing and IP protection capabilities, and Wibu-Systems has brought its expertise to the table to manage the entitlements that need to be enforced on the user’s side. The KEYnote article outlines how both systems work together for easy-to-use and foolproof entitlement management.

CodeMeter 7.30 introduced new support for Docker containers with a custom mechanism for binding soft licenses to Docker containers and circumvent the inherent problem of container-based virtualization systems: Keeping the link between licenses and the licensed software intact across containers and preventing abuse of the system with a clever implementation of the CodeMeter License Server. This article goes in-depth into the optimal setup and practices for secure licensing in a Docker environment.

A typical use case for Docker containers is covered in a separate article: the ability to run mass-scale simulations in a fleet of containers, instead of massive rigs of hardware. A popular choice e.g., for testing simulations in the automotive sector, an approach that creates unique challenges and headaches for licensing the often highly sophisticated and custom simulation software. With CodeMeter support for Docker, Wibu-Systems keeps this IP safe and sound, whether real or virtual, on premise, or in the cloud.

One of the great advantages of CodeMeter is its unfailing commitment to interoperability and compatibility. This is made possible by Wibu-Systems working to have its protection tools function on most platforms and with most languages. This includes JavaScript, which is becoming a popular choice for server and standalone applications. With version 10.80 of CodeMeter Protection Suite, the AxProtector encryption and protection tool can now handle JavaScript code in its original form and brings the entire CodeMeter comfort and feature set to Node.js or Electron applications.

Professional users of CodeMeter will love the detailed information contained in this issue of KEYnote on different subscription licensing systems and their potential for novel business models. The magazine also includes a detailed look at how information is managed through CodeMeter License Central, an invaluable aspect when it comes to enjoying CodeMeter’s seamless integration options with third-party back-office systems like ERP, CRM, or e-commerce solutions.

A final highlight of this KEYnote 42 is its introduction of the IT Security Club, a dedicated cooperation platform for researchers, engineers, and entrepreneurs working in the field. Based at the House of IT Security on the Wibu-Systems campus in Karlsruhe, membership in the club offers access to modern office facilities and a connection with the vibrant community that is fast growing up at the new co-working hub. Different membership options are available for non-tenants to enjoy the infrastructure, the community, and the special services of the dedicated innovation manager at the club, whose role it is to support members in securing funding and raising the profile for their ventures on a national and European level.

The fall/winter 2021 edition of the KEYnote magazine has much to offer for every reader with an interest in IT security, protection, and licensing – all three key concerns and major drivers for the digital economy of the future.

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news-5142 Tue, 07 Dec 2021 05:44:00 +0100 TVPaint uses CodeMeter for IP Protection and Software License Creativity https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/tvpaint-uses-codemeter-for-ip-protection-and-software-license-creativity.html CodeMeter offers a nimbler and more versatile licensing system CodeMeter offers a nimbler and more versatile licensing system

Wibu-Systems, a leader in the global software licensing market, has adapted its awarding-winning CodeMeter technology to protect IP and enable creative licensing for TVPaint Développement, a market leading bitmap animation technology company in Metz, France. TVPaint has been serving the art, animation, and design community since 1991 and is now regarded as one of the industry standards for 2D animation. With its business success and increasing number of customers, TVPaint had outgrown the existing licensing system and turned to Wibu-Systems for a solution to protect and license its IP that was both reliable and easy to implement for all their users.

The company originally relied on different generations of dongles for simple copy protection and software distribution by DVD, but the system eventually became a logistics challenge with physical distribution and dongle assignment taking up more and more of the company’s resources.

“We started working with dongles for copy protection,” says Thierry Cantet, Customer Support Manager at TVPaint Développement. “In the early days, we worked with dongles for the parallel interface and later switched to USB dongles. The basic idea stayed the same but offered little flexibility or scalability. We had to purchase dongles, add the right licenses, and then mail them to the customer. This was often very complicated, because we had several types of dongles. For example, someone who bought our software for fourteen users received five dongles: one for ten users and four for one user.”

As TVPaint’s success grew, so did the burden of the management logistics of the dongles. “We have a very large numbers of users,” says Dean C., Technical Sales Agent at TVPaint Développement, “all of whom had to receive DVDs with the software and dongles with the licenses. The logistics required more work year after year.”

TVPaint searched for a new license management solution and decided upon Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter software protection, licensing, and security technology. The CodeMeter license management system is used by global software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers to protect their IP and leverage creative licensing strategies to monetize their businesses. Switching over to the CodeMeter licensing system turned out to be the commercially and operationally best choice for TVPaint and a seamless implementation experience. With initial support for the company’s legacy dongle system and assistance with realigning TVPaint’s IT landscape, the technical switchover was finalized in a matter of hours, and CodeMeter’s license distribution and management processes quickly integrated with a rebuilt ERP system using Odoo. TVPaint’s products are now sold and licensed in a cleanly integrated and efficiently automated online process, leaving the company the time to concentrate on what it does best: Creating exceptional animation software.

“There’s a benefit for everyone,” says Dean C. “A customer who purchases our software online can start using it in a matter of minutes. That way, we do not just save the time and effort to ship thousands of dongles, but also realize significant savings on shipping costs, customs, and taxes.”  

Using CodeMeter solved yet another legacy issue. “Our software is available in two versions: Standard Edition and Professional Edition,” Dean C. explains. “Customers who purchased both versions used to receive two dongles that could not connect on one server. With CodeMeter, they can now run different versions on the same container.”

Marcel Hartgerink, General Manager of WIBU-SYSTEMS SARL, France, added “The flexibility and versatility we have built into CodeMeter allows customers like TVPaint Développement to scale their systems as their business grows and employ creative licensing strategies to not only satisfy their customers, but also to open new monetization options. Plus, the time savings in logistics and back-office efficiencies gained with integration of CodeMeter into TVPaint’s existing ERP system allows them to focus on their development efforts rather than getting caught up in administrative issues.”

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news-5121 Thu, 18 Nov 2021 11:06:24 +0100 CodeMeter: The All-Rounder for Smart Industry Automation https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-the-all-rounder-for-smart-industry-automation.html Wibu-Systems showcases new CodeMeter features at SPS 2021 Wibu-Systems showcases new CodeMeter features at SPS 2021

The show has been cancelled last minute. However, Wibu-Systems remains available for web meetings with prospects and the press. Just contact us to schedule a chat with our team.

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Wibu-Systems, the pioneering enterprise behind the CodeMeter technology for IT protection, licensing, and security, is looking forward to the return of SPS – the Smart Production Solutions expo in Nuremberg, 23 to 25 November 2021. The popular industry show will be live in both in-person and online formats and will again be the place to be for everybody in the industry automation and smart manufacturing community.

The future of industry has begun to take shape with much of the underlying infrastructure already well-established and with many novel business models being tested live in a sector that many critics had tried to write off as too slow or too conservative. Instead, recent advances in connected and embedded technology have seen the vision of smart factories essentially realized, as the monolithic machines of yesteryear have given way to more versatile, software-driven equipment, highly integrated industrial networks, and a wholescale shift away from churning out massive quantities of standardized wares to the nimble and agile production of often highly customized products, including the bespoke designs made possible by industrial additive manufacturing.

This shift in the industrial landscape has made data a crucial asset for manufacturers and their clients. Wibu-Systems was one of the first companies to recognize this fundamental truth and was quick to bring its data protection and licensing expertise from the software field to the world of smarter, automated, and servitized industry. The company’s CodeMeter family includes many products designed especially for use in smart manufacturing, from protection and licensing for PLCs and embedded devices to clever technologies and services for the virtual and cloud systems that are becoming a mainstay of modern digital manufacturing.

Wibu-Systems will be an active presence both on site and on the show’s special online companion piece, SPS on Air. A team of representatives will be in Nuremberg to explain CodeMeter’s versatile design for different use cases in face-to-face meetings, including the ability to license and sell separate apps and features on embedded devices. This important capability is a win-win solution for device makers and their users, as both sides benefit from the lower upfront costs and more sustainable relationships made possible by mixing, matching, and upgrading machine functionalities as needed. It is also just one of the many business models made possible by CodeMeter, on par with the smart subscription licenses favored by the developers and users of costly engineering software or the flexible feature, time, or quantity-driven business models used in cloud services.

True to Wibu-Systems’ commitment to universality and interoperability, CodeMeter is an all-rounder for industrial users. They can discover more about Wibu-Systems’ products and solutions by visiting SPS on Air or booking meetings with the Wibu-Systems’ crew on site to learn about its new and expanded features for many of the premier virtualization and cloud systems used in today’s industry, with optimized support for Docker containers, improved license binding for Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud users, and Wibu-Systems’ own cloud services and cloud licenses. With industry-grade CmDongle hardware containers, CmActLicense software license containers, and the all-new CmCloudContainers, CodeMeter is the right choice for any industrial client.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, is looking forward to seeing the community in action in Nuremberg and online: “SPS has long been one of our regular haunts and has become a symbol for Wibu-Systems’ commitment to the industrial automation scene. Even without a dedicated booth at this year’s show, we are excited about this great bouquet of new products and features we are bringing to the scene and can’t wait to show them in-person and online.”

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news-5104 Thu, 11 Nov 2021 13:46:00 +0100 Rising above the fray: Taking protected code to the cloud https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-introduces-codemoving-into-the-cloud.html Wibu-Systems introduces CodeMoving into the cloud Wibu-Systems introduces CodeMoving into the cloud

Wibu-Systems, the creative minds behind the CodeMeter family of IT protection, licensing, and security solutions, is introducing the ability to execute sensitive code in the cloud, a secure environment far away from the more easily manipulated and potentially compromised devices of users. Originally introduced as a feature for CmDongles, the company’s award-winning range of security hardware, CodeMoving affords users and developers the optimum in security, as it keeps the most critical intellectual property safely tucked away in a separate and exceptionally protected environment. Taking this ability to the cloud represents another step towards Wibu-Systems’ commitment to a more agile, freer, and flexible world without compromising on reliability or security.

Software can be protected in many different ways and striking the right balance between the level of protection and its impact on performance and the user experience is the challenge that software developers must face. Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology was built to make it easier for them and their users alike: Its core toolkit for protecting and licensing software, CodeMeter Protection Suite, comes with a choice of tools and configurations to match any desired level of protection, development environment, and licensing system. Its mainstay engine, AxProtector, encrypts entire applications with extensive automation features to simplify the developer’s life. For a more granular approach, the companion piece, IxProtector, lets developers choose which functions to encrypt and which to leave unencrypted to lessen the burden on performance or to design creative hybrid packages with individual protected pieces, e.g. for freemium or trial software.

Wibu-Systems’ seized the potential of IxProtector’s targeted encryption abilities to create CodeMoving. The original CodeMoving function worked by taking specifically flagged parts of the code and only decrypting and executing it on Wibu-Systems’ smart-card-enabled CmDongles. This keeps particularly sensitive IP or a software’s most crucial functions in a safe shell and away from the working memory of the user’s device. The remainder of the code would be run in that less high-security environment, albeit still with stringent precautions, as CodeMeter-protected code is only decrypted for the specific instant that it is needed and can be armed with traps to prevent blunt-force forms of attack. With the computing power on board CmDongles, the impact on performance remains minimal.

CodeMoving to the cloud takes this concept to the extreme: The earmarked pieces of the code are not moved to a CmDongle but sent to the secure environment of the CodeMeter Cloud Server, where they are decrypted, executed, and the output is returned to the user’s device. The simple elegance of this solution is made possible by the fast evolution of today’s cloud infrastructure, which Wibu-Systems is harnessing in its dedicated data center and range of cloud services. With CodeMoving to the cloud, developers can ensure that not a single byte of their most sensitive code is revealed in the open, not even in the secure shell of a CmDongle. With the ability to pick-and-mix only the most essential pieces of code to outsource, developers can keep the necessary data logistics to a minimum, and Wibu-Systems’ new CmCloud offerings, including versatile cloud licensing, promise great opportunities for integration with CodeMoving.

For software developers, the choice to take CodeMoving to the cloud is not a one-way street: Wibu-Systems’ traditional commitment to universal interoperability also extends to CodeMoving. The technology is fully compatible between CmDongles and CmCloudContainers, meaning that developers only have to integrate the ability once in their software and can then decide which container type they prefer. With the latest version of CodeMeter Runtime installed, either option is possible for CodeMoving, with no changes to the original software required.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales at Wibu-Systems and one of the evangelists for the company’s cloud capabilities, sees CodeMoving to the cloud as a perfect expression of the philosophy of CodeMeter: “We are all about making software secure, but in a way that works efficiently and seamlessly for modern software businesses and their users. Running protected code in the cloud does just that: Perfect security, on the go and convenient for the user.”

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news-5098 Thu, 04 Nov 2021 15:03:00 +0100 Crossing the next industrial frontier: Wibu-Systems at Formnext https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-at-formnext.html Wibu-Systems showcases its protection solutions for additive manufacturing Wibu-Systems showcases its protection solutions for additive manufacturing

Wibu-Systems is bringing its world-leading IP protection and licensing solutions to Formnext, the trade show dedicated to the innovative field of additive manufacturing (AM) that is returning to an in-person format in Frankfurt, Germany, 16 to 19 November, and will host many pioneering actors in the field, including a special expo area for the German mechanical engineering association VDMA, where Wibu-Systems is exhibiting – hall 120, booth A01G.

Additive manufacturing represents the next frontier in the long history of industrial evolution and has the potential to be a gamechanger for many businesses and for the fabric of the world’s industry itself. As 3D printing has grown from a niche pursuit of specialized engineers and private enthusiasts into a viable option for large-scale manufacturing, the ability to create essential products and components on site, without dependence on complex, slow, and – as 2021 has shown – potentially fragile supply chains, would free up industrial enterprises to test innovative business models. With almost any geometry becoming possible, completely novel products can be produced with shapes and features never seen before. A new level of customization is possible as makers are not forced to churn out massive production runs of blandly identical products. And Manufacturing-as-a-Service is a genuine option for agile producers everywhere, as additive manufacturing removes the need to maintain their own factories or long-standing contracts with manufacturers operating monolithic and not easily retooled machines. The focus shifts from machine hardware to production data: Designs, operating systems, and production information are the new assets in a dynamic marketplace for manufacturing services.

Wibu-Systems has recognized the momentous nature of this shift and has decided to bring its popular and tried-and-tested IP protection and licensing technology to the additive manufacturing community. At Formnext, the security specialists of the company are showcasing the power of the CodeMeter family in the VDMA zone. The ability to securely encrypt intangible, but invaluable assets like product designs and monetize them in the manufacturing marketplace of the future gives all actors the essential confidence of knowing that their IP is safe.

CodeMeter has long been a fixture in the industrial world, with special industry-grade models of Wibu-Systems’ CmDongle hardware or with versions of the CodeMeter software for the embedded systems that make up much of today’s industrial IT infrastructure. Visitors at Formnext can expect to discover more about CodeMeter’s new cloud abilities, its license containers in the cloud, the capabilities of CodeMeter License Central as Wibu-Systems’ flagship for license management and its integration with SAP’s Entitlement Management System.

One particular highlight at the show is a look at Wibu-Systems’ contribution to the ProCloud3D project, a combined Sino-German venture in which high-profile enterprises and research institutions are working together on a model platform for additive Manufacturing-as-a-Service. Highly automated, user-friendly and, above all, secure thanks to Wibu-Systems’ technology, the ProCloud3D platform will offer a taste of what the future holds for a more nimble, responsive, and responsible manufacturing industry in the years to come.

Stefan Bamberg, Senior Key Account and Partner Manager at Wibu-Systems and a regular contributor to the AM efforts of the company, believes that the project is emblematic for the seismic shift in the industrial world: “Old assumptions will soon be a thing of the past: It is no longer a question of China being the world’s factory or Germany the country of engineers and developers. With additive manufacturing, designers and producers can be anywhere and cooperate with each other, no matter where they are. What they need is reassurance that their work is safe – and that is what we are here for.”

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news-5089 Thu, 28 Oct 2021 11:44:00 +0200 Stable supply lines: Wibu-Systems hardware remains fully available https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/delivery-of-cmdongles-not-affected-by-global-chip-shortage.html Delivery of CmDongles not affected by the global chip shortage Delivery of CmDongles not affected by the global chip shortage

Wibu-Systems, the German pioneer of software protection and licensing technology and maker of sophisticated security hardware, announced that it has ample inventory of its popular CodeMeter hardware products and will continue to supply its customers with normal delivery times without any disruption, despite the current chip shortage and global supply chain crisis.

The worldwide microchip and semiconductor shortage, caused by an unfortunate coincidence of systemic problems and unforeseen circumstances, and compounded by the Covid pandemic’s repercussions throughout the global supply chains, is affecting manufacturers everywhere. From the makers of IT devices to the producers of household appliances or even cars, the slow supplies and rising prices are causing delivery delays and factory shutdowns everywhere. With the foresight to keep strong inventories of its hardware components and products and with the company’s belief in long-term partnerships and supply contracts, Wibu-Systems is unaffected by the current situation and can continue to supply its loyal clients with its award-winning products.

Wibu-Systems’ commitment to keeping substantial stores of its products goes against the grain of the excessive just-in-time ethos in logistics, as does the company’s support for long-term contracts and solid working relationships with its suppliers. As other supply chains in the IT world have long felt the strain of the accelerating digital transformation increasing demand, unexpected events like production problems in the Taiwanese semiconductor industry sent shockwaves down the line. Blockchain technologies, too quickly hailed as a panacea to most of the IT world’s ills, have been shown to actually exacerbate the problem, as the resource-hungry technology is one of the acknowledged drivers ramping up demand for microprocessors and computing power. Coinciding with the Covid pandemic’s impact on global trade, this systemic fragility and the proverbial black swan events have revealed the weaknesses in the industry’s foundations.

Wibu-Systems’ early moves to ensure deliveries of critical components via its European sources have proven to be a model of antifragility in action: While the price increases caused by the current situation have to be accommodated, Wibu-Systems will be able to supply all of its customers with the IT protection and licensing products they need as they need them.

Beyond its ability to deliver its hardware secure elements, be it CmSticks, CmCards or CmASICs, reliably, Wibu-Systems also leaves its clients and users a choice of licensing container types: The physical CmDongles have long been a guarantee of exceptional security, with great portability and offline availability for use cases that do not allow regular Internet connections. CmActLicenses, the smart software license containers that bind to a digital fingerprint of the user’s system, skirt the entire issue of hardware availability and promise still high security standards with even faster availability than dongles. And the newest addition to the CodeMeter family, CmCloudContainers, take the popular protection and licensing capabilities to the cloud for unrivalled flexibility, mobility, and a level of protection on par with CmDongles.

Oliver Winzenried, Founder and CEO at Wibu-Systems, sees the situation as an expression of the company’s vision: “At Wibu-Systems, we consider ourselves business enablers for our clients. Our protection, licensing, and security technologies help safeguard and monetize their IP. And the recent events show that our business practices also help our clients, with steady supplies of the quality products that they have come to rely on.”

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news-5083 Thu, 14 Oct 2021 08:09:36 +0200 Wibu-Systems goes north: Digital security excellence for Europe’s pioneering digital states https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-opens-stockholm-office-for-scandi-baltic-region.html Wibu-Systems opens its Stockholm office to serve the Scandi-Baltic region Wibu-Systems opens its Stockholm office to serve the Scandi-Baltic region

Wibu-Systems, Germany’s leading advocates for digital protection, licensing, and IT security solutions, are recognizing the exceptional progress made by the Scandinavian and Baltic Sea nations towards truly digital societies and connected economies with a dedicated corporate entity for the company’s business in the Nordic countries and their neighbors across the sea. Headquartered in Stockholm and entrusted to the internationally experienced hands of Marcel Hartgerink, the new operations represent another step in Wibu-Systems’ international growth story.

Located just a stone’s throw from the historic center of Stockholm, the site chosen for the new office seems emblematic of the role that the Scandinavian and Baltic Sea nations are playing not just for Wibu-Systems’ own business, but for the digital revolution in Europe writ large: It stands at the confluence between tradition and modernity, where age-old trade corridors meet the connected society of the Internet age. Scandinavia, with its highly educated population, excellent digital infrastructure, and a penchant for smart solutions and good design, has long established itself as a seedbed for innovation in Europe. The diverse economies of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland include many forward-thinking enterprises that have fully embraced the potential of the digital age and new technologies, ranging from giants of traditional industry like one of the first major auto brands transitioning to an all-electric fleet to the many bijou start-ups that are revolutionizing public services, healthcare, media, and many other parts of the economic landscape across Scandinavia. The smaller Baltic states are also punching far above their weight as trailblazing models for digital governance, smarter IT-driven economies, and a new type of agility in their entrepreneurial cultures.

As business and much of society’s physical and political infrastructure have moved en masse into the digital realm in these states, local entrepreneurs, political leaders, and leading thinkers have long recognized the importance of security and trustworthiness as the underpinnings of the new societies that are fast growing up in Europe’s northern and northeastern reaches: Cyberattacks are a constant concern, especially as state actors are increasingly moving onto this terrain, as is the protection of intellectual property for increasingly digital economies. Young software and IT-driven businesses, such as those that have sprung up around the Baltic Sea since the 1990s, see their most important assets not in physical goods or brick-and-mortar buildings, but in more intangible resources: Code, data, and information. The ability to not only safeguard such assets, but to bring them to market, reliably and profitably, is paramount for all of them.

This is the perfect audience for the technologies and services of Wibu-Systems, which has long served many Scandinavian clients from its home in Karlsruhe, Germany. With more than three decades of experience and technological evolution under its belt, Wibu-Systems has established itself as one of the premier names in the licensing and protection industry with its flagship CodeMeter technology. Built as both a dependable shield against cyber-attacks, IP theft, and sabotage and a true business enabler with versatile licensing models to monetize software or data, the CodeMeter family includes high-tech developer tools, a range of industry-grade security hardware, and a whole host of cloud offerings and technical and commercial services, all provided for one purpose: To help make the digital economy a better, safer, and more rewarding place.

The new head of Wibu-Systems’ Stockholm operations, Marcel Hartgerink, has already proven his mettle for the company’s international expansion. He is now adding the Nordic and Baltic region to his track record of success and excellent service in the British, French, Benelux, and Iberian markets: “Both shores of the Baltic Sea have a reputation as Europe’s Silicon Valley for new digital societies. I’m excited to have this opportunity to bring our expertise to this region in a more focused, dedicated, and uniquely Scandi-Baltic form – and Stockholm is the perfect place to do so.”

Anybody interested in Wibu-Systems’ portfolio in the Scandinavian market will have an opportunity to discover more about the CodeMeter technology in the two upcoming northern stops of the regular Wibu Workshop, coming to Stockholm on 16 November and Copenhagen on 23 November. Online alternatives are available for anybody unable or not yet ready to attend in person. For more information and registrations, visit the dedicated page.

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news-5065 Wed, 29 Sep 2021 15:02:00 +0200 CodeMeter and JavaScript share an underlying principle of universal versatility https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-and-javascript-same-principle-of-universal-versatility.html AxProtector JavaScript: Breaking down borders AxProtector JavaScript: Breaking down borders

The CodeMeter family of protection, licensing, and security solutions made by Wibu-Systems is becoming even more universal and versatile with AxProtector JavaScript, a dedicated tool for JavaScript applications included in CodeMeter Protection Suite, the powerful and popular developer toolbox.

As JavaScript surpasses the quarter century mark since its creation, the language continues to grow in strength with every iteration bringing new capabilities, use cases, and user groups. While it may still be familiar to most incidental users as a language for client-side browser applications, it has matured into a first choice for desktop and server-side programs, opening up a wealth of new opportunities just as the world turns to an increasingly online experience. JavaScript is at work in many of the connected systems that blur the line between on-premise, edge, or cloud applications in the new digital economy and smart industry. It is little wonder that JavaScript has experienced a year-long wave of enthusiasm among developers and users alike, currently ranking high among the top development languages in the Tiobe index.

Wibu-Systems, the protection and licensing professionals from Karlsruhe, have long been committed to bringing their expertise to the JavaScript world. Its inherent openness and malleability, however, had in the past given rise to concerns about the security of systems and IP – a worry only compounded as JavaScript established itself as one of the workhorses of digital, commercial network infrastructures, cloud-based businesses, and modern smart industry. This is why CodeMeter Protection Suite, the essential toolkit used to protect and license applications with Wibu-Systems’ unrivaled CodeMeter technology, now includes AxProtector JavaScript. The dedicated version of the AxProtector encryption and protection tool allows developers to encrypt their applications either completely or with modular encryption for more creative customization, and to integrate licensing deep and tamperproof into the resulting applications. Optionally, the IP Protection Mode adds protection against reverse engineering without licenses, making it an ideal choice for securing valuable intangible assets in demo or freemium software without worrying about IP theft.

AxProtector JavaScript is fully integrated with the CodeMeter family of license distribution and management solutions, including the popular CodeMeter License Central for easy and user-friendly handling of the licensing process and a choice of license containers, ranging from tough CmDongle hardware containers or industry-grade ASICs to software and even entirely cloud-based CmCloudContainers. The addition of AxProtector JavaScript puts all the technical sophistication and creative commercial potential of CodeMeter at the fingertips of JavaScript developers and users. Whether they are manufacturers interested in securing JS-based server apps that run their business operations or developers of desktop applications looking for more straightforward software licensing and protection, CodeMeter is the perfect choice with its proven technology and commitment to cross-compatibility and universality that closely mirrors JavaScript’s own principle of one technology working everywhere: on servers or on premise, stand-alone or in a Docker Container, on a single computer or in a connected landscape.

AxProtector JavaScript can encrypt, protect, and license node.JS server applications and standalone Electron applications. Even without direct support for browser applications, this covers the entire backbone of the JavaScript world, including the server-side, hidden machinery that makes the traditional, user-facing browser app function in the first place. The extensive automation features built into AxProtector make adding these protections easy and convenient. Without need for many manual interventions or laborious cross-compiling, the applications are encrypted in a single procedure or in a modular method-by-method configuration for more customizability, and they stay encrypted until and only exactly when they are needed. With minimal impact on performance, the licenses – if any – are checked and the protected JavaScript code is decrypted on-the-fly to allow the application to run or activate a separately protected feature.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, sees similarities in the thinking behind JavaScript and CodeMeter: “For Wibu-Systems and the makers of JavaScript, it is all about openness: We don’t want our technology limited by the artificial borders between platforms, technologies, or actual hardware. We want everything to work, securely and reliably in the preferred ecosystem or infrastructure, today and tomorrow. That is what we mean by true compatibility.”

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news-4973 Wed, 15 Sep 2021 09:00:00 +0200 Wibu-Systems’ new Karlsruhe campus: Engineered for security https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/advanced-structural-engineering-with-codemeter.html Advanced structural engineering made possible with CodeMeter-protected CAD technology Advanced structural engineering made possible with CodeMeter-protected CAD technology

Straddling the historic Rhine valley rail line, one of Germany’s main economic arteries, the new Wibu-Systems campus adds an exciting chapter to the story of industrial and technological prowess in Karlsruhe. The site combines the new head offices, R&D and production facilities for the leading protection, licensing, and IT security experts with the unique House of IT Security, a technology hub and IT Security Club co-working space dedicated to the pursuit of innovation in all the nuances of cybersecurity.

Both buildings were created with the joint expertise of the structural engineers of Haag Ingenieure from Ettlingen, Germany and the CAD specialists of Glaser Programmsysteme from Wennigsen, Germany. Their work and the vision of Wibu-Systems’ CEO Oliver Winzenried have come together to make not only an attractive place to work and a hothouse for the city’s IT talent, but also a physical statement of Wibu-Systems’ belief in future growth and innovation and its commitment to its local roots and traditions.

The engineers at Haag’s turned to Glaser for their specialized construction engineering software, ISBCAD. Purpose-built for its job, ISBCAD deliberately narrows down the functional spectrum of regular, unspecific CAD applications to concentrate specifically on creating perfect architectural and structural engineering plans, with particularly powerful functions for reinforcement, cladding, and formwork calculations. The resulting data can be easily exported with a range of file formats and interfaces at the user’s disposal. This includes the ability to produce the data for enveloping surface calculations, a must-have for designing buildings to comply with Germany’s strict energy efficiency standards.

This latter question also figured prominently in the design of Wibu-Systems’ Karlsruhe campus, where the hulls and materials of the buildings were chosen carefully to make both the new company headquarters and the House of IT Security as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.

To protect the invaluable IP invested into their sophisticated CAD solution, the engineers at Glaser decided to seize the moment when the company moved its software to the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 to rethink their licensing and protection systems. Long before their technology would eventually be used for the architecture of Wibu-Systems’ new home, Glaser already chose to go with CodeMeter, the versatile and comprehensive protection, licensing, and security technology. This not only gave them access to CodeMeter’s extensive configuration options, with their potential for establishing new sales channels and business models, but also allowed them to replace their previous licensing system’s dongles with Wibu-Systems’ stylish and high-tech CmStick hardware, a visible token of quality for the thousands of users of ISBCAD.

Glaser’s CEO, Matthias Glaser, sees serendipity at work, with his company's ISBCAD software now contributing to a new home for his software protection partner: “Our software and mixed reality solutions help developers bring even challenging projects to life. For the Wibu-Systems Campus, the team at Haag Ingenieure did an excellent job at expressing the values and ideals of their client in architectural form. And with our own commitment to always provide reliable and innovative products and services for practitioners and our belief in maintaining lasting and sustainable relationships with our clients and partners, we are proud that our company was part of this venture."

Christoph Haag, owner of Haag Ingenieure, added: “It was great to be able to be in charge of the structural engineering for the new Wibu-Systems’ Campus. It was a demanding project, in which we managed to reconcile a structurally sound, fit-for-purpose design with the wish for an economical and aesthetically pleasing building. One of the unique challenges for us structural engineers was spanning the Zimmerstrasse, a public thoroughfare, with the Wibu-Systems building. Our solution was integrating two reinforced concrete trusses and deep beams in the facade planes, so that we now have a five-floor, 55-foot wing freely bridging the road without any need for additional support columns. Our structural concept beyond the building's core areas uses point-supported flat slabs instead of fixed load-bearing walls and bearer beams to give us top flexibility for both building services and the space layout itself”.

Their sentiments are echoed by Oliver Winzenried, CEO and Co-Founder at Wibu-Systems: “The engineers at Haag Ingenieure helped us put a new landmark on the map of Karlsruhe’s unique IT ecosystem. With them using the CAD software of Glaser, and Glaser in turn relying on our CodeMeter technology to keep their intellectual property protected, we have come full-circle – we all benefit from each other’s strengths, and our city and its vibrant IT community benefit just as much from the spirit and energy we can add.”

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news-4952 Thu, 26 Aug 2021 04:57:00 +0200 Wibu-Systems adds its security and licensing expertise for a smarter industrial world https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/procloud3d-additive-manufacturing-on-an-industrial-scale.html ProCloud3D: Additive manufacturing on an industrial scale ProCloud3D: Additive manufacturing on an industrial scale

Wibu-Systems, a world-renowned IT security leader at the service of connected industry, has joined prominent German and Chinese industry partners and top actors from the academic world, including Germany’s RWTH Aachen University and the Beijing University of Technology, for the ProCloud3D research project. The venture is putting the concept of a smarter production industry to the test with a high-performance platform for industrial-scale additive manufacturing that keeps those most intangible, but most invaluable assets, designs, and production data, safe and secure, wherever the actual products are made and whoever is making them. Selected as one of two projects in the running for funding support from both China’s Ministry of Science and Technology and Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research, ProCloud3D is set to be a milestone demonstration of the powerful vision of Industry 4.0 and the “China Strategy 2015 to 2020” program.

As traditional manufacturing begins to give way to new forms of doing business in the industry, academic researchers and commercial enterprises – both household names and aspiring young startups – are questioning what this will mean in practice. Smarter, connected machines have learned to make even highly customized goods in both massive production runs and strictly limited editions, as their new versatility allows them to cut out much of the labor-intensive retooling and setup that had long kept factories tied to producing one thing only and only in large numbers. With industrial 3D printers pushing the envelope for what customization can mean, this has upended many of the commercial calculations and business models that manufacturers had adhered to with little change since the third industrial revolution.

But this new freedom comes at a cost, and that is the transition from a dependence on physical hardware to a reliance on more intangible factors: Software, data, and connectivity. For the new business models promised by Industry 4.0 to come to fruition, the providers of manufacturing-as-a-service and their clients require new platforms and infrastructure in place to handle the data transactions needed to make the system work. ProCloud3D intends to create such a holistic platform for intelligent manufacturing and smart services, using industrial additive manufacturing (AM) as an ideal test case. In industrial AM, 3D printers can create nearly any geometric form from a stream of data – the designs and machine operating instructions that become the essential asset in the new industrial economy. The platform envisioned by ProCloud3D will show how these assets can be shared, processed, and handled effectively and securely in the cloud.

The platform revolves around a web frontend, which provides usage of the technology database where the essential data, the designs, and the code needed to make parts on the ground are stored. This data is transferred and processed in a holistically automated process chain to arrive at the 3D printer, potentially located on the other side of the world. ProCloud3D covers the entire flow from a client ordering a production service to the necessary data’s secure processing and transmission and on to its translation into actual operating instructions for the provider of the additive manufacturing service.

With Wibu-Systems’ expertise in data protection and the licensing of digital assets, the specialists from Karlsruhe occupy a central spot in the ProCloud3D undertaking: Securing the entire process against threats from multiple vectors. The data has to be protected at every step from its source to its destination to prevent theft, counterfeiting, and industrial espionage, and the business model depends on all parties knowing that the data is used only for the purpose it is meant for and only to the intended extent. This is not just to stop unscrupulous producers from making surplus products for the grey market, but it is indeed a fundamental building block of the entire system: The ability to place specific orders in an open and free market for manufacturing services, with the necessary controls and certainty to make correct billing possible. From the ability to share data with the confidence that protected designs and confidential business information cannot be stolen or tampered with to the knowledge that the commissioned manufacturer will be able to create exactly the components and products that were ordered, without commercial, security, or quality risks, the platform thus weaves together the many strands for the concept of distributed manufacturing to function as intended, with trust and security built in by design.

Alvaro Forero, Head of CERT, Professional Consultant, and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, is proud of the company’s contribution: “ProCloud3D is an important test case for the potential of industrial additive manufacturing, open data marketplaces, and manufacturing-as-a-service. It is great to see Wibu-Systems’ technology playing such a key part in making the vision of a new industrial economy come true.”

Moritz Kolter, Project Leader and Ph.D. candidate at the Chair of Digital Additive Production at RWTH Aachen, emphasizes the importance of trust for the evolution of AM: “Developing trust in a shared and decentralized supply chain is key to not only bringing the benefits of Additive Manufacturing to fruition, but more importantly, forming the basis for making it accessible to everyone, thus, enabling new business models.”    

Andreas Collet, Leader of the Digital Production Group at the Chair of Digital Additive Production, works on data formats, information models, and software architecture to achieve full data driven AM-potentials. He added: “It is great to see that our research helps bring projects like ProCloud3D to life and transfer knowledge from academia to meaningful industrial applications in an international and trustful cooperation.”

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news-4917 Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:33:00 +0200 Custom Licensing Adapter: Retrofitting CodeMeter onto older licensing systems https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/retrofitting-codemeter-onto-older-licensing-systems.html Wibu-Systems brings its licensing power to legacy systems Wibu-Systems brings its licensing power to legacy systems

Wibu-Systems, the maker of one of the world’s leading IT protection, licensing, and security technologies, is advancing the licensing capabilities of all legacy software publishers. With three decades of its own history in the business, the Karlsruhe-based company knows the value of continuity and compatibility. This understanding has led to the creation of CodeMeter Custom Licensing Adapter, a dedicated extension to the popular CodeMeter License Central suite that slots right in between older software with an established licensing system and modern, full-featured licensing concepts.

Software developers everywhere have come to be loyal fans of CodeMeter for the versatility that Wibu-Systems’ technology offers them with its choice of hardware, software, and cloud license containers, its ready integration with leading back-office systems, and its broad range of license configurations and operating concepts to suit any business model. However, few software vendors are starting from scratch. Many, if not most, already have proprietary or other third-party licensing systems of varying reliability in place, sometimes the product of a long evolution alongside their software. While Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter is already designed to make the transition to its modern and more powerful system as smooth and efficient as possible, the move would often require a full-scale switchover to a new version of their software – in some cases a technical impossibility and in even more instances a commercial or procedural hurdle, as existing customers would have to accept this sudden departure from existing and often long-cherished software versions.

The usual route out of this conundrum for software publishers is to run different, patched versions of their products in parallel for the transition period, which again entails considerable technical and commercial challenges, as even the tiniest differences between versions can become serious fault lines with the potential to upset data compatibility and, by implication, business continuity for loyal, long-time users.

CodeMeter Custom Licensing Adapter (CLA) was developed by Wibu-Systems to circumvent these challenges and fault lines. It allows software developers to move to the full comfort and robust functionality of CodeMeter License Central for their license management needs, without breaking compatibility with their legacy licensing systems. CLA acts as a translator between CodeMeter License Central and the licenses generated with an older system. It uses the format of the legacy licenses as a template for binding the new CodeMeter-created licenses, and in turn translates the licenses and license management operations coming from CodeMeter License Central to work with the custom type already in place.

This simple, but clever solution means that no changes need to be made to the software out in the field, while the new, levelled-up system can handle all the operations that CodeMeter License Central is known for. This naturally includes its integration with ERP or other back-office systems, allowing license management transactions like license creation, distribution, and monitoring to be automated even with the old licenses. At the same time, software developers can use CodeMeter to license all new software or even introduce completely new license-based business models, like subscription services, without having to leave loyal existing customers behind.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, sees CLA as fulfilling the promise of Wibu-Systems − cutting-edge licensing technology with real compatibility: “We have made it a point that users should not have to pay a price for wanting to work with the systems they have come to love. All users of CodeMeter deserve the same excellent performance, whichever system or software they prefer. And with CLA, they can do just that – without even being aware that something is different in the background.”

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news-4881 Thu, 24 Jun 2021 10:41:00 +0200 PROCENTEC Leverages the Power of CodeMeter to further Strengthen Industrial Network Security https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/procentec-strengthens-industrial-network-security.html CodeMeter Technology protects the IP and enables innovative sales models CodeMeter Technology protects the IP and enables innovative sales models

Wibu-Systems, a major leader in the field of secure software licensing, has employed its CodeMeter flagship technology to help PROCENTEC, a Dutch supplier active in the industrial automation market and a member of the HMS Group, drive business innovation. Already a household name in its sectors thanks to its popular PROFIBUS, PROFINET, Industrial Ethernet and Ethernet/IP network stability products, PROCENTEC has become the primary manufacturer of network components with integrated remote monitoring and remote asset-management capabilities. With the invaluable IP invested in these products, PROCENTEC had outgrown its original proprietary protection and licensing systems and turned to Wibu-Systems consulting services to tailor CodeMeter technology to their specific requirements.

At the core of the vision of Industry 4.0 are smart factories which rely on massive and intricate communication networks whose data traffic monitors and controls production processes using dedicated communication protocols and highly sophisticated networking hardware and software. PROCENTEC’s monitoring hardware and intelligent software solutions for predictive industrial network diagnostics ensure that these networks operate with the necessary integrity stability, and reliability. In a context where any downtime means immediate financial losses, monitoring the health, reliability, and security of such a complex environment is a significant challenge for factory owners and operators.

Under the influence of a rapid pace and ever-evolving Industry 4.0 manufacturing environment, PROCENTEC needed to update their existing licensing and protection system. CodeMeter, Wibu-Systems software protection, licensing, and security technology, is used by global software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers to protect against cyber-threats and leverage creative licensing strategies to monetize their businesses. The custom solution for PROCENTEC was built around a core of soft-licenses – CmActLicenses – and the Datacenter Edition of CodeMeter License Central, a database-driven license and entitlement management solution for license creation, delivery, and management, housed in the safe and reliable environment of a shared server in Wibu-Systems data center.

The custom CodeMeter solution gives PROCENTEC superior IP protection throughout the entire supply chain, without compromising the usability of the tamper-resistant solution. Additionally, the versatile built-in licensing options of CodeMeter open the doors to business strategy innovation and the introduction of new sales models allowing PROCENTEC to excel in the fast-evolving, competitive industrial automation marketplace.

Matthew Dulcey, CTO of PROCENTEC, shared its enthusiastic view for the results achieved: “We don't like to see the knowledge and experience we put into software development being misused by other parties. Initially, we were looking for a stronger method that would protect our software from intrusion and unauthorized use. By performing some basic tests, we found out that CodeMeter from Wibu-Systems offers more than just the minimal protection of the source code, which we used to apply earlier on. In addition, we are thinking of introducing a license management system that would allow clients to only be invoiced for used packages from a bundle of purchased licenses – this is something Wibu-Systems can offer that our original license system could not.”

Marcel Hartgerink, General Manager of WIBU-SYSTEMS BV, added: “CodeMeter brings a new class of protection for PROCENTEC’s IP. The ease-of-use and natural flexibility of CmActLicenses make it an efficient and compact solution for PROCENTEC’s clients, as all the license management functionality can happen in the background. With CodeMeter’s built-in licensing options allowing a plethora of conventional and innovative models, PROCENTEC now also can introduce new choices for its clients. Trial, demo, and rental plans are now readily available.”

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news-4841 Tue, 25 May 2021 08:42:24 +0200 Wibu-Systems takes up residence on its new Karlsruhe campus https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-new-karlsruhe-campus.html A physical commitment to local IT excellence A physical commitment to local IT excellence

The global IT security pioneer Wibu-Systems and visionary architecture studio archis have combined their passion for innovative design and commitment to their local roots in Karlsruhe with the creation of a unique corporate campus. A beacon for local IT security expertise, an attractive new home for the city’s tech community, and an experiment in modern office and industrial architecture all rolled into one, the new campus, which houses Wibu-Systems HQ and its sister, the House of IT Security, is set to keep Karlsruhe on the IT innovation map for decades to come. The contribution of IBA Immobilien as project developer, mdbm as project controller, and Wolff+Müller as general contractor helped to make it possible.

Located on Karlsruhe’s old freight yards, the all-new building straddles both sides of the city’s economic and industrial past and future: A traditional hub for commerce and industry on Germany’s historical Rhine axis and a hothouse for tech talent in the new world of connected and smart industry. Built to precise quality standards and with an ambitious eco footprint, the new six-story headquarters accommodates offices, lab and research facilities, and high-tech production resources. With photovoltaic energy, high-tech cooling and heating systems, a careful choice of building materials, and an abundance of charging stations for electric cars and bicycles, special attention was paid to making the building as sustainable and environmentally friendly as it is welcoming and appealing to its occupants. For a company active in the sensitive field of IT security, the design included top-class access controls, special security zones, and highly reliable power and data access.

As a prominent proponent of modern smart industry concepts and novel business models, Wibu-Systems decided to turn to the leading minds in facility and process design for the company’s new production operations. With the expertise and innovative virtual modeling capabilities of the DigiFab4KMU project and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the layout and operating logic of Wibu-Systems’ new production site could be flexibly designed, tweaked, and perfected for optimum efficiency, automation, and output quality. In line with the company’s commitment to local talent and excellence − “Made in Germany” − most of the innovative concepts and materials used in constructing the production and office facilities originated in local partnerships or were sourced from vendors in the region.

Alongside the new Wibu-Systems head offices, the House of IT Security is set to welcome a stimulating assembly of entrepreneurs, researchers, and institutional tenants in its fixed-lease units and co-working spaces. Dedicated specifically to talent in the IT security field, the House of IT Security is the perfect companion for Wibu-Systems and another boost for Karlsruhe’s vibrant tech community.

For Oliver Winzenried, founder and CEO of Wibu-Systems, the building marks another stage in the company’s history: “It has not only been a personal vision of mine, but also an expression of what Wibu-Systems is all about: Built for the future, with cutting-edge technology at its core and with uncompromising standards and quality. But it is also built with a sense of place, with our roots here in Karlsruhe and the IT Security Club in the House of IT Security right next door. Made for our people, with great new spaces and facilities to enjoy and to continue to do our best in a place we all love coming to.”

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news-4829 Tue, 18 May 2021 08:00:00 +0200 Wibu-Systems wins the coveted German Innovation Award 2021 https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-wins-german-innovation-award.html CmCloudContainers bring tried-and-tested security technology to the cloud CmCloudContainers bring tried-and-tested security technology to the cloud

Wibu-Systems, the pioneer for software protection and licensing technology, continues its tradition of excellence by taking home the German Innovation Award 2021 for its new CmCloudContainers. Presented every year by the German Design Council, the much-coveted award is given to forward-thinking enterprises for the added value and benefits that they contribute to people’s lives through innovative products and technologies. This year, the six-member jury, drawn from industry and academia, named Wibu-Systems’ novel CmCloudContainers among the winners in recognition of their contribution to a safer and more secure life in the digital cloud.

CmCloudContainers are the third and latest member of the CodeMeter license container family. Joining hardware CmDongles and software CmActLicenses, these fully cloud-based containers complete the lineup for today’s increasingly connected, mobile, and intangible digital world. Every container type has use cases that it is uniquely suited for: CmDongles, with their on-board smart card chips, are mobile and secure vessels for the license keys; CmActLicenses are the easiest solution from a logistical standpoint; and CmCloudContainers are optimal when freedom is paramount for users. Without the risk of losing them or being bound to a specific endpoint, CmCloudContainers provide users with free access to their software anytime and anywhere, as long as they can connect to the cloud. As the transition towards mobility and new forms of working continues at a rapid pace, enterprises everywhere are discovering the many benefits of that liberty and flexibility.

Designed to accompany Wibu-Systems’ broader cloud services, including dedicated CodeMeter Cloud servers, and to fit in perfectly with the company’s versatile licensing technology, the new container format marks another milestone in the company’s evolution from its origins in conventional software protection to its role as a proponent of IT security as a business enabler. From embedded systems to end user devices, smart factories to smart homes, or hardware dongles to cloud servers, CodeMeter’s protection and licensing capabilities are intelligent and flexible enough to enable the most sophisticated and innovative business models, including subscription and pay-per-use options or Software-as-a-Service concepts.

True to Wibu-Systems’ long-standing commitment to full compatibility, the new cloud-based containers were developed to fit perfectly into the existing CodeMeter ecosystem. The means and process for protecting and licensing software remain unchanged: developers and vendors can continue to use the protection approach of their choice, using either the popular CodeMeter Protection Suite or the CodeMeter Core API to encrypt, protect, and license their products. The difference lies only in the way licenses are distributed. With no physical dongle to ship or license file to send, the process relies on special credentials for each cloud user: CmCloudContainers are created, either manually or automatically, and reside in the cloud with the license for the users’ software. The users can then access these with their credentials, again either sent separately or distributed by an existing ERP or e-commerce platform. With optional integration of a Single-Sign-On system, the entire process of creating and managing CmCloudContainers can be integrated into the existing landscape, making the entire workflow as lean and unobtrusive as possible for both vendors and users.

As receipt of the German Innovation Award 2021 demonstrates, CmCloudContainers are more than a perfect complement for the existing CodeMeter universe. They also represent a major step towards truly securing software in the cloud and thereby overcoming the remaining concerns of initially cloud-wary developers and users. Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, is proud to receive the award: “For us, the German Innovation Award is a sign that people recognize the passion and effort that we invest into our products and technologies and the benefits they bring to society at large. This is the Wibu-Systems’ way: technical excellence that makes our world more secure and easier to navigate.”

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news-4815 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 04:06:00 +0200 CodeMeter Cloud Lite: Lite as Air, Clever as Ever https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-cloud-lite-for-saas-applications.html Cloud licensing capabilities perfectly aligned for SaaS applications Cloud licensing capabilities perfectly aligned for SaaS applications

Wibu-Systems, the German forerunner for protection, licensing, and security solutions for the software industry, continues to expand its cloud footprint with a new version of CmCloudLite, the slimmed-down edition of its full-featured CmCloud technology. With all the familiar licensing capabilities on board and with integration into existing backend solutions made easy, the latest Cloud option brings the popular CodeMeter experience to the leaner and resource-conscious world of mobile and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications.

True to its principle of total compatibility, the CmCloud licensing service works with all the capabilities provided by CodeMeter Protection Suite, the versatile toolkit for manually or automatically encrypting and licensing applications when running software in insecure environments. But not every use case needs all these protection functions on board: Software developers or firms running software already in secure environments might want to forego these protection capabilities in favor of a slimmer solution and smaller footprint. CmCloudLite was created with their needs in mind.

CmCloudLite is the dedicated solution for licensing software in a secure cloud environment without the additional protection functions of CodeMeter Protection Suite. It does so by teaming up with an existing Single-Sign-On (SSO) system to realize the CmCloud vision of truly user-centric licenses: Licenses that allow users to run their software from the cloud, wherever and on whichever device they are, without the need for physical (CmDongle) or software (CmActLicense) containers. Unlike CmCloud’s tool of choice for binding known users or user groups to a license – the credential file – which does not need an SSO system in place to function, CmCloudLite leverages the use cases that typically rely on the presence of such a system, such as SaaS applications. This turns the entire licensing environment into a nimble and lean partnership: As long as the users are signed on to their SSO server, CmCloudLite uses its interfaces, including OAuth2 or SAML, to check and see that the license in question indeed goes with the active user account on that server.

The end result: A slim and secure cloud licensing solution. Like every member of the CodeMeter family, licenses are created, managed, and distributed via the popular CodeMeter License Central or its custom web portal iterations, and the entire system is just as readily integrated with existing ERP and e-commerce setups for a cleaner business operating model and a neater user experience. CmCloudLite realizes all CodeMeter software licensing and monetization capabilities, while perfectly remodeled for the makers and providers of Software-as-a-Service.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, sees the company’s spirit at work in CmCloudLite: “As an IT security vendor, we are all about compatibility, ease of use, and a sense for what really matters. CmCloudLite is tailored perfectly for the job it is meant for: Making the licensing life easier for cloud-based software that already has its security sorted out.”

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news-4777 Thu, 18 Mar 2021 08:29:13 +0100 Smarter and safer: Licensing and protection for intelligent devices and machine learning https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-adds-native-support-for-python-code.html CodeMeter adds native support for Python code CodeMeter adds native support for Python code

Wibu-Systems, a global leader in protection, licensing, and security technologies, has added support for protecting Python code in its native form with all the ease and versatility of its popular CodeMeter ecosystem. The Python programming language has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, particularly in the artificial intelligence and machine learning fields, due to its simplicity as well as the clarity and elegance of the code.

The renewed interest in Python, however, has made it an appealing prey for unscrupulous actors. Python code often made it too easy for hackers to access this invaluable IP, either wholly unprotected in plaintext form or simple to reverse-engineer, even if precompiled in native form by tools like Cython. Developers needed to have the means to encrypt and secure their code, but this long meant taking the additional step of pre-compilation to get native applications that could then be treated with their favorite protection system.

Until now, this was the only option for loyal users of Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology as well, but the company has responded to the new interest in Python with a revolutionary way to protect the code. With CodeMeter’s new Python protection capabilities, developers can encrypt their work in its original form, and keep it safe and encrypted right up until it is actively needed, closing one of the all too common loopholes for hackers: Extracting the code from the device’s working memory. With CodeMeter’s usual commitment to full compatibility, the new Python encryption technology includes the standard, robust CodeMeter capabilities, ranging from its versatile array of licensing models and comfortable automation features to the ability to add smart modular protections. Individual pieces of code can be separately encrypted and licensed, giving developers even more freedom in choosing their operating concepts and business models, including the increasingly popular feature-on-demand or subscription licenses.

Python had long been relegated to the sidelines by the usual languages of choice for the software developer community: C and Java. But it has recently enjoyed a return to form as a firm favorite for developers, not only beating the myriads of other, newer and supposedly smarter languages, but also overtaking its two old rivals in popularity surveys, like the TIOBE index of preferred programming languages. With Python named the most popular language for a record fourth time in 2021, this revival is due to two very obvious factors: The language’s long-held commitment to simplicity and the great availability of resources in one of the most dynamic fields of software development: artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Smart devices have become ubiquitous in the digital age, and AI has long moved from being a thing of wonder or worry in science fiction to an everyday, almost unnoticed companion for us all. It ranges from such deceptively simple tasks as the image and speech recognition capabilities now included with many standard smartphones or digital assistants in the home to more genuinely smart technologies underlying the statistical magic, pattern recognition and prediction capabilities, or associative learning involved in complex operations like weather forecasting, algorithmic trading, and medical diagnostics. What many of these applications have in common is that they are handled by Python libraries.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, sees an important message in CodeMeter’s support for Python: “As we celebrate 32 years of the World Wide Web and make it the main underlying backbone of all today’s technologies, it is our duty to support lean and secure processes that facilitate the widespread adoption of protection methods across a highly diversified user base. Like there is no technology assisted life without security, there is no ubiquitous security implementation without simplicity."

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news-4754 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:24:00 +0100 CmCloudContainer: Secure Customer Relationships Made Easy https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/cmcloudcontainer-secure-customer-relationships-made-easy.html New license container – The ultimate choice for software vendors New license container – The ultimate choice for software vendors

Wibu-Systems, a pioneer in licensing and protection technology for more than three decades, continues to innovate and add to its broad range of solutions for software developers and end users alike. CmCloud, the company’s newest approach to licensing introduced last year, takes the familiar and popular CodeMeter license and entitlement management technology into the cloud for added ease and flexibility. Wibu-Systems’ engineers have tailored this unique module in the CodeMeter technology family to fit the deployment processes of any software vendor, regardless of their size.

Implementing CmCloud and CmCloudContainers and giving their end users the full CodeMeter experience is easy for boutique software developers as well as for larger independent and corporate software vendors. To license the software they have protected with CodeMeter Protection Suite or CodeMeter Core API, vendors can choose between an automatic or a manual approach. In the manual approach, the developer creates one CmCloudContainer via the CodeMeter Cloud Dashboard for every user, activates the license into this CmCloudContainer, and delivers the access credentials to the user.

In the fully automatic approach, the vendor simply creates entitlements, which are connected to tickets. Typically, this is done automatically via an ERP system or an e-commerce solution. Once these tickets have been delivered, users manage their account and licenses in a self-service license portal. The CmCloudContainer and its access credentials are created in the background and the licenses are activated using the tickets. The whole process is highly automated – no interaction with the vendor is needed. Also, support processes, like forgotten or stolen access credentials, can be handled by the users themselves.

When choosing CmCloudContainer, software publishers big and small and their users also become part of the CodeMeter ecosystem. With Wibu-Systems’ commitment to 4D interoperability, this means access to a sophisticated lineup of hardware and software license containers, a proven protection concept that relies on award-winning encryption technology, and a versatile license management system that works in all mainstream environments. From the embedded systems that make up the backbone of the industrial IoT to every major consumer operating system and technology, CmCloudContainers will work reliably from Wibu-Systems’ dedicated CodeMeter Cloud servers.

Ruediger Kuegler, VP Sales and Security Expert at Wibu-Systems, believes that the CmCloudContainer is the perfect embodiment of the company’s mission: “With the licensing process made so simple and straightforward for actual users and still secure and reliable for vendors, our CmCloudContainer does exactly what we are here for: Taking away the hassle of licensing and protection to empower businesses to do what they do best – make great software. This is Wibu-Systems in a nutshell.”

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news-4700 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 06:08:00 +0100 CodeMeter and Apple’s M1: Top performance and proven reliability https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-and-apple-m1.html Latest CodeMeter version adds support for Apple’s new architectures Latest CodeMeter version adds support for Apple’s new architectures

Wibu-Systems, the pioneering maker of cyber-security solutions for software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers, is releasing version 7.20 of its popular CodeMeter licensing and protection technology to support Apple Inc.’s switch of its CPU platform to the proprietary M1 chip and the Cupertino vendor’s latest generation Big Sur operating system. The release takes place after a successful test of the compatibility and performance of the CodeMeter family on the next-generation Mac systems.

The strategic choice to move from the Intel x86 platform to the home-grown ARM-based M1 chip continues Apple’s transition towards system-on-chip (SoC) designs made by its own engineers, with the A4 chip of the original iPad leading the way. Mirroring the bold decision to migrate from PowerPC to Intel chips, the repercussions of this new shift will be felt by hardware makers and software developers alike.

Wibu-Systems expects the new chip design and its accompanying macOS Big Sur operating system to be a unique opportunity for its loyal CodeMeter customer base. To prepare for the new release of its flagship technology, Wibu-Systems’ engineers have put their solution to a rigorous compatibility test to be sure that CodeMeter users would indeed continue to enjoy the unrivalled ease of use of its licensing system and the unbeaten encryption capabilities in the new Mac environment.

Wibu-Systems’ commitment to keeping at the forefront of technological developments and staying true to its concept of 4D interoperability, aided by Apple’s careful preparation for the transition, has resulted into a smooth operation of the CodeMeter modular family on Apple M1 systems and the new macOs Big Sur.

CodeMeter users operating the new Mac systems are advised to update to CodeMeter Runtime 7.20 and CodeMeter Protection Suite 10.70, not only for their proven compatibility, but also to enjoy the latest features and capabilities. Users of Intel-powered Macs can continue to enjoy their CodeMeter software on Big Sur without any action on their part.

Wolfgang Voelker, Director Product Management & Support at Wibu-Systems, sees the potential of the occasion: “It is not the first time that Apple shakes up the industry with a bold strategy. We have supported our users with their Intel-based Macs for years; now, we have a chance to step up again in a timely manner and offer faster performance and a seamless experience to our current and future clients in line with Apple’s own evolution.”

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news-4684 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 06:48:00 +0100 Wibu-Systems Supports the QNX Neutrino Real-time Operating System (RTOS) to Accelerate Development of Mission-Critical Devices https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/wibu-systems-supports-blackberry-qnx.html CodeMeter Embedded adds licensing and protection capabilities to software running on BlackBerry QNX RTOS CodeMeter Embedded adds licensing and protection capabilities to software running on BlackBerry QNX RTOS

Wibu-Systems, a leading developer of software licensing and protection solutions, today announced the company’s popular CodeMeter Embedded technology includes support for the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, a microkernel, POSIX-compliant real-time operating system from BlackBerry QNX. The QNX RTOS is widely used in life and safety-critical systems for vehicles, medical devices, industrial controls, rail, robotics and aerospace & defense.

The collaboration aims to empower mission-critical device manufacturers with first-class safety, reduced research and development costs and faster time to production.

CodeMeter Embedded is a static library that provides the licensing and cryptographic capabilities of CodeMeter for embedded operating systems like Linux Embedded, VxWorks, Android and now the QNX Neutrino RTOS.

Designed for embedded systems that need to operate 24/7 without fail, CodeMeter Embedded offers extensive options for mission-critical device manufacturers: support for different license containers (hardware, software, and cloud), devices (industrial computers, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers), back office systems, and operating platforms – including the QNX Neutrino RTOS. CodeMeter Embedded has supported the operating system on both ARM and x86 architectures since the 6.5 version of the QNX Neutrino RTOS, with support for the 7.0 version added in 2019.

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and co-founder of Wibu-Systems noted, “BlackBerry QNX has long pushed the envelope for lean, secure and reliable embedded systems with its QNX operating systems, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to add support for it with CodeMeter Embedded, part of our very own heritage of innovation in security.”

“The QNX Neutrino RTOS provides the reliable foundation necessary for building competitive mission-critical systems in a safe and cost-effective manner,” said Dhiraj Handa, VP, Channel, Partners and APAC, BlackBerry Technology Solutions. “We’re pleased that Wibu-Systems has chosen to extend support for our OS, in recognition of the prominent position we hold in the embedded software industry. We look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead to ensure our shared global customers have a safe and secure solution that they can count on.”

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news-4671 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 06:18:00 +0100 Bringing Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter Capabilities to SAP Entitlement Management https://www.wibu.com/press-releases/press-release-details/detail/codemeter-and-sap-entitlement-management.html Solution enables new digital business models with smart and secure entitlement management Solution enables new digital business models with smart and secure entitlement management

Wibu-Systems today announced that it is combining its entitlement and license management competences to empower novel business models in the digital economy. Wibu-Systems, an SAP® silver partner and a trailblazer for software protection, licensing, and security, brings decades of experience in cutting-edge IT solutions and is rooted in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. With CodeMeter, Wibu-Systems delivers a secure and user-friendly solution to enhance SAP Entitlement Management for managing entitlements, reinforcing the company’s commitment to enabling software enterprises for a more successful data-driven economy.

Originally released in 2018, SAP Entitlement Management was envisioned as a software-as-a-service designed to enable avant-garde business models with a lean and streamlined entitlement management process. Whether referred to as access rights, permissions, or privileges, entitlements define who can use data, devices, services, or applications – the digital assets that make up the core of any software-driven enterprise.

With SAP Entitlement Management integrated with an ERP system like SAP S/4HANA, companies can field both traditional and innovative business models like subscription or pay-per-use products. Orders received through their ERP systems are translated by SAP Entitlement Management into entitlements with the comfort of an automated process and the transparency of a complete lifecycle management and centralized repository solution that comes with multiple service, analysis, and reporting tools on board. With multitenant cloud deployment and a streamlined technology capable of handling even massive amounts of orders and entitlements, the entire process works efficiently in the background for greater end user satisfaction.

For a fully rounded and robustly secured experience, the control over entitlements provided by SAP Entitlements Management is couched in the proven and popular CodeMeter technology. Wibu-Systems’ cloud-based license management solution is integrated with SAP processes to provide end-to-end support from sales over fulfillment to billing and revenue recognition.

When the company using the combined solution receives an order for one of its products, SAP Entitlement Management sends the order details to CodeMeter License Central, where a ticket is generated to activate the actual technical license on the customer’s device. The ticket is fed back through SAP Entitlement Management and the company’s ERP system and on to the user. All CodeMeter’s license container types, from physical dongles to software and cloud containers, are supported, giving the vendor and their end users full freedom of choice over the right level of flexibility and security for their needs. Once activated, the online and offline capabilities of CodeMeter License Central take care of the often burdensome administrative tasks like license checks and updates in the field for an even more user-friendly experience.

Stefan Bamberg, Wibu-Systems’ Senior Key Account and Partner Manager, sees a common mission with SAP: “25 miles lie between our headquarters, but I see our companies being much closer still with our commitment to enabling software and data-driven businesses. SAP Entitlement Management and CodeMeter work hand-in-glove to do just that, with secure and efficiently managed access to invaluable digital assets and resources.”

 

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